Can’t We All Just Get Along? - The Garage
We all love trucks
Those words were spoken many years ago by a man who was trying to get people to stop fighting with each other. While it might have had some affect at the time, in the long-term I don’t see much tolerance in this country—especially when the Internet is involved. And trucks. The ability to be relatively anonymous has allowed people with a bit of bravado to pour it on to the max and appear to be full-on bullies. I think it’s ugly.
With things being the way they are, when we post a photo of a nice truck on our Facebook page (facebook.com/8Lugmagazine) there is undoubtedly going to be a slew of negative comments. Someone hates the size of the tires, someone else claims the wheels are “so last year,” and another thinks the roof rack is too big. That’s fine, it’s natural to look at a thing of beauty (especially when someone is saying “look at this thing of beauty”) and try to find a wart.
But what gets to me is when it rises to the level of hate speech. Yes, “hate speech” is a pretty strong term, but I think it applies. There are people out there who are nasty, mean, and ornery. They sit in front of their computer with the goal of tearing someone else down. And their weapon of choice is words directed at someone who might be a little too proud (in their estimation) of the accomplishment of building a truck to show off.
Calling into question someone’s heritage, fashion sense, sexual orientation, brains, and socio/economic status over a choice of exhaust system is really quite silly. It’s one thing to say, “I really don’t like exhaust stacks on a pickup” and another to say “What kind of a Cro-Magnon man would be seen dead in a pile of dog poo with exhaust stacks?”
Of course, the comments get much worse than my example.
And don’t get me started on the whole “Chevy/Dodge/Ford” alliance. “All you ever run is Fords,” one poster loves to implore; while on another photo someone is claiming that we suffer from a Dodge bias and jeered, “Don’t run a photo of a Chevy without expecting a barrage of comments about how the government bailed the company out of debt.”
People seem to forget that we are all the same. We love trucks—especially diesel pickups—and we like to modify them. We want to customize them to be our own personal interpretation of something cool. We want to get noticed; we want to stand out. Why can’t the HD truck community embrace all things custom and stop throwing slings and arrows at each other? I certainly don’t know. With the general public and the EPA whizzing bullets at our heads all the time, you’d think we’d circle up the wagons and defend ourselves as a group more often. We have enough people who hate us out there, let’s not hate ourselves, too.