Bill assumes everyone is straight. Bill is wrong.
Launched on 7 January 2016, Bills stick-figured visage has attracted an audience of millions and is the latest Facebook craze. If you use Facebook it’s hard to escape the masses of ‘Be Like Bill’ memes that your Facebook friends have been sharing.
Bill does not share his Facebook memories, Bill does not delay in replying to messages, he does not share inspiring quotes, he does not take duck-faced selfies and he definitely doesn’t share his life on Facebook. Bill may wish us all to think he’s perfect and all of the above actions are in some way wrong and should be frowned and looked down on? Well they’re not. Keep being you. When you worry too much about what others think, you leave little to no room to be yourself.
Bill also lives in a world where everyone is straight (heterosexual). Lesbian, gay, bisexual and all other sexualities do not exist in Bills world. Out of curiosity I clicked on the link a friend shared to see how Bill would define me. Bill, you got it so wrong. I tried a few times, you have the options to retry, for those that may wish to pick a version that best fits them or one that will get them more attention and more likes perhaps. Each time Bill told me I had a girlfriend. Bill you don’t know me very well. I am in fact gay and I have a boyfriend. It’s not exactly representative of the diverse society we live in.
When we’re fighting for inclusion and acceptance, where everyone feels they can be themselves no matter our differences, Bill’s view of the world looks very outdated. What message does this give?
Bill should keep his assumptions in a box.
Don’t be like Bill. Be you!
Image : The results of one of my ‘Be Like Bill’ meme attempts.
I think Bill needs to look at himself and consider getting some unconscious bias and diversity training. I imagine by the time Bill’s training session came about he’ll be long forgotten and we’ll be on to the next social media fad.
As with most things viral on social media, Bill has also attracted a large contingent of haters who have taken a dislike to his smarmy tone and his lack of self-awareness. Posting memes about other people’s posting habits seems like a poor way to make a point doesn’t it?
So long Bill.
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