You know how just about all of us have one or two family members that say stupid, kind of ignorant things, but everybody lets it go because, frankly, why bother? Well, Rupert Murdoch is Great Uncle Asshole to the world. And fortunately for us, we all get to see what lovely little thoughts have been turning the hamster wheel in his brain via the Rupert Murdoch Twitter Train. Woo woo!
Last week, a 32-year-old female social worker fell through the sidewalk on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Ulanda Williams, of Queens, is 6’5″ and 400 pounds, and told the NY Post that had she been a thinner woman, she might not have survived the fall. “Thank God, they said that my size was the only thing that saved me,” she said after being discharged from the hospital. Now, this likely could’ve been the end of a “thank goodness nothing worse happened!” story and we could’ve all gone about our merry days, but naturally, somebody had to ruin it. That somebody was Rupert Murdoch; good job, dude.
Murdoch, being the obliviously abhorrent person that he is, decided to tweet something rather stupid in response to the incident:
Well, we’ve already established that she’d be dead if she wasn’t 6’5″ and 400 lbs., but if we must focus on questions irrelevant to the situation at hand: Why is it that Murdoch thinks that being an overweight black woman automatically means Williams is on welfare and uses food stamps? Later, Murdoch offered his, uhm, explanation:
Yeah, see that pseudo-apology would’ve worked a little better had he not already publicly established his unquestioning assumption that this woman must be poor. Naturally, many of his followers were none-to-pleased and responded according. Murdoch’s comments, however brief, somewhat exemplified how many people see those who are overweight: poor, irresponsible and a negative impact on the lives of others.
I have a feeling that this won’t be the last time Murdoch’s idiocy rears its wrinkly little head via the Interweb. A rich old guy Tweeting stupid things about people going through rough times? Sounds peculiarly familiar. Could this mean we have a new Twitter Trump on our hands?