Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Negative Comments

The ability to comment freely, and anonymously, on the Internet has given rise to . . .

. . . I'm not quite sure what, but, it appears to be bullying.

Recently, Renee Zellweger appeared at some event looking remarkably different. Now, all the news outlets are posting a picture of her from about 15 years ago alongside the current picture of her.

HELLO! Of course somebody is going to change in appearance from 15 years ago. Not to mention . . . the lighting is different, the angle is different, she's lost weight, she's smiling differently . . . and so many other things. So . . .

HELOO! Of course she looks different.

But, alas, that's not the point of this post. The point is the negative - she looks horrible, she's Jennifer Grey 2.0, why has she let herself go - comments.

Why do people feel the need to toss negative comments out? Why do they feel the Internet gives them free reign to be hateful/negative towards people . . . they don't even know? 

So Renee looks different. She's healthy. She's happy. That's should be the beginning, middle and end of the story, except . . .

. . . the people who just feel the need to disparage people they don't know.

Hopefully, Renee doesn't read the comments. She's heard about them, though, and her response . . . I'm happy and healthy. Good for her.

So, my comment to people that feel the need to be so hateful/negative towards people you don't know: get a life. Look in your own mirror and tell yourself . . .

OMG, I look hideous!

I look horrible!

Plastic surgery gone bad!

I'm Jennifer Grey 2.0!

Or, better yet, post a picture of yourself and let others post negative and hateful comments about that picture and . . .

. . . see how you feel! 

Silence is golden and . . .

. . . if you can't comment something nice, why not try not commenting at all. The world might just be a better place.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Dear Ted Cruz

I'm sorry you're having such a hard time finding compassion toward your fellow men/women. I'm sorry you feel it's okay to deny equal protection under the law - as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America - to citizens of the United States of America. I'm sorry you feel that only select citizens - i.e., the heterosexual ones - deserve equal protection under the law. I'm sorry that hatred of others seems a constant part of your life. 

As for me, I believe that all people should be treated with respect and consideration - something you seem incapable of doing, as evidenced by all your spotlight appearances on television - and not just a select few. I do not believe - again, unlike you - that people should be allowed to vote on constitutional - state or otherwise - amendments that openly discriminate toward one section of the population. I do not believe that being male and heterosexual makes you, or people like you (and this applies to your female counterparts) any better than the next person. To believe that it does make you better than somebody else is an elitist - you might want to look that word up since you obviously don't understand the meaning - attitude that has no place in politics or society.

Speaking of politics, I'm sorry you've sold your soul and sacrificed parts of yourself to be a Republican. It's a shame that your are obviously unable to think for yourself. It's a shame that, rather than treat people with respect and dignity, you'd rather demean and debase yourself to get votes. I guess that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy at the end of the day. But, like other politicians, it's part and parcel of the job. 

I'm sorry you've lost your way in this world and feel it's necessary to inflict your hate and prejudice on other people. 

I know my words can't make you understand how little of Christianity or human kindness you've failed to understand. I know my words will have no impact at all upon you. But, that's okay . . . I'll still pray for you. I'll still hope - because, unlike you, I look for the best in people - that maybe, one day you'll be able to step away from your hate and bigotry, your disrespect for those within the gay community, and understand that you should treat people how you want to be treated . . . with respect and consideration, with human kindness, and with love and acceptance. None of us were born, or will ever be, perfect, Mr. Cruz. We're human. We have human failings. But the greatest gift we humans have, whether heterosexual or homosexual, is the capacity to treat others as we want to be treated. Maybe one day you'll learn that lesson. Until that time, I'll add you into my prayers and pray that day comes sooner for you, rather than later.

Best wishes, Mr. Cruz, in all you do!