Internet memes are hilarious, until you become one.
One of the latest gags targeted a two-year-old baby girl. Her real name is Mariah Anderson and she has an extremely rare condition called Chromosome 2 Duplication, meaning her comprehension and motor skills operate at a slower pace. It also affects her facial features. Sadly, internet trolls used a personal photo that her mother Kyra Pringle uploaded on Facebook with memes comparing her daughter to a leprechaun. The meme featured captions like, “What would you do if this was your child?”
The Anderson family was extremely hurt by the insensitive jokes and spoke against the cyber bullying on NBC Channel 2 news in South Carolina: “The smile that you guys think is funny or the smile that you guys are comparing to a leprechaun. The things you guys are saying about my child, she’s not a monster, she’s real,” Kyra told the cameras, slightly fighting back the tears.
Mariah’s grandmother, Linda Pringle, was especially agitated, “If you’re out there and you’re doing these things, and you think that it’s funny, it’s not funny. This is actually a human being, this is a child, this is a baby.” Mariah’s father David Anderson has been trying to keep it cool for his family, but was not at all amused either, “People are going to do what they are going to do. The only thing that’s bothering me is what’s bothering my family.”
As TheRoot.com pointed out, it was likely someone from Kyra’s Facebook friends list that made the photo into a meme. However, we’re relieved Mariah has a loving family to support her and wish her the best in overcoming the illness.