A North Carolina father is bound to find himself either a hero or a villain, depending on who it is you’re polling.
Here’s the scoop on this modern tale with an Old West twist.
Tommy Jordan, an IT professional, recently discovered that his 15 year-old teenage daughter had posted a lengthy discourse on Facebook in which she complains that her parents are guilty of just about every charge listed in the Disgruntled Teen’s Handbook of Wild Injustice.
From complaining about being asked to make coffee for her parents to being forced to clean up around the house, internet viewers are treated to a self-made video of a passionate reading of the young lady’s composition by none other than her dear old dad.
Click here to watch dad take aim and fire.
At one point, between drags on his cigarette, the cowboy-hatted Jordan stops his recitation to say say how much he is blown away by his daughter’s next sentence.
Then, he reads it to us:
“You tell me at least once a day that I need to get a job…you could just pay me for all the @$!# I do around the house.”
The elder Jordan practically sizzles with disbelief at that.
“Seriously?” he asks, staring straight into the camera.
Of course, the real action, the real cyber-Shakespeare stuff happens towards the end of the 8-plus minute video when Tommy Jordan turns the camera, first on to his daughter’s laptop lying there in the winter grass, and then on to his .45 caliber handgun.
9 shots later: the outlaw known as FaceBook lies dead in the southern afternoon.
Now, I have to be honest here: initially, coming in to this story, I was prepared for another tale of a wack-a-doo parent with no social skills and a primitive mindset. I wanted to dislike this guy for embarrassing the hell out of his daughter (he sort of dedicates the video to all of her FaceBook friends who enjoyed her rant) and then for using a gun to retaliate.
But, the part of me that was leaning that way is now losing out to the part of me who thinks that maybe Tommy Jordan isn’t a bad dad at all. He seems pretty likeable, actually. He seems genuinely hurt and confused by his daughter’s public slamming of her parents and he seems almost desperate, if not impetuous, to find a way to deal with it, and with her.
Now, I don’t recommend the gunplay for anyone. (Lord knows that the era when most Dads could sling lead with any kind of accuracy is long gone.)
But there is a certain old-school Old West essence to Mr. Jordan and his ancient frustrations and the way he tries to shoot ’em up.
It’s kind of charming in a way. I may be wrong. But, I may be right, too.
What do you think? Is he crazy? Is he wrong? Is he a hero or a villain?