Pete the Popcorn co-author Joe Kelley really knows how to open a can of worms. He has a ton of friends on Facebook and I think Joe has “groomed” them to be very opinionated. Joe knows how to rile people on Facebook, throwing out an opinion or two, here or there. This, in turn, makes them a little more comfortable spouting their opinion. Now, this is just my opinion. Get it? This is all about opinions.
Yesterday, Joe asked permission from one of his friends to re-post her status update, to cause a discussion. She said yes, he did, and it went downhill from there. Have a look:
This is the original post…
And then the show begins:
My friend Debbie doesn’t usually comment… she doesn’t like to get involved in Facebook Fights and for good reason… they’re usually a waste of time. However, when something gets to her:
And then we have people, like myself, who want to get to the base reason for all of it: why are these nut allergies simply exploding in our Nation’s youth in recent years?
Things got more and more heated as the evening wore on, the debate turning at times into a mud-slinging adventure:
I had to get involved at a few points in time, namely to get to the reasoning of why and how this became a seemingly national epidemic:
People started throwing out other analogies about different allergies, which irked others to no end:
And then, a twist of the knife, as Debbie throws in a joke/insult and departs the conversation…
Carolyn’s comment above struck home… I took it as this: we get this worked up over peanut butter, but allow our kids to play shoot-em-up video games and nobody debates that.
And then, in this epic battle, we have a bomb-thrower… someone that enters the conversation to blow things apart and get people more riled than ever, prompting them to throw out the rulebook and express their true feelings!
Andrea re-enters the battle… picking apart Shane’s argument piece-by-piece:
Now enters Brenda, addressing the original letter and calling out the parent that wrote it:
And the bomb-thrower returns, after a two-hour respite, in an attempt to re-ignite the conversation:
Finally, the argument winds down, with Jason being a voice of reason for one side of the debate:
I think I just created a new reality television program. Someone starts a discussion on Facebook about a controversial subject, the people go crazy and there will be a highly-accomplished play-by-play announcer making comments. Could be Fun Friday Facebook Fights… although this one was on a Tuesday. Hmmm.
All-in-all, this thread ended up with 80 comments in the span of about 16 hours… people are passionate.
So, what are your thoughts? Can I re-ignite this Peanut Butter conundrum here? Do you have kids with allergies? How do you and your school handle it? Would you have an issue withholding peanut butter from your child, in order to comply with the needs of another child?
Talk to you soon…
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