The things that some people post that I’m “friends” with on Facebook drive me absolutely bananas sometimes! It seems like the lengths people will go to for attention and a few likes on what they post are only going lower and lower.
Lately with the recent influx of country-wide disasters, I have seen more and more pictures that people share with inaccurate and hateful information in them. Have you seen this one about the little girl who died in the Boston Marathon bombing who was running for Sandy Hook? This poor, young, adorable girl who was NOT anywhere near this race! What’s that? Yeah, any quick Google search will show you that this little girl was running for a charity in Virginia. An eight-year-old BOY who was waiting for his father actually died in the bombing. Children are not even allowed to run in this marathon! It makes me wonder about how that little boy’s family feels. And even worse is that little girl’s family had to see pictures of her posted all over the web saying that she was dead.
I also have been seeing some of my more conservative friends sharing rather hateful, factually inaccurate articles or images. This one really upset me a lot: “I’m 83 and I’m Tired” by Bill Cosby. You know the one, where Bill Cosby (who is actually 75) starts off with how he’s worked hard since his early teens and feels some frustration towards those who have been handed their positions without a day of experience. And I was all about it – I totally get that, Bill! Screw those lucky jerks! I was in total accordance at this point still. Then the essay took a turn where Bill started feeling fed up with people on welfare. I felt confused but read on until he started totally bashing on the Muslim race and how they aren’t a peaceful people and he basically feels no respect for them. Skimming through, because I stopped reading it, he says how he doesn’t care for drug addicts and their addictions or the environment, and generally thinks it’s crazy that his money has to go towards this nonsense.
If you’re anything like me, when you got to the hateful bigotry, an image of Bill Cosby in a nice, warm sweater popped into your mind. This is the face of a racist, bitter man? I mean, maybe, but I needed more proof before I blindly agreed to destroy a beloved image.
That’s when I found all the links saying it was a hoax, and that Bill Cosby even went as far as to write a statement about it.
There’s an email floating around — entitled “I’m 76 and tired” — purportedly sent by me. I did not write the email, I did not send the email, I’m not 76, and I don’t subscribe to the ugly views expressed in the email. We are coming up to an important anniversary on Sunday, which is a day when we should all come together. Whoever wrote this email is not thinking about our country, or what is important. If you get the email, it’s time to hit DELETE.
Good for you, Bill. The actual culprit is an angry veteran and former Massachusetts senator, Robert A. Hall.
The people who create these things – what do they get out of this? An intense, euphoric amount of pleasure from having complete strangers share a story they fabricated. There’s using your creative freedom in a productive way and there’s slander, and I guess we’re at a place where you have to choose your writing style.
I sincerely wish that people would do some research before re-posting these ignorant things. If it sounds crazy and mind boggling, then there’s a very good chance that it is exactly that. It’s offensive to people who don’t want to see your racist ideals, and it’s also insulting to families and individuals affected by the misinformation. I understand that I can easily delete all these people and then my personal affliction would be over, but that isn’t the point. We have the privilege of having immediate access to any information that we may desire and yet people abuse it by sharing fake news for a moment of Facebook fame.
I stopped using AOL to avoid the crappy forwarding chain emails, and I’m sick of seeing that they found their way back into my life again. Drop the rumors and find the facts, people.