Ok ,here is a rant, or perhaps just an outpouring of the weird thought process I just had. I was sitting down at the computer, checking out some internet humour sights, and having quite the chuckle over the Beyonce meme that has been going around. I am sure you know the one I am talking about, where she is flexing muscles larger than I will ever have with a classic “derp” face, anyways I was laughing. Hard. I even got more of a chuckle when I heard that Beyonce released a plea to the internet, asking for people not to post that image. Now asking the internet to not do something is sort of like walking up to a hungry Lion and asking it to not eat you, the results are predictable and sometime hilarious.
Then it hit me.
Here was a woman, who had a questionable/damning photo that got released on the internet, pleading for people to not post it.
Think about it for a moment and tell me what pops up in your mind? For me, I suddenly thought about Amanda Todd.
Now before everyone starts yelling about the differences between Beyonce and Amanda Todd let me tell you I am quite aware of them. I strongly doubt Beyonce is going to have any suicide issues over this, but what bothers me is the similarity in our reactions. When Amanda Todd pleaded to have her pictures removed, those responsible just laughed and continued to hound her, with tragic results. Now of course the rest of us all got in an uproar, put on a pink shirt, and demanded “NEVER AGAIN!”. We signed petitions, demanded tougher stances on bullying, and went back with a feeling of smug self righteousness to our computers.
Feeling happy, we then logged in, and started to laugh at someone else’s misfortunes. Honey Boo-Boo, countless humiliating You tube videos, etc. I was right there laughing to. Yet really what is the difference between the bullies who hounded Amanda Todd, and the rest of us? Laughing at celeberties is a pass time, no doubt, but if we really want to take a stance on bullying perhaps we need to look at the culture we have created around us. We live off of others misfortunes. It’s true, go watch TMZ, read Us magazine, and try and tell me we don’t. If we really want to stop bullying, we have to change EVERYTHING. Not just schools, though that would be a good start, but everything in Society. To do this though, we have to start with ourselves.
Personally, I really do not care about Beyonce. Yet I guess I can show enough respect to not dwell on her silly picture, not for her, but for my son. You see, I am quite sure he is going to pick up a lot of my bad habits (secret nose picking, or wearing socks two days in a row are my top choices) but I am going to be damned if he is going to learn cruelty from me. Thanks.