Meet some Twitter users who think Taylor Swift having a potentially violent stalker is hilarious!

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Today, on Sick, Sad WorldTaylor Swift has been granted a restraining order against a man who sounds unbelievably scary. According to TMZ, Timothy Sweet has been obsessing over Swift since 2011 and refuses to stop sending her terrifying emails, letters and social media posts. A smattering of examples:

“If anyone in Taylor Swift’s family gets killed, it is not my fault.”
“My wife, Taylor Swift (Sweet) and I live in Beverly Hills.  I am in love with her.  In conclusion, we treat each other with dignity and respect.  I will carry a gun to protect her the rest of my life.”
“Dearest Taylor, I’ll kill any man who gets in the way of our marriage.  Message to John Kerry, Secretary of State.  Message from YOUR Presidential Candidate.”

A quick look at Sweet’s Twitter feed, which hasn’t been updated since 2012, is very disturbing given his threats. Or hilarious, if you’re one of the following gleeful Twitter users:



Okay, this one isn't funny so much as the hashtags are really ill-advised here.






According to, 16% of women and 5% of men have "experienced stalking victimization in which they felt fearful or believed that that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed." Of the approximately 6.6 million people who were stalked in 2013, 76% were female, and over half of those women were under the age of 25 when it happened. Swift is 24.

Obviously, I am not saying these Twitter users are all horrible people; that would be a lofty assumption at best. Just as I do not think making a rape joke automatically makes you a rapist or somebody who believes rape is permissible, I do not think that all these Twitterers are just stalkers waiting to happen or people who think it is okay to violently threaten other human beings. That said, just as rape jokes contribute to rape culture, making light of somebody threatening a woman and her family with violence and the circumstances that may have led to the situation--I'm no doctor, but I think it's possible that the man suffers from serious mental illness issues--contributes to the conditions that allow for women not to be taken seriously when they are being stalked.

While I am thrilled that Swift is able to obtain extra security, utilize a solid legal team, and more easily acquire extra protection in order to stay safe from her stalker, most of the world's population doesn't have that, but their wellbeing still needs to be taken equally seriously. Being stalked can ruin a person's life despite she or he never having done anything wrong, so it sucks when people don't seem to acknowledge how horrible that type of abuse is.

But what do I know? I'm a humorless feminist wet blanket cat lady.