Hello once again ATS.
From the land of "ZOMG I cannot believe that I live in this country/on this planet/am part of this species" / "At what point do we all just cave in
and report to our local prison for voluntary processing" comes this story about two men who are sitting in jail, facing real criminal charges because
they... wait for it
used "threatening emoji's" on a Facebook post.
Sit back, breathe for a minute, clear your mind and let that really sink in. They got arrested for EMOJI'S.
Now, yes, there is a bit more to the story. These men did have a history of trouble with the recipient of said emoji's and had tried to beat the guy
up, previously, at his own home.
Well, here, read the details for
Oh, and the picture at the beginning of this thread... THAT is the emoji that sent them to jail.
From the article:
Arrested by Spartanburg County deputies in South Carolina earlier this month, 29-year-old David Fuentes and 29-year-old Matthew Cowan were taken
into custody for sending threatening messages through Facebook to an unnamed man. However, no words were transmitted through the Facebook messaging,
only graphical emoji icons.
Now, I'm no lawyer but it seems to me that there surely cannot be a Criminal Code on the books called "Sending threatening message through
Facebook". And if there is, then I really, really want to emphasize just how freaking badly we've lost the entire plot.
I am no fan of bullies at all. Nor do I think that threatening others with violence is acceptable whatsoever. However the definition of what
constitutes a "threat" is honestly getting out of hand. I mean, damn... we're like one angry City Councilperson away from living in a world where
"Giving hard looks" is felonious behavior. And then, what?
Breaking news... Celebrity arrested in threat case for making eye contact with costar. Costar currently in the hospital receiving emotional trauma
treatment. Star being held on ten million dollars bond. Details at eleven...
So ATS. Am I just becoming a grumpy old man who is lost in an evolving world and who simply doesn't get that things are better? OR is this entire
country going headfirst into the toilet at a speed so profoundly astounding that it makes light feel envious?
Pile this in with the NAACP leader who turned out to be a white woman who just wants to be black really, really bad and the whole it is now
insensitive to call Bruce Jenner, well, Bruce Jenner and I'm just lost.
We live in a land of potentially violent, gender biased, racist emoji's - and Facebook is apparently more dangerous than guns....
Thanks for reading.