It was hard to pick today’s prize-winner, after the horrific terror attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. There were many to choose from.
The sentiments didn’t vary much. This first tweet nicely summed up a whole sentiment-package, constantly invoked by people who seem to think that “banning guns” will somehow be more effective than banning murder, rape, robbery, and marijuana. It also manages to bring in the toddler-morality element: the 3-year-old’s sense that he somehow has such an impact on a complex world that everything occurring in it was caused by something he did. (Language.)
@LookAtDustin This man was born here and had a security and firearms license. I don't give a shit what he was, this is our fault
— Rap Game Ina Garten (@KaraBTweets) June 12, 2016
This next, simple tweet came very close to winning the prize, for the sheer functional irrelevance of its directive.
If you're gay and a republican, shut-up! #OrlandoNightclubShooting
— Shelli Tweetz (@rochshelly) June 12, 2016
It’s idiotic, but it has this virtue: we’re left in no doubt as to how the tweeter feels.
But the Tweet of the Day prize for uselessness goes to this one:
— FaintGlimmersOf… (@faintglimmersof) June 12, 2016
There are layers of uselessness here. But they all map back to one fact. There’s no need to pit “Muslims” against “LGBT.” Organized Islam already does that.
Go ahead, resist.
All in all, a depressing day on Twitter, with extremists screeching in an annoying, often inexcusable manner from all sides. It was a relief to occasionally come across something brief and sympathetic like this:
— Qaisar Javed (@iamQaisarJaved) June 12, 2016