Fractured Cliché: Ignoring the white elephant in the room
Correct Cliché: Ignoring the 800 pound gorilla in the room
To me there’s little material difference between these clichés. Imagine a white elephant or an 800-pound gorilla. Either would be hard to ignore.
Something else that would be hard to ignore is two football fields, adjacent to a busy highway, filled with 1,000 marijuana plants, some 10 feet tall. Yet that’s exactly what happened south of Chicago. The pot’s value was estimated between 7 and 10 million dollars. Before the bust, the police must have thought it was just weeds.
In handling the situation, authorities could have generated revenue for Chicago by harvesting the plants and holding a white elephant sale for states with legalized medicinal pot. But they took the high road instead, sending a harsh message – illegal drugs would not be tolerated.
The crop was destroyed, chopped down and burned. I imagine there was an outpouring of community support – a huge crowd watching the whole thing. The smoke was probably thick, but their visible solidarity was necessary to make sure their message was heard.
May the farce be with you!
The ladies refused to acknowledge the 800 pound white gorilla in the room