Woman Wearing Costume of Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Brings Threats – Justifiable Outrage or Bullying [POLL]
The story is about a woman who, while looking to “stand out” in an outrageous costume, got more than she bargained for when she posted pictures of herself on Twitter dressed as a Boston Marathon Bombing victim.
It was braindead of her to wear the costume in the first place.
Stupider to go and post pictures of herself online dressed in the offending outfit.
But the response, which was filled with plenty of outrage also veered off into threats of violence.
Do you see the response she’d gotten as justifiable or as bullying?
A woman who dressed as a bloody Boston Marathon bombing victim unleashed the wrath of Internet vigilantes.
Alicia Ann Lynch, 22, posted a pic of herself wearing the gory Halloween costume on her Twitter account.
The backlash was predictably swift.
Sydney Corcoran, who was injured along with mother Celeste Corcoran, slammed Lynch on Twitter.
“You should be ashamed, my mother lost both her legs and I almost died in the marathon. You need a filter,” she wrote.
Hundreds of other reprimands followed, but the response grew increasingly brutal from others, escalating when Web users discovered Lynch had once posted a pic of her driver’s license with her personal information.
Online commenters used the details to track down her parents’ information and spread it across the Internet.
Lynch quickly suspended her Twitter account, @SomeSKANKinMI, and abandoned other social media sites, but that did little to end the firestorm.
Web users spread nude photos reportedly scraped from Lynch’s online accounts and advocated bullying, raping and killing her.
The Website Buzzfeed reported Lynch reopened her account to beg for mercy.
She claimed she lost her job, and pleaded with the online mercenaries to spare her mother and father.
“Plz stop with the death threats towards my parents. They did nothing wrong. I was the one in the wrong and I am paying for being insensitive,” she wrote on Friday night in a Tweet captured by Buzzfeed.
She added, “Please stop spreading around my parents number, and my home address. THEY DID NOTHING WRONG.”
The account was suspended again on Sunday, but then relaunched with the Tweets shielded from public view.
The former owner of an out-of-business Michigan landscaping company told Brighton Patch the online vigilantes had misidentified him as Lynch’s father and targeted the company’s old Facebook page for their vitriol.
“I have all sons,” Mike Lynch told the Michigan news Website. “This is someone completely unrelated to us just trying to stir something up, I have no idea.”
There was no shortage of “messed up” revelry this year.
Just last week I blogged about a couple of guys from Florida dressed as both Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman reenacting the event that divided the nation.
Here we have someone else in costume depicting a victim of one of the worst terrorist attacks in our history.
Perhaps that’s what one would expect who uses the twitter handle SKANK.
And while I feel the outrage is called for; the threats of violence against her for being a dumbass – not at all.