Well this is a sad story which I regretfully find hilarious (don’t judge me, I already feel bad). If you’ve spent far too much time on the internet (like myself) then you have seen the “I Can Count to Potato” meme before. The most iconic facet of the meme was an Advice Dog image macro of a little girl with Down Syndrome. The little girl’s name is Heidi Crowter, and she and her family are not happy with what they’ve found. This is wrong because this innocent girl has been made fun of all over the internet. I’m not innocent, I’m still laughing. But that’s not the worst of it. The saddest part is how the family dealt with it. Take a look at the BBC story about it.
99% of the time, nothing good comes from mixing internet culture with the outside world. Like most internet memes, it ran its course fairly quickly and was rarely spotted online aftweward. But recently the family has made one of the biggest mistakes possible: they got involved with trolling. As you can see here, the interest in the meme has
skyrocketed taken a cocktail of steroids and meth amphetamines. All they did was bring attention to it and hurt Heidi even more. Thanks to the combination of the age of the picture and how quickly people lose interest in memes, she might have been able to go her whole life without knowing about this or anyone knowing it was her on those templates. But no, it’s too late now. Now more people than ever are making fun of her. Judging by the fact that the parents were hiding this, I don’t think Heidi’s friends at school knew about it. I’m sure they do now.
I also want to touch on the BBC’s “reporting”. They have no idea that this is bigger than Facebook. If they had taken 5 minutes to search the web after seeing the pages, they would have had a much better perception of the story. But since they are lazy and know nothing about the internet, there was no mention of FunnyJunk, 4Chan, or even Know Your Meme. These people should be ashamed of themselves. The research would have taken two hours, tops.
If the Crowt family is reading this, I offer an apology and a piece of advice. On behalf of the internet, I apologize for turning Heidi into a joke. But in these types of situations, doing nothing accomplishes the most.