The Web and social media have a number of wonderful uses! One can reconnect with loved ones/friends, find helpful information on how to tackle projects, get a peek into the lives of celebrities, and voice opinions about political and other matters.
Unfortunately, the internet has also become a place for those who have low self-esteem and no courage, to bully others in ways they wouldn’t dare imagine if face to face with the person/people they disrespect online. Keyboard courage, cyber gangster, typing thug, or whatever you call them, internet bullies are the worst kinds of punks.
The era of Donald Trump and Twitter has only made the already bad situation of social media simple mindedness even worse. While most will agree that respectfully voicing concerns, offering feedback, engaging in debate, and other forms of disagreeing, are perfectly acceptable via the internet, some people just have no chill, take things too far, and border on the line between cyber bullying and outright criminal behavior.
Pennsylvania Senator, Brian K. Sims (D) knows all too well the headache that can be caused by the boredom of an internet thug. Sims dealt with one such individual on Wednesday and how he did so will make you laugh and want to vote for Sims for President of the United States.
Sims is an openly gay man and staunch advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. Without referencing anything Sims has done policy or otherwise, some want-to-be internet thug named David called Sims a “ni*ger fag*ot.” Sims quickly put on his investigator hat and decided how he’d deal with David. Sims called David’s grandmother, because like any good bully would, David had his grandmother’s number all over his Facebook page.
Sims told HuffPost:
‘What caught me about it was there wasn’t a reference to something I said or something I’d done or some policy. And when I looked at his page there was very little there ― but he’d posted a telephone number a number of times.’
It was 6:15am, but in the spirit of giving zero cares, Sims made the call and further states:
‘I explained to her exactly who I as and what he had done. Like any grandma she was very embarrassed at having this kind of convo and very ashamed at the actions of her grandson. The conversation ended with me telling her that I wanted to hear from him.’
Sims did hear from David. Unfortunately, but not surprising, Sims states that while he’d rather not go into details, his conversation with David “didn’t resolve anything.”
About the incident Sims says:
‘It is the ultimate calling card of a coward to ― under the guise of night and behind a keyboard ― use the kind of language that in person would cause most decent people to respond in anger and frustration. The reason people do things like this is they don’t have the courage, the education or gumption to do this kind of thing in person.’
Sims’ talk with David may not have solved anything, but it did provide the script for Sims to have the last laugh. Sims posted a status update all about his incident:
Featured Image screengrab via facebook.