“I Posted the Picture of a Sikh Woman on Here and I’d Like to Apologize”

In September 2012, a Redditor who goes by the online name “european_douchebag” posted a photograph of an Ohio State University (the main campus is located in Columbus, Ohio) student named Balpreet Kaur who is a Sikh, has facial hair, and does not shave or trim her facial hair because her religion forbids it. Ms. Kaur found out about the photo and responded with dignity: “When I die, no one is going to remember what I looked like, heck, my kids will forget my voice, and slowly, all physical memory will fade away. However, my impact and legacy will remain: and, by not focusing on the physical beauty, I have time to cultivate those inner virtues and hopefully, focus my life on creating change and progress for this world in any way I can.” Redditor “MisterMT” defended her: “This is overall a great story—and Balpreet is about to become a global icon. Even better, she is someone who genuinely deserves her recognition. Wonderful stuff.” Redditor “singhza” also came to her defense: “I had tears in my eyes, reading this post. Balpreet, you are an inspiration to everyone and esp the Sikh youth who think they are a misfit in the society if they conform to our religious symbols.” To his credit, “european_douchebag” realized that he had made a mistake and apologized in a response titled “I posted the picture of a Sikh woman on here and I’d like to apologize”: “I know that this post ISN’T a funny post but I felt the need to apologize to the Sikhs, Balpreet, and anyone else I offended when I posted that picture. Put simply it was stupid. Making fun of people is funny to some but incredibly degrading to the people you’re making fun of. It was an incredibly rude, judgmental, and ignorant thing to post. /r/Funny wasn’t the proper place to post this. Maybe /r/racism or /r/douchebagsofreddit or /r/intolerance would have been more appropriate. Reddit shouldn’t be about putting people down, but a group of people sending cool, interesting, or funny things. Reddit’s been in the news alot lately about a lot of cool things we’ve done, like a freaking AMA by the president. I’m sorry for being the part of reddit that is intolerant and douchebaggy. This isn’t 4chan, or 9gag, or some other stupid website where people post things like I did. It’s f[**]king reddit. Where some pretty amazing stuff has happened. I’ve read more about the Sikh faith and it was actually really interesting. It makes a whole lot of sense to work on having a legacy and not worrying about what you look like. I made that post for stupid internet points and I was ignorant. So reddit I’m sorry for being an a[**]hole and for giving you negative publicity. Balpreet, I’m sorry for being a closed minded individual. You are a much better person than I am. Sikhs, I’m sorry for insulting your culture and way of life. Balpreet’s faith in what she believes is astounding.”

For Further Information: Meredith Bennett-Smith, “Balpreet Kaur, Sikh Woman, Receives Remarkable Apology From Redditor Who Posted Her Photo.” Huffington Post. 27 September 2012

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