A recent reply to the prominent anti-choice and anti-gay Twitter user Kate Bopp has highlighted the lengths some people will go to in order to justify their points of view.
Some background for those of you who may not know Kate Bopp. She has made a name for herself on the micro-blogging site with classic tweets such as:
— Kate (@JaneyMack66) August 7, 2018
She has also made it is known that she is pro-Trump and pro-Irexit – which would see Ireland leave the EU in a similar fashion to the UK. Bopp has unsuccessfully run as an independent candidate in her local constituency Offaly. She was also a spokesperson for the No side of the marriage equality referendum
Recently, fellow Twitter users have said they have had enough with her antics and have started a movement in an attempt to get her blocked from the site.
This was after a particularly dangerous spout of hate speech in which she conflated homosexuality to paedophilia and made transphobic comments.
User Tony Kavanagh said:
“Enough is enough.
@janeymack66 – the artist formerly known as Kate Bopp – is on a mission to conflate homosexuality with paedophilia. This dangerous hatespeak cannot go unchallenged. Here are some tweets, for those of you who want to join me in reporting her to @TwitterSupport”
Enough is enough. @janeymack66 – the artist formerly known as Kate Bopp – is on a mission to conflate homosexuality with paedophilia. This dangerous hatespeak cannot go unchallenged. Here are some tweets, for those of you who want to join me in reporting her to @TwitterSupport pic.twitter.com/25nbR0unkq
— ᴛᴏɴʏ ᴋᴀᴠᴀɴᴀɢʜ (@HOMETIME_music) August 6, 2018
The tweet included a number of screenshots of her latest tweets in which she says that Pride parades are grooming fests and that “parents who bring their kids to these events should be investigated.
This prompted Twitter user @UrsusRob to reply to the tweets stating that Kate has previously left her children alone in her house with him and his husband while she went on holiday.
He said: “’Minors aren’t safe in your care.’ But it was okay for me and my HUSBAND to look after your kids when you went on holiday? Great family values there Kate you vile two-face ignorant harpy.”
“Minors aren’t safe in your care.”
But it was okay for me and my HUSBAND to look after your kids when you went on holiday?
Great family values there Kate you vile two-face ignorant harpy. https://t.co/UHQAcW8FPr
— ??? ??️? (@UrsusRob) August 6, 2018
He said this was a number of years ago and at the time they were friends adding that she seemed to change overnight around the time of the second constitutional convention.
This once again highlights the ease in which people can make such sweeping statements with little to no repercussion in terms of the hateful nature of people’s tweets.
Twitter has come under fire a number of times for allowing hate speech to spread on the site with no repercussions for the perpetrators.
Most recently, homophobic right-wing host of Infowars Alex Jones was not suspended from the site as “he hasn’t violated our rules.”
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey said that they will continue to ensure tweets are not artificially amplified.
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