Bullying Has a Long History in American Entertainment”

In her opinion piece (The Modesto Bee, 7/21/12), Jan Sharp points out that bullying has been around forever; she questions the response of those who self-righteously treat it as a newly discovered problem without considering the role of our culture and our own selves in its perpetuation. I was intrigued by her thoughts about the role of bullying and put-downs in American humor, and added some of my own.