OK, it has been a wwhiiilllleeee… I apologize, but sometimes life gets in the way of being funny on the Internet. However, and I mean this with all the love in the world — I’m back up in your ass with the resurrection! I’ve chosen my first post back to be about something that I detest for my own reasons, but that a lot of people find wonderful! I can’t wait for the death threats!
Let me start by saying that what happened in Paris was awful, tragic, and unnecessary. I feel a pain in my heart about it and how callous and stupid people can be because of their “beliefs”. That being said, I have a few problems with the “solidarity” of changing your Facebook profile picture to a French flag (or any other flag for that matter — remember? there were like 4 other countries who recently experienced terror attacks — but you don’t give a shit about them, right?).
First, 95% of people who change their profile pic just want to be cool. Admit it — yea, you feel bad about what happened, but other than that you’re going about your daily life like nothing is going on. You look at the suggestion to change you’re profile picture temporarily, and you think, “O. M. G. I can totally look like I give a shit about a country that I’ve never been to and never think about, without actually having to do ANYTHING. This is perfect!” This makes me sick for two reasons — one, if you want to be cool, just read my blog, duh. And two, because no one in France — not one fucking person, gives a freshly baked croissant about your profile picture.
My second issue with all of this is that not one single person who has changed their profile pic will fly to France to help the families of the victims. Not one. You’re on your phone in Starbucks (or on your laptop, if you’re a shitty wannabe writer), and talking to your shitty friends saying, “ohhh isn’t it so tragic what happened in France? I changed my profile pic to show solidarity!” To which, if I was behind you, creepily staring at your latte, would ask, “Oh, you want to show solidarity with the French people? Are you also going to start watching Inspector Clouseau movies and eating baguettes? Because they all have about the same impact.”
Lastly, there are terror attacks every day — everywhere. I don’t see any Iraqi flags for the bombings in Baghdad, or Lebanese flags for the suicide bombings in Beirut. What makes France so special that it deserves this pedestal treatment? A tragedy is a tragedy, any way you slice it. The fact that one tragedy is temporary Facebook profile picture worthy, and another isn’t — is appalling.
Now you might be thinking, “This guy’s a prick.”, and you would not be wrong. But my main issue with people who do this sort of thing is that it’s empty. The people who are treating those in France, who are giving money and their time — they don’t have fucking Facebook, and if they do, they don’t have time to worry about a temporary profile picture. Just like the people who campaigned for gay marriage didn’t change their profile pictures, because they were too busy celebrating the work they did for gay marriage…
All I’m asking for is a little common sense — so if you choose to change your profile picture that’s fine, but if that’s all you do, maybe you need to rethink your priorities a skosh.