Wrong wrong wrong wrong. Wrong wrong wrong wrong.
Boy, do I have a story to tell you beautiful readers. This story will make you fear for my safety in the town that I live in, and also for the safety of Handbasket, at whom all of this behavior was directed.
Last night, Handbasket was scrolling through old party pictures and came across a very cute and artistic (and adorably chaste) photograph of her and AJ kissing. She, of course, commented on this, which caused it to show up on all of her friends’ news feeds, as Facebook so annoyingly has decided to do. Now, this is the very small town of rural bumfuck nowhere, population <500. I just want you to keep that in mind.
A girl, at my school, in my grade, a racist, a homophobe, and (admittedly) kind of a whore (but I still generally find her to be a decent person and I talk to her) found there to be a problem with this picture and responded (Paraphrasing):
“You’re way too young to be posting disgusting shit like this on Facebook. Delete it or I will report you.”
You just cringed, didn’t you? I just cringed a little. I mean, I cringed a lot when I first read it, and I’m still cringing a little now. It’s that sort of cringe that feels like, instead of a simple motion to show your distaste, your entire body has just frozen and all of your nerves are twanging around in you like you just got set on fire. It’s that kind of cringe.
Of course, I immediatly responded, as the hero I am, protecting my friends against moral wrongs and sexuality-based insensitivities. I should get a hero name. We can call me Madge. Or something. I said something along the lines of…
“I don’t see how this affects you or harms you. I don’t see how this is pornographic in any way, and I don’t see how you feel it is your duty to call the shots in other peoples’ lives. Just my two cents.”
Of course, this is something that is capable of getting a rise out of any smallminded small-towner, and she responded as if I had just told her that her mother was a dirty turtle who don’t get no respect.
“Yes, I do have a problem with it. It’s supposed to be Adam and Eve, NOT Adam and Steve. Oh, and I could report this for child pornography. Just saying what I know. 😉
“So, wait, this has to do with your homophobia? I don’t see how two girls kissing in an innocent game of spin the bottle should affect you. It’s not like these two lovely ladies are in a relationship, they’re just enjoying themselves, and as far as pornography goes, you’re saying that girls can set their profile pictures as them in bikinis that barely cover their nipples but a kiss is taboo?”
This discussion went on and on, and got a lot of input from other people, but the simple fact of the matter is…
I find it very difficult to live in a town where residents find it socially acceptable to hate openly on anyone whose sexuality isn’t straight. I find it wrong that when people make racist jokes here, they make sure to spit fire so we know they’re serious. I find it unacceptable to the entire human race (this includes anyone and everyone that has a body and lives, no exclusions) that people feel they have the right to treat other people the way they do.
Yeah, I’m a hypocrite, because I sometimes hate on things, even on this blog. But do you think that I put wrath behind my words? Do you think I’m serious? No, I’m not, because everyone should be equal. People should be judged on the quality of their character, not on who they love or the color of their skin.
I’m sorry this wasn’t funny today, but there is a serious fucking issue here, and I know that it’s not getting fixed any time soon. Sadly.