Sunday, February 14, 2010

Disturbed

Okay so throughout this whole Olympic drama, we've been pretty patient.

Despite all the cost over runs, cuts to education and social services, the spike in the housing market, etc we've kept out mouths shut. We even went into Vancouver yesterday and got into the spirit ourselves because it's here and why not enjoy it?

While I don't like the marketing money machine that is the Olympics, I love our athletes. THAT is obvious. I do not, in any way, support protesters who use illegal means and destroy property to get their point across.

THIS, however, left a really bad taste in my mouth.

I clicked, thinking I'd come across a photo of someone doing something illegal. Or something. I'm not sure what. Instead, there is a picture of a man, dressed in a black hoodie, having a cigarette.

Totally not illegal. Black hoodies are common in this part of the world, and it might have been raining. A person that @Vancouver has now branded as a protester. In print. On Twitter. Without proof.

Note: @Vancouver is not the city of Vancouver, as I had originally thought. My deepest apologies to the City of Vancouver. @Vancouver is by Robert Borhi and Travelwest.ca (according to their Twitter wall paper) I have changed my wording in this post to reflect that fact.
Ummm does anyone see how frightening this is? We are a free country. Anybody could have been downtown, dressed in black, and be in this picture. We are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. There are LAWS protecting us and these people are posting citizen's pictures on twitter, calling them protesters? When I stated that in my return tweet, I got this snotty answer from @Vancouver....

Wow. I watched the video and at no time did I see this particular person in it. Besides, it isn't illegal to protest. I'm sure there were some who were there, but didn't destroy any property. Do we post all their pictures on Twitter and brand them a "douchebag" because they didn't agree with the billion dollar party that the city decided to throw when many normal citizens can't even afford HOUSING, much less tickets to any of the events? It's hard to get excited about a party when you are sleeping in the rain and have nothing to eat.

If this person IS someone who has done something illegal, then we have police for that. Let them have their day in court, like every other citizen of this country. Because @Vancouver, if you are mistaken (and seriously I hope you are not because THAT would be a news story you don't need to get out), then it really doesn't say much about some of the businesses in the beautiful city I've called my second home for years.

In the end, all this tells me is that when I'm in Vancouver, I'd better not be wearing a black hoodie or speak too loudly about my displeasure with the Olympics. My picture just might end up on Twitter.

Update:

Later on this evening, the tweets had been deleted and this was up in it's place.

"Crowd sourcing experiment?" Seriously? It's rare for me to have nothing to say, but in this case?

I'm actually speechless. Dumbfounded, if you will. And left thinking that someone really needs to go back to Twitter 101.

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