Children are People not Props

As if there weren’t enough things in the world to be depressed about, I logged into Instagram yesterday morning and was visually assaulted by the image of celebrity tough guy, Gerard Butler, offering a young, black child some form of nourishment from what appears to be a dog bowl.

In the photo, he is crouching down, extending the red, plastic receptacle with an eager hand. He is smiling, but doing so in a way…