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Mother of Girl with Down Syndrome Successful at Getting Photos Mocking Her Daughter Removed from Facebook

By carolyncastiglia |

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Trolls are being arrested in the UK for creating images like this.

Gawker reported yesterday that Britain’s Liz Crowter had been trying for several months to get Facebook to remove photos of her 16-year old daughter, Heidi, from groups mocking her and other disabled people. Heidi has Down Syndrome, and one of her baby pictures had been stolen from a support group website and turned into a meme called I Can Count to Potato, which as you’ll see by clicking that link, is still going strong. Heidi’s photo appeared on Facebook in two groups mocking the disabled, and as of today, those groups do not come up in a Facebook search.

However, drawing attention to Heidi’s exploitation hasn’t stopped Internet trolls from creating more mean-spirited images (left) surrounding this issue, but as Gawker noted yesterday, anonymous trolls may want to be careful: in Britain, people are being arrested for this sort of behavior. The BBC did an excellent report on Heidi and her mother’s plight, which you can watch below, along with some biting commentary about trolling from Ellis Cashmore, a professor of culture at Staffordshire University.



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11 thoughts on “Mother of Girl with Down Syndrome Successful at Getting Photos Mocking Her Daughter Removed from Facebook

  1. Teresa says:

    Why are people so evil?

    1. carolyncastiglia says:

      I wish I knew. Then I could give the reason to a scientist and (s)he could cure it. Until then, I guess the nice people just have to try to keep being nice.

  2. The Mommy Psychologist says:

    Why would you then re-publish the photo? Seems a bit hypocritical. And disrespectful to the point you are trying to make. Thumbs way down on this one.

    “The child psychologist who thought she had all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.”

  3. Manjari says:

    People are awful :(

  4. Jboogie says:

    @mommy psychologist–I refuse to visit your website just because you are such an annoying commenter with your constant self-advertising on here. I can’t take you seriously when all it seems like you are trying to do is get hits on your site. Annoying.

  5. mommy of 6 says:

    wow I agree why even try to promote urself on this page how annoying. nobody visit her site!!! don’t give her the satisfaction!!

  6. gary says:

    I have two developmentally delayed children. It is a load when mental midgets need to pick on a disabled person, or delayed person because they find it funny. Do not worry though, they will get theirs in the end.

  7. Tiffany says:

    The meme has been taken off website finally. People are cruel and maybe they are so cruel because they don’t understand. They need to be educated on how cruel they are

  8. Christina Gleason @ Cutest Kid Ever says:

    I bristled when I saw the girl’s picture as a meme graphic. I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully) to get a group of our online gaming friends to stop using “retarded” in a derogatory fashion. They don’t understand how hurtful it can be, especially when you have a special needs family. Even if it’s not Down’s Syndrome, many people don’t consider the difference between Down’s and other disabilities like autism. The word is offensive, and the prevalence of this meme was very telling about our society.

  9. Richard says:

    It hasn’t been taken off of a lot of pages, mostly on Facebook.

  10. icons design says:

    IKn my opinion. Your opinion is erroneous.


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