Less than a week ago, I woke up to a social media request. Ding! Dang- I forgot to silence my phone.
“Stand with the Gaines Family” and sign this petition… Of course I’ll sign the silly petition. I did checked out the news outlet to make sure it was legit but knew that I’ll probably get slews of email as a result. Apparently I can unsubscribe or update my email preferences at any time.
As I sipped my coffee and mulled over the petition, I couldn’t help but wonder how many subscribers the news outlet because of the Gaines’ popularity and current news debacle. (Did you catch that little play on words?) Perhaps their intentions were good and they were just playing the ‘get subscribers’ game. I believe it’s wrong to exploit someone else’s misfortune for your own benefit but alas, my principles don’t really mater. Welcome to the free world.
You know who else is using the Gaines popularity? The media monsters Buzzfeed (Kate Aurthur) and Cosmos (Gina Mei). They’ve caused my referenced ‘Gaines debacle’ by lashing out against the Gaines because their church pastor supports the biblical view of marriage. Could these women actually have an issue with the Gaines? Perhaps. But I’m also going to assume that these women are well-educated and know how to play the media industry game in order stay at the top. They know what it takes to get hits on their website or increase their readership. They could’ve easily attacked anyone who supports a biblical view of marriage (or hunts big game, or drives old trucks, or doesn’t recycle, or eats carbs) but they’ve attacked a couple that is wildly popular with the people. Advantageous for them? Most certainly…
Maybe they had investors pressuring them to increase readership over the holidays? Maybe sales were down? Maybe they’re simply playing the game?
Or perhaps they are honestly close-minded haters towards others who they feel are close minded haters… And all this time I thought it was Christians who were the biggest haters and hypocrites.
The truth is that we can all be big haters and hypocrites.
But isn’t finger-pointing what keeps many people engaged in various forms of media? I know it’s absolutely true in social media. If someone stands up for something or simply says something you don’t like, you get points for shooting them down, calling them names, and attacking their character. When I stumble across insult-slinging on social media I tend to roll my eyes and think, “Ladies, ladies – you’re both ugly, er, I mean beautiful.” Outrageous mud-slinging is what both fascinated and disgusted voters who watched the debates between Clinton and Trump during the Presidential election and yet many voters did and do the same exact thing on social media. This is the new American Dream- popularity, followers, and ‘likes’ on social media. At any cost.
And it’s most certainly cost the Gaines. I’m sure they’ve received fallout tweets and negative reviews from former fans or viewers who are thoughtless and careless with their words- the typical trend-followers. I’m sure the Gaines have spent countless hours in prayer and soul-searching wondering what they did to be attacked. Oh yeah – they simply live out goodness and provide goodness in a world that celebrates being bad.
People can be so cruel. We all have the capacity. I can be cruel.
Life and death are in the power of the tongue but many people don’t care who they damage with their words resulting in countless victims living with doubts, fears, anxiety, a lack of purpose, etc. OR we just become numb to insult slinging and normalize meanness yet wonder why people are so rude and disrespectful nowadays.
The more we live behind windows of technology, the less we consider the faces of the people we hurt.
In other news:
Yesterday Chip Gaines posted a blog – Chip’s New Year’s Revelation. It’s worth a read. (I’m not getting paid to say that.)