Over the years, Facebook has made numerous changes to its site: A newsfeed to make stalking keeping up with friends more efficient. Status updates to allow you to share with the world whatever thought or inclination passes through your mind. Checking in with Foursquare so you can let everyone know exactly where you are, at what time, and with whom. And, of course, a like button for friends to “like” what you post. But something is missing.
Where is the “dislike” button? I mean you’re certainly not going to like your friend’s status that says she totaled her car by hitting Bambi. Or if his favorite sports team continuously and repeatedly crushes his heart and soul (I’m looking at you Notre Dame). So instead you actually have to type out a comment along the vein of “I dislike this.” Wouldn’t it be simpler to just have a “dislike” button?
Here are some things where a “like” button sufficed and a few more topics that could have used a “dislike” button over the past couple weeks.
In response to transgendered Chaz Bono being a contestant on DWTS, One Million Moms is telling people to “Email ABC Network and let them know that we will not tolerate these subjects being forced into our homes.”
Dislike: Force? When did TV watching become mandatory? In particularly, only watching ABC? This has to be a plea for help from some poor woman. Perhaps someone holds a gun to her head and makes her watch ABC and only ABC. Or maybe her TV can’t be turned off ever! Seriously woman, change the channel if it’s so offensive to you. Or read a book. Seriously.
Now if this woman had complained that Chaz Bono can hardly be qualified a star, that’s another point entirely. And with one I would concur. Just because Cher is your mom doesn’t make you star. (Granted, are there ever really “stars” on Dancing with the Stars? They may need to consider changing the title. Suggestions?)
Suri’s Burn Book on Tumblr
Like: Who doesn’t like to mock celebrities? Made all the more entertaining as “Suri Cruise” acts as the Regina George of Hollywood—victimizing anyone and everyone, including Tom and Katie.
JC Penney selling a shirt online for girls ages 7-16 with the message:
“I’m too pretty to do homework, so my brother has to do it for me.”
The marketing tagline for the shirt: “Who has time for homework when there’s a new Justin Bieber album out?”
Dislike: I can’t decide what’s more offensive: using beauty as a proud excuse to have someone else do your homework, needing your brother to do your homework for you, or the reason why you really can’t do your homework is to listen to Justin Bieber? (P.S. If I was that brother, I would do every single problem wrong. And break my sister’s CD player or iHome or at least invest in some soundproof walls.)
By the way, what was JC Penney thinking?!? It took a bunch of negative feedback for the retailer to discontinue the shirt.
No wonder America is declining as a civilization and falling behind the rest of the world in education. It’s not our teachers…it’s attitudes like these. And apparently the music of Justin Bieber.
Football season is underway at all levels—high school, college, and professional.
Like: “What do you like better Christmas or football season?”
“Yes. The answer would be ummm football season?”
Miss Universe Pageant 2011
Dislike: Nobody fell. At least Miss USA made both the 2007 pageant and the 2008 pageant an entertaining watch. Although can anybody explain Miss Australia’s evening gown? To quote Doris from A League of Their Own :“It’s HALF a dress.” If even that.
And here is a story that doesn’t really qualify as needing a like or dislike but may need a crazy button.
A Dutch woman is facing stalking charges after allegedly calling a man who she says is her boyfriend 65,000 times in one year.
But that’s not the truly mind-boggling part. Her lawyer is denying that his client’s actions are excessive. I really want to know what his definition of excessive is…and how he can say that with a straight face.