…..are the worst. They reveal much more than a well thought out phrase.
Caitlin Moran in The Times lists deaf charities as one of the causes she won’t give money to.
What other charities won’t I donate to? Ones dealing with heritage (posh people can take care of castles), maritime (I don’t hold with yachting), wildlife (donkeys, budgies, pandas – you’re all the same to me: very poor dinner-party company), and the deaf (is it really that bad?).
Having said that it was a throw away comment it probably wasn’t. Ms Moran writes for a living so one would expect her to have considered every word and its potential impact. I don’t really know, do I care, should I care? After all it was only a humorous column hardly editorial comment. I do care that she apparently sees helping deaf people below helping donkeys – “is it really that bad?” Would she have written the same about donating to other charities for people with disabilities? The RNIB? MS? Mencap? WarAmps? perhaps?
We all have reasons for chosing which charities we donate too but is Ms Moran typical in having flippant reasons for not chosing a charity? Is she typical, are deaf people really considered the bottom of the charity heap?