Promposals Gone Wrong

Promposals Gone Wrong

Let me start off by saying that I'm here for promposals. I think the majority of them are super cute, and even though I've never received one I can understand how special receiving one can make a person feel. The best promposals, in my opinion, happen when they're personalized to the person receiving them. But every year, there is at least one that ends up being problematic. Case and point...

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The first time I saw this, I thought of how my mom would react if I'd received this same promposal. A few years ago, back when I was in boarding school, a friend of mine took a picture of me wrapped in a blanket (sushi-roll style) and captioned it "Black bean burrito." Within moments of the picture going up my mom texted me ordering me to have the photo taken down. "It's offensive," she said. "How can you not see that?" Of course I defended my friend because I couldn't imagine that she would do it with any kind of racist intention, but my mom was definitely more thorough about checking my social media for pictures with similar overtones.

Fast forward to now, but pretend I'm still in high school. If I showed my mom these pictures and said, "Look mom! I got asked to prom!" she'd probably be furious. She'd probably want to speak to the boy's parents and read the boy for filth. And then she would forbid me from going to prom with him, saying that I could either find another date or go by myself. She would never let me go to prom with someone who disrespected me in that way. Knowing what I know now, I would agree with her, but I'd probably assume she was overreacting back in the day. 

My mom would have every right to 'overreact' to something like this. I feel bad for the girl in the picture because she is literally being reduced to 'dark meat'. Is that not objectification? And the KFC crowns...I mean besides being stereotypical, I just thought it lacked taste. It didn't show a lot of creativity and homeboy could've done so much better. 

I was surprised to see some of the reactions to this picture. Most of them were along the lines of "This is not okay," and "Someone needs to educate these teens," but there were a significant amount of people who thought the backlash against the boy was too harsh. "Oh lighten up, they're just kids. He didn't know any better, and he really put a lot of thought into this."

I think he should've thought about it some more.

Let me know, what are your thoughts?

 

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