What is fun about posting on the boards is we have the opportunity to express ourselves, even if at times we may be a little tactless. But non-the-less we have a good time, and get to cyber-socialize within the CruiseMate community.
Since we are personally involved in the CM community, when we post and get a response, we have the opportunity TO re-response, to defend our view point if necessary.
For a cruise passenger to snapped a photo of an unknown passenger...let's say while that person was using the Ships Spa area, pool or gym, (when most of us are at our most vunerable)...then to publish that photo on a web or chat site for anonymous fun is another matter. The entertainment being, to use the photo to comment negatively and/or mock the person's size, weight or taste in clothes.
On another board...they've even blow up the photo to hone in on the 'offending' body parts. (thighs, butt, belly etc.)
There is no question this is cruel, but it also smacks of the type of bullying that goes on in some high schools, against youth already burden with low self-esteem, only this is being done by ADULTS! (can we say, 'role models'?)
The victim, and they are a victim, has no recourse...no way to say..."STOP, don't do that!" In fact, the reason they're on the website IS because that person, is already considered, persona non grata...
Really, can you imagine the person who is the object of this type of humor, by chance seeing themselves on the website thinking it was ok, "No problem, all in good fun"?
That passenger is a victim with no recourse or defense.
On the other hand, I don't think that everyone disagreeing with an OPoster is ganging up or bullying either. I guess I should have been clearer on that. Sorry...