- Ever had a kid sitting behind you kicking the back of your seat on a plane?
- Ever had to side-step a tantrum in the supermarket?
- Or had trouble hearing a conversation in a cafe due to the screams coming from the next table?
Last night we watched the first episode of The Slap – a tv series on the ABC based on the novel by Christis Tsiolkas. A young kid – maybe 4ish – was wildly swinging a cricket bat in a vicious manner which, if it connected, could cause serious harm to another person.
As the parents were not responsive to the immediate danger of the situation, another adult nearby intervened. The adult grabbed the bat and shook the kid giving him a good talking to. The kid reacted by viciously kicking the adult in the shins. The adult slapped the kid back – hard.
And then all hell broke loose.
So the next 7 episodes of The Slap will be exploring the various attitudes and perspectives to this unfortunate event.
But last night…
- The slapped kid’s father is pressing charges against the slapper
- The slapped kid’s mother is angry at the owners of the house, even though the owners didn’t do the slapping
- The kid who got slapped is hugged and soothed by his mum
- The guy whose house it happened in was glad the slap happened because it woke him up to the dangers of the near-affair he was just about to have with a younger woman
- Another adult was horrified someone hit a child
- Another adult felt the kid deserved all he got
There’s no denying it was an impossible situation. So. If you had been there and witnessed the slap, what would your reaction have been? Would you:
- Have been the person to jump in an intervene, but without slapping?
- Have been an observer but secretly glad someone else did the slapping?
- Thought the adult who slapped the kid was totally out of line?
- Other (please explain)
What’s your response to the slap?