The past couple of weeks have seen another hot trend on Facebook – changing your profile picture into a cartoon character from the 80’s or 90’s for some reason.
See, everyone thinks that they’re doing it to somehow prevent child abuse (which sounds insane when you actually read that sentence). That’s like thinking you can cure a cold by looking at pictures of when you were healthy as a kid.
Before anyone gets completely riled up over me stating this, let me say clearly, child abuse is a terrible thing. I was lucky I was not a victim, though there are many who were and it’s surely horrific. But none of this is about that.
It’s just another stupid internet meme that people do for attention or to make their friends think they’re clever.
Like, “Oh, shit! I remember Thundercats! Is your picture Jem? My friend made theirs Heathcliff! LOLz!!!”
See? That’s stupid. That doesn’t prevent child abuse. It really only encourages further idiocy.
And here’s another reason to not be mad at me…
Because you got duped in more than just the obvious way.
This stupid internet meme did not start to support or promote any cause. I first saw it a couple weeks ago when it was merely a “game” on Facebook:
“NewGame: Change your profile picture to your favorite cartoon from when you were a kid. The goal of this game is not to see a human picture on Facebook, but an invasion of childhood memories until Monday. PLAY AND PASS ALONG!”
“From the 12th to the 22nd of November, change your profile picture on Facebook to an image from a cartoon from your childhood. The goal of the game? Not to have a single human face on Facebook, but an invasion of our collective childhood memories for the time of a week. It’s up to you to take action and to forward this message.”
Eventually someone decided to insert the idea of a “cause” to make it grow…
“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 a campaign against violence on children.”
That’s when it really blew up and everyone started doing it. You know, because who’s not against “violence on children”?
Whatever the hell that could possibly mean…
Is that adults beating up kids? Kids beating up other kids? Wolf on child violence? Is it the rap music that’s attacking them?
It’s pretty hard to determine what that all means since the idea was thought up, and the passage written, by someone who probably isn’t very intelligent since it doesn’t make any sense…nor is it even proper English.
What’s next? A broadcast message on Blackberry Messenger that tells me “Ur going to lose your contact list if you don’t forward this message. This is from Blackberry.”
Finally, someone wised up a bit and changed the “violence on children” section to “child abuse”, so that at least someone could detect what cause we’re even supposed to be supporting.
So now, after a few weeks of silly cartoon pictures on Facebook, we’ve come to learn that by changing our profile pictures, we’re somehow helping to prevent one of the world’s great evils?
This is nothing more than another way for everyone to pretend they’re being socially conscientious and doing something without ever lifting a finger, like praying for earthquake victims, for instance.
And please don’t tell me it’s all about awareness unless you went ahead and researched what can be done to prevent child abuse or bothered to donate to a charity that helps the victims of child abuse.
If your big contribution to the cause is changing your profile picture, you really don’t have a whole lot of standing to tell me I’m being mean by writing this.
“Aww…sorry to hear you were abused by your uncle, little 8 year old child. You’ll be happy to know that I changed my profile picture on Facebook to The Lion King though!”
While we’re at it, I’ve figured out easy ways to solve more of the world’s problems:
– Want to know how to end the war? Change your profile picture to a fighter jet! Problem solved!
– Help end world hunger. Change your profile picture to the logo of your favorite fast food chain! Now you’re helping!
– Help cure AIDS! Change your profile picture to a famous AIDS victim. You’ve done it! Cured!
– Help end world poverty. Change your profile picture to a dollar sign. Bam! You’ve done it! No more homeless!
– Help solve the mortgage crisis. Change your profile picture to a big, warm, cozy house that everyone can live in. Now you’re a CNN Hero!
– Help win the war against terror! Change your profile picture to Osama Bin Laden! You’re dismantling Al Qaeda as we speak!
– Stop global warming. Change your profile picture to a picture of the sun, but burnt out! Ahhh…I feel cooler already! I <3 icebergs!
There you go! Don’t you feel, like, totally positive?
In case you want to actually do something, instead of pretending you’re doing something already:
Child abuse hotline. 1800-4-A-CHILD to report suspected