You know how when you have less than a month for your second year finals and you really have to study your ass off to get through, so you decide to update your blog with something that concerns you? Yeah, experienced that phase today.. No biggie though – procrastination is my thang! <insert sunglasses emoji thing>
Anyway, coming back to what this post is about –
His videos were shared by many and appeared on my newsfeed. A friend living in Australia sent a 10 second long video of him singing “Work” by Rihanna on Snapchat. And today, the topic of conversation at lunch spiraled in his direction – in Dineth’s direction.
He is quite the Lankan star, these days. If you’re Sri Lankan or half of your Facebook friendlist comprises of Sri Lankans, you would have definitely come across Dineth’s videos on Facebook. His videos are all over everyone’s newsfeed. His latest video is of him singing “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth and was uploaded just yesterday.
556 shares and 47, 000+ views and 1067 comments as of now!
Has he got famous because of his melodious singing? Hmm, not really.
If you haven’t watched his videos, you’ve got to check them out right now, else this entire post would be like trying to find out why your girlfriend is mad at you – yeah, that’s right, you won’t understand.
When my friends were talking about how funny his videos were, I couldn’t really contribute because I hadn’t watched his videos fully. I had presumed Dineth was just singing not-so-well to entertain his “fans”. When I voiced this, I learned he, well, wasn’t.
The conversation ended, Dineth was forgotten about and I went on with my life.
But when I did get home to fast Wi-Fi (thanks, SLT ❤ – not a sponsored post, but I sincerely hope SLT sees this and gifts me free Wi-Fi), his video was on my newsfeed. So I decided to watch it fully, and I did.
I must admit, the singing was not what you would normally call good.
Weirdly, I didn’t find it funny because he really looked like he was serious. Because it really did look like he thought he was good at it. Because something about the video just gave me the notion that he didn’t mean it to be a joke.
Curious as I always am, I decided to check the comments out.
Ruthless. Unsympathetic. Callous. Inconsiderate.
Not gonna deny, there were some really nice comments by some really nice Sri Lankans.
Below is a compilation of a few encouraging comments so you know what I am talking about – Among the plethora of comments that weren’t included in the “nice” list were those that contained sarcasm, but most were filled with contempt – contempt for a boy who is zealously sharing videos about something he is truly passionate about.
However, my analysis of the hateful comments hinted dubiety. People, most of them, I realized, weren’t sure as to whether Dineth was a character created for entertainment. Hence, resorted to the jovial comments wrapped in sarcasm. In contrast, there were those who were serious about their hate-filled comments.
Here’s a compilation of a few of the hateful comments –
These comments are absolutely insensitive. His singing isn’t the best, but one shouldn’t abuse “freedom of speech” to bring another down and publicly shame them for not being of the best. While reading the comments, I couldn’t help, but wonder what Dineth felt like when he read the comments that were obviously callous to his feelings.
Sooooooo I decided to ask Dineth. (You now have the liberty to judge me. Go ahead. Iz faiine.)
I really wanted to first find out if “Dineth” was for entertainment purposes or was the boy behind the page bursting with passion for singing. I really wanted to know what he felt like upon reading the ruthless comments of those who post without a penny worth’s thought being put into their doing.
My pro-stalker skills finally came in handy and I found THE DINETH!
To all of you who are wondering whether he uploads videos just to make people laugh, let me clear it out to you – Dineth wishes to reach the international level with his singing.
He is a boy with hopes and dreams just like you and me. He is a boy with aspirations. His singing quality isn’t impeccable, but he certainly doesn’t deserve hate for shaping his dreams by battling the wafting social anxiety that exists with sharing one’s work on social media sites. Below are screenshots of the conversation with Dineth.
It’s not “cool” to get a few likes for a hate-filled comment, if it’s going to break another human being. It really isn’t “fun” to comment ruthlessly, if it’s going to emotionally harass someone who means no harm. There’s nothing “great” about laughing at someone, if all they are doing is pursuing their dreams.
But there is one thing about Dineth – he is unbreakable! And when I mean unbreakable, I mean UNBREAKABLE! He is like Nokio 3310 – indestructible!
Confidence level: DINETH
Dineth does not give a rat’s ass.
Dineth does not care about your internet hate.
Be like Dineth
Dineth is a lover of both, his fans and his haters.
Ladies, I asked him if he was single, and he is! *wink wink*
Dineth is truly a lesson in disguise to all of us. He is our social anxiety in flesh – except he doesn’t really care about his social anxiety. He doesn’t care if you’re gonna cuss at him in Sinhala and he doesn’t care if you’re gonna laugh at him because he is too busy fending for himself.
Go ahead with your comments because the joke is on you – he doesn’t even bother about the fact that you took some seconds off your life to drop a hateful comment.
But, hey! He loves you, nevertheless!
So, the next time you’re worried about whether your selfie isn’t good enough, pull a Dineth – don’t give a shit! Just post that damn selfie while the haters hate and the potatoes potate!