Woman Receives Death Threats, Fired From Job Over Boston Marathon Victim Halloween Costume [PHOTO]
Halloween brings out the most interesting costumes, but not always the smartest costumes. 22-year-old Alicia Lynn Lynch has received death threats, lost her job, and has nude photos of herself being blasted around the internet as she suffers the backlash of dressing as a Boston Marathon bombing victim for Halloween.
She posted the photo of herself in the “costume” to her Twitter and Instagram, and almost immediately social media users attacked with unfiltered rage.
@SomeSKANKinMI you are an absolutely disgusting human being.
— kimberlyxo (@kimberlyroslund) October 31, 2013
@SomeSKANKinMI what’d you go as last year, a cancer victim?
— Ryan Leech (@RyanLeech7) October 31, 2013
Just like the woman who posted the insensitive (read: stupid) Halloween costume, mocking the tragic Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman situation, Lynch’s personal information was immediately dug up through her social media accounts and used against her in the worst possible ways.
Buzzfeed was kind enough to blur out her personal info.
They say two wrongs don’t make a right, but that didn’t stop Twitter users from unleashing on Lynch. Her family was contacted and made aware of her insensitive actions through constant harassment. Nude pictures and videos were found on Tumblr and circulated like wildfire.
By the time she deleted all of her social media accounts, it was too late. It seemed as if she reopened her Twitter account to apologize, but it was later confirmed that Lynch was not the person behind the messages posted by reopened account.
Whether the reopened account was actually Lynch or not didn’t matter, because angry attacks continued well into the weekend. In what might be the one tweet that actually mattered, Sydney Corcoran – an actual victim who barely survived the Boston Marathon bombings that took both of her mother’s legs – voiced her disgust for Lynch’s insensitive Halloween costume.
@SomeSKANKinMI You should be ashamed, my mother lost both her legs and I almost died in the marathon. You need a filter.
— Sydney Corcoran (@Sydney23Lynne) November 2, 2013
On Sunday, Lynch emailed Buzzfeed to give her side of the story and address her haters.
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 ran 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’.
She also spoke with Buzzfeed by telephone and revealed that while she let most of the harassment and death threats slide down her back, the threats that mentioned rape “hit the spot” due to an incident that happened last Thanksgiving.
She also said that while she did lose her job, she is choosing to view it as a positive situation that will push her to “do something new.” She owned up to her mistake, saying she has nothing to hide and will have to learn from it to become a better person, but does want people to leave her family out of it.
My family didn’t know what I was doing. I don’t live with them. And they’re all getting dragged into this for something I did.
This is just one of many controversial Halloween costumes that have made headlines this year. Are people really becoming too sensitive, or is has the internet grown so big to a point where we now hold people accountable for being a-holes in situations that aren’t technically illegal or against the law?
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