I don’t remember the last time I felt so completely taken by someone on the internet. By taken, I mean shammed, bamboozled, tricked…
It all started yesterday morning when I saw this video, made by Jonah Morwry, on George Takei’s Facebook Page…
Sad, right? Honestly, I was sobbing my head off watching this video. I shared it on Facebook and talked about it with my friends. I couldn’t believe that this adorable boy was being made fun of and felt so terribly about himself. What kind of world do we live in?! I watched it about six times after, each time my heart breaking a little more for him.
I went out with friends last night and was telling them about the video and we got to discussing bullying and kids and everything that is going on with them in the world today. I told them they absolutely had to see this video! When I came home I found it on my Facebook page and tagged them so that they’d see it right away. Then I decided to do a Google search and see if there were any updates on Jonah after the video. That’s when I found this article on Perez Hilton, which mentioned that Jonah had his own YouTube channel.
This is where it all starting going wrong. Suddenly I knew exactly what kind of world we are living in!
We are living in a world where absolutely anyone can make a tear jerking video and take the world by storm, regardless of what kind of person they are or what they do to other people. All you need is a cute face, a few crocodile tears and a Twitter account and before long you’ll have every idiot on Facebook (including myself) and celebrity in Hollywood blindly supporting you.
You are probably wondering what changed my feelings so drastically. Well, it was this…
A video made by Jonah and his friends spoofing a reality show about Obese people trying to lose weight.
What in the fresh hell is this?!
Suddenly I was enraged! First of all, my ears were begging for mercy because of the nonsense in the beginning of the video, then once I really got to the content I became really angry. I was angry because I realized that more than once in that day I’d shed tears for someone who makes fun of people like ME!! HOW IS THIS OK?!
How is it ok for this boy and his friends to target and make fun of an entirely different group of people? Isn’t this what Jonah was weeping about in his video, that people were making fun of him, making him hate himself and that it made him scared to be around people? Did he not stop to think that the people he was making fun of in his video may feel the exact same way?
What kinds of comments would a group of teens get if they made a video making fun of gay people? What would Jonah think of that, I wonder.
Being gay does not give anyone the monopoly on feeling bad about themselves, nor does it give them the right to make fun of others to make themselves feel better. Bullying and belittling comes in all different shapes and sizes. Whether you are gay, fat, wear glasses, braces, dress differently, or any other of the endless reasons people decide to make fun of others… it doesn’t hurt any of the rest any less than it hurts gay people when they are made fun of.
I feel scammed. I feel like when someone gets you to watch a video of a kitten frolicking in a field and then suddenly the face of Freddy Krueger comes jumping out at you. I fell for his crocodile tears, thought he was one of the good ones. One of the kids who is bullied, truly knows how damaging it can be and would NEVER do that to someone else.
Jonah Mowry is not that kid. He’s the kid who makes fun of others, attention whores on the internet and then wonders why people don’t like him. He’s the kid who, whether the tears are real or not, cleverly puts together a video, sucking the entire world in and making them feel sorry for him, thus spreading his cute little face far and wide on the internet. We gave him exactly what he was looking for and nobody thought to look and see just what kind of boy he is, they just saw the video and jumped up with their fist in the air ready to fight for his cause.
I’m STILL willing to fight for his cause, or rather, the cause that broke my heart when I saw the video, for all the people out there who are afraid to or are not allowed to openly be with the people they love, NOT for Jonah Mowry. As far as I’m concerned, he is getting far more attention than he deserves, which is exactly the attention he was looking for. I admit I’ve been a bit obsessive about this since I saw his videos. I’ve tried to ‘spread the word’ about his hypocrisy but he must have a team working around the clock. Any comments I made on his videos were removed within seconds, you’d think he was trying to hide something. Pity his little elves can’t hit their delete button on this post. It’s here to stay.
I’m really curious how some of the celebrities would feel if they saw the other side of Jonah. Would they overlook the fact that he targets others to make fun of them simply because he’s gay and he cried on YouTube? Would they glaze over it because it makes a good cause for them to speak out about? Would Perez Hilton or George Tekai’s opinion change? Would Rosie O’Donnell, who is gay but also struggles with her weight, still stand behind this kid knowing that he cries for being the same as her in one way but makes fun of people who are like her in another?
I’d really like to know, although I doubt anyone of them would answer ME. Maybe I should get out the cue cards and make a tearful video of my own and see if that gets their attention.
Wake up people, this kid saw you all coming a mile away and you made him a superstar overnight. Yes, POOR Jonah indeed.
P.S. As a friend pointed out after I posted my outrage on Facebook. Doesn’t Jonah’s video bear a striking resemblance to this video posted by a girl in JANUARY 2011 (long before Jonah’s)?
Ugh… WAKE UP INTERNET!!!
P.S.S. Editing to add this? DOUBLE UGH!!
Really? Is this cocky, gum smacking, fame loving twit really someone you want to endorse???