One of my weaknesses is silly cat pictures and videos. Alas, I’m allergic to the critters, but I still enjoy watching them. I visit the Lolcats section of I Can Has Cheezburger frequently: like most sites, it seems an echo chamber, in which every item posted gets overwhelmingly favorable reviews.
And then I came across this:
The production values aren’t so hot, but it’s charming. I was tickled. And then I saw:
How could this be?
Most of the negative comments were in the vein, ‘how dare these people let the cat loose in their car.’ But the circumstances are clearly benign: the cat is embroiled in what (to him) is a new adventure, the car is going very slowly, and the environment in the car is clearly very calm. It’s something that I would have had no problem with when I had a car, if I weren’t allergic to cats. (If I were on the highway, in a tearing hurry, probably not. But on a lazy Saturday afternoon, with my wife and kid in the car, why not?)
I was surprised by the vehemence of some of the comments. Some comments on this video on other Web sites wished ill on the human family in the car for maltreating the cat and creating a road hazard. Clearly they don’t deserve to live.
I wonder what motivates these complainers. Is it a genuine concern for animal welfare?
Or are they just jealous that the Russians in the video aren’t afraid of their own shadows, as we seem to have become?