I don't live in a bubble and I'm not immune to the fact that there's cowards who hide behind the facade of a computer, bashing others and practicing their right to "free speech". However, it goes beyond the lines when said coward does it to children.
Let me begin by saying I rarely get on Facebook. Although I'm sure it'd help my blog stature, I don't know enough about that part of social media to get highly involved with it. Checking in and scanning recent top posts from family and friends is usually the extent of my Facebook involvement.
A friend came over to my house earlier tonight to visit and casually asked me if I had been on Facebook as of late. Um, nope. Apparently my sister entered a photo in a contest that Nerf is having on their Facebook page. It's an innocent enough photo of four children posing with Nerf guns, in Charlie's Angels style. My two sons, my step-daughter, and my nephew are all in the photo, acting goofy and having fun after playing in the field at camp. From my understanding, the photo is in the running to win if comments are left and the photo is "liked".
A number of comments have been left, not all of them positive. A couple of people who's parents obviously didn't raise them right have left demeaning comments about my two boys, with them ranging on the less hurtful side of making fun of one wearing red shorts to the extreme side of calling them gay.
Oh no you didn't!! You obviously haven't met the wrath of Terrabitchia.
Seriously, why would anyone who has any self sense of respect ever outright post stuff like that on the Internet, or even think to say it? High school pettiness within adults is one thing. Downgrading children, especially those you don't even know, is a whole new level of pathetic.
I'd be the first to say that they do look kinda goofy. It's meant to be a goofy photo, nothing more and nothing less. Logan looks like he's going for Gangsta's Angels instead of Charlie's Angels. Awkward! However, they are children, not adults. Calling them gay or other demeaning comments isn't necessary.
To those people with low self-worth and no life who are leaving unneccessary comments about my kids on the Nerf page, maybe I should thank you. After all, the more comments, the better chances of winning the contest. At least do me the favor of "liking" the photo after you make yourself feel better by being a butthead. That'll better the chances and maybe give you something positive to do with your life.