Abby Sunderlund, the 16 year-old Californian, who was attempting to become the youngest person to sail around the world, was rescued on Monday when she was picked up by a diverted French fishing vessel.
This has touched off a media frenzy of pundits weighing-in on the suitability of mere and pere Sunderland's parenting skills.
So, are her parents (who, by the by, were going to start up a reality T.V. show based upon Abby's journey) certifiable, incredibly callous, money-grubbing jerks or parents-of-the-year material for letting their child climb every mountain or something?
Deadspin has a nice roundup of the media coverage here, and while the Sunderlands' parenting decisions would most likely not flange-up with our own, commenter Senator Lost Cajones' take mirrors our sentiments on the wussification of America:
Bear in mind, these are the same people who, 20 years ago, insisted that all be given trophies just for showing up for Little League lest their Little Johnnys and Precious Suzies emerge from their bubble wrap with crippling self-esteem issues.
Given the resulting glut of clueless, self-entitled 27 year old fuckwits who can't cope with not having everything handed to them on a fucking plate, it isn't the Sunderlands' parenting skills I'd be questioning.
Remember, the occasional ass-kicking if not necessarily the capsized vessel out in deep water builds character, kids.
Please feel free to weigh-in with your own opinion in the comment section. Thanks.