A local Antique Lamp (who posts under the screen-name "Rocco") has been the victim of online bullying and “Shade-Shaming” at the hands of the online appliance community this week.
Lamp, who was born sometime in the mid-1950’s, says that he felt stripped of his dignity after posting himself for sale on the online auction site varagesale.com.
Lamp stated, “I’ve been sitting on this nightstand for the past fourteen years with no real problems and feeling alright about myself. But that all changed when I joined Varagesale.”
He watched his peers post picture after picture of themselves using strict filtering and lighting effects and getting glorified bids. As a result, Lamp started feeling unworthy and as though his life wasn’t so satisfactory anymore. That is when he made a decision to join in on the fun and experienced an unforeseen consequence.
“I thought I’d toss on a vintage handkerchief and advertise myself as an “Antique Lamp with Custom Shade.” He had no idea that the results would be so disastrous.
Within minutes he started receiving negative comments from other appliances. BigBulbs4u commented, “nice f**kin ‘custom shade’ you gentrified loser. Throw yourself in the garbage pls.”
Lamp ripped back in reply, “Go back to your shelf at Ikea u piece of shit. There are literally 1000’s of lamps just like u. At least I can say i’m original.”
The humiliation continued as the harassing group of appliances submitted bids between $0.01 and $0.67, clearly aiming to heckle Lamp and his brave decision to post an unaltered photo of himself on the auction site.
Lamp says that he refuses to lower his initial sale price of $80.00 due to his strong principles and lack of knowledge on how to delete himself from the internet.