A Weird hashtag

There’s some concern online about a really dumb hashtag (#gasthesynagogue), a nasty response to a situation in St Louis in which protesters fled the police and were often protection in a synagogue. Haaretz has a piece on this.

Looking at the hashtag, the overwhelming majority of the posts seem to be people outraged that anyone could say something so reprehensible. As a result, it seems misleading to imply that the popularity of the hashtag indicates massive antisemitism.

As a weird thing, one of the people who seemed to use it unironically seemed to be one of the people complaining about it. His comments about how nasty it is were covered in a Medium article.

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Except another comment of his wasn’t so sympathetic.

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The first comment on this came from a guy with 120 followers on twitter. The next came from someone with 633 followers. The next social influencer had 723 followers. And then you had the response.

It seems that trolls are having gun, and some are panicking at the implications of a handful of people being dumb on twitter. I’d have assumed it was well known that there are some idiots on the internet, but clearly there’s a need for further education on that.

About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. You can email me at mistermets@gmail.com
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