Ah, the life of a celebrity. The glamour, the fame, the vehement criticism flooding your social media feeds after you thought it was a good idea to share your thoughts and photos with hundreds of thousands of people. Brie Larson is living the dream!
Over the weekend, Larson shared a throwback picture from 2004 when she pet a dolphin. She seemed to think the focus would be on her hat. It was not.
People were PISSED that she would post a seemingly implied endorsement of animal captivity. Brie herself handled the situation admirably, with an apology by way of giant closeup of her face on Instagram and a tweet, with both letting her fans (and critics) know that she genuinely wants to learn from them.
Tell me more! I remember the trainers telling me it was from the Dolphins playing?! Is that not true? https://t.co/ZBgjxIMP35— Brie Larson (@brielarson) September 2, 2016
So how did people respond? Did they turn this into a teachable moment and educate Brie Larson and the world about what they need to know and what they can do in regard to helping animals in captivity? You’re familiar with the internet. I don’t need to tell you that that’s not what goes on here.
The responses on all three posts (the original picture and the two apologies) are all depressing spirals of void-shouting. It’s pretty much a back-and-forth of “look at that dolphin’s face, it looks totally happy” and “look at that dolphin’s face, it’s in so much pain.” It’s equal parts shaming Larson for posting the picture and shaming the shamers for showing up in the first place.
We maybe should have known this conversation was never going to go anywhere pretty early on, though. Among all the commenters using the strongest language they could think of to get their point across— comparing the dolphins’ captivity to slavery and torture— one comment took the blue ribbon in exaggeration.
Dont support dolphins in captivity please, it’s just like #Roomthemovie but for dolphins. You better than that guuuuurl
This is an important conversation to be having— educating ourselves and each other about potential animal cruelty and the part humans play in these systems just by visiting zoos and sealife parks.
But can we all also agree that comparing anything to Room is the new internet/pop-culture Godwin’s Law? Conversation, you have been ended. There’s nowhere left to go.