SAN ANTONIO, Texas – One mom is speaking out after she says a photo of her son became a cruel internet meme.
Jameson, now 4, was born with a rare genetic disorder that prevented his head and face from developing correctly, TODAY.com reports.
His mother, AliceAnn Meyer, decided to start a blog to help keep her friends and family informed of her son’s condition.
When she learned a photo from her blog had turned into a cruel internet meme, Meyer decided to fight back.
She wrote a touching blog post about her experience trying to get the memes taken down.
A little over a year ago I wrote an article that featured my son’s sweet face all covered in marshmallow and chocolate, cheesin’ for the camera.
Now that sweet picture has resurfaced and is circulating around the internet. Except, that the photo has been altered. Someone, somewhere, decided for who knows what reason, to take that picture and create a meme comparing my son to a pug. What compels a person to do such a thing I will never understand. There is no way for me to know who did this, but for every post and share of this meme I will do everything in my power to get it taken down.
She says started reporting ever single version of the photo she could find, TODAY.com reports.
Exactly one week ago I spent my Saturday night fighting an individual to remove my son’s photo from his Facebook page, where it had been liked 5,000 times and shared nearly 3,000. It was no easy feat and took 100’s, maybe even 1,000’s of reports being submitted, an army of people fighting with me, and a good 24 hours before Facebook removed it from his page. Success!! Only to find it on another site, with 1,000’s more shares and likes. My heart literally sank. But, we fought on. This one took days for Facebook to remove. In addition to reporting these photos as harassment and bullying, I personally filed claims for copyright violations as this photo was stolen from my published article. I could go on about each instance this meme was found and brought to my attention, but that would take too long. The meme was found (so far) on 6 Facebook pages (3 of whom are the same person – just a little harassing), at least 8 times on Instagram, and 10 or 11 times on twitter. It is on 9gag, Tumblr, and who knows where else. Suffice it to say, it’s out there.
Meyer says she didn’t want to sit back and just accept that there are cruel people in the world we live in.
If you are going to laugh and share this meme, I think you should know exactly what it is you are sharing and laughing at.
So, to everyone that “LOL’d”, shared, and posted that meme, let me start by introducing you to the child you find so funny. His name is Jameson. He is very real, and he was born with Pfeiffer syndrome.
“Pfeiffer syndrome is a genetic disorder characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones,” Genetics Home Reference states. “This early fusion prevents the skull from growing normally and affects the shape of the head and face.”
Jameson has had numerous surgeries throughout his life, including two cranial vaults and a soft palate reconstruction.
So, to all of you out there that are laughing so hard at my son, know that this in fact could be your child. And if one day this does happen to one of you that are out there laughing and making fun, I hope and pray you change your heart and welcome that child with loving arms.
If you are reading this and you laughed but knew it was wrong I hope next time you choose to stand up for the child you see being made fun of. I know you are out there because I read countless comments from complete strangers standing up and saying how wrong it was. Just because you don’t know the child personally doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. It takes a village, and in this day and age of social media it is even more important to stand up and do the right thing.
Meyer hopes her blog post will help raise awareness for Pfeiffer syndrome and encourage others to report the cruel meme whenever they see it.