10 January, 2016 17:15
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT
Although she refuses to admit it, local mum Annette Sawyer has needed help updating her Facebook profile for over three months now.
In a moment of hysterical emotion in June 2015, Ms Sawyer joined the masses on social media and decided to show her support for marriage equality by altering her Facebook profile image to include a Gay Pride filter.
Facebook’s “Celebrate Pride” tool was announced by co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is now considered a fundamental constitutional right guaranteed under the 14th Amendment.
Social media users around the world were able to change their profile pictures to include the rainbow colours in support of the historic moment and signify their wishes to no longer live in a world where the law of the land is based on discrimination.
However, nearly eight months later, the same laws do not yet apply in Australian and Ms Sawyer is feeling like it might be time to change her picture.
“I have absolutely no idea how to do it,” says the 58-year-old schoolteacher.
“One day it just popped up and all I had to do was press a button… But it didn’t leave any instructions on how to remove it,”
“It’s just sat that way since June. I asked the plumber but he didn’t know what to do either”
Mrs Sawyer says it was for this reason that she opted to not change her profile picture following the Paris Bataclan Theatre Shootings in November.
“I mean I didn’t join this bloody thing to continually keep showing my support for bizarre causes around the world,”
“I use it to keep in touch with my grandchildren. I know my gay friends probably don’t like seeing my face plastered in rainbow every morning. Especially seeing that marriage equality is nowhere in sight in Australia,”
“Its just plain rude now,”
With all options exhausted, Mrs Sawyer says she might have to do the unthinkable, and ask her youngest son for instructions over the phone.
“He thinks Im a luddite and will probably patronise me. Fair enough though, it has been eight months of my face being covered in a rainbow pattern,”
“Jeez this Facebook thing is meant to make life easier. I’m flat out trying to maintain the bloody thing.””