But for the most part, it’s just a hellhole of people chasing clout, or looking for something to get offended over, or spouting off about something they know nothing about.
It’s pretty shitty.
And Ricky Gervais perfectly summed up the outrage culture that we have to deal with when we log on to Twitter:
Me: Stop torturing dogs. Twitter: What about cows? Me: Yes. Stop torturing cows too, but this tweet was about dogs. T: Why do you only care about dogs and cows? Me: What? No, I hate hurting, torturing or eating ALL animals… T: Why don't you care about dying children?
No matter what you say, there’s always going to be some random keyboard warrior out there ready to find something they don’t like and make sure they tell you about it.
We see it here all the time.
We post about something we like? “Well why didn’t you mention (some completely unrelated artist)?” We post a down-the-middle story about something newsworthy? “Why are you trying to cancel this person/you must love (again, completely unrelated artist).” We post about dogs? “I’m allergic to dogs and hate all things good in life.”
Ok that last one might be a slight exaggeration. But only slight.
Ricky also points out that with social media these days, everybody’s quick to jump in whether they know what they’re talking about or not, because nowadays it’s more important to be popular than right.
“And the other thing is this ridiculous thing of ‘Oh, let’s ask the average person what they think.’
Let’s stop asking the average person. Do you know how fucking stupid the average person is?”
Here’s a pro-tip: If you see something on social media that you don’t like, or something you know nothing about, it’s fine to just ignore it and move on.
Because as Ricky so masterfully pointed out, not everything is about you.
This tweet, shared yesterday afternoon from his 2018 Netflix special Humanity, already has nearly 11 million views.
And of course this wasn’t the first time Ricky has gone viral for telling it like it is. Remember when he tore Hollywood a new asshole at the Golden Globes a couple years ago? People still talk about that monologue.
Everybody needs to just settle down, grill some meats, drink some beers, and listen to some ’90s country.