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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The rich are different from you and me

Now we know why the call it the Horribles.

Displaying all the sensitivity of Thurston Howell III and his wife Lovey, the folks of Beverly Farms opted to celebrate our nation's independence -- a day predicated on the concept that "all men are created equal" -- by offering a poor taste float denigrating Gloucester and the teenage pregnancy story that has rocked the town.

Beverly Farms, despite the "blighted" Pride's Crossing area, is one of the state's wealthier areas. Gloucester, the famed fishing community, is on the other end.

But of course all stereotypes have inherent flaws and this one is no exception. Gloucester has some lovely neighborhoods and a summer community exists (quite contentedly by all accounts) right alongside the fishing community.

Beverly, for all the wealth conjured up by the name, has its grittier side. And its own teen pregnancy issues.

Satire is the lifeblood of society and there is a question about whether coverage of the Gloucester pregnancy "pact" went overboard. There is absolutely no question that the makers of the Beverly float went way overboard -- and they shouldn't expect any Gloucester fishermen to rescue them.

But let's see now, conservatives love saying that liberals are the ones who create class envy and class warfare...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lumping the entire population of Beverly Farms in with the single group that created the float in questions is a little unfair don't you think?

July 08, 2008 10:23 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Point well taken. It is sort of like Beverly Farms lumping all of Gloucester. I guess I was just channeling.

July 08, 2008 7:21 PM  

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