OK, I'll bite. Sides of this issue you might not be considering
Posted Aug 25, 2009 18:13 UTC (Tue) by BrucePerens
In reply to: OK, I'll bite. Sides of this issue you might not be considering
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First, you're confusing your own emotional situation with that of your (former) clients. This is probably not productive because your own behavior issues can not simply be treated as a smaller-scale version of their (much worse) problems. And then you're assuming that mistakes are made because people haven't been coached and are resistant to coaching. RMS in this case is by now well informed that this particular joke won't work in the future, and he's sensitive to things like that. But I know from personal experience that RMS, who on a good day is entertaining, eloquent, a good dancer, and even pretty good at getting girls, simply does not have the empathy to understand some things no matter how long they are explained.
IMO, understanding a not-entirely-sympathetic audience's perception of innuendo in advance to telling the joke is something he would find difficult.
This is from personal experience as long as yours, and with all due respect I will go on saying that you can not expect some folks to reliably act the way you and I would be expected to act, and it's not their fault.
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