The ballad of Ken Bone
There was so much to say in the second presidential debate between two highly controversial candidates. Yet amid the chaos of personal attacks and foreign policy, hope has emerged. Ken Bone, an ordinary human being, was thrown into the national limelight after asking a boring question while dressed for a teddy bear’s picnic, and rose to world fame, literally overnight. .
This electoral cycle has been long, painful and very confrontational. Who would have guessed that a red sweater would unite us all? The fun visual distraction was a welcome respite from the poisonous political rhetoric, and as soon as it emerged, Ken’s likeness began to circulate on Twitter, garnering praise and love. In a few hours, he was no longer human but even. A grandfather fashion sense, a round face adorned with a mustache and a name ripe for the sexual metaphor; it’s like Ken is destined for internet stardom.
His image was photoshoped in the Barack obama “Hope” poster, Ken Bone Halloween costumes were purchased and exhausted, and his Twitter followers went from 7 to 249,000. Adored, gently mocked and even suggested as a political candidate, the love for Ken Bone has never stopped blossoming. Ken was interviewed and thousands of people cared about what he had to say. They wanted to know what he thought about the election and the political process as a whole. They wanted to know more about the red sweater, and it turned out Ken had ripped the pants off his undoubtedly adorable olive green suit and had to resort to the now iconic sweater. Ken the human meme was cute, goofy, and cuddly, and during such a difficult and angry time in American history, it was refreshing to contemplate the chubby face of sweet innocence.
And then came the Reddit AMA. Ken, a longtime Reddit user, hosted a “ask me anything»Session for his new fans. Ken turned out to be a lovely host with extensive knowledge of internet culture and a self-deprecating sense of humor. But recklessly Ken used his real Reddit username and sure enough the masses opened the box to see who their sane hero really was. Inside was a treasure trove of harmless sins. A comment was left on a pregnancy porn subreddit describing expectant mothers as “beautiful human subs”. There was an admission to see nude photos of Jennifer lawrence and enjoy it. It was then that Ken Bone committed felony insurance fraud. There was even a comment describing the Trayvon Martin shooting as “justified”, although he said he was not a fan of George Zimmerman.
The inevitable backlash has begun. Upon learning that their meme was an actual human being with unhealthy thoughts, desires, and opinions, many began to condemn the man in the red sweater. He was accused of being ignorant, awful and shabby. He was even accused of sell, (already) for daring to promote Uber using its newfound fame in exchange for a few free rides.
Unfortunately, there are no free rides. Fame comes at a high cost, and Ken has now reached celebrity level simply for wearing a sweater. Millions of attention-hungry men and women spend their entire lives searching for a place on the pedestal where Ken sits, a place that has been given to him without his desire or consent.
The fame means that Ken Bone is now in the bizarre and unenviable position of having to explain his history on the Internet to complete strangers. He has since clarified his comments on the Trayvon Martin case, tweeting “I do not endorse the filming of Trayvon Martin.” Justifiable means legal, not fair. He condemned gun violence. He defended his sexual tastes. While he still has plenty of followers, others find his prolific presence on their screens boring and now look to Ken, as if he is running a multi-million dollar marketing campaign based on his sweater.
Who the hell would be happy to release their browser history to the public? Ken was swallowed, digested, and is now painfully being excreted. The backlash has only just begun, and the hateful comments and death threats will only increase. Poor Ken may discover that his old simple life of anonymity may have been erased for good. In years, he will be recognized in the street. She will be asked to pose for selfies. Strangers will continue to contact him and his family. His comments, for many people, matter now. And an opinion that carries weight is indeed a heavy burden. It could impact her career prospects, relationship, and even her mental health.
The story of Ken Bone is an interesting fable from the Information Age, an uplifting tale that could have come out of the fuzzy area Where Black mirror. Any of us could be kidnapped by the internet and turned into a meme. All it takes is a fun fashion choice. His fifteen minutes may wear off as quickly as his rise and fall, but Ken will now be known as that sweater guy who really loves pregnant women. Forever.
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