As many of my female peers are doing at the moment, I’m reading a book by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg called Lean In. The first chapter asks: What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
My answer? I’d write this blog.
Hello. My name is Meagan Marie, and I’m a person. I’ve decided I’m going to…
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As a response to first part of this story (unrelated to the rest of it)…there are a lot of people who make quite a lot of money putting videos of themselves being assholes in public. For some reason, the act of filming it, to them (and to the people watching) justifies their assholiness in their minds and in the minds of the viewers.
It does not justify it. Those videos make me angry, and we kick several of those people out of VidCon every year. The fact that those videos get hundreds of thousands of views makes me dislike the world and its people a little bit more. If you see those videos, vote them down, leave intelligent comments about how just like tearing down someone on the street isn’t funny when there’s no camera, it’s also not funny when there is a camera. And if they think we have no sense of humor, that’s fine, because we think they have no sense of humanity.
If you see someone behaving this way, tell them to turn off their cameras and leave. Do not be shocked into silence by their unbridled destruction of the rules of the social order.
In general, when someone does something that is so unbelievably out of the ordinary, we tend to just look away and ignore it, but I am doing my best to fight that urge within myself. To tell people who are doing it wrong that they’re doing it wrong, and to ask them to stop and to make them leave.