That’s exactly what I said as I shared a post on Instagram on Sunday.
One of my favorite Instagram accounts is Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. Their mission statement on their website says the following:
We rescue farmed animals and give them care and sanctuary, connect animals with people to advance veganism, and advocate for animal rights in alliance with other social justice movements
They posted a imagine on Instagram asking people to sign a petition addressing what is going in the meat industry right now as a result of COVID-19. I do not want to get into here as the details make me too sad, but you can visit their website and decide whether or not you’d like to sign the petition. Their website is http://woodstocksanctuary.org/
Anyway, I signed the petition like a good activist, and hit share on the post. It moved the image into my Stories section where I wrote the caption, “You can be an omnivore and also not an asshole.”
Then, I pressed share. As I did, I said, “This is how I lose 50% of my followers.”
What’s funny is how much, albeit brief, fear I felt in those two seconds before posting. Obviously, I posted it despite my apprehension, because, among other reasons, I don’t want to feel like social media is cultivating my personality. I’d rather believe I am cultivating the atmosphere of my own social media pages and profiles.