James Taranto Twitter Reactions to Aurora 'Worthiness' Tweet
James Taranto on Twitter: 'Challenging' Tweet Really Just Daft
WSJ opinionator James Taranto has a much higher opinion of himself than does the rest of Twitter. In ruminating on the aftermath of the Aurora movie theater shooting, Taranto tweeted, "I hope the girls whose boyfriends died to save them were worthy of the sacrifice."
Taranto was referring to Amanda Lindgren, Samantha Yowler, and Jansen Young, who survived the Aurora shooting because their boyfriends sacrificed their lives in acting as human shields.
If you just read that tweet and thought, "What a stupid thing to type", you're by no means alone. While James Taranto described his own tweet as "challenging", the rest of Twitter had slightly more down-to-earth descriptions, some of which you can see below.
- Nicole Williams: "your tweet wasn't challenging, it was moronic. I hope that when you get fired, you still think your tweet was worth it."
- Mike Russell: "@jamestaranto I think you may be confusing "challenging" with "half-baked." That's an empty provocation, not a deep musing."
- Alison J.: "@jamestaranto Your tweet was not "challenging," but rather insensitive, stupid and thoughtless."
- wiredpup: "@jamestaranto you sir (and I use that term lightly) are a piece of fucking scum."
- Ryan Roach: "@jamestaranto Should they line up and present themselves to you for a ruling on their worthiness?"
You can see more below. There have been quite a few asinine things said and written in the aftermath of the Aurora shooting, and this little gem certainly joins the pantheon. Well, James Taranto wanted publicity... and he got it. It's not even clear what point he was trying to make, but Taranto's tweet just reads as craven and misogynist.