Thanks to the advent of social media, people will do anything to boost their popularity—their “personal brand,” so to speak. And one effective way of doing it is by virtue signaling, or showing the world how attuned — or “woke” — you are with the world around you.
Take boiling a frog live, for instance. On Instagram, a user named Corey Arvinger wanted to make a point about the need to be self-aware and take decisive action. To demonstrate, he repurposed an old wives’ tale about gradually raising the temperature of a pot of water with a frog in it. The frog, the wisdom goes, will never notice the water’s getting too hot until it’s dead.
In his post, Arvinger posted a video of a frog being boiled alive and explained how, unlike the frog, we must understand the environment around us and react accordingly.
Arvinger, who’s been featured on MTV, The Root, and HuffPo and is somewhat notable for his manthreading rants on Twitter about being “woke,” was accused by outraged users of murdering a frog to make a dumb point.
“The frog keeps adjusting its body temperature with the increasing temperature of the water. Just when the water is about to reach boiling point, the frog cannot adjust anymore. At this point the frog decides to jump out,” wrote Arvinger in the Instagram post.
“The frog tries to jump out but is unable to do so because it has lost all its strength in adjusting with the rising water temperature,” Arvinger continued. “Very soon the frog dies.”
He asked: “What killed the frog?”
“What killed the frog was an insensitive human being,” wrote one commenter.
The frog post was actually made a little over a year ago, but it’s making the rounds now after football player Chad Johnson tweeted out a screencap of the video with the caption, “Dope.” Most, if not all the responses expressed shock and disgust at Arvinger.
“Frogs are instinctual,” wrote one user. “They don’t have cerebral capacity to make rational decisions. This might be the dumbest s**t I’ve ever read.”
Others posted image memes expressing their dismay over the “woke” post.
In response to the anger, Arvinger had only this to say:
Appreciate it bro 💯 https://t.co/4A4wVcQjRp
— IG: MrArvinger (@MrArvinger) January 3, 2017
It should be noted that Corey Arvinger did not really kill a frog. The picture he used in his Instagram post was “borrowed” from the Flickr account of James Lee, who posted a series of photos of a frog in a cooking pot. Lee says that no frogs were harmed in their making.
Also, it should be noted that scientists say the boiling frog anecdote is a myth. Experiments show that frogs actually will panic and try to escape heated water as the temperature starts to rise.
Next time, just stick to manthreading.