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On Tuesday, my dear friend mazzie replied – with what I thought was a pretty damn funny response – to a fairly sexist tweet by Roseanne Barr (yes, that Roseanne Barr) about why Casey Anthony was acquitted (to wit, that the defense confused the women on the jury).
Roseanne immediately began a vitriolic, ad hominem attack on her, including a great deal of fat-shaming, which mazzie responded to with more grace than I might have. Her analysis of the exchange is here.
I came in the next day, reading through the back-and-forth with absolute shock. It was all so absurd that it prompted me to tweet:
This seems to me a straightforward account of what happened. (Again, see mazzie’s account, complete with screenshots.) But you wouldn’t know it from the response I got. While a few people chimed in with encouragement/agreement/horror, most of the responses – from total strangers – were of the STFU variety.
And this is where the internet loses me. Okay, I also don’t get Roseanne’s obsession with the case, but I can generally understand that she feels justice hasn’t been served. In her mind, she’s speaking up for the dead child who seems not to have an advocate.
But the Twitterati? Who are they protecting? A rich, white celebrity who is spewing hate?
Seriously. Do. not. get.