Monday, December 6, 2010

A Repost From Erwin Oliva of Yahoo! Southeast Asia

Filipinos take on favorite cartoon characters to support campaign vs. child abuse

By Erwin Oliva – December 2nd, 2010

By Erwin Oliva
Yahoo! Southeast Asia

People have recently switched their Facebook profile photos to their favorite cartoon characters from their childhood to support a campaign condemning violence against children.

“Change your Facebook profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. Until Monday there should be no human faces on facebook, but an invasion of memories. This is for violence against children :) ,” several of Facebook friends posted in their news feed on December 2.

It was not clear where this movement started. But one blogger noted this is driven mainly by Facebook, while others pointed to the direction of the the United Nations Children’s Fund or Unicef. A Filipino Facebook user noted that this campaign started a week ago.

From snapshots of Daffy Duck to old photos of the old Japanese anime Voltes V, Filipino Facebook users were quick to jump on the bandwagon. They sported characters from Looney Tunes to Sesame Street and Japanese anime.

“It is clear that violence against children and child labor will not be reversed by putting cartoon pictures on Facebook, [but it] is a way of promoting social awareness [so that people will] take further actions to change the situation,” Adrian Rosales wrote in his blog, as he declared support for this movement.

A Filipino Facebook user observed that some of the cartoon characters chosen by some users are actually violent.

Rosales decided to use Tom Sawyer, a character created by Mark Twain, to show the many facets of childhood. Another user said she was supporting this movement because everyone was once a child.

Reposted From Erwin Oliva of Yahoo! Southeast Asia

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