Theatre productions by elementary schools are usually a pretty hilarious event. It’s almost a guarantee that half of the kids will awkwardly forget their lines leaving the auditorium in total, but humorous, silence.
So, Is it wrong to burst out in laughter during those moments?
LadThrowaway is asking the internet that very question after losing his composure during his nephew’s play. What do you think? Is he the asshole?
Ok so I have a feeling I know the answer to this one already – but I just want to see from a bigger POV.
My nephew is 8 – he was starring in his first Christmas play, my sister invited me to it since I was coming to see her that day anyway. We all get in, all the kids in the school are sitting down in front of the stage and all the parents/family are standing at the back. My nephew was playing as a reindeer. Everyone in his class has an equal role, about 2-3 lines worth of stuff to say.
My nephew was brilliant, nailed his lines, he really looked like he enjoyed himself, so then we just had to stand and wait for all the other kids to have their parts and then we get to congratulate the kids after.
This one girl, same age as my nephew was playing Mrs. Claus – she was visibly nervous and shakey, it came off more cute than awkward – as she was saying her lines, she got a bit flustered and forgot a part – she got a little stuck on it and there was silence for about 4 seconds. Then all of a sudden, the girl just said “Oh fuck! I forgot!”
There were a few gasps among the parents – all the kids were sniggering, but I just lost it, I don’t know what it is about young kids swearing but I found it hilarious. I was ‘snort’ laughing and many people turned around to look at me. I tried to take myself out of the hall and compose myself, but I got to the door and just ended up falling over and laughing harder. I was wheezing, my stomach hurt and I just couldn’t contain myself. I’m a 30-year-old man and this was my defeat.
The doors are just glass doors so I crawled out to the hallway just outside of the main stage hall but you can clearly still seem me through the door and I’m assuming you could still hear me. I took myself to the toilet – splashed some water on my face and returned to the hall. Some parents and kids kept looking at me and giggling, understandably so.
After the play finished, I congratulated my nephew, said how good he did, and then I saw the little girl who swore and her mum, so I went over to apologize for laughing – the daughter seemed absolutely fine, she was just happy that she was on stage but the mum was very annoyed with me – I said sorry to her and the mum said something along the lines of “Remember where you are, it’s very immature to laugh at children.” and took her daughter away.
My sister said not to worry about it, the mum is a bit of a fun sponge anyway, but I feel a bit bad about what happened.
People of the internet jumped in to answer his question.
I would have done the same
The mother is an asshole for misreading the situation. She knows the rest of the room will assume the kid picked it up from her and she’s embarrassed by that.
When she should be proud.
That shit’s hilarious. The mother was clearly just embarrassed. You weren’t laughing at the kid, you were laughing at the scenario of a kid using adult language. It’s funny.
My daughter’s Christmas play was last week. There was a song titled “Funky Reindeer” and one child in her class sang “fucking reindeer” instead for the entire song. I was DONE. Tears, stitches, the lot. I had to remove myself to the hallway where the head of the school was also dying of laughter.
Kids swearing shouldn’t be funny but when they do it it’s just ALWAYS funny.
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