And so, waking up this morning to read Jezebel's headline "Kansas City Fails Miserably at the World Record for Dog Paraders," a little part of my heart broke. Can't we just have something silly without drooling all over ourselves to take a shot at it?
Look, I get how the Internet is played. Some headlines sell page views better than others, and tearing something down is the quick road to click town. Add in cats or scantily clad women, and you've got yourself a well-read blog that will generate tens of dollars in Google ads. And it's a lot easier to toss up a post than attempt to get people to show up in real life.
The parade's organizers estimated that 500 dogs (and potentially a few potbellied pigs) would come out in costume with their owners, and $2,500 was raised for the Pet Connection, a local no-kill animal shelter (which, to Jezebel's credit, they lifted from the Huffington Post, which reposted the Associated Press story about the parade). The world was not changed - no Guinness World Records were broken. But somebody put their chihuahua in a cardboard tank, and somebody else made a dachshund into a ballerina. And for an afternoon, we forgot that we're debating whether we can talk about homosexuality in classrooms or repealing the statewide smoking ban.
There's a lot of ways you can take a shot at Missouri these days - the Legislature made both The Daily Show and Colbert Report in the past week. You don't need to pick a fight with a 3-pound purse animal. Look, Jezebel, just go back to telling Kate Beckinsale that she needs a "Republican in her vagina." And we'll handle what's going on in the streets of Kansas City.
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