Filmmaker Cody Clarke came across the common internet phenomenon of white women posing with the less fortunate in underdeveloped countries and it really rubbed him the wrong way.
It all started when he came across several eerily similar profile pictures of ‘light-skinned women in travel gear posing with brown-skinned babies’ on the dating website Tinder.
He started posting the photos to Facebook and Tumblr under the tile, “Humanitarians of Tinder”.
Look at this one:
Does it remind you of something?
“If you see a lot of them in a row, it becomes a trend, and becomes a disgusting thing. It’s like they’re standing around props,” says Clarke.
He is spot on and such photographs are now found all over the web.
Reductress, a women’s magazine parody, speaks about it cheekily enough in one of their pieces where they talk about, “The Four Cutest Ways to Photograph Yourself Hugging Third-World Children.”
“If Oprah and Angelina have taught us anything, it’s that giving solely for the sake of giving is a missed photo op and a waste of everyone’s time. The following photo tips may not give your host family easier access to clean drinking water, or provide them protection against parasitic worms and merciless warlords, but they will ensure that everyone you know sees that you are basically a living saint,” goes the intro to the piece.
Sad and repulsive as it may sound, the trend is quite virulent and rising every day. There’s an Angelina Jolie in every wannabe do-gooder and what better way to add a few notches to your social profile than posing with the downtrodden?
It sure makes for amazing numbers of likes and Retweets, if nothing else, and who knows, someone may just be looking for a soul mate with similar attributes.