‘Tis the Season to be Snotty

Commenters on websites are known for straying from the topic at hand and devolving into their own little worlds. It’s common and expected. But they usually start off addressing the story that spawns their vitriol. Not the case when the subject is the TSA, especially at a time when so many people are traveling and have just recently interacted with their friendly neighborhood groper.

NPR ran a simple Christmas Eve story on how TSA employees at LAX formed a choir to sing Christmas songs to passengers in line for their colonoscopies and full-body x-rays. Fairly innocuous and certainly a “feel good” story…except to those who felt compelled to comment.

The first comment on the story is “This comment has been removed because it did not meet the NPR.org Community Discussion Rules” and it only went downhill from there.

There’s not one single positive, nice or friendly comment on the story. A sampling: 1. “Write and call your Congressman and Senator and demand your taxpayer dollars not be used to pay for this stupid public relations stunt. Tell them to do the damn job they are paid to do and sing on your own damn time out of our sight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” 2. “It’s a p.r. stunt. They’re trying to change the subject, when we’re trying to tell them to keep their hands off. They’re hoping we’ll think they’re nice and jolly for singing these songs, so we’ll forget that what they’re doing to us is wring and humiliating, and accept it.” 3. “Grope your bells!
Grope your bells! Grope you all today! Oh what fun it is to ride in a strip search required plane. Hey!”

Sure, what TSA does can feel like a trip to the proctologist during a lube shortage sometimes, but to take time out of your Christmas day, when most of the comments were posted, to spew absolute hatred for people doing their jobs seems like a bit much. But it is funny.