Shoutouts and Kudos to my fellow Indian, Miss America 2013,
Nina's win had people cheering for her around the world for becoming the first Miss America of Indian descent. Unfortunately, there will always be haters who have to hate. With the power of social media, these negative Nancys have a platform that allow their voice to be heard further and longer than most would prefer. Buzzfeed went ahead and captured 15 tweets from users who probably did not think before they tweeted. I am not going to post those tweets directly here but if you are curious you can find it here.
I am not a fan of ignorance nor do I want to give it a platform. However, I think this is an opportunity for a lesson to be learned. As you read those tweets, in my head, all I can think was: “Use Your Brain!”
In more ways than one, these people needed to use their brain. Thanks to the 1st amendment, everyone has the right to free speech. So were these folks within their rights to tweet what they did. Absolutely. Do I agree with what they said? Absolutely not. Just because you have the right to say what you want does not mean you should always say what you want. Sometimes you need to keep certain thoughts on the inside. What is the old saying?
But when these tweets were made, I do not think the tweeters realized the repercussions of their words. It does not matter if they deleted the tweet or closed their account, their tweets were captured by others and now their tweets have been shared with the world by buzzfeed, news outlets, and social media.
My point is this, some of the usernames for those tweets are real names. So when colleges, recruiters, and potential employers google search a person's name (believe me they do), they are going to come across that Buzzfeed article and I think it is pretty safe to say they will not have a positive impression. Again, it does not matter that they have deleted their account or removed the tweet, or made their account private. The damage is done.
Yes, you have the right to free speech but those potential employers have the right to not hire you. And if you plan on running for a public office in the future, either forget about it or hire Olivia Pope.
Some of the tweeters have closed their account, others have made it private because of threats and a flood of negative feedback they have received because of their tweets.
Listen, I cannot stand bullies. In no way, shape, or form, is it ever okay to be a bully. People who respond to ignorance with threats and cruelty are bullies. How does more negativity solve anything? It does not. Instead of threatening them, educate and show them why they were wrong. Two wrongs do not make a right. Okay.
Think twice before you say or post anything. Or put another way, don't do anything that will come back to haunt you.
Oh and if you want to see some great responses to the ignorance of the miss america tweets, check out the below videos.
Nicola Foti of soundlyawake (note: watch the whole video before making an opinions)