People change

Things change, people change, hairstyles change, interest rates fluctuate.

But that doesn't stop the lefty snowflakes from dishing the dirt on people.

See, there seems to be a trend of late for looking back upon people's social media posts and using that as ammunition to get them sacked or in trouble.

Take for example the goon faced third Chuckle Brother Phil Neville.

Phil, known as "Fuck off, Phil" during his coaching career at Manchester United found himself under investigation the day after he was employed as the manager of the England Ladies Football Team.

Why?  Because someone went back through all his Tweets and found one where he joked about beating his wife.

Now, domestic violence is generally no laughing matter, however, Phil's Tweet was part of greater thread of Tweets.

Having a Tweet that says, "I'm off home now to beat the Mrs" is one thing, however when a bit of context is applied it becomes a little different, for two reasons:

  1. The "offending" Tweet was in a conversation with someone, not just randomly put out there
  2. The Tweet thread was actually talking about playing table tennis, and Phil said he was going to go home and beat the Mrs - AT TABLE TENNIS.

Little bit different now?  And yet Phil was forced to apologise for a Tweet several years old that was completely innocent.

Similarly, Toby Young was sacked from the board of the "Office for Students" within days of being appointed because someone went back to find Tweets almost TEN YEARS OLD which were a bit risque, but nevertheless almost ten fucking years old.

Is it just me or is this not a worrying trend?

As soon as someone comes into the public eye there is always going to be someone trawling through Twitter or Facebook posts to see where they've made a comment on something which could be tongue in cheek or innocuous and somehow turn it into the worst crime in the world.

To find posts dating almost a decade in really worrying, people change and so do their opinions.

If I look back to ten years ago, I was working for a relatively small company with a fairly insular outlook.  It wasn't until a few years later I started working in Manchester and started to meet different types of people, from different cultures, religions or sexualities.

Now, whilst I was hardly on Facebook talking about religions or slagging off the gayers, at the same time I was slightly ignorant in my, well, beliefs is too a strong a word but my views towards them.  There might have been the odd tongue in cheek joke at things, there could have been some slightly unpleasant remarks.  But these wouldn't have been made had I known people from these backgrounds.

Now, one of my best friends is gay.  You come to understand their way of life, I don't treat him any different than I would anyone else, why would I, we're friends.

But imagine if someone went back to say 2007 where I said something like, "I'm watching <enter name of shit film>, it's well gay".

And then crying out, "This man is a homophobe".  Which I wasn't then, and not now.  Although ironically, my gay mate is one of the most homophobic people I've ever met.

The point is, people can have opinions, they're entitled to that as free speech.  But people can change their opinions over time and they shouldn't be castigated for something they said a long time ago, especially if they're not of that opinion now.

If this is how we're going to play it then all the current teenagers will be fucked in about 10 - 15 years.

Imagine young Callum, he's 15 now.  Last night he wrote on Twitter that he, "Wasn't keen on Paki's".

In ten years time when he's left Uni and has a job, someone is going to find him on Twitter, and go through every Tweet he's ever made to find any shit.  They'll show him that Tweet and he'll be sacked, for a post he made when he was 15.

I know my opinions on many things have changed throughout my life, as I have experienced more and more, it's part of life.  We shouldn't be held to account for silly things said on social media years ago!  We're entering a very dangerous time if that is how it's going to be.

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