If you enjoy watching toddlers cry–as apparently all America does–for every reason under the sun–a broken slice of cheese, riding in the car, or having to listen to “The Hokey Pokey”–you’re going to go crazy over the amateur photographs posted on “Reasons My Son is Crying.” Everyone’s talking about it–it’s a viral sensation. It’s the “Shit My Dad Says” for the prelingual set. But what does this popularity say about our society? We think temper tantrums are adorable and hilarious? That a “web-savvy” dad who publicizes nothing but an innocent kid’s miserable moments deserves praise and a spot on Good Morning, America?
We’d like to see Tiger Mother Amy Chua share the GMA couch with this Dad–maybe exposing your child’s misery to the world is another way to prep him for Harvard. Hey listen, Dad can say later, these six-hour violin lessons aren’t so terrible–remember when I used to make fun of you whenever you cried? We’ll check how it goes with kid’s lawyer, and his psychiatrist–oh wait that’s a few years down the road. Spilled milk may be no reason to cry, but this is.