The annual trend of spoiled ungrateful brats taking to social media to complain about the Christmas gifts they did or didn’t receive from their parents has reared its ugly head once again, reminding us that vacuous materialism has replaced the true meaning of Christmas for many people in the west.
The United States has one of the highest child poverty rates in the developed world, with millions of families struggling just to put food on the table. With 32.2 percent of children living below the poverty line, America ranks 36th out of the 41 wealthy countries according to UNICEF.
However, that sobering reality wasn’t at the forefront of the minds of these individuals, who chose to publicly insult their parents and throw temper tantrums because they didn’t get an iPad or the correctly colored gadget. In addition, people are already selling their unwanted gifts on eBay.
Hundreds of thousands of children have been forced to flee Syria as a result of civil war ripping their home country apart, with many compelled to become slave laborers in Lebanon, with kids as young as five beaten with sticks as they toil in potato and bean fields.
Many of these children have lost their entire families and probably don’t even know what an iPad is. To compare their plight, in addition to that of Christians across the Middle East, who have been forced to flee Iraq and Syria in their hundreds of thousands to escape persecution, torture and death, to that of bratty teenagers (and some adults) irate at their parents for not spending hundreds of dollars on the latest tablet is humbling.
While a few of these tweets may be trolls, searching for terms like “didn’t get ipad” on Twitter will yield hundreds of genuine results from people complaining about their Christmas gifts. Here’s a selection of this year’s hall of shame;
My 6 year old stepsister cried this morning because she didn’t get an iPad for Christmas. Wtf has the world come to
— The Real Jacob (@Brady12Jacob) December 25, 2014
Just got the papermate ink joy 100 1.0 M but it’s in the wrong color. Ugh pic.twitter.com/c2pyFMr1h9
— MikSwizzle (@mromeril8) December 26, 2014
& the brat of the year award goes to my 7 year old cousin: “I wanted an iPad why didn’t I get one, are we poor?” — Shannon Davis (@shann0ndavis) December 25, 2014
‘Stupid parents got me a black iPhone when I wanted a white one omfg’ Kappa
— Tommy (@TommyLongson) December 25, 2014
Ya so I got an iPad Air today, but was kinda disappointed that I didn’t get an Electric Drum set. Apparently it was “too expensive.” – Matt — Tyler (@yeety910) December 26, 2014
like the only person that didn’t get an ipad mini
— ellie (@ellieseares) December 26, 2014
I asked for a new phone bc mine sucks so bad n I didn’t get it but my sister asked for 1d tickets, an iPad n a laptop n got it all wtf — abbie (@cutestbibby) December 25, 2014
my mum likes me sister more than me
— abbie (@cutestbibby) December 25, 2014
worst christmas ever ?? — abbie (@cutestbibby) December 25, 2014
am I the only one w parents who hate me so I didn’t get a new iPhone same
— Ru (@Irlsarcastic) December 26, 2014
My brother got a 5th Gen iPad for Christmas, and I was lucky enough to get shoes… #Dafuq
— Cole Schlegel (@Schlayygs) December 25, 2014
My 9 year old brother got a x-box, ps2, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox 1, cellphone and a iPad?????? why I didn’t get all this when I was 9???? — ??†††?? (@lovemirandass) December 26, 2014
Today my little brother got a ps4, and an iPad mini, then complained that he didn’t get a lot.
— Emma Carson Turpin (@xemmacarson) December 26, 2014
an irl is complaining she didn’t get enough w her macbook, ipad, beats, $100 pink gift card, 3 new uggs, tons of clothes & makeup, ect — abby (@kiandashian) December 26, 2014
— Eric (@stiGeneric) December 25, 2014
I asked for an IPad Air –> didn’t get one Cousins DIDN’T ask for one –> got one???? — Maria (@Disney_mouse317) December 25, 2014
My parents don’t fell like getting a $ 200 Wii U for Christmas , but they pay/buy other things that are even more costy then a $200 Wii U.
— Holly Jolly Harrald (@NightFangX7) December 23, 2014
Merry Christmas. I still don’t have a Wii U. — Holly Jolly Harrald (@NightFangX7) December 25, 2014
I just know my Dad is getting me that fucking Wii U for summer. Just like he did with the PS4. Sometimes I really hate my parents.
— Holly Jolly Harrald (@NightFangX7) December 26, 2014
My nephew is pissed he didn’t get an IPhone 6.. He is 8 and has an iPhone 5, iPad and an Xbox one…
— Enrique Esparza (@EnriqueEsparzaa) December 25, 2014
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