(I posted this on Facebook the other day, but wanted to preserve it here as well…)
Sometimes I can’t not say something. I’m generally a very positive person, but sometimes various corners of humanity disgust me.
The recent Cheerios commercial (and its parody) and Sebastian De La Cruz National Anthem kerfuffles have shown us once again that there are an excess of bigots and idiots – I’ll call them “bigiots” – with access to computers. Indeed these two examples are simply reminders of what happens in various corners of the internet every day.
It’s important to note that the internet didn’t create bigots and idiots, they were always here. The internet has simply provided an easy place for them to express their hateful, bigoted and idiotic ideas publicly and anonymously.
What scares me most about bigiots is that they’re teaching it to their children, who grow up thinking that this type of bigotry and idiocy not just the norm, not just acceptable, but actually something to aspire to.
As a society we can do better. We should do better. We can and should shine a light this behavior and call it out – publicly – for what it truly is: shameful and unacceptable.