It’s often said that social media is a toxic cesspool that fosters trolling, bullying, the spreading of disinformation, and other assorted pitiful behaviors.
The perfect example of that took place this week, and it centered on Giovanni Hamilton, the teenage podcaster who suffers from a condition known as Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, which is a combination of dwarfism and muscular dystrophy.
Over the years, he’s become a superfan of sorts, and has appeared in viral videos supporting Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott, and others. He’s an innocent kid with a big heart and a positive attitude.
What happened this week was that he posted a couple of photos showing him with Wentz’s new Indianapolis jersey, which doubled as a number reveal:
— Giovanni the Philly Sports Podcaster (@realsjsgiovanni) March 17, 2021
And that resulted in some pathetic losers criticizing him, giving him shit for wearing a Colts jersey.
He was getting tweets like this in response, from people saying he was a sellout and not a “real” Eagles fan:
(Edit: this specific guy is a Raiders fan, but the vast majority of the ridiculous takes were coming from Eagles “fans”)
Right, so here’s a kid who struggles with a rare disease, he’s a Carson Wentz fan, and wants to wear his favorite player’s new jersey. And these trolls think that’s worthy of criticism. It’s astonishingly sad behavior, though not surprising.
But wait – there’s more!
It got so bad that his mother had to log on and issue a statement, explaining that they need to limit Giovanni’s Twitter use to stop the trolling and bullying:
Philadelphia sports Twitter can be a pretty sad place in general, but this is the absolute low point. We’ve got “fans” out here shredding a physically challenged child because he’s wearing a Carson Wentz Indianapolis Colts jersey. Think about that for a minute. You’d have to be a stone cold loser to criticize anybody at all for doing that, let alone threatening a kid and telling him you’re going to break his kneecaps.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this. You have once again embarrassed us all.
— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) March 18, 2021