This past weekend Facebook profile pictures were being changed at an alarming rate to cartoon characters. Of course, while this was fun, Bumble knew it couldn’t be just for the sake of fun! Like all memes it must surely have an underlying sinister cause! Originally it was suggested that the change to a favorite cartoon character from your childhood was to show that you disagreed with child abuse.
Um. Really, let’s take a step back. Changing your Facebook profile pic was supposed to be an act of defiance against child abuse? Wow. What’s next? Wear your underwear on your head to show that you will not stand for rape?
The original idea for the human free profile pics seems to have stemmed from Greece in November. It was simply for fun. That makes sense, so it was immediately ruled out in the US. Something appears to have been lost in translation once the idea hit US Facebook though. Who knew? A viral social media meme may not have all it’s facts right? Astounding!
Relax grandma, Bumble said viral not virus. You did not get a virus on your computer because you changed your profile picture to Snagglepuss. You should have, but you didn’t. The latest rumor has it that the idea was now started by a “group of pedophiles” in an effort to get everyone on Facebook to look like cartoons. Why?
If we all had cartoon profile pics, lots of kids would add pedophiles as friends. Wait, that’s even dumber than doing it to prevent child abuse! How the hell could Bumble changing his profile to Azrael from the Smurfs allow a pedophile to gain access to a kid?!
Nevertheless, that’s the latest rumor. Which goes to show two things. First, Facebook is probably not a credible news source. Does Bumble really need to tell you that your Aunt Selma posting on facebook does not make something a well vetted fact? Apparently. Jeeez, at least get your news from The Daily Show or something.
Secondly, this latest round of Facebook non-scams proves that we are all sheep. No, it’s true. Bumble changed his picture to Azrael earlier today. Bumble isn’t going to lie. He was taken in too. Ok, not entirely. I mean, Bumble wasn’t a kitten yesterday. He knew that it had nothing to do with child abuse. It was fun though!
So was there any harm done? Let Bumble make this perfectly clear and nip any future rumors in the bud. NO! No children were harmed by you changing your picture. Your computer was not infected with child porn. The facebook page called “Change Your Profile Picture To A Cartoon Character (nspcc Charity) was not a front for NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association). In fact, Bumble neither knows nor cares whether there really is such a charity as the NSPCC. There are charities out there that do want to help prevent child abuse. Can we possibly turn this meme into something good? Doubtful, but here goes. Rather than engaging in “slacktivism” like changing your profile picture, how about actually searching for reputable charities in your community? That sounds like a lot of work though and Bumble has an easier idea.
Post this picture as your profile pic to help raise awareness that Facebook campaigns are useless memes geared towards our sheep-like tendency to follow the flock. Bumble is doing it, and you should too!
In short, who really started the “scam” that was never a scam? We all did by complacently following the rest of the sheep. Join with Bumble in saying “Never Again!”