When you think of "dignified" ceremonies, school graduations are one of the first that comes to mind. Everybody, including the kid who would eat swiss rolls of the cafeteria floor for a dollar, dresses up in strange gowns and minds their manners for an hour or so, out of respect for the belief that educating oneself is an important endeavor.
At a graduation parents are quiet. Babies are hushed. Students are equal parts solemn and happy. Aware that they've accomplished much to get here, but equally frightened that they will be thrust into new and challenging scenarios that will force them to use what they learned and apply it practically.
At least, that's what it's supposed to be like. Sure, we might be bored out of our minds sitting at these things, only waiting for them to call our names and give us a brief second of recognition before we walk off stage and go back to whatever scumbaggery we're known for. But we all pretty much understand that we don't behave like animals at graduation ceremonies.
No students were involved in the massive fight in the Memphis, Tennessee baptist church. - just parents.
"Last night we celebrated 500 students who graduated from Arlington High School. This year’s class earned over $30,600,000 in college scholarships. It was unfortunate that a couple of adults in the audience exhibited the behavior they did prior to the ceremony beginning and thus has caused a distraction from the celebration of our students’ accomplishments," USA Today reported.
One woman was even handcuffed in the aftermath of the incident that quickly broke out of hand, despite security trying its best to stop the fight from spreading.
Because if there's anything the internet loves more than violence, it's creating memes based off of said violence. (h/t usa today)
Growing up as a Muslim-Albanian family with very patriarchal ideas on the way a family is supposed to operate, my idea of what a father should be was a very "man's man" one.
He brings home the bacon, laughs maybe five times a year, and was really into Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorcese movies. Oh, and a Marlboro Red had to be perpetually hanging out the side of his mouth.
Fast forward years later and here I am, dadding it up, and I'm not that, like, at all. The manliest thing I probably do is hit the gym, bro, and not shave my chest hair. Other than that though, I'm nothing like the former generation of "guy's guys" that raised me. Which I'm totally cool with, because I'm already learning special hair braids to try out on my daughter once she gets older. Because her old man might be a North Jersey meathead, but he's going to be a meathead who doesn't mind having tea parties and getting his nails painted with his little girl.