DeAngelo Williams posted on Facebook yesterday (photo above included) that he was going to give up his business class seat to a Marine on the flight with him. In the post, Williams said, “He just doesn’t know it yet but he will be sitting in this seat when he boards the plane I always give up my 1st class seat! #isalutethetroops!”
While this certainly appears to be a kind gesture on DeAngelo Williams’ part, many people on the Internet yesterday and today have been pointing out the fact that no Marine wears his or her cover indoors (which this guy clearly is doing) and that also the position of his badges and uniform are also apparently off. Unfortunately, this man in the photo may be a “faker” of sorts, someone who possibly dresses up in Marine-like costume in the hopes that he will be given some form of special treatment from people in some way or another.
Additionally, and I’m speaking as someone who is always in support of people performing kind, thoughtful, and generous actions, I do not see why DeAngelo Williams himself felt the need to post this to his Facebook at all. I think it’s certainly a great deed to give up your first class seat on the plane for anyone in our nation’s military or to really doing anything special at all for our troops. However (and I mostly blame the constant and overpowering of social media for this) do we really need to post photos and writings telling the world how great we are? Can’t the action just be enough in of itself without any sort of public acknowledgement? Just some food for thought.
Photo via Facebook