Sometimes social media can do great things for animals in need, like when shelters share the stories of adoptable pets or when total idiots are caught after posting pictures of their duct taped dogs.
And then there’s Stephen Roseman, a man who claims to be from Charlotte, North Carolina, and who is alternately being celebrated and shouted at for a Facebook post he made last week.
Roseman apparently took a picture of a dog with a large slice of ham on his face, giving it a caption that should’ve been taken as an obvious joke, but instead yanked on the heartstrings of Facebook’s kinder (or more gullible) readers.
“This poor dog was badly burned and disfigured trying to save his family from a house fire,” he wrote under the ridiculous picture. “One like = one prayer, One share = ten prayers.”
The picture of “Hamdog” has been liked and shared more than 150,000 times, and has comments that are either virtual high fives (“Epic troll, bro”), people who are trying to prove that it’s ham (“If you look closely by the muzzle… you can even see fat marble”), people who are very, very, angry with Roseman for fooling them and some well-meaning individuals who did offer to pray for the dog. (Roseman has been intermittently responding to comments, but most of his replies are pretty obscene).
— Andrew Ziegler (@zieg) December 30, 2015
We don’t think Roseman is joking about abused animals as much as he’s joking about people’s willingness to believe anything they see on social media — and, on that level, it works. Really, we just hope the dog was allowed to eat the ham after the picture was taken.