Here's an unexpected twist to the socially-networked Nu-Perfect America: Facebook has made modern and digital the quaint Puritan practice of shunning and turned the whole country into colonial Boston.
VFTP readers, meet our latest 21st Century Hester Prynne. Her "A" stands for "Asshat", apparently.
"Oh, but she has a right to post photos that she knows others will find shameful and boorish* on her Facebook page!" Indeed she does. And people have a right to react however they feel like reacting, so long as they keep their hands to themselves.
I'm torn ten ways from Sunday about the whole thing, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't find it absolutely fascinating.
*Oddly, it seems that from inside her bubble, she had no clue that others would take offense at the picture. How insulated and provincial the East Coast cosmopolite so often is!
EDITED TO ADD: She was just trying to show what a rebel she was by mocking a sign that said "Silence and Respect"... without stopping to consider the larger context of where that sign was. It's the difference between lighting up next to a "NO SMOKING" sign, and lighting up next to a "NO SMOKING" sign in a pediatric lung cancer ward. One's rebellious, the other's reprehensible.