Sup Travellers?! In the wake of the tragic attacks in Paris that claimed over one hundred lives people all over the world have been changing their profile pictures to the French Flag.
It's a gesture of condolence to the people of Paris and I support it 100% but one French woman in particular isn't so impressed by the gesture.
Charlotte Farhan, editor of the online magazine Art Saves Lives International announced she will not be changing her profile picture and believes it would be wrong to only change it after the terrorist attacks in Paris – which killed 129 people.
In a Facebook post, Charlotte stated that if she supported this it would be ‘wrong’ and if she did, she would have to do this every time a horrific attack took place.
This comes at a time where Facebook is also being criticized for not giving people the option of overlaying their profile picture with the colors of the Lebanese flag, after another Isis attack on Thursday killed 43 people in Beirut.
The French editor also urged people to value every human life, attacked by extremist beliefs and not to get involved in the campaign as they would become part of an “us and them” mentality, which is ultimately what groups like Isis want.
She said: "I won’t be changing my profile to the French flag even though I am French and from Paris. The reason for this is that if I did this for only Paris this would be wrong. If I did this for every attack on the world, I would have to change my profile everyday several times a day. My heart is with the world, no borders, no hierarchy, I hold every human’s life with value who is attacked by extremist beliefs whether they are based on religion, prejudice or profit! Don’t be part of the “us and them” mentality which the war mongers want you to do!”
So I get what she's saying and I understand why she would refrain from overlaying her profile picture with the French flag. However, I don't fully agree with her calling the gesture and I quote "wrong".
I get that there are many other territories in the world under siege by ISIS and if it were possible to show support and love to all of them I'm sure that a lot of people would. However let's take into consideration the amount of media coverage that the attacks in Paris have been getting as opposed to the attacks in Beirut. People care about what they know and right now everyone knows what happened in Paris not so much what happened in Beirut or any other territory that was attacked. So it's only natural for more people to care about what happened in Paris and for that I don't blame them. I blame the media. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed