December 03, 2014

Bloggers Use Seemingly Irrelevant Hashtag to Show Solidarity with Ferguson



My Living Room, Arlington, VA - Despite many still unaddressed questions surrounding Kim Kardashian's butt, the internet appears to have moved on; for the past couple of weeks, social media has been exploding with chatter on Ferguson, MO, particularly the grand jury's recent decision regarding Darren Wilson and the resulting riots.

Indeed, #Ferguson has been trending for days on both Twitter and Facebook, where people like Douglas McSweeny have been educating people on the critical social and legal issues surrounding the recent riots that have set Ferguson on fire.

"I first read about Ferguson on Thanksgiving, right after our Whole Foods turkey started a small grease fire in my own oven," said McSweeny. "So I just, you know, felt like I knew what those people were going through."

Although McSweeny technically doesn't hold a law degree, many consider him an expert on current events after the internet awarded him his medical degree for his compelling work on the Ebola crisis, which resulted in several relatively accurate internet memes.

Amazingly, McSweeny's contribution to the Ferguson discussion seems to be just as profound; one of his most recent Facebook statuses sparked 20 comments in response.

But perhaps McSweeny's greatest contribution to the social crisis has been his role in the #DuckFacesForFerguson movement, a hashtag human rights advocates have been using to tag their selfies taken to show solidarity with Ferguson protesters.

Jennifer Brown, blogger and creator of #DuckFacesForFerguson, attributes much of her inspiration to McSweeny.

"After skimming one of Doug's Facebook posts, I thought, you know, I should do something to help," said Brown. "I mean, I didn't really know what the whole Ferguson thing was about but I'm sure no one would be stealing all those Air Jordans unless they had, like, a really good reason."

When asked how exactly duck-faced selfies will help the social crisis in Missouri, especially when the creator herself knows little about the situation, Brown told reporters, "Well, you know, I didn't really get the whole ALS ice bucket video thing either but my hair in that video was, like, super cute."

No word yet on how Jonathan Swift feels the hashtag will affect the impoverished Irish economy.