For the past few weeks, Twitter has been dominated by tweets following the trend of Unpopular Opinion Editions. The nature of this trend is as its name states: it’s for people to tweet their thoughts on a particular matter or subject that aren’t widely accepted or known by other people.
At best, although the tweets don’t follow the definition of ‘unpopular’ as it has over ten thousand retweets and likes, they shed light on issues such as toxic traditions and food.
“superfoods” are actually just indigenous foods that white ppl just discovered and so now it’s popular amongst them which exploits workers even more and makes the food inaccessible to folks who have been eating it and growing it for CENTURIES (avocados, quinoa, etc) https://t.co/5HVkENbDGP
— Paty 🌹 (@trishcast) June 5, 2018
Talking back isn’t always disrespectful. We also need to explain ourselves ‘pag ‘di worthy yung galit sa atin.
Minsan mas disrespectful yung taong ansakit na magsalita eh ‘di naman marunong makinig.
Regardless of your age, listening is important.
— Patricia Bianca 👩🏻⚖️ (@patriciacapaoan) June 2, 2018
Aside from the serious and enlightening turn it has undertaken, they have also provided Twitter a source of entertainment.
Natatakot akong makita si Kim Chui na sumasayaw https://t.co/vftaWPYZOH
— Nathan Potenciano (@JAPotenciano) May 31, 2018
Ang Tanging Ina is the BEST Filipino Comedy Movie of all time.
LIKE HELLO, NAWAWALA SI TEN TEN AT TODO SIGAW SILA SA PAGHAHANAP EH BINGI NGA SI TEN TEN SO SUMIGAW SILA NG “TEN TEN?!” PERO WALANG BOSES https://t.co/xrgQG36hsc
— Edu (@EduuuSaavedra) May 31, 2018
However, as more and more people create threads of various subjects, from local and international celebrities to food, the initial purpose of the trend becomes obscure. While tweets are gaining hundreds and thousands of retweets and likes, this trend has become a tool to propagate negative opinions that are agreed upon and relatable for the majority.
It’s not healthy to the viewers of the tweet as well as the subject being talked about. The definition of the word ‘unpopular’ turned to something that is insulting and toxic. From the nature of this trend being an avenue to express opinions that are not commonly shared by others, posters of these tweets mistake this as a free pass to openly criticize others in a bad light.
Although it may still be considered as unpopular in comparison to its more accepted counterpart, the way it is disseminated and talked about proves to be unhealthy. There is change not only in the content in the tweet, but in the attitude of the original posters of the tweets themselves.
Thankfully, there have been a growing number of tweets that oppose what has become of this trend, and shedding light on the possible negative effects this can impart on others.
This "unpopular opinion" thing has become so toxic. Some people are just using it as a way to bully others and bash people freely online…..haaaaaay
— Kim Cruz (@kimcrooz) June 7, 2018
Unpopular Opinion: Unpopular Opinion Edition
You're "unpopular" opinion really isn't unpopular if it's getting thousands of favorites/retweets
— Matt Loberg (@mloberg) June 7, 2018
The words we choose to speak out and verbalize hold the power over something and even someone. Despite being given the chance to voice out one’s opinions, we should remain aware of the consequences of our actions, and be more empathetic towards others.