"I don't feel an obligation to give everyone a hard time, but when they're important people, it's fun." -- Don Rickles
A couple of weeks ago we lost a comedic icon and the greatest roaster of all time.
Mr. Rickles came up in a period of time significantly different than the one we are currently experiencing. We are a bit on the sensitive side these days, and not without good reason.
While he may have meant celebrities when referring to "important" people, I think Mr. Warmth was also referring to loved ones. The great fun-poker was absolutely correct, though. It is fun to give the important people in our lives a hard time. It's one of the greatest signs of affection.
As an admirer of Mr. Rickles, I must admit that there is nary a person that I've cared about throughout my life that hasn't been subject to a scoff or two... or hundreds!! But it truly only comes from a place of love.
In a time when we watch everything we say and make sure to be PC, let's learn from one of the least PC humans ever, Don Rickles. Take a moment to stop and make fun of the important people in your life. Show 'em you love 'em, THEY NEED IT!
And check out this gem of fella doing what he does...Laughter and Love, What Can You Lose?