Most of us will never have a picture that goes viral. We'll never have our 15 minutes of fame. In many ways, that's a good thing. Especially when it comes to people like Lindsey Stone. She went to Arlington National Cemetery recently with some coworkers and clients. While at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where silence and respect is requested for our fallen Soldiers, Lindsey thought it would be funny to pose for a picture being... well... the opposite of that.
Her friends called her out on it (what are friends on FB for, anyway?) and she brushed it off saying...
And then... the picture went viral. Quickly.
Because she was at Arlington with her coworkers and on the clock, and because Lindsey tightened down her privacy settings on her facebook page (understandably! I'd run and hide too!), people flocked to her company's facebook page and they let their opinions be heard. Thousands of opinions... fire her, beat her, shoot her, make her apologize, and on and on and on. Some were heartfelt from Soldiers, Veterans, spouses and parents of fallen military members. Others were just... Americans... disgusted by Lindsey's blatant lack of respect for men and women who have died for our country.
About an hour ago, her company issued a very blanket statement regarding Lindsey's picture saying that her photo in no way reflects the opinions of their staff... but Lindsey (AND her friend who took the photo) ARE staff so that doesn't really make sense, does it? In the meantime, I'm sure their lawyers are hard at work typing up some very legal apology that will be released tomorrow morning... and the comments keep pouring in... almost 1,000 in the last hour alone.
Lindsey Stone got her 15 minutes of fame. I don't think that was her intention, but it happened thanks to the wonders of social networking and technology. Sadly for her, it wasn't a GOOD 15 minutes, and it's not over yet. I will not post her photo here as I want to keep this blog G rated, but if you haven't seen it and you really want to, Facebook or Google will get you there.
Think before you post pictures online... think before you TAKE pictures. Think before you choose to disrespect our Soldiers. The good Lord gave you a brain for a reason. Use it!