The Real Thing. Perhaps.
Outrage is bait. Want to grab attention and bypass commonsense discernment? Trigger outrage. This is well-known, a human fundamental, but it works nonetheless. Bozo sapiens is such a simple creature.
The photograph shows a woman snorting drugs in front of a child. It received thousands of shares and, not surprisingly, widespread condemnation. Sample: “Again some stupid f*ck taking pictures with their almighty cell phone and posting it to social media instead of calling the police or social services.”
The image is a joke posted on social media by comedienne and actress Janell Lenfert. “If you need a babysitter,” she wrote with the image on February 3, 2015, “please let me know.” Despite clearly humorous intent, the photograph slipped its comedic tethers in 2018–2019 and, like a cheesy B-movie monster risen from slumber, terrorized sensitive souls across the internet. Lenfert was forced to explain that the photo is one of four in a series she calls “bad babysitting photos.” They were made for an audience of one: her best friend, the mother of the child pictured, the child she was babysitting. “That is baking flour we used in the picture,” explains Lenfert. “It’s comedy! Hope this helps people sleep at night.”