When Public Shaming Goes Viral

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Lately I’ve been seeing a list of 21 Girls Who Don’t Know What Eyebrows Are Supposed To Look Like featuring a bunch of images of people who have drawn on their own eyebrows. The objective of the post was clearly to make others laugh. Haha. Very funny, let’s all laugh at someone else’s fashion choice or personal expression.

Or, how about, let’s not?

Remarkable idea, isn’t it?

We all remember what it was like to be in primary school or high school and be picked on for being different. It didn’t even matter if you WERE different, something would be found that would identify you are somehow different which would then be pointed out on a public stage and ridiculed.

It was pretty nasty, right? That feeling of humiliation, shame and, let’s be honest, a little bit of loathing. We can all relate to what it was like to be singled out.

Now imagine that instead of being humiliated in front of 20-60 of your peers or, at worst, the entire school, it was 633,000 people.

Ouch.

Yet that’s the current number of Facebook shares on the post I’ve been seeing. That’s not even taking into consideration the mass numbers of friends who would have seen the post being shared on one of their friend’s walls, or the tweets, reddits or other social media.

Imagine being humiliated in front of that many people.

Kind of makes it less funny, doesn’t it?

Our very own Carly Findlay was recently humiliated in a similar fashion on Reddit and her reply gained fist pumps from all over the world. She fought back with awesome.

Will these 21 people be afforded that same dignity? Will they even get the chance? (With the possible exception of Amanda Palmer who somehow made it onto this list, and everyone already knows she’s awesome)

Maybe not, but we could at least stop sharing in their humiliation.

Do you think these kinds of memes are funny or mean? Have you ever been in one?