I shared this video from a Sunday second line on NOLAbeings a couple weeks ago, and received a whole range of loud responses. Many people loved the incredible dance moves and spirit of the video. Others felt deeply offended by the idea of dancing on graves. A lot of folks used the word "disgraceful!" and some commented that it was wrong to post the video - to glorify such offensive behavior (does posting = glorifying?). Those that enjoyed the video reaffirmed the reason I'd posted it in the first place - saying that this type of second lining and back-jumping is so unique to New Orleans culture - and that in many ways it celebrates the dead (like second line funerals). A bunch of folks wrote things like "Please dance on my grave!"
What is the role of the documentarian here? As someone who captures and shares stories and events with a growing audience, what is my responsibility to make sure the work I produce shows people and the city in a flattering light? It's hard not to feel at least a little bad when someone is upset by work you create. But at the same time, what a boring life it would be to create work that pleases all the people all the time.
For now, I am not just leaving the post up, I am proud of the discussion it has created and the questions is has awakened within me. What do you think?