ALTTAB has already covered this insane Riley Cooper nonsense (just look down). We can all agree that Riley Cooper will get his real punishment in Week 2 when he tries to go across the middle.
However, that’s not what this article is about. This article is about all the Cooper apologists coming to his defense on Twitter. I don’t care what they’re saying (because, again, we covered both equally ridiculous reasons in the previous posts). I care that THEY ARE ACTUALLY POSTING THESE THINGS TO TWITTER. Deadspin has a nice collection of them right here.
As much as I truly believe the audacity of the racist and homophobic to publicly broadcast their misgivings, the fact that it continues time after time is mystifying. It’s not like people being punished and ostracized for being horrifyingly stupid on Twitter is a new thing. I remember being 15, and I remember my world only existing as far as my high school and its basketball team’s sphere of influence. So I can get that milennials don’t really understand the reach of the Internet, or the potential effect on their lives when they use it inappropriately.
But come on. Seriously, COME ON. Just STOP IT. When has publishing your terrible, terrible world views for everyone to see (And for the United States Library of Congress to own forever, I don’t think I can harp on that enough. Here’s that link again, in case you missed it.) been a GOOD idea? The only safe way to be racist (or homophobic, or misogynistic) is if no one else knows, right? So stop proving to everyone what an ignorant asshole you are. Spouting racist remarks on Twitter is like walking to your neighborhood mall (or main downtown plaza, or wherever) and SHOUTING IT AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS. Except that instead of being around all your neighbors, it’s the ENTIRE WORLD. FOREVER.
I know that the majority of these people that are utilizing Twitter in this, the most self-destructive way possible, are kids from small towns, thusly making their aforementioned sphere of influence very tiny, but YOU WANT THAT. If you are 16, you want your world to be as small as possible. When you are 16, you don’t know ANYthing. Nothing. And you want to make sure that the fewest number of people imaginable are aware of this. Being able to let literally everyone know everything you think whenever you think it not only aides in the development of extreme narcissism, but can only be used to haunt your every waking moment from here forth.
So, milennials, I know I can’t tell you to stop being racist. Or homophobic. Or awful people in general. Just…stop posting it on Twitter. And Facebook. And the Internet. How about you just stop using the Internet for a while? You honestly have no idea what you’re talking about.
Oh. Fine then.