When it comes to Halloween costumes, the rule is: The gorier, the more outrageous, the better. Except when it comes to making light of recent human tragedies. Case in point is a 22-year-old Michigan woman’s choice to dress as a bloodied Boston Marathon runner.
Lynch’s ditzy and ill-chosen costume quickly became the touchstone for some swift and brutal social media backlash.
MSN Now reported Tuesday that Alicia Ann Lynch wore her Halloween outfit to work last week and posted her smiling pic on Twitter for all to see. As you can imagine, Twitter exploded with repercussions of personal insults, outcry and threats directed at Lynch, who was promptly fired from her job.
“I’ve had voicemails where they want to slit my throat and they want to hang me and tear off my face,” Lynch said. “I’m just like, I don’t even know how to respond to this right now.”
The 22-year-old added that strangers have been threatening her parents, her relatives and friends. Lynch said one person told her mom and dad that they are going to “blow up (your) house and hang (your) child.”
A sample of those who Tweeted their reactions:
“You should be ashamed, my mother lost both her legs and I almost died in the marathon. You need a filter.” –Sydney Corcoran
“What’d you go as last year, a cancer victim?” –Ryan Leech
“Wow. If she has kids, would she put them in bloodied Sandy Hook shirts?” –LisainDallas
“People at the Boston Marathon died in terror and agony... and you looked at the images and thought ‘lol funny costume idea?’” –Rebecca Brown
“Is that chick with the marathon bombing Halloween costume dead yet? Have we killed her yet? If we haven’t, then what are we waiting for?” –Josh Duhamel
Not everyone was so harsh, including one runner who was there and witnessed the tragedy firsthand.
“As someone who ran the marathon, I know that violent, angry responses are exactly what fueled the bombings to begin with.” –Hannah, who also later Tweeted: “You guys, stop. Cyber bullying another human being is not going to undo her actions. She has apologized.”
Lynch offered up this apology, as carried on BuzzFeed:
“It seems as though my outfit was too soon, and will always be that way, it was wrong of me and very distasteful. My costume was not meant to disrespect anyone, ever. I am truly sorry to anyone that I may have offended or hurt with this. I know my apology doesn’t ever fix anything that has been done, but at least know that I am being sincere.
“I can’t undo my actions or make up for them, but my apology is a start.
“I myself have been through tragic events, I just handle mine differently because that is how I was taught to. I realize I was in the wrong with this and again, I am truly sorry.
I wore a costume to work, with people that know me, and wouldn’t get offended by it. I had even run the idea by a friend whom had his father in the marathon and he didn’t have an issue with it.
What I did may have been wrong, but is it truly right to wish harm upon someone and say that you’re doing it for the victims? As being a part of a tragic event I never would ever wish what had happened to me upon someone else, as I can say most people wouldn’t wish death upon someone to ‘make it right.’”
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