How many times do we see on our social media pages, memes and videos making fun of people with disabilities or deformities? Personally, I never found any of those funny. I never understood the humor in making fun of someone who is sick or mentally challenge. Furthermore, I think it is inhumane how people exploit them.
The latest meme “Meth Curry” is a cruel joke against cancer survivor and successful businessman Leon Mitchell, insinuating that is drug addict version of NBA basketball player Steph Curry. Mitchell, was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and it took a toll on him physically; which explains why certain parts of his body is abnormally thin.
“The fact that the meme was posted was a reminder of how distasteful and cruel people can be without background knowledge of the person in the bullseye target,” Mitchell posted on his Instagram.
Even if Mitchell, was a drug addict that is still a serious disease that should not be made fun of. How many times have people made ridiculous memes about celebrities drug addictions, that often led to suicide?
According to Mitchell, the person who originally made the meme issued an apology by making a meme showing who Mitchell really is.
I commend Mitchell for addressing his Internet bullies hiding behind keyboards and Twitter fingers by addressing his cancer and cyber-bullying.
Statistics show that 3 million kids within the United States are absent from school due to cyber-bullying, 20% of them think about committing suicide whereas 4500 of them commit suicide each year.
Keep this in mind, the next time you knowingly make insensitive jokes.
What are your thoughts on cyber-bullying?
- Imari W