It almost made me sick…

Please take note.  What I am about to write about may be too much for those with a heart, or with a sensitive manner.  It may insult some people, and it may boil some peoples’ blood to the point that I will receive many personal messages, comments and threats.  Please let me assure you, that by writing this post, I am not intending to insult anyone.  I am simply writing my thoughts and feelings, as with every other post I make.

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Once upon a time, on a facebook not too far away from you, I saw a status update from a friend of mine.  It read, “Why would facebook allow sick twisted people to post videos of muslims slaughtering kamels infront of children !!!”  There was more to it, but this is my focus.

The next post down from this stated “**** has commented on a video”.  It was the same friend, and indeed, he had commented on a video to which my stomach immediately knotted.  It had a thumbnail of a camel, lying in a pool of blood.  It seemed like it was some form of hoax.  Surely that’s not blood?  Surely this is one of those posts to simply get a raise out of you..?  Surely all that red liquid is some form of water, simply dyed red..?

I read some of the comments.  There was the comment from my friend.  It simply stated how disgusting the video was.  The majority of the other comments were in Dutch.  I clicked the ‘see translation’ on a few of them, and not one mentioned about the video.  It was just insulting those with the Islamic faith.  Nothing was said about the camel.  I thought my friend had got the wrong end of the stick.  Maybe he just jumped to a conclusion, without watching the video…

I clicked play.

There was a camel on a leash.  One of its’ four legs had been tied up from the knee.  About 10 seconds in to the video, someone came out with a large blade and plunged it in to the throat of the camel.  Blood instantly started to gush out…  It was like a violent waterfall…

I couldn’t watch any more.  The 10 seconds of the 6.32 minute video was too much for me.  I felt sick.  I actually feel sick now, and I watched it about 4 hours ago.  That poor camel.  Those poor kids who were stood around in the circle…  Why were they smiling?  Some of them were laughing…

I don’t understand.

Shaking, I clicked on the ‘report this video’.  Couldn’t do it.  I tried again…  It still wouldn’t work.  What’s going on?  I immediately went over to Twitter, and typed in “Facebook”.  There must have been a problem with the servers, as this error seemed international.  I shot straight back to facebook…  Clicked the report button again…  It allowed me to get to the end of the report, and when I clicked “send”, it said it could not be sent.  There was an error.

I couldn’t cope with the video being on my newsfeed, so I blocked the page instead.  At least it allowed me to do that.

Why?  That’s all I can think.

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It’s funny just how fast rumours can spread.

Something is briefly mentioned, someone overhears it, tells someone…  Soon enough, practically the whole world can know about it.

Yesterday, the world found out that Cory Monteith had passed away.  For those few who don’t know who he is, he played the character of Finn in the programme, Glee.  He was just 31 years old.  Coroners are due to perform a post-mortem some time today (Monday), but speculation is already flying around that it was a drug overdose.

Earlier this year, the whole ‘Gleek’ population was shocked to hear that Cory had checked himself in to a rehabilitation centre, to get help with his drug addiction.  After a month, he checked out clean.

Two weeks from now, he was to attend a wedding.  His own.

Lea Michelle (fiance and co-star, plays Rachel on Glee) had been his rock, and had supported him through his addiction cleansing.  She was planning a wedding, but is now planning a funeral.

I spent a lot of time scrolling through Twitter yesterday.  I’m normally a total facebook addict, but Twitter seems to have the “know”.  The tweets are up-to-date, and you can find out a lot of information about what’s going on in your area.  However, a lot of the tweets are for speculation.  You have to either read between the lines, or research further by googling it (my choice of search engine).

I seen this yesterday…

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This is just one of the tweets, this one, as you can see, has been retweeted 5543 times.  There are other tweets, very similar to this one, the top two lines are the same, but occasionally, the third person is someone else, and there is a fourth listed too.

I recognised the name, Kyle Massey, but I just couldn’t put my finger on who it was.  After visiting my beloved Google, I found out that he played Cory on ‘That’s So Raven’, and his spin-off show, ‘Cory in the House’.  There were pages, upon pages, on Google regarding how Kyle is just 21 years old, saying that he is terrified of dying, and asking people to pray for him.  Obviously, I was taken on in the spin of the tale.

I get up this morning, and my husband had been reading the entertainment news on imdb.com (if you’ve never visited the site, you’re missing out!).  One of the first things he said to me was, “that Kyle Massey hasn’t got cancer”.

Once again, I hopped on to twitter, and the tweets are still flying around, similar to above.

I opened up another tab in my browser, and went to imdb.com myself, in order to hit the nail on the head of this insensitive rumour.  I made a tweet myself, linking the page.

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The point I am trying to make is simple.  Don’t believe everything you hear / read.  Do your own research on the matter first.  If you don’t, you’re just as bad as the rest.  Don’t be a sheep – It may be easy just to retweet, or re-say something that you have heard, but think about what you are doing first.  Afterall, you wouldn’t like it if the rumour was about you.

“What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.” – Hebrew proverb