The Day My Picture Went Viral…Without My Permission
If you’re online, you may recognize this picture. It’s not just the picture alone though, but rather it’s part of a Tumblr share that went viral and was entitled, “Which White Suburban Mom Are You?” I was classified as Pam, who still shops in the Juniors Section (I wish), always has snacks on the counter (true – and in my purse, too) and who drives a mini van with movie screens (yes, I do drive a mini van, but do not have movie screens because they were too damn expensive). This meme is both degrading and offensive to myself and the other women featured in it. Some of the things that were said about the other women in the meme were terrible and mean and the whole thing in general was unacceptable. What’s even worse is that people are commenting on and classifying themselves into categories of “White Suburban Moms” and sharing it! Really??? Seriously???
As a blogger and active user of social media, I would love to have a picture go viral. However, with that would be credit going to me, right? Not in this case. Not only was my picture stolen, it was put into a meme that people actually think is funny. Guess what? These are REAL women!!! Not just stock images!! I spoke with a few of the bloggers on here and neither of them gave permission to have their photos used either.
As a friend said, “This meme is insulting and it’s using images of women without their permission. These are ACTUAL moms who are a lot more than the single-dimensional punchlines portrayed here. If the creator felt so strongly about making fun of parents, he or she should have leveraged stock photos instead of swiping pics from blogs.” Well said and true to the point!!!
What do you think about this?
Have you had a picture stolen before? What did you do?