Cartoons from the past surface as Facebook profile pictures raising awareness for something
In November, a somewhat meaningless Facebook meme started making the rounds: People started putting up their favorite childhood cartoon picture in place of their profile picture to celebrate their childhood. The note passed from friend to friend, according to AllFacebook.com, read:
Change your profile picture to your favorite cartoon from when you were a kid. The goal of this game is not to see a human picture on Facebook, but an invasion of childhood memories until Monday. PLAY AND PASS ALONG!
Now, the meme has resurfaced, only this time with a charitable twist. A new note is making the rounds:
From now until December 7, change your profile picture to a cartoon character from your childhood. The objective of this is not to see any human faces on facebook but an invasion of memories for the fight against Violence to Children. Remember we were kids too.
The meme has exploded, with mad searches for favorite characters turning Facebook into a generational spat: Are you a child of the '70s and going for Boris and Natasha? Are you a child of the '80s and opt for Strawberry Shortcake? Are you a child of the '90s and stick up a picture of Doug or the Rugrats?
It seems to have gotten its start in Greece and Cyprus, according to the Know Your Meme Web site. But it got the charitable boost when it switched to English.
Unlike the Facebook "I like it on..." status change, which raised awareness for breast cancer, I am slightly doubtful about how a grinning Animaniac will help fight violence to children. A Reddit user calls it "Slacktivism" -- taking a stab at activism for a cause, but in a very lazy way.
At least the "I like it on..." may have encouraged a woman or two to administer a self-exam. But will seeing Scooby Doo on your friend's Facebook page encourage you to foster children? Donate time to an orphanage? Send in dimes to raise money for prenatal care?
If so, more power to you. But I'm guessing this is more an exercise in nostalgia than charity.
Update: In a turn for the odd, the seemingly harmless meme got a backlash from people afraid the whole trend was a ploy to help pedophiles friend young children. The Surge Desk reports a new status update has cropped up saying:
ATTN: The group asking everyone to change their profile pictures to their favorite cartoon character is actually a group of pedophiles. They are doing it because kids will accept their friend request faster if they see a cartoon picture. It has nothing to do with supporting child abuse and violence, IT'S ON TONIGHT'S NEWS. Copy and paste this to your status, let everyone know now !!!
The Surge Desk and AllFacebook.com both report this is a false rumor about the wildly popular meme.
| December 3, 2010; 10:28 AM ET
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