I got “de-friended” on facebook yesterday, apparently for disagreeing with someone’s opinions (I will call her “Natalie”). I’ve defriended people before, but to my knowledge, this is the first time it’s happened to me, which probably means that I’m not trying hard enough.
This is how it went down. I noticed first thing in the morning that Natalie’s status message said something like:
We should all be thankful for the people on wall street because if they weren’t making the big salaries that they are they wouldn’t be paying taxes and they pay pretty much all the taxes dontchaknow and so without them we wouldn’t have welfare or unemployment or roads so be thankful that there are hard-working people on Wall Street and don’t complain about how much money they’re making.
The first thing I said was, “For serious?” just to make sure she didn’t forget to close her <sarcasm> tag (hey, we’ve all done this before!). She was serious. I commented, “I have nothing against people or businesses making money. I have a problem with all the people or businesses who are stealing money. And that includes everyone on Wall Street. No exceptions.”
Another person chimed in after that and said, “I would LOVE to hear your explanation,” so I perused my archives and sent links to three of my previous entries on the matter.
Natalie responded with expected jackassery, “That’s a blog which is an opinion not a fact and it’s a one-sided blog. Nice”.
Your other pal there asked for an explanation, and here it is. It’s my fucking blog, and it’s my opinion. You didn’t cite any “facts” or “two-sided sources” in your comment, the only reason you’d hold me to such a standard (which you failed to meet!) is to shift the goalposts.
Another acquantaince (who I remember seeing shoved through a window whilst taking the business end of a toilet-plunger to the gut…) chimed in and gave me an “Amen, brother!” and tossed out a few quotes he must’ve found elsewhere which were similarly disagreeable to young Natalie’s naÏve worldview.
Natalie said that “without the banks I wouldn’t be able to get credit” and other nonsense like something retarded about the “great depression”. I asked—in all seriousness—who she thought was responsible for either the great depression of 1929, or this depression. No answer. I tried digging up the conversation this morning, only to find out that Natalie is no longer among my list of friends.
Oh well, she was a friend-of-a-friend facebook-whore to begin with. Good riddance. My only regret is that I would’ve copied (screen capture, preferably) the swill she was peddling.