DELAWARE UNITED STATES (AP).- On New Year’s Day, a float portraying children in cages at border detention sparked outrage online, as former political candidates, community, activists and others questioned how such displays were permitted.
Senator Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown, who saw the display in person said: “The irreverent and satirical humor is fine and it’s expected every year, but I think some of the displays took a mean and nasty turn. This went more than close to the edge. It went over the edge and it has to be called out. The antidote to that is more speech redirecting the public discourse and saying, ‘This was wrong, you crossed a line. They became ruinous and disgusting. It’s okay, and it’s even healthy, to make fun of politicians, ideologies and celebrities, satire works when it’s aimed at someone prominent and powerful; however, jokes about children in cages and about the humanitarian crisis on the border are simply a low blow. These demonstrations are divisive, perverse and goes against the values of our state.”
The annual Middletown, Delaware Hummers Parade started in 1971 and is known for its controversial displays of the previous year’s political, cultural and social issues. It began as a spoof of Philadelphia’s Mummer’s Parade.
Middletown is a town in New Castle County, Delaware, United States.
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