What’s Inappropriate?

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recently used a word that seems to have disappeared from our anything goes culture.

Asked to comment on transgender activist Rose Montoya, who posted on social media “a video of herself and two others going topless for a time” at a Pride Month celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, Jean-Pierre said the behavior was ” simply unacceptable and “inappropriate.”

This implies a standard by which appropriateness can be measured. What does she think that standard is? On what is it based, and who decides?

Dictionary.com offers little help. Among its definitions of inappropriate is “not proper.” Even then we are left with the question: what is “proper” and who decides? Is our standard a weather vane that points in whatever direction the wind is blowing? In a very short time we have moved from a president who had a sexual encounter with an intern in the White House (and won re-election), to another president who steals classified documents from the American people and then lies about it to one that honors Pride Month for LGBTQ+ people, claiming, “Transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know.”

So transgender people are right up there

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