If you have opened your news feed of lately, I am sure that you’ve come across the whole Snapchat fiasco. If you haven’t, let me give you a quick recap.
5 days ago, Variety, a weekly American entertainment trade magazine, released an article titled, “Snapchat CEO Said ‘This App Is Only for Rich People,’ Ex-Employee Alleges” which carried excerpts from a 20-page-long statement filed by Anthony Pompliano, a former employee at Snapchat, who is suing the company for some suspicious activities.
So, Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snap Inc. (Snapchat is a product of Snap Inc.), allegedly told Pompliano,
this app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.
The reason allegedly is in bold is because it makes a big difference. It demarcates facts from what could be facts.
Anyway, as soon as this story emerged, a lot of Indian publications picked it up and it spread like wildfire on social media. Indians were now burning in the fire of outrage because a single person, who happens to be the CEO of a relatively smaller company based in the US, allegedly called India poor.
“How the fuck did he dare call my nation poor?”
“That motherfucker needs to learn a lesson.”
“Let us all uninstall the Snapchat app.”
“I am so cool that I have never used Snapchat but I went on the App store, installed it, gave it one rating and then uninstalled it.”
– These were some of the comments seen on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat (what? why?) and mainly, the review section of Snapchat on App Store. Soon, their ratings dropped down to 1 on both Android and iOS. In their utter rage, which was now viralling out of control, Supermodel Miranda Kerr’s Instagram was filled with lewd remarks because she the Snapchat CEO’s Fiancée. (Ofcourse!) Some were unaware enough to rope Snapdeal in the same, thinking that the Snapdeal CEO said this. This has gone so out of hand that when you type ‘poor country’ on Google, you’ll see links to, “Snapchat CEO calls India poor.”
2 days ago, Snapchat reached out to various publications across India with an official statement countering these claims. They said, “This is ridiculous. Obviously Snapchat is for everyone! It’s available worldwide to download for free.”
I am a regular Snapchat user. I am obsessed to a point where all my display pictures have a snapcode around them. So, a lot of people came and asked me this question, “Have you uninstalled Snapchat yet? What do you think is wrong with Evan Spiegel”
The answer is “No” and I will shortly explain why but I have a bigger question for you.
Do you really, from the bottom of your heart, think that it was THAT big an issue? And, why is everyone so mad?
Lemme define a poor country for you.
“A developing country, also called a less developed country or an underdeveloped country, is a nation or a sovereign state with a less developed industrial base and a low Human Development Index (HDI) relative to other countries.”
In simple words, we are not at par with those 25 ‘rich’ nations that have attained enough wealth to take care of every citizen of their country.
This concept is summed up really well in this video by The School of Life titled, “Why Some Countries Are Poor and Others Rich”, if you want more information on a poor country.
Yes, we are poor and we aren’t doing shit about it. We really like the idea of sitting behind those screens and type away all the new trolling techniques that we have learnt and hurl abuses at someone who allegedly said something against our country. This is our natural behavior. We all love complaining. We love social media because it’s easy. We won’t dare leave our safe zones and give a hand at making things right. We won’t act. We won’t do anything to make even our surroundings better. We will simply talk and type.
The truth is, we are a bunch of insecure, lazy people who don’t give a shit about each other but do care (quite a bit too much) about what this person allegedly said about our country. Our nation. Our. You know what we could care about instead? Probably, making our country better. Working on our goals. Try to make our nation cleaner, safer, happier, greener, more organised, corruption-free and more fucking tolerant.
Our parents, siblings, friends and kids deserve a better life and all we could really do was revolt against people who give you a reality check. It’s like everyone is in high-school again and you decide to hurl abuses at a singular person because he was rude enough to allegedly call poor, poor. “Damn Daniel! What the fuck is wrong with you. Grow up!” – This is something your best friend would say to you in this situation, won’t they?
The one thing I have learnt in my life is that being mean, insulting and full of shit is the easiest thing to do but you know what is tough as hell? In Casey’s words, “Being nice.”