Having been away from my YouTube account for a while, I had not seen the reply I got from one "JigglesJingle", who apparently objected to my comment on last year's Big Blue Test video. Here's what he (I assume this is a guy, but it could just as easily be a woman) had to say:

Reply to your comment on: 2010 BiG Blue Test: World Diabetes Day
@PlattHamb Platt - It's because you get a generation of lazy uneducated parents who eat all this crap .. divulge in chocolate and what ever else, and it genetically alters them and unfortunately the children are then left with the problems the family has passed down to them. Diabetes isn't spontaneous, it's called lack of excersize, poor diet, and ignorance.

I was, of course, angry when I read this, and my first impulse was to go back and say something equally nasty to this person. But upon rereading it, I realized... it just made me sad. Sad that someone is so full of self-loathing and meanness as to want to slam someone — a person they don't know, and a child, for heaven's sake — for having a disease. Also sad that the level of ignorance about diabetes translates to hostility toward those who have it (or, in this case, the parent of the child who has it). Sad that our science education in this country is so poor that at least one individual thinks that chocolate causes genetic mutations. As an aside... if that were the case, yours truly would have six eyes and green hair, because chocolate is my primary substance of abuse. And sad, also, that the culture of "blame the victim" is alive and well in America (not that this is news to anyone).

I did reply to JigglesJingle. My reply was a great deal more courteous and far less angry (though not lacking in anger completely):

Having just seen your comment about my Big Blue Test post, I have to say one thing: you would do better to learn more about the subject you're commenting on before you hit the "post" button. My son's condition, Type 1 diabetes, is an autoimmune disease. It's not caused by diet. He had a normal toddler's diet -- pureed vegetables and mother's milk, mostly -- and still got sick. By spewing vitriol at me, you simply expose your ignorance and utter lack of compassion to the universe.

I wonder if that will get the message across. I somehow doubt it. But I had to try.

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Tags: diabetes, ignorance, trolls, type1

Comment by acidrock23 on December 3, 2011 at 8:06am

Nice shot. I try to avoid being a hater but what does "divulge in chocolate" mean? Your reply was spot on, stylish and elegant.

Comment by Doris D on December 3, 2011 at 9:12am

U were alot nicer to that person than I would have been. Spot on! Good for u.

Comment by garidan on December 3, 2011 at 10:12am
Your reply was spot on, stylish and elegant.

Sometimes I wonder if we DB1 and parents of DB1 can do more to teach our condition.
Imagine if that one were a politician, or worked at an insurance company, or were the parent of school friend of you son ....
Comment by Khürt Williams on December 3, 2011 at 10:13am

You were much nicer than I would have been.

Comment by Elizabeth on December 3, 2011 at 10:34am

I think he meant "indulge" but maybe it's a variation of "in vino veritas" -- in chocolate, truth? I would go for that particular motto.

I was a lot nicer than I would have been if I'd posted what I initially wrote, which prominently featured the word "a******" -- but I wasn't out to start a flame war, I was out to try (perhaps futilely) to make the guy think twice. Quixotic, but if you don't try, you can't succeed.


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