My goodness, Twitter can be a cesspool, and by “cesspool” I don’t just mean it’s like peering at the total depravity of mankind with your readers still on that magnify everything and cause you to see double.
No, I mean Twitter is a cesspool of injustice, bias, and rampant persecution. Why do people have issues around authority these days? Well, because it’s often been riddled with injustice, abuse, and subjective morality. Like Twitter! Twitter is a form of authority in the sense that they do censor and ban people, comments, and ideas.
I can’t tell you how many of my comments have now been hidden behind a sensitivity warning. “God bless you,” will be covered up by the following warning, some comments have been hidden to protect our more sensitive readers. Meanwhile, some pretty vile verbal diarrhea doesn’t seem to offend anyone!
Then there are the trolls! Like a guy has gone and stolen my name, my avatar, made threats, and is now releasing my personal information all over the place. How is it that I am banned from certain sites but my trolls are not? My trolls can continue to post comments about me, even pretending to be me, but I am not allowed to respond in any way? That’s just nutty. Also, really unfair.
I’ve actually never complained to Twitter about anyone, ever, but a whole lot of people have certainly complained about me. I can get passionate, but honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been mean and certainly not threatening.
So, in the midst of all this confusion and injustice, I was quite delighted to see Matt Walsh in trouble once again. I needed a good laugh. I kid you not, here is his tweet, “Someone reported me to Twitter because I said I wouldn’t love my wife anymore if she turned into a lizard.”
He did! He totally did. He is completely guilty of that. I followed the whole discussion, I read the thread. Matt flat-out said he would not love his wife anymore if she turned into a lizard. I simply had a chuckle and thought yeah, I love my husband but if he were to turn into an alien lizard pod people, I’m out the front door. Giant lizard people are scary!
My love is pretty unconditional after 30 years of marriage, but if I ever wake up next to a 6’5″ lizard, all bets are off. I’m likely to just jump out the bedroom window, run, and not look back. Sorry, but I do have my limits.
Twitter, in a rare moment of sensibility, throughly investigated the content of that Matt Walsh comment but could not find violations of any applicable laws or twitter rules at this time.
It annoyed me, however. I realize Twitter probably has to mask everything behind public relations, but I so wish they would send out something like, your complaint has been deemed to be the complaint of a pathetic whiner. Suck it up buttercup, and come to grips with the fact that you don’t have the right to police other people’s thoughts.
Now of course Matt Walsh is not a complete innocent. He really was making a metaphorical argument about identity and trying to share the idea that no, he would not continue to love his wife just the same if she suddenly decided to self identify as a…lizard. Which was a valid point, gently made.
But really I just wanted to speak this truth that is so seldom being spoken, “your complaint has been deemed to be the complaint of a pathetic whiner. Suck it up buttercup, and come to grips with the fact that you don’t have the right to police other people’s thoughts.”