I am no fan of British prime minister David Cameron but this surprisingly long-running drama about whether or not he did something stupid involving a dead pig while he was a student at university is absurd. Cameron has issued some ambiguous denials and said that he is too busy to spend time on this issue and pursue legal action for defamation.
I think the media should drop this or at the most have a laugh and move on. Young people, and especially young men, do stupid things, especially when they are members of college societies that require all manner of absurd rituals as part of their initiation or loyalty rites. Such practices supposedly generate bonding by making the victim a target for momentary ridicule. The danger is that they tend to escalate because of the sadism of some of the perpetrators and can cause physical or psychological damage to the victim. I would like to see them disappear altogether because no person has the right to humiliate another.
Such practices undoubtedly reveal poor judgment by both the victim and the victimizers. But such poor judgment, unless it leads to dangerous or criminal acts, is the norm for young people and most of the time they grow out of it. If we use such acts to discredit them when they are much older, not many adults will be untainted.
I propose that we give people a stupidity pass for silliness committed before the age of 25.