Last week when those statues of Trump popped up around America, I laughed. If I’m being perfectly honest, I thought it was pretty hysterical.
And then the New York City Parks Department tweeted this response.
I was in stitches. It’s funny, right?
Actually, when you think about it, it’s not that funny at all.
After several hours of whooping it up at the expense of this statue, my good friend Adrienne Wright posted this to Facebook:
Adrienne makes a very good point. It’s one that was a huge wake up call for me. Was I really so blinded by poking fun at the reality TV celebrity that I’d lost sight of right and wrong?
Yes, I was, and yes, I had.
I went from being a liberal-leaning, feminism-promoting, #IAmWithHer supporter who claims to #FeelTheBern to someone who blatantly advocates #BodyShaming. My laughter over the statue was on the same level as Trump’s thoughtless comments about immigrants and refugees.
Over the next few months, I’ll definitely be more careful about what I share, where I comment, and what I say when I do comment.
Not only does it affect how others see me online, but I have two sons who, despite being old enough to vote, are still easily influenced by their parents. The last thing I want to do is make comments that push them in a direction that I feel is wrong.
So what about you? How did you react when the statue appeared? Do you agree that a statue like this is akin to body shaming or do you feel Trump got what was coming to him?