I also immediately took her savagely ironic message the same way Jason Shinn, below, did, “She was using satire to point out racism. She was saying AIDS is more prevalent among black Africans because more attention and money is spent on protecting white people, and that’s not right.”

However, you have to realize most of the world doesn’t understand or appreciate ironic humor. Combine that with the substrate of people who go out of their way to read things the wrong way, plus a bit of unbelievably bad Twitter trending luck, and you get this story.

Those of us who have tried in vain to go viral on Twitter and have given up any hope that our message will be seen outside of our small group of followers do not know what it’s like to accidentally push the wrong, atomic level Zeitgeist button and go from nobody to Worldwide Infamous overnight.

To me this doesn’t mean she should not have said what she said to her own circle of people who understand her intentions. Her words are not inherently hurtful — they are ironic, pointed, and made on the right side of history. She just shouldn’t have let them get out where she could no longer control their meaning.

Linguist, philosopher, lover of history, wordhound, 21 year New Yorker, searching for meaning in the universe

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