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Monday question: Hell is other people (specifically, this guy)

Posted by Robin Abrahams  July 30, 2012 06:42 AM

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This question came in late during a chat, and I promised the chatter that I'd crowdsource your wisdom:
 
Any advice on an impending wedding where the groom's uncle (I'm the bride) is known to make tons of racist and sexist comments just to get a reaction out of people? Thinking of trying to assign a babysitter, but his family is used to him and doesn't think his awful comments are a big deal.
What do you think? This problem could happen at any party, of course, but a wedding is particularly tricky as the bride and groom have plenty of other duties and can't play "bad cop" if necessary. I'll summarize and give my advice on Friday, and join me on Wednesday for another live chat!
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