Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Brewster Rockit Space Guy: No Zach Fan
If your local paper doesn’t carry it, here’s today’s Brester Rockit Space Guy comic strip.
I have several somewhat conflicting thoughts about today’s Brewster Rockit comic strip.
The first reaction is I wish that the joke was funnier. I mean if you’re going to make fun of somebody, like me, who’s been brain-damaged, at least make me laugh.
Another reaction is a reminder that being brain-damaged is one of the worst things that people can imagine happening to somebody. You get the feeling that Tim Rickard expects folks who have been brain-damaged to be sitting in a corner with spittle running down their cheek and humming to themselves in some incomprehensible way.
And here’s the slap in the face, some brain-damaged victims really do have severely compromised physical coordination, and communication and cognitive skills. Having recently spoke to an Aphasia support group, I saw a small sample of that first-hand.
When friends, old business associates and relatives learn that I’ve had a brain tumor they expect you to have lost something – your wits, your memory, your personality. Being brain-damaged is a smear that’s just plain hard to wash off.
And, guess what, sometimes they’re right. I keep reading brain tumor blogs and books that talk about brain tumor victims that have severe personality changes…and the personality changes are never good. Maybe it’s just been sensationalized, but I remember reading about brain tumor victims who’ve become self-absorbed at best or criminals at worst.
Somehow, recovering from a brain tumor and sliding back into your old job just isn’t newsworthy or interesting.
The reaction I don’t have is outrage. I can’t work up the emotion to turn this into a politically-correct rant. I understand why Tim Pickard would make fun of the thought of being brain-damaged. I can even understand why somebody would find it funny. It’s just that I don’t find this particular strip funny.
On the other hand, is Mr. Pickard is a Zach Lederer fan? I’m guessing he isn’t.