Negative memes of people’s bodies — usually a photo with commentary about the person’s looks — have unfortunately become more and more prevalent in the digital age. With the tools to create a joke image and send it worldwide on their smartphones, many can’t resist the urge to be cruel.
A body-positive Instagram called PlusBabyGirl shared the most recent unfunny meme making the rounds, pointing out that if you’re going to try to make a joke, it helps to use the right words. Not only that, but calling a stranger fat isn’t exactly cutting-edge comedy.
Ngl if you're gonna try and buss a joke about someone at least know the difference between "to" and "too". She's gorgeous. EDIT; ty for helping me find her page but I she said she's fed up of the pic so don't tag her
A post shared by Only Positive Vibes ✨ (@plusbabygirl) on May 14, 2017 at 5:58pm PDT
Normally, the account highlights body-positive images of women, but it also calls out negativity. And the woman in the nasty meme? She literally doesn’t care. Wherever the meme-makers originally hijacked her image from, she has reclaimed it, posting it on her own Instagram account with a very clear message: “I’m an insecure crybaby LMFAO but at the same time I literally couldn’t care less.”
Her caption nails the dichotomy most women experience when insulted, the mix of feeling hurt by cruel comments and also not caring what a complete stranger thinks.
This isn’t the first incident where a woman has spoken out about being the subject of a cruel meme. Lizzie Velasquez is a well-known motivational speaker, but she never signed up to be the subject of a cruel meme. Velasquez, who was born with a rare, undiagnosed congenital disease that causes the inability to put on body fat, came upon a meme using her picture and poking fun at her frail appearance.
I’ve seen a ton of memes like this all over @facebook recently. I’m writing this post not as someone who is a victim but as someone who is using their voice. Yes, it’s very late at night as I type this but I do so as a reminder that the innocent people that are being put in these memes are probably up just as late scrolling through Facebook and feeling something that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. No matter what we look like or what size we are, at the end of the day we are all human. I ask that you keep that in mind the next time you see a viral meme of a random stranger. At the time you might find it hilarious but the human in the photo is probably feeling the exact opposite. Spread love not hurtful words via a screen. Xoxo Lizzie
A post shared by Lizzie Velasquez (@littlelizziev) on Dec 11, 2016 at 12:07am PST
Velasquez shared the meme herself to call attention to the carelessness with which we entertain ourselves on the Internet — something worth considering the next time you’re about to share a meme making fun of a stranger’s looks.
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