Let’s change our Facebook profile pictures to encourage child abuse
At first, I was a little confused as to why everyone had been changing their Facebook profile pictures to cartoon characters, until I saw the “official” reason as to why people were doing it:
“Change your Facebook profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. Until Monday (Dec.6) there should be no human faces on Facebook, but an invasion of memories. This is for violence against children.”
First of all … the instructions say this is for violence against children. It does not say “for raising awareness”, “for a fight against”, or anything in relation to combatting child abuse. It simply says for violence against children. So basically, everyone is changing their profile pictures to show their support for people abusing children, if the above instruction is to be taken. I’m pretty sure all the pedophiles and child beaters out there are rejoicing right now because their evil ploy has worked to brainwash people into supporting their cause.
“But Doro, it’s pretty obvious that they meant it was supposed to be against violence against children. You’re just being a kill joy and taking everything too literally,” I hear someone say. Well, that’s just what I like to do.
Anyway, let’s just pretend that this campaign was for a fight against child abuse. I don’t understand how a bunch of people on the internet posting up pictures of their favourite childhood cartoon is going to do anything for the children getting beaten. Do you really think pedophiles and people who beat their kids are going to think, “Oh no! A bunch of random people are posting up pictures of make-believe characters!! I better stop abusing these kids before something happens!!!” Ohhh, why didn’t the police and prosecutors think of this earlier. The authorities truly do underestimate the power of Facebook.
In addition to not doing anything to stop the violence, how is posting a bunch of one’s childhood memories helping the actual children who are getting abused? Effectively, people are just saying “This is a wonderful memory from my childhood. You wouldn’t know anything about enjoying childhood though, because you were too busy getting abused. I hope you’re jealous right now”. Great job, everyone!
And of course the third possibility of this enigmatic campaign – to raise awareness. This part pretty much failed because I, and many other people, had no idea why everyone began changing their pictures to begin with. Furthermore, everyone knows child abuse exists. This isn’t raising awareness in any way, because it offers no factual information whatsoever and absolutely no information is given on how one could actually do something to help those in need. Because really, how many people are you helping by changing your profile picture? None.
My point is — this whole thing is purely for fun. Yes, it is for fun that people are changing their profile pictures. It is for fun that I’m actually looking at these pictures and saying “Oh, I remember that!” And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having fun. What annoys me is that someone felt the need to justify this fun by attaching “This is for child abuse”, as if adding some kind of noble cause to the end of something will compel more people to take part in their trend. I bet you didn’t know that this game started in Greece but had little popularity, so then some person stole it and just attached the “This is for child abuse” and spread it around which caused it to be as big as it is now.
People, it’s okay to have fun – you don’t need a good ’cause’ to have fun. It would be like me going out and getting smashed on a Friday night, feeling guilty about it, then saying “I did it for all the starving kids in Africa”. My point is that people shouldn’t have fun and participate in the game under the pretense of helping someone out, either for the reason of inflating their own ego because they’re under the impression they’re actually helping or merely because they want to justify their fun. Anybody who genuinely feels that they’ve made a difference by participating in this game needs to wake up.
The idea of the game was good, until some idiot decided to take advantage of other people’s misfortunes in order to popularise and spread their trend around. I’m not hating on the people who participated, I’m hating on the actual trend because it is trivialising the plight of those abused children and becoming an excuse to spread a Facebook trend.
PS: I don’t care if no one agrees with me. By all means, I welcome any opinion of the contrary. If anyone can give me a reason as to how this trend is helping anyone in the slightest, I would like to hear it.
EDIT: On a serious and less satirical note, seeing as how this post has been pretty much useless and was written for pure reading enjoyment (and drawing people’s attention away from a Facebook fad and thinking about what they’re actually doing which was my intention to begin with), please do your part in actually addressing the problem. Preventing child abuse should go beyond 6 December and satisfying yourself with nostalgic feelings isn’t really helping anybody.