If you’re just jumping on Facebook for the first time this weekend, you might be a little confused as to why everyone changed their Facebook profile to a cartoon profile picture. Was their some big Facebook news announcement you missed? Was there a national cartoon holiday you forgot about? Are you going crazy?
If you look through your Facebook wall, you’ll eventually see a status that explains the reason for this huge Facebook trend (seriously — it’s one of the biggest Facebook news items ever, with even celebrities joining in), which is being described as an effort to fight child abuse: “Change your Facebook profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood! The goal? To not see a human face on Facebook until Monday, December 6th. Join the Fight Against Child Abuse, copy and paste to your status and invite your friends to do the same.”
While the original Facebook status is being traced back to Greece, it’s said that the part about child abuse was added later to get more people to join…and it worked.
As one of my Facebook friends said, “I’m so excited to read news reports on Monday about all the child abuse Facebook members stopped by changing their profle pictures to cartoons! This is going to be huge!!!” So yes, the concept of everyone banding in solidarity by changing their Facebook profile pictures is a tad silly — some are even calling it a big Faceboom scam — nevertheless, it’s one of the most fun Facebook news trends there’s ever been. Adults are able to reminisce and share their favorite memories from childhood, if only for one weekend.
So while the Facebook news event is scheduled to end today, it’s not too late to change your Facebook profile picture. Here are some of the most popular cartoons to hit Facebook this weekend:
Disney Characters like Bashful here:
Classic Cartoon Characters like Betty Boop:
The Care Bears are a huge hit among the ’80s generation:
As is JEM:
And Smurfs (specifically Smurfette) has topped the trends this weekend:
More than Bugs Bunny or Daffy, Wile E Coyote has been a popular cartoon character:
One of the most popular ’90s cartoons isn’t Doug or Rugrats (altough they are popular), but MTV classic Daria:
Going back to classic cartoon characters, Flinstones has been a popular Google search:
And of course, the Simpsons are a modern day classic cartoon: