The Internet is a very, very special place with lots of very, very special people. As if that were not already clear to me, I inadvertently stepped in e-doo-doo on Saturday, when I commented on a picture posted by George Takei on Facebook.
Here's the picture.
|There has been a miracle in the alcohol isle [sic]|
Things got just a little out of hand: 1,499 likes and 89 comments in five hours.
Within minutes there were 50 comments and almost 1,000 likes. And it just kept going and going and going . . .
Meanwhile, many people with disabilities were commenting favorably, either in response to my comment or directly on the picture, while others opined that I had no sense of humour (and should therefore never go on the Internet) or just needed to get a life and stop being "butthurt" [sic].
I started to feel bad, so I added another comment.
Even HRIH (His Royal Internet Highness) George posted a comment.
To his credit, he didn't delete the post or the discussion under it. I commented on that post that "Discussion is good." As long as people are civil and don't use profanity or slander, I see nothing wrong with people commenting. For my part, except for clarifying my position ("not offended"), I did not get involved any further.
The replies are still trickling in. I'm ignoring them. In conclusion:
And, just to prove that I do see the humour, in the whole thing, I'm sharing a video a friend posted concerning this whole thing.
Now THAT is funny.
But I hope two things:
- People with disabilities are reassured that some of us "able-bodied" people do understand.
- Others will realize that they've been making uninformed assumptions about people who use wheelchairs.
UPDATE: As of 10:52 on Monday, August 4, 2014, my comment had received 3,059 likes and 161 replies. I feel like telling everyone after, oh, the first 50 commenters that it's time to MOVE ON! THERE IS NOTHING NEW TO SAY ABOUT THIS!