Did Cat Marnell just accuse Jane Pratt of child abuse?

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I’m not 100% sure what exactly would constitute a Twitter meltdown, but I would define it as involving at least two of the following three conditions:

  1. Several emotional tweets in quick succession.
  2. Messages typed in all caps.
  3. Insults directed at any and all past, present and/or future critics.

If my calculations are correct, former xoJane writer and upcoming $500K memoirist Cat Marnell had a Twitter meltdown yesterday and it was…confusing. I can’t tell whether or not she’s actually angry at her ex-editor (and current xoJane EIC) Jane Pratt or if they’re just being silly. I am genuinely confused here.

It seemingly began with Sydney Leathersformer sexting partner of Anthony Weiner and one-time xoJane columnist:


To which Pratt said:


People were a little confused, including VICE editor Rocco Castoro.

Marnell moved onto the age-old argument: rum & cokes vs. sustenance.




And then she made a surprisingly good point:

As we have been over here, “engagement chicken” is absurd. But then there was this…



I’m genuinely confused; is this an ongoing thing I missed between Pratt and Marnell? Do they regularly swap jokes over social media about one abusing children? Things creepily continued.

  Then, back to (faux?-)criticizing Pratt:



Okay, then this did admittedly make me laugh:


What can I say? I knew a lot of Stephanies growing up. And they were weird. She also had stuff to say to The Hairpin, “you fucking media slags,” and plenty of other Twitter users, all of which I am confused about because I can’t tell if she just kind of talks like that or if this is a particularly intense occasion.

Regardless, I do find the accusations–real or, uh, humorous–toward Jane Pratt regarding “starving” her kid to be disturbing. The relationship between the pair was confusing as is, with many criticizing Pratt’s seemingly blasé attitude regarding Marnell’s drug use and questionable advice as a health editor. Even in NY Mag‘s profile of Pratt, it is observed that Pratt “comes off more like a peer of Marnell’s than a boss,” which made for an odd dynamic in an office environment that did not always seem healthy.

Even if Marnell is joking about Pratt, which she very well might be, I don’t personally believe you should be joking about child abuse. The Ariana Grande cannibalism thing and food rape thing were weird; tweeting that your former boss, whom you know relatively wellabuses her child? Eh, that is pretty awful and certainly cause for concern, as any accusation of child abuse is.