As I mentioned fairly recently, whenever a tragedy becomes widely known for one reason or another, it results in a response from two types of people: you get the kind who show an actual sense of apathy towards the victim and their family, and then you get the dregs of society emerging from their caves to share their incredible “wit” on the subject. Amanda Todd, the girl who released a video on YouTube about her life of inescapable misery then committed suicide shortly after, is the latest example of this.
For those who don’t know about her (which, from what I’ve read, appears to be pretty much everyone making fun of her), she, like many before her, made a foolish mistake many years ago which snowballed and eventually left her with only one way out. It’s a mistake any young girl could have made – she was blackmailed by some guy she met on the internet into sending him lewd pictures, which he then blackmailed her with. The long and short of it is they found their way around the internet and eventually onto Facebook, people got a hold of them, and soon there was no rational escape. Two suicide attempts later, she passed on.
The video itself can be found here. It is very poignant, especially when you think it was her final plea for help.
Internet trolls aside for a moment, how can anyone be so evil to do the things she described to someone? Every single person who had anything to do with this poor girl is the embodiment of everything that is wrong with society these days. I only hope there were at least some people through all of that who stood by her – and if there were, my thoughts go out to them just as much as they go out to her family.
The main argument against her that I hear (it amazes me to think anyone can even come up with one to be honest) is that she was “weak”. Apparently, “so many people have been through this and pulled through”. Perhaps, but that’s beside the point. For one thing, they most likely had a lot of support; Amanda Todd had none. Secondly, in what way does that constitute the abuse? It just sounds like people are looking for any justification for being a heartless bastard.
People also say that she “just took the easy way out”. Clearly, anyone who makes or supports such an argument doesn’t know her story at all, and therefore don’t deserve an opinion on the matter. Why? Well, if you watch the video linked above, you’ll know that she moved away three times, yet each time her problems followed her. Her tormentors maliciously tracked her down to ensure her torture never ended. Every death threat, every insult and even the picture which caused it all went everywhere with her.
Then, to top it off, I found a post on a popular comedy site, attempting to promote support for Amanda’s memory against the internet trolls. Unfortunately, the aforementioned site is one of the main culprits fueling this pathetic fad of insulting her memory, and as such one of the comments in particular caught my attention. He began by mentioning a video of what I can only presume is the “show” mentioned by Amanda in the video linked above, clearly believing it to be the cause of her torment. He then goes on to say “She then couldn’t take the obvious consequences something like this would have and did the most moronic thing ever. Therefore it is our duty to make fun of her death.” This is quite possibly the single most absurd sentence I’ve ever read; and I’ve read some serious crap, let me tell you.
He goes on to clearly state that he never watched Amanda’s video, but has seen the supposed “show” video mentioned earlier, and seemed to have found it somewhat entertaining. It was at this point that I realized nothing can be gained from trying to talk some sense of common decorum into these morons, which in itself is quite a depressing conclusion to come to.
It’s terribly unfortunate what happened to Amanda Todd, and I sincerely hope everyone involved in her suicide is brought to justice. The person who originally circulated the pictures in the first place will most likely get the infamous “paedophile treatment” which he most definitely deserves. As for those who willed her to do it? Well, even if they don’t end up in prison, I very much hope the reality of what they’ve done hits them in the face and continues to remind them daily of the terrible consequences of their actions.