by Jon Bershad |
It’s a fact as old as time; young people are idiots. If that weren’t the case, I never would have considered Sum 41 the pinnacle of music. However, some young people are special idiots, climbing to the peaks of idiocy in the way that the rest of us, with our ridiculous clothes and bad attempts at facial hair, could only dream of. For example, take the young people in this news segment from WPTY in Tennessee. You see, they’ve come up with a new Internet meme called “Trayvoning.”
Trayvoning is just like Tebowing, however, instead of showing your support for a famous athlete, you mock a 17-year-old who was shot to death! Fun! All you have to do is buy a pack of Skittles and some iced tea (you know, just like the young boy bought right before his life was snuffed out forever) and then lie down on the ground and pretend like you’re, I don’t know, someone whose parents will never get to speak to again. Hilarious!
Apparently there were a few Facebook groups set up around these picture which, shockingly, got taken down. The website HyperVocal has this amazingly awful quote from one of the group members:
“Hurr durr, says the Internet, it’s just a joke! Mocking this dead kid is funny and totally removed from its racial context! Wait, no it’s not. Because when provoked, the Facebook group members started spewing their own justifications: They’re combating ‘racism against whites.’ ‘White people are becoming more and more oppressed.’”
It’s true. We white people are so darn oppressed. Just the other day I was told that I couldn’t say “nigger” in public but that black rappers could. What’s up with that?! Well, I guess it’s time for me to mock dead people now.
Ugh. This is all the fault of the miserable people in our media who, after President Obama had the nerve to answer a question someone asked him, decided that the violent death of a teenager needed to be an election year political issue. It’s the fault of the awful people on the Right who have decided it’s super fun to invent a “race war” to rev up their base. It’s the fault of the awful people on the Left who decided that this story belonged to them but then backed away once the facts didn’t fit perfectly. It’s the fault of everyone who decided that a boy who bled out lying in the grass wasn’t a human being; he was actually just a thing they could use.
Because of all those people, you now have racist idiots who don’t view Trayvon Martin as a dead teenager. They view him as a thing from the other side and therefore something that deserves to be mocked.
I’m sure this isn’t that big a trend. Probably just a handful of jackasses. But if the media wants to use humans as symbols, this group is perfect. They’re a symbol of what happens when you cater to the worst instincts in your audience without any care to what will happen.
Watch the video from WPTY below: