Come on, guys. We can do better than this.
So 2016 is almost over and a new wave of a meme has overtaken our Facebook timelines. You know the one. It shows a picture of an “unattractive by society’s standards” person, with text saying, “I’m looking for ____. Can you tag him, please?”
Yeah, I’m not posting any of those on my blog. If you don’t know this meme, well then lucky you – your Facebook friends are good people. But you’re going to have to look somewhere else if you want to see an example of it, because I refuse to post it here.
Because this meme is cruel.
What the hell, humanity? I was for you. When psyche class had us asking if humans are inherently good, I was for your side. I thought they were. But this year came and humans kept proving to me over and over again that they weren’t. Just so many things happening because of hatred and bigotry and unkindness. And I thought, well maybe deep down humans are kind.
But you know what? Maybe there is no deep down. Maybe humans are just bad creatures, and we just don’t want to admit it.
And this meme takes the cake. It is straight up bullying. And people actually find it funny. It’s perpetuating the idea that it’s okay to make fun of people who are different. Who are ugly and weird by society’s standards. And it’s not only okay – it’s hilarious. It’s hilarious to spread pictures of people when they look their worst, with no regard for their feelings whatsoever. And it’s even more hilarious when you tag your friend in it!
Because you can’t possibly be associated with a person THAT repulsive. That’s why it’s funny!
What if you were one of those people? You wouldn’t like it very much, would you? Did you ever stop to think these people are human beings? That they feel and cry and get insecure like you do?
Seriously, guys. We are not ending 2016 like this, it was bad enough. And after all those wholesome memes.