Over the years,
Twitter has migrated from a haven of knowledge and self-promotion to a house of
exploitation without rules. Those looking to disembark from the real world can
do so in about 140 characters, anonymously, and we all know what happens next. When people aren’t held accountable for their
actions, they tend to say things online they never would in public.
One woman, known
only by her Twitter handle "Saipanting," sent out a tweet last week declaring she was four months
pregnant. Under normal circumstances, this sort of announcement would produce a
steady stream of congratulations but instead, hers came with an abortion clause
that ignited a wildfire of rage.
twitter is trash," she wrote. "Y'all take everything serious lmao ain't got no type of
Still, it is
hard to find humor in an outrageous threat about terminating a human life. And so, we ask: What is it about
social media—other than ignorance— that makes people believe that a joke about
aborting a child is funny?
post was extremely distasteful, some of the comments beneath it were equally as
offensive. According to one article,
the unborn child's would-be father was so upset by her pathetic demand for
attention that he decided to publicly shame her by throwing
his two cents into the feed. For obvious reasons, we aren’t going to
display them here.
But again, we
Why would anyone
want to spend their five minutes of fame staging a hoax that isn’t even funny,
and why did so many others (10,500 and climbing) feel the need to retweet this
ridiculous message? This is why we can't have nice things. Thanks, internet.