It seems like everyday, some famous person finds what they say, do or tweet attacked. Sometimes what they say is bad and the online pounding they get is understandable (though bullying is bad, very bad, and should never be encouraged) but they have the right to say it (Freedom of Speech goes many ways) and while those who disagree have the right to voice the opposing view, there is a line that shouldn't be crossed. Especially when the words being attacked are completely misinterpreted. Just ask Liam Payne of One Direction.
... and people lost their freaking minds.
There were nasty things said, cruel assumptions made and entire fandoms shaken. And why? All because of an itty bitty tweet that was totally misunderstood. YouTuber Tyler Oakley fired off a warning shot and it when Hiroshima from there.
Remember back in December when Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame (I so don't get that show) revealed his views on homosexuality? Yea, they were of the anti-variety. Many people cried foul (and worse) and a huge ass thing erupted online. Some called for an apology, some called for his show's cancellation and some called for his head (but extreme if you ask me). Well, A&E suspended him for a few days but soon he was back on set and the world moved on.
The end? No, not quite. Recently, this appeared...
What the fuck is going on? It seems as though the anti-bully crowd are just as bullying as the evil bullies they decry. And they get so wound up in their fight for justice, they attack those who haven't done anything wrong.
And that was followed by death threats lobbed at Tyler. Was he wrong to go after Liam? I'd say so, although I understand why he was fired up and felt the need to speak out; he saw a perceived wrong and wanted to express his discontent with it, knowing the influence someone of Liam's stature has (I'm guessing here). And about those calls for suicide? Way too far out there. In fact, totally fucked up. No threats of any kind would have been acceptable, except maybe to unfollow his accounts. Be angry that he wasted no time going on the offensive but don't become the kind of people the bullies and homophobes are accused of being on an hourly basis..
Chill. And fight (when a fight is called for) smarter. Not with the same ammo the opposition uses but with something they don't yet understand: compassion.
See, here's the thing with fighting fire with fire: in the end, all we get is to watch the world burn. Progress is not made in hate. To demand acceptance means accepting that not everyone will. You win people over by setting an example, not by comparing cock sizes.
But back to the whole Liam thing...
He was bullied for showing support for someone who didn't even make the damn remarks (not that showing support for the one who did would have deserved said bullying). Somehow, that got lost on everyone. Amazing how that didn't seem to shape these arguments. Shall we cast the whole family aside for one member's comments? And throw away anyone who has the audacity to be a fan?
That world sounds small minded. And mean. And kind of like the one equal righters are trying to change. Remember the Romans and the Christians and how their roles swapped? That is not what we should be aiming for. But this thinking and acting without thinking will lead us there.
He later explained his meaning, which should not have been necessary, and let's hope it ends there. Accept the fact that he does not agree with Phil's views and move on to something worth bitching about.