Viral #EndFathersDay Hashtag Turns Out To Be A Hoax

June 15, 2014  |  

I’ve been professionally writing for about five years now and one of the key things I’ve realized is that there is a huge population of angry people on the internet. It’s almost as if some people thrive in negativity; like they can’t function properly if there’s not something to get riled up about. And what’s unfortunate about that is when that anger goes viral. We are blessed to live in a time of instant communication. Whether it is the passing of a celebrity or the beginning of a war, even from across the globe we can learn about it almost instantly. But time and time again, instead of using those powers for good we choose to degrade and demean anything with the slightest hint of positivity or innocence. Only our society could make Blue Ivy’s hair offensive and Father’s Day something to be questioned.

On Friday the hashtag #EndFathersDay went viral on Twitter, reportedly the work of angry feminists. The whole controversy was really the work of 4chan, a site that has been described as the “rude,raunchy underbelly of the internet”. 4chan is the self-proclaimed home for those lacking a social conscience filled with random message boards and image boards.

4chan started the prank as a way tick off feminists and described the #EndFathersDay movement as:

“This is a holiday celebrating misogyny, demanding appreciation and gifts for doing what a father should be doing anyway, especially when almost all cases of domestic abuse stem from the father,” an anonymous user on /pol/ wrote.

“Fathers all over the country are refusing to pay alimony or child support, which should not celebrated and rewarded, but should be shamed. ‘Father’s Day’ should not be about celebrating the role of a father in the family, but about correcting it. It shouldn’t be celebrated in its present form.”

Unfortunately many took the prank seriously and responded to it making it more popular as it was mentioned in 40,000 times in one day.

Oh, the powers of Twitter. Turns out these Twitter users who got all in their feelings either supporting the movement or denouncing it were innocent bystanders in a six-month long prank war the site launched against feminists. Whether the hashtag launched you to write an essay in agreement or you just kept scrolling, the one thing that this hoax is proof of is that A) People really need to stop taking the internet so seriously and B) We need less of this passive aggressive “wi-fi” activism and more people who are actively getting from behind their keyboards to create change. We also need to keep in mind that every one writing on social networks isn’t a scholar or profound philosopher, some people are just bored and like to start ish. There’s plenty to get riled up about in this world; choose your battles wisely.

Do you think 4chan had a point even though it was a prank or do some people need to stop taking social media so seriously?

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