On January 11, 2012, #OnlyUglyPeople was trending on Twitter.
For those of you not in the Twitter know, a trend is a popular phrase or theme currently being spoken across twitter, oftentimes using a hash tag in front of it that you can click to follow along in the conversation.
So what’s the big deal about #OnlyUglyPeople trending on Twitter? Well, for starters, nothing good ever comes from calling people ugly, and what came from this public game of teasing and name calling were really, really hurtful words.
Here’s just a taste of what was said (as they wrote them – I have changed nothing).
#OnlyUglyPeople say “it’s what’s on the inside that counts” #OnlyUglyPeople Wear a whole bunch of makeup .. #onlyuglypeople have money and that’s why they still get laid #onlyuglypeople can wear stupid clothes. If your pretty and your wearing stupid clothes go die. Or get acne #onlyuglypeople have even uglier friends so they can be the cute one #onlyuglypeople get drunk and have more confidence than they did when they was sober #onlyuglypeople get mad cause we always ask them to take the pic for us #onlyuglypeople gotta stay dressed at all times #onlyuglypeople take those pictures where it cuts off right at their lips. #onlyuglypeople try hard in education cos they know they aint got the looks to marry someone with a good flow of income #onlyuglypeople claim celibacy when they not gettin any #onlyuglypeople turn around when a guy whistles/yells/psstts #onlyuglypeople take all group pictures #onlyuglypeople believe in blind dates. #onlyuglypeople have cars, animals, or money as their Avi #onlyuglypeople have no mirrors or any reflective surfaces in their houses #onlyuglypeople think that standing in the mirror for a long time will make them better looking #OnlyUglyPeople date fat people. #OnlyUglyPeople Smile and dont sho they teeth
You get it. It’s gross.
Social media can be such a blessing. It has the power to connect nations. We can share ideas and thoughts in an instant. I now have friends in the Philippines. I find people for jobs and hire them faster than ever thanks to Facebook. I can see what famous photographers are photographing as it happens thanks to Google+. These things would be impossible without the evolution of social media.
Yet, we use social media like this?
It’s one thing to have an opinion and a sense of humor. It’s another to be #ugly. #OnlyUglyPeople find humor in being a bully. We can see what you say. Be accountable for your words. They hurt just as bad in type as they do coming out of your mouths.
image courtesy Diary of a First Child