July 29, 2015
I sometimes posts pictures and videos of Blind Murphy on my Reluctant Cat Owner’s Journal Facebook page. An hour after sharing a snapshot of his life, I tell him he already has a quadrillionty eleven likes (fuck it, he’s blind and it makes him feel important). What I don’t tell him, however, is how he occasionally receives hateful and mean-spirited messages from my page followers.
For example, a while back, I shared the following video because I thought it was cute:
However, based upon the commentary that followed, I assumed people thought he was trying to attack me.
I assure you, Journal, that he was merely pawing at the air, feeling for his missing toy with which we had just finished playing. He often does this after playtime or when he wants more treats. He’s blind. It’s what blind cats do. I just feel terrible that me posting this innocent video stirred up so much anger and assumption of his character.
Another instance of handicat cyberbullying was more recent. Not long ago, I shared this picture on my The Reluctant Cat Owner Journal’s Facebook page:
And then this happened:
I don’t understand some of these comments, but I do understand their negative intent. To those cold-hearted individuals that say Blind Murphy is “wrong,” “sad,” “bad,” “horrible,” or “mean,” I want to ask, “Do you tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art making hateful remarks about the subjects of the photography on exhibit?” They probably do.
I tried not to get too upset about this. After all, a couple of these trolls are so deranged, one called Blind Murphy “human” while another laughed at a normal picture of a cat.
But this next one epitomizes why I’ll never understand internet readers. In late May, I attempted to shame Elvis by sharing a picture he took after stealing my portable porn box (what some people call a “smart phone”).
I anticipated sympathy from my followers. After all, my privacy had just been violated. I expected others to commiserate with their own cat burglar stories. Unfortunately, all I got was 30 “likes,” each one exponentially encouraging this reprobate’s bad behavior.
I guess I’ll never understand “cat people.”