Current and former contestants of the reality show "The Bachelor" are often talked about on social media, but on Sunday night Twitter went crazy over Sarah Newlon apparently mocking cancer victims during the World Series. On Oct. 28, News Observer published some details about the incident.
For those that don't know what happened, the 29-year-old reality star and her 34-year-old boyfriend, Billy Christy were at the World Series. During the game, Major League Baseball asked everyone to have a moment of silence while holding up signs with the name of a family member or friend who has been affected by cancer. It was part of the Stand Up 2 Cancer campaign.
While most people were somber, two spectators were laughing and joking around during the moment of silence. The couple turned out to be Sarah Newlon and her boyfriend.
The former "Bachelor" contestant explained that the couple went out for drinks before they came to the game and when they arrived, a volunteer asked who her favorite player was. She said "Molina" and the volunteer wrote that name on the Stand Up 2 Cancer sign and they went ahead to their seats. She said that she "didn't think anything of it" and "just put it underneath my seat." She also said,
"We were laughing and having fun the entire time. Then all of a sudden Billy was like, ‘Oh, the Stand Up to Cancer thing’s going on ...’"
When the topic exploded on Twitter, one person tweeted,
“I hope the #RedSox fan who held up Stand Up For Cancer with Molina’s name on it...accidentally has a beer dropped on their head.”
After realizing they were on the Jumbotron, they continued to laugh and joke around.
"I didn't think it was a moment of solemn, this quiet moment. I thought everyone was holding up signs for their favorite player to stand up for cancer," Sarah said. "Otherwise, I would have put my mom on there."
Newlon's mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor and went through chemotherapy earlier this year.
Just moments later, she began receiving tweets tell her to die and "the most horrible things I've ever heard." By the time the World Series was over, Deadspin published a story saying that the former "Bachelor" contestant was mocking the somber moment.
So, was Sarah mocking cancer victims or is it just a misunderstanding? The reality star said,
“It makes me feel better to actually get to explain my side of the story. I’m not really so frustrated anymore. It’s just annoying that people take such small things and make this huge, huge deal out of it.”
"That’s not something anyone would ever make a joke about. There’s no joke there.”
What do you think of Sarah Newlon's explanation for her actions at the World Series? Do you think that she was mocking cancer victims during the Stand Up 2 Cancer campaign or is it just a misunderstanding?