(By Brandon Hansen/Brandon is the managing editor of the Chewelah Independent and a graduate of Eastern Washington University. If you’d like to send Brandon a Letter to the Editor, shoot him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
I will admit, I’m a fan of the TV Show Jersey Shore.
The MTV reality-show filmed the life of a group of 20-somethings claiming to be Italian Americans that would party until the wee hours, tan, go to the gym in the morning and consistently exhibit horrible judgement-making that would make Johnny Manziel go “you know I’ve made the right life decisions.”
So naturally finding out that there was a Facebook page entitled “Stevens County Shaming” where people would shame individuals in the county for some of the most petty things, I put a bag of popcorn in the microwave and gorged myself on a steady diet of social media drama.
This Facebook group, which requires a moderator to let you in the group, has many highlights, including…
– People complaining about Canadians coming into Stevens County and hogging things like parking spots at Walmart and drive thru lines. I’m glad that if there’s one group of people that all of Stevens County can unite against it’s those Canadians that are known for their bad manners, unfriendly demeanor and love for hockey. (Or perhaps we could be happy people are driving into our county to spend money?)
– People posting publicly about their love triangles or affairs. Yep. If you want to hear about who is clicking boots with who, this is apparently the place. I’m pretty sure this is so trashy it’s glowing radioactive green as the trashiness begins to develop a half life and put off enough negative energy to power half of Spokane.
– Remember all those Facebook political memes from the election? They still have a home at Stevens County Shaming. They’re still there! Stevens County Shaming is kind of like a Golden Oldies Radio Station but instead of playing Buddy Holly, it’s overused political memes that are untrue anyways.
– People complaining about everyday inconvenience known to man. Standing in line at Safeway too long? Going on Shaming. Somebody gave you a funny look? Going on Shaming. Your car blew up after not changing the oil for 10,000 miles. Better post it on Shaming.
– My favorite part is how the moderators post “woe is me” tales about what a tough job it is to manage a shaming Facebook page. Apparently they don’t like to be made fun of, when they’re running a page about making fun of people.
Much like Jersey Shore, I really can’t turn away from this dumpster fire. It really is making the case that if MTV needs a new location for a “I can’t believe people think and act like this,” maybe they could host it in Stevens County!
The reason I’m not very kind to this is our own little City of Chewelah become embroiled in a mini controversy. Apparently some students are going to host a mock city council and tackle some “scenarios” that a normal city council might have to face.
Well some bright bulb heard the council talking about one of the scenarios—making Chewelah a sanctuary city—and though that the real city council was going to make Chewelah a sanctuary city.
Now any person with an ounce of critical thought would realize that even if a city council which was voted in by a heavily Republican voting base wanted to make a sanctuary city, they’d need actual homeless relief services in the town. There are no shelters in our town and resources are already strained helping with area homeless. Refugees wouldn’t exactly find much if they actually got here.
However that didn’t stop one Stevens County Shaming moderator from spreading this untrue rumor and since the group has thousands of followers, it didn’t take the group long to sharpen the pitchforks and light the torches. Stevens County Shaming wasn’t the only cause of this outrage, but considering the group has multiple moderators – they should know better than sharing something blatantly untrue. We posted a Chewelah water monster in the newspaper last week as an April Fools Joke and that had more validity than what this moderator shared to thousands.
Many people just went along with the rumor about Chewelah becoming a sanctuary city. You’re better than that Stevens County. Use your head, just a little.
… these people forget to stop and think about what our resources are to even facilitate something like a sanctuary city. To quote our President…
So please, don’t believe everything you see on Facebook. Certainly don’t get your news from something called “Stevens County Public Shaming.”
If I got my news from Jersey Shore, can you imagine how informed of an individual I’d be?