Published on April 26th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Heidi Crowter, Girl Behind ‘I Can Count to Potato’ Meme, Finds and is Offended By Macro
One of the more classic (and widely offensive) memes on the internet features a toddler with Down’s syndrome on a rainbow background, often with the phrase “I can count to potato” superimposed on the image.
The macro is often used as a response on message boards or forums to a comment considered to be stupid, and the image itself has been circulating with different captions since 2009. Although use of the “r-word” is gradually becoming less accepted, the image is often used to express the same sentiment due to the fact that it underscores the girl’s clear impairment without actually using the word.
However, the girl who is pictured in the image as a toddler is 16 now, and she and her family have been made aware that the image exists, and boy are they pissed off. The mom of Heidi Crowter has even gotten cops involved, but unsurprisingly, law enforcement has been unsuccessful in removing the image from across the web.
Heidi’s mom Liz spoke to The Sun, explaining that the image is causing her daughter distress, and that she believes that unauthorized use of it should be prosecutable:
“It’s almost like Faceless rather than Facebook, we have been repeatedly trying to take these distressing sites down and I have not once had a direct response. These trolls are cowardly, nasty people who should be punished for the damage they are doing to people with their comments… They have no right to take Heidi’s image and use it alongside these cruel sites. If you look at the lad who made those comments about Fabrice Muamba online, he was taken to court.”
“Heidi has told me she is very upset by the sites and she turns her head away when we have them on the computer screen.”
So, how did the internet respond? Guess. Go on. I’ll give you a minute…
…they made a response meme.