There’s nothing quite like posting a couple of tasteful nudes of your wife to bring out the worst in people. Especially if you go to a popular site like FARK.com and ask people to go make nice comments about them. JimK aka Stark23x has learned this lesson the hard way.
It all started with a photo contest by wKen in which he asked folks to send in pictures that would finish the statement “I love ___.” JimK sent in the aforementioned nudes of his wife and then proceeded to submit a link to his entry on Fark.com in hopes that lots of people would make nice comments and he might win the contest. Needless to say, things didn’t work out quite as he expected.
wKen has since had to disable commenting on his blog due to the fact that a lot of people were responding, but not in a particularly polite or appreciative manner. Reports have it that some commenters went beyond just making nasty comments to posting their own hardcore porn pictures and or whatever other disgusting pics they had on hand.
Personally, while I’m saddened that the response to JimK’s pics turned out the way it did, I’m not at all surprised. Many Farkers are quite right to say that JimK was awfully naive to submit such a link and expect good things of it. Especially if he’s spent any amount of time reading the comments that a lot of folks leave on the Boobies links on Fark.com. I make a point of not reading most of the comments for that very reason.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Most people are friggin’ idiots who think the TV show Jackass is a high-point of culture and believe that a failed ballroom dance instructor can talk to their dead Aunt Edna. I love reading Fark.com, but let’s be honest about it and admit that Fark.com is the sort of website that friggin’ morons are drawn to like flies to horse shit. You don’t go and invite a bunch of winos to your dinner party and expect to get nice comments on the vintage chardonnay wine. All you can really expect from such a visit is to get filthy.
At the same time I don’t think that Fark.com is, as some bloggers have categorized it, the ‘cesspool of the Internet’. If anything, it’s simply a victim of its own success. When you have 1.4 million readers a day it only takes a very small percentage of them being friggin’ morons to make a bad impression. One percent of 1.4 million is, what, 14,000 friggin’ morons? Not to say that it’s only 1% that are the troublemakers, I’m just trying to put it into perspective.
Mind you, I’m not ripping on JimK for being proud of his wife or for submitting the pictures to wKen’s contest. Nor am I saying that the actions of the Farkers that posted rude comments and nasty pictures was in any way justifiable. I am saying that no one should be surprised at what happened and that’s why you should sometimes think twice about that next mouse click.
One of the greatest things about the Internet is that pretty much anyone can say whatever they want and have it broadcast all over the world in a matter of seconds. Of course, that’s also one of the worst things about it. Take this as a lesson learned the hard way and move on.