We all know that the internet can be a rather unforgiving and shameless place now and again, with fat shaming, awful jokes and extremely racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. remarks plaguing its every corner. But the fact that the man behind the new viral Meth Curry internet meme is actually a cancer survivor might make some people refrain from sharing something insensitive, even odds regarding this are low to say the least.
True, his story is heartwarming and the fact that he stood out and talked about how a meme’s viral nature may spell disaster for people that aren’t strong enough to get over it might help. But one has to keep in mind that this is the internet, where anonymity governs the majority of the medium. Because of this, no matter how raunchy or insensitive a post or meme may be, it will get shared and people will laugh at it.
This is just how the majority of people function when on the internet, especially those of younger ages. This is extremely viable when talking about multiplayer games. If one would want to know about new swear words or gauge how bad a person can be, just enter a multiplayer game like League of Legends or Counter Strike and you will be showered in curses, racist and sexist remarks to last you for an entire year.
The meme in question stemmed from the fact that a severely skinny man that somewhat looked as a methamphetamine addict resembled basketball player Steph Curry. And so the Meth Curry meme was born. But the man behind the picture is actually Leon Mitchell II who gained that “meth addict” look due to severe cancer treatments.
But he fought cancer and won, and he is now a successful business owner and a loving father of two kids. Truly this is an uplifting story, but if the case were otherwise, if he was an actual addict, the story would be completely different.
Methamphetamine addiction, besides ruining the addict’s body, is also extremely hard to quit, according to several scientific studies. Due to emotional distress and the inability to quit meth, the addict might have even come to extremely rash and grim solutions to his problems.
This was clearly seen with the historical Star Wars Kid video a couple of years back. In the video, an overweight boy was using a broomstick as if he was wielding a lightsaber. Once the video was posted on the internet, it instantly became viral. This brought shaming and extreme emotional strain to the main character of the video, resulting in severe depression.
Either way, even if the man behind the new Meth Curry internet meme is actually a cancer survivor, this will likely not chance anything in regards to how people enjoy and share memes that might be insensitive if one would check their background. If people want to see how bad the internet can get, look towards 4chan or shaming-based reddit posts. This meme is just a grain of sand in the massive desert created by the internet, even if it’s a truly uplifting story.