(Un)Happy Harassment

I heard something quite weird today. A friend of mine recently celebrated a happy occasion (a Simcha, in Hebrew) in his family. Unlike many Orthodox Jews, however, he and his wife refrained from posting the news on OnlySimchas.com*. In his words, “We don’t want our lives up on OnlySimchas”. But in my friend’s case, someone decided to post the news for them, despite their wishes. Apparently this person (or persons) keeps posting the news, even bumping up the date to make sure it stays on the front page. It could be someone well-meaning who wants to share the news, and doesn’t know about my friend’s feelings on the matter, or a creepy jerk who has it in for my friend. It could be the same person persistently putting it up, or different people who hear the news, and don’t understand why it’s not already on the site. Or maybe it was just a technical glitch?

I’ve heard of OnlySimchas jokes (“Wedding of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie!”) and OnlySimchas spam (“Birth of Low Prices at FooMart!”), but this is the first I’ve heard of OnlySimchas harassment. My friend seems to think it’s common, but it seems to be a pretty weird way to harass someone. Although I could see how someone might want to mess with their ex by posting a fake “engagement” with pictures of the once happy couple. Hmmm – this could be a dangerous avenue of contemplation… I think I’ll stop there.

–YY

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