As of late, I feel that anything posted to social media receives instant negativity, or “hate,” before any positive feedback even has the chance to surface.
Arguments spawn in comment sections minutes — sometimes seconds — after a post has been published.
Even when individuals or business’ with large followings try to share something exuding positivity, there is always someone quick to point out a detail that was missed or wrong.
Two of the most recent stories I noticed this happen with was the Women’s March and the Bell Let’s Talk annual campaign.
The Women’s March received quite a bit of backlash for not being inclusive to the LGBTQ+ community, specifically transgender individuals.
Many of the protestor’s signs and outfits conveyed genital-based ideologies.
This caused transgender individuals to feel oppressed and left out, as if female genitalia is one-hundred percent necessary to be a woman, and to participate in the march.
The march was largely focused around the protection of women’s reproductive rights, however, so perhaps that was the reason for the genitalia focused outfits etc.
Shortly afterwards, came Bell’s annual campaign to end the stigma around mental health and create positive conversation.
First, was the shocking news story that surfaced. Clearly bad publicity for Bell, and for the entire cause. This was followed by numerous individual’s posting about the pitfalls of Bell’s campaign.
People have seemingly become angry, realizing that Bell profits from the campaign — maybe it is doing more for Bell as a company than for anyone actually struggling.
Although these issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ and mental health are extremely important, and should be carefully considered every day, no matter the situation or campaign — it can become somewhat daunting.
It is not the standing up for the oppressed that is daunting, but the ability we have on social media to tear down seemingly positive actions before they even have the chance to be recognized.
The Women’s March, trivial as it was, was an incredible step for equality. The march also showed how people of all religions, genders, races, ethnicities, etc. can come together for justice.
Bell may make profit off their campaign, but that doesn’t completely dismantle the fact that it does spark conversations across the country about mental health, and it does raise awareness.
For many, the world is a trivial and scary place right now. Sometimes, social media can be a little harsh. Sometimes, it is important to appreciate the positivity, and continue to try and spread that. It’s important to see and appreciate the small sliver’s of light amongst all of the darkness.
– Michaela Bishop