Ah social media. What a powerful tool it is. A great way to keep in touch with friends and family who are not within regular visiting distances. A way to share key moments in our lives, pictures, videos of milestones in ours and our kids’ lives. A way to communicate with several friends at onces. In sports and entertainment, it’s also a way for fans to share their passion for their team or favourite artists with other fans. That’s what it’s intended for. Unfortunately, it has also become a very powerful weapon for cyber bullying and a heaven for keyboard warriors to spew their hater towards others in a very mean and cowardly way. A weapon that has caused mental health issues and contributed to suicides. Many users, not using their real name and identification, are feeling invincible and conduct themselves in a way that they would never dare doing in person at the risk of getting the crap kicked out of them. But hey, that’s politically incorrect, right?
This is a difficult time we going through. For over a year now, we’ve been dealing with a pandemic and with those who don’t take it seriously. For over a year, businesses have been struggling to stay afloat and keeping their employees working. And for the same amount of time now, we have been going through restrictions about our whereabouts, who we can see and when. In hockey terms, we have dealt with not one, but two very unusual seasons and fans just don’t understand the demand it’s putting on the players. Unfortunately, they’ve been talking their frustration to social media on the teams, the players and anyone involved, even their fellow fans.
“It’s my right…”
Yeah… no it’s not. Twitter has a section on “Hate speech” in their terms of services. Facebook and Instagram also do have a section on Community Standards regarding “Hate speech”. In fact, any respectful Social Media platform has a section regarding cyber bullying and hate speech. When doing so, you’re going against those standards. So it is clearly not “your right”. It’s rather YOUR CHOICE because yes, it’s a choice that you make… a horrible one at that.
All this “Bell Let’s Talk” awareness campaign, the discussions about mental health… it’s all fine and dandy if we take actions against it to resolve the issues. And it’s not just for one day. It’s every single day. It applies to everyone no matter their race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality or profession.
If you feel that putting down, attacking and humiliating someone, even a public figure, through social media is your right, you have some much deeper issues that you should be dealing with… Something’s not quite right in your head.
Drouin on LTIR
The Canadiens announced that they have placed 26 year-old, Ste-Agathe, QC native Jonathan Drouin on their Long Term Injury Reserved list. Drouin is taking a leave for personal reasons.
While it is important to note that we don’t know why Drouin is on the LTIR, nor should we have to know. What we do know is that head coach Dominique Ducharme, while answering questions about it, stated that the team was behind him and support him. What we do know is that Drouin was fed up with some media at his latest press availability when they were relentless about his goals’ production, or lack of thereof. The player had just learned, a few minutes before, that he was relegated to fourth line duties.
Unless you lived under a rock, you know as well as I do that Drouin was, along with Carey Price, Shea Weber, Phillip Danault (earlier this season) and, to a lesser point, Paul Byron, the fans and media’s favourite target by some members of the media and many fans. Oh there has always been criticism towards players and the team. But it has reached new levels of aggression, with fans pushing the enveloppe way too far, making it personal. Further, fans’ behaviour on social media is not only relentless, but it’s like it has become a goal for some each and every opportunity… even when there are none.
For the most part, Drouin received a huge outpour of support after the news came out. Yet, that same night, during and after the game against Toronto, many of the same people were all over the Habs, coaches, players, GM as if nothing happened. They’re just not learning. Truthfully, it makes their message of support for Drouin totally hypocritical. If they meant it, they would stop, reflect and at the very least try to change their behaviour.
The Canadiens are in a race for a playoffs’ spot in some very difficult circumstances and a schedule that isn’t in their favour. Fans should be cheering their team. They should want them to make it to the playoffs not to be able to put them down some more, but to hope that they can cause an upset or two and ultimately, battle for the Stanley Cup. It’s sports. It’s entertainment. Hockey is not worth losing sleep over and definitely not worth reading through countless messages of anger, bashing and even hater. Look in the mirror and if you’re one of them, change that behaviour. You can do it and we can all enjoy watching our team, cheering them on together.
I want to leave you with this amazing video put together by the good folks of No Respek Podcast. Enjoy and… Go Habs Go!