Sometimes, a girl’s just gotta rant. Now is one of those times.
By now we’re all familiar with the devastating kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian girls by the Boko Haram. Most of us feel outrage and helplessness, while some of us feel that maybe–just maybe–the use of hashtag #BringBackOurGirls will do something, just anything to help the situation.
Whether or not hashtag activism makes any difference is a great topic for debate. It’s effectiveness aside, it is simply deplorable for conservative commentators to use this hashtag as a tool to mock opposing parties.
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This morning it came to my attention that certain public figures thought it would be a great idea to mock this campaign, and some of those who have participated. Ann Coulter took a photo of herself bearing a piece of paper that read, #Bring Back Our Country, complete with sad face in an attempt to mock Michelle Obama’s contribution to #BringBackOurGirls.
Ann Coulter was mocked via Twitter for doing this, but the fact remains (and I’m about to use all caps because serious) WHEN GIRLS ARE KIDNAPPED BY TERRORISTS IS NOT THE TIME TO MOCK THE OPPOSING PARTY!!!!! Does that really require saying?
Whether you like the current presidential administration; whether you think hashtag activism accomplishes anything; whether you want to set off a Twitter storm just for kicks, don’t react by appropriating a cause linked to the serious horror and plight of a group of girls!
I know Ann Coulter has come under serious fire for her photo, thus my post will probably just be white noise. However, this was more than just a gaffe. Using a severe crisis as fodder for mocking a person or party you don’t like is simply unacceptable. It is a crass act of levity in the face of tragedy. This act signifies a refuge for a mediocre mind.
Are you going to mock Malala, too?