Let’s start with the traditional definition of a troll – a mythical, cave-dwelling being in folklore, either giant or dwarf with an ugly appearance. Some of which is still true in the today version of a “troll”. As described in the Urban Dictionary, “one who purposely and deliberately starts an argument in a manner which attacks others”…….
I have seen too much of that lately on my FB feed and it saddens me, more than it should. A friend of mine and myself were discussing a certain topic that has been debated within the cosplay people about what is appropriate as far as makeup. You know the subject and I really don’t want to repeat it, but the people who came out of the wood works defending what in any other circumstance would be considered beyond racist was dumbfounding.
It made me sad, not only because it did offend me, but it is conversations that had to be argued over again on why some people would be offended. People were being dismissive about it, like it doesn’t matter because it’s all in fun and make believe. In my opinion, it’s not all fun and games until you sport that kind of “cosplay” all your life and had the real struggles that just don’t wash away.
I told my friend that I purposely didn’t comment on the FB threads because it would just feed the trolls. Giving them something to pounce on and keep this conversation going, which I am probably doing by writing this. I didn’t comment in public, I stopped reading the articles and responses, it was too much.
Maybe I am naive, but if my naivety keeps me from being jaded, I will keep my shiny-happy thoughts that everyone should just know better. When I see post like that, I don’t comment, I stay away. I don’t like feeding the trolls.