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Just wanted to take a minute to address the latest Facebook trend of changing your profile picture to the French flag. We changed our’s on Facebook to this:
That’s a picture someone sent us who was recently in Paris, of the French version of the Turtleboy. Although we are hearing it might be a Turtle girl. Could be transgender, too early to tell. It’s in this place called “The Louvre.” Ever heard of it?
Another picture we could’ve put up which is equally as appropriate and much more hilarious is this one:
Paris Cinema and Turtleboy – two of Carlo Baldino’s favorite things. Even more appropriate because it unites Worcester and Paris in one glorious picture.
Anyway, we got some shit about it. Here’s a comment that was left on our page after we changed the picture:
Dissapointed on the day before there were attacks in Lebanon, nobody cared. Turtleboy of all sites should have called people out on their bs french flag profile pics, not created a follower pic.
OK, this whole “yea, but there were tragedies in other places too” shit needs to stop. If you’ve been riding the turtle for a while now then you know that Turtleboy doesn’t just do things because they’re trendy. Usually we do the exact opposite. I don’t know why we did this, we just did. It looks kind of cool, and we knew when we did it we weren’t changing the world or making it easier for the families of any of the victims. But we just figured that the rest of the country and the world had our back after the Boston Marathon attacks and September 11, that this would be a nice little gesture. Plus it looks cool.
Now this isn’t to say we won’t criticize a Facebook trend. For instance, the Joseph Kony thing was so stupid because people were surprised by it. Child soldiers have been a thing for a long time before Kony 2012 became a thing. Go watch Blood Diamond and get back to me.
Then there was the pink equality sign for gay marriage. That was dumb because people could’ve been in favor of gay marriage a LONG time ago. But they only came out of the woodworks now because Macklemore won a Grammy Award. Where were these people when the Stonewall Riot or Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell happened? Nowhere. Because it wasn’t trendy then.
As for the bombing attacks in Lebanon, what would you like us to do? When people think of Beirut, the first word that usually comes to mind is bombing. Because it’s in the Middle East and the Middle East is the most fucked up, backwards place that has ever existed.
But Paris and the Western World are supposed to be safer than places like Beirut. That’s what makes this story so shocking. Middle Eastern violence found it’s way into the West, and that is a much bigger deal than violence in the Middle East. Here’s why.
It’s like when you open the newspaper and you see that someone got shot in Vernon Hill or Roxbury or Springfield. No one bats an eyebrow. But when someone gets shot in Tatnuck or Wellesely or Longmeadow, it’s a much bigger deal. As it should be. Because there are always gonna be depraved acts of violence in this world, but we need to make sure that these are isolated areas so that good and decent people can move about freely. And yes, there are plenty of good and decent people in those dangerous places, which is why the goal for most of them is to get the hell out of there and move to a more civilized and less dangerous place.
So yea, when a bomb goes off in Beirut, no one is surprised, because it’s Beirut. But when a well planned out, well financed, coordinated act of terror takes place in several locations of one of the most iconic, civilized, and cultural cities in the world, it’s a MUCH bigger deal. As it should be. Because if we lose the civilized parts of society to the savages then there will be no place for civilized people to live.
Then there are dumb posts like these:
You know what I’m gonna stop supporting? Breast cancer awareness. Because it’s not fair to all the other things that have killed people. It’s not right to commemorate innocent people who were massacred by Muslim terrorists because Freddie Gray and Michael Brown died after resisting arrest and trying to take a gun from a cop. That makes TONS of sense. I apologize for my Eurocentrism and white supremacy.
FYI Naomi Toledo is part of the “peaceful” black lives matter Boston chapter, and Ashley Wonder got that free, taxpayer funded trip to Oakland with RBG as part of his poetry slam.
Turtleboy saw a lot of people sharing this article entitled “Why I’m not turning my Facebook phot blue, white and red” by a woman named Jamie Khoo. First of all, get over yourself hun. Anyone who feels the need to brag to the world that they’re NOT doing something is an attention seeking, narcissistic dooshnozzle. If you don’t wanna change your picture, that’s fine. It doesn’t make you any better than Turtleboy. And going out of your way to announce to the world that you have some sort of moral superiority, or that you’re not a sheep like everyone else because you’re smarter and you didn’t put a French flag on it, makes you a dooshnozzle.
Here’s an excerpt:
I won’t be adding the French flag filter to my Facebook profile. I’m also not writing condolence and prayer messages on my Facebook feed, tagged with #PrayforParis. It is not because I don’t care, or that I don’t feel the profound shock and sadness for what has happened.
In fact, it’s because I find it so absolutely awful that I’ve chosen not to engage in this way. I feel that just changing my photo, writing a few words and a hashtag on social media minimizes (even cheapens) the tremendous, horrific reality of what is going on all around the world, not just in Paris. From suffering arises another trendy social media gimmick, another way for us to show the world how “clued in” and “with it” we are.
Cool. Thanks for sharing. No one gives a shit what you DIDN’T do. Only in America do we have writers who brag about what they DIDN’T do.
Why do we change our photos, really? To show solidarity? But what does that even mean and how does a temporary Facebook photo do it?
Oh snap!!! Here I am thinking I changed the world and fixed terrorism. Turns out I didn’t do shit!! Thanks for putting me in my place Jamie Khoo!!!
The people I know in Paris—or any other place that is hit by tragedy—are in my thoughts and in my messages; I just don’t feel the need to broadcast this to the world. I’ve found ways to reach out to them directly to find out how they are, and offer support in whatever way they need now. This is my way of responding to a conflict that I feel is more meaningful than merely changing my photo.
Translation – the way I’m responding to this senseless tragedy is better and more productive than the way you are. Therefore I’m a better person than you and wanted to make you aware of this.
The bottom line is, if you didn’t change your profile picture then more power to ya. I really don’t give a shit if you did, but I especially don’t give a shit what your reasoning is for not doing it. Have fun patting yourself on the back though. We’re real proud of you.
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