It has been an unpleasant morning for a particular young lady, to say the least.
When the post popped up on my feed, 3 of my friends had already shared it. Before we go into this, here’s the post in full.
In case it’s too long, here’s a quick summary:
Donovan runs satire site Durian Daily, Emily is a beauty influencer.
Emily puts up an #OOTD Instagram post, and talks about the plight of animals in the Indonesian forests that are burning. Donovan believes this to be armchair activism and comments on her post. His comment gets deleted, so he takes the comment to Facebook and it goes viral.
There’s just one problem…
What Emily Tan says and does on Instagram is one slice of her entire life.
Therefore, the demand that has been put on her by this other human being is based on an incomplete reference point. The way he publicly tore her down was also needless, and uncalled for. It damages everyone, not just his intended target. It’s very clear that he’s an intelligent human being, what’s not clear is the true intent behind this act.
With his level of intelligence, he could have very easily reached out to her and worked on a collaboration to bring awareness to the issues at hand. In this case: The wildlife dying from Indonesian forest fires. Heck, they could have even raised funds for the cause if they really wanted to. Instead, this degenerated into something unproductive and damaging, all for getting an opinion across.
So sure, he’s made his point, but the cost was heavy.
Is this always the Endgame?
The reason why I’m talking about this is because there has been a pattern of destructive endgames occurring on blogs this week. This isn’t the only incident that happened. The real issue is not whether someone is right or wrong.
The real question is: how is it that we agree with tearing someone else down because we don’t agree with their stance in life?
What’s worse, he’s brought out an online mob with pitchforks and barbed words. His move has become more than just doing justice for society, it’s turned into a mass online assault.
So before you share, just ask: What if that was you?