Yikes...not sure what to do here, guys.
B/G: A few days ago, my uncle verbally attacked my brother in Facebook PM's because of some political thing my brother had posted. It wasn't directed at my uncle, and my brother rarely posts anything political, but my uncle posts political stuff all the time. Trouble is, he is very much on the other end of the spectrum as far as politics go. As a result, we do not discuss politics with them. He attacked my brother's political leanings (or what he assumed they were), his sexual orientation, and implied that he was an idiot for believing the "propaganda". When my brother stood up for himself instead of rolling over and saying, "Yes, Uncle, you're absolutely right", my uncle unfriended him.
I was greatly angered by this, and I no longer have the energy or the inclination to walk on eggshells around them and deal with the drama. I unfriended my uncle (yes, I finally did it), and I also unfriended his wife. She hadn't actually done anything this time, and she's not really the one I'm mad at, but after the things she said in last year's major blow-up I've lost a lot of respect for her. I thought that if I unfriended my own uncle but stayed "friends" with his wife, whom I no longer like very much, I would have been something of a hypocrite. --End B/G.
Well, I just got this message from his wife on FB: "Hi, CrochetFanatic-- You fell off my facebook list. What happened? I'm rarely on but do notice when the important people aren't around. Hope all is well...alright, DD is anxious for the Mother Goose Club. Have a good night!"
Part of me wonders if I made a faux pas in unfriending my uncle's wife as well, but it's a very small part. I don't want them back on my friend list, and I refuse to feel badly about it. I've already seen how two-faced they can be, and I have no interest in being drawn in once more. The problem is, though, I don't know how to avoid awkwardness, and an angry phone call from someone is sure to follow on the heels of any explanation I give her. I guess I might owe her an explanation of some sort, seeing as how this is because of something her husband did, but I don't know what to say to her.
Is there a nice way I can put it? And should I tell her what her husband did, or just say that there was a dispute and leave it at that?
It doesn't surprise me that my uncle hasn't noticed that I unfriended him. In his mind, he seems to feel that he is the only one who is allowed to take offense and act accordingly...
Believe it or not, this is the first time I've unfriended someone instead of just hiding their posts, so I wasn't sure if I committed some kind of social error here, and while I don't want to associate with them anymore I'd like to avoid committing another.