PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – All eyes will be on the Mummers on Sunday for the annual spectacle.
Something else to watch: whether city-mandated sensitivity training has tamed any of the traditional satire.READ MORE: Sharon Hill Police Officers Charged With Manslaughter In Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility
Mummers have had sensitivity training, in-person and by video, following last year’s social media backlash over parade displays that included Caitlyn Jenner’s face on a box of “Froot Loops” and “Wench Lives Matter.”
Comic division president Rich Porco says Mummers have learned that satire can offend.
“I think we all, sort of – through this training, realized that some things can be hurtful,” Porco said.Flyers Drop 9th Straight Game After Blowing Late Third-Period Lead To Islanders
For the first time, Mummers had to have their themes pre-approved by the city.
Porco also heads the Murray comic club. He says four of Murray’s 18 brigades had to tweak their themes, but adds the vast majority of Mummers are respectful:
“Are you going to hold 9,999 responsible for one person?” Porco said.
Porco says it’s still okay to satirize authority:
“The mayor’s still fair game — the president-elect is still fair game,” he said.MORE NEWS: 'Water Was Completely Above The Ceiling': Queen Village Businesses Still Struggling After July Water Main Break
But he tells his members, “If you think it’s wrong, it probably is.”