We Should All be More Like this Kid from Detroit, and Less Like Jared Padalecki
On Leap Day 2016, Chevrolet came up with a novel idea (well, novel to anyone who has never seen the movie Pay It Forward). It was a social media campaign called #DayItForward, and it encouraged people to use the extra 24 hours provided by Leap Day to do something kind for someone else.
It was a beautiful proposal that, if put into practice by everyone, could have turned this cruel planet into a utopia, if only for one day. But like all attempts at world peace, it proved unsuccessful. Why? Because of Jared Padalecki, star of The CW’s Supernatural and history’s greatest monster.
While other celebrities volunteered at charities or at least gave their long-suffering personal assistants the day off as part of #DayItForward, Jared simply chose to hang out at a guitar shop with his good friend Matt. And then he had the nerve to classify his casual bro-chilling as an “act of kindness.” Disgusting.
Going to a guitar shop with your friend is a fun activity, but it is no great moment of selfless altruism, and certainly not worthy of the #DayItForward hashtag. Using that hashtag, as Padalecki did, cheapened its meaning and revealed a cynical disregard for the sanctity of Leap Day.
But I’ve since uncovered another #DayItForward video—one which has restored my faith in humanity. It’s called “A Hero For The Homeless,” and it stars a young boy living in Detroit who enjoys dressing up as the superhero “Super Ewan” and providing meals for homeless people.
Take a look, and see if it softens your heart as it did mine:
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Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here today to tell you that we should all be more like this kid Super Ewan, and less like Jared Padalecki.
Super Ewan is the angel on your shoulder, encouraging you to do something meaningful for those less fortunate out of the goodness of your own heart. Meanwhile, Jared Padalecki is the devil on your other shoulder, telling you to forsake the real problems plaguing our world in favor of hanging out with your friend and starring in a terrible House of Wax remake with Paris Hilton.
So Supernatural fangirls and fanboys, I beg of you—stop deifying Jared Padalecki with tweets, instagram photos, and tumblr posts, and instead devote your online activities to someone who truly represents the best that our society has to offer: this kid from Detroit.
Padalecki does not need your internet praise, anymore than he needs to be wearing a scarf and wool cap in a guitar shop that clearly has central heating. So please forget this Supernatural star and embrace this Super Ewan star. For Super Ewan is not the hero that social media deserves, but the one it needs.
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- Patrick GrieveEditor
Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.