People always say that when they see someone post some racist, homophobic, sexist, and/or just plain ignorant shit. What is the point in saying that? You think that it makes it ok? You think that somehow justifies the shit they said? Well that’s what it sounds like. I don’t give a damn if it is “just a troll”. I’m not letting them of the hook. I won’t ignore it just because they’re doing it for attention.
You wanna know why? When you do, the majority of the feedback they get is positive. They then develop this twisted view that what they’re doing is ok. That’s why you see people who continually do shit that they know will hurt people. That shit will never fly with me. If anything, them being a troll is even more reason to call them out.
They know what they’re saying is wrong. They know they’re hurting people. They just don’t give a fuck. They’ll willing to hurt and insult anyone who stands between them and some damn attention. If you’re fine with that, I consider you part of the problem.
Shit like racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc won’t go away because people ignore it when it pops up. We tell the people who respond to it that they’re “overreacting” and they should “ignore it” and that is what keeps it going. If you see some fucked up shit going down, speak out about it. By keeping quiet, or worse telling people who do speak up to “calm down” and “ignore it”, you make yourself no better than the person who posted that shit in the first place.