My first post on this blog, Is Groupon Killing the Photography Industry?, was actually less about Groupon than it was about experienced professional photographers and their attitudes toward less experienced professionals. These attitudes have reached a new level of absurdity and cruelty with the emergence of Missy Mwac on Facebook and MWACAttack on YouTube.
Here’s how “Missy” describes herself on Facebook:
I am a stay at home MWAC (Mom with a Camera) to two adorable children! I decided to become a professional photographer while my kids are at school and found it much easier than I thought it would be. I’m out to spread the word that being a Professional Photographer is A LOT easier than most people think!
She has a similar description on her YouTube channel:
I am a stay at home “Mom With A Camera: MWAC” who made the decision overnight to become a Professional Photographer. After 3 years, I’ve decided it’s time to give back and show that it’s a lot easier to be a Professional Photographer than most people think.
She’s been anonymously publishing YouTube videos at a rate of one every two days. Most people haven’t been fooled by her satire and understand that she’s just a professional photographer and an amateur actress playing a role with the purpose of entertaining like-minded professionals.
The big debate is whether her videos are funny or just downright mean.
I’m siding with those who say the videos are mean. Once again, we have an experienced professional photographer who is judging and teasing “moms with a camera,” which is just a crude generalization for inexperienced professionals.
In her first four YouTube videos, she makes fun of MWACs regarding their knowledge of the following:
- camera settings
- posing families
- prints vs. CDs
- print labs
- monitor calibration
Here’s her first video, which gives a good overview of what she’s doing and her attitude toward inexperienced photographers.
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In my opinion, she’s nothing more than a cyber bully.
One form of cyberbullying includes creating websites, videos or social media profiles that embarrass, humiliate, or make fun of others, and that’s exactly what she’s doing. In addition, she’s hiding behind her anonymity, as nobody has been able to identify who she is yet.
She obviously has issues with photographers who don’t live up to her standard of what she thinks a professional should be. What she doesn’t seem to realize is how unprofessionally she’s behaving by posting hurtful messages on YouTube and Facebook in the name of humor.
Do you think “Missy” should be ashamed of herself, or am I over-reacting? How would you feel about your doctor, lawyer or dentist if they engaged in behavior like hers?
Please share your feedback in the comments below.
Edited to add: It has always been my policy to reply to every comment and not to moderate which comments get posted. I am breaking my own rules with this post, and here’s why:
If you choose to be a troll and attack me personally on my own blog while hiding behind an anonymous email address, then you are not welcome to post here.
For example, one anonymous poster accused me of the following regarding the local photography community: stalking them, spreading rumors about them, speaking negatively about them in public and on the internet, and bullying them. Those kinds of accusations just won’t be tolerated here. If you want to be a troll, go do it somewhere else.
I post on this blog under my own name and have nothing to hide. If you can’t afford the same respect for me and the other readers of this blog, then your posts will not be approved.
Add something to the conversation or you’ll be wasting your time by typing into the comment box.