Jun 21, 2018

shaming individuals for nothing

I am a little upset right now about the Herzl lady.

If you haven't noticed, a woman, seemingly from the weaker society of Israel, got herself caught on camera in the middle of a video documentary or news report being recorded at the Kotel. As she steps in front of the camera she turns and calls out looking for Herzl and calls out for Herzl a few times until she notices she is on camera and rushes out of the frame. The reporter and camerman then start laughing about what just happened.

The video has gone viral, and, the internet being the internet, has also spawned parodies sticking "Herzl lady" in the most bizarre scenes around the world, while the entire country laughs at her.

I think I have a pretty good sense of humor. I can joke about almost anything and can laugh at jokes about almost anything. But I don't like this culture of shaming of individuals who did no wrong, this picking an individual and laughing at them, for nothing. Herzl lady did nothing wrong besides for stepping in front of a camera at the Kotel that she didn't notice, and now she seems to have to lock herself in her apartment because she can't go outside as everyone is laughing at her and approaching her and bothering her.

There, I have said my piece and now I am a spoilsport.




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5 comments:

  1. Welcome to the world of social media - where everyone is a target.

    Someone needs to develop an app that doesn't let you go onto Whatsapp, Facebook, or Twitter until you first view a 3-minute Mussar Shmooze video.

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  2. And people complain about the Arab honor-shame mentality. Shame on us for being so mean.

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  3. I heard it was fake

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  4. I don't know about anyone else, but the reaction of the guy on camera and the guy filming sounds to me more like a "Wow, we set it up so perfectly and there it got ruined" type of laugh.

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