I was very heartened to see people stand up for the 17-year old high school girl who was attacked by a Twitter mob for wearing a traditional Chinese qipao or cheongsam to a dance. Keziah Daum from Utah had posted pictures of herself with her friends posing in the dress on the night of her prom. A Twitter user by the name of Jeremy Lam accused her of cultural appropriation in a tweet that was shared 179k times:
My culture is NOT your goddamn prom dress. https://t.co/vhkNOPevKD
— Jeremy Lam (@jere_bare) April 27, 2018
But what was so interesting about this particular Twitter storm was that so many people defended Daum from being bullied and made an extra special effort to tell her how beautiful she looked. This is a such a long way from the dark days of Justine Sacco who made a silly, ironic joke on Twitter four years ago and was utterly destroyed for it. I remember very few people speaking up for her at the time. In another positive development it was recently reported that Sacco is also back at the company she was fired from.
Twitter might be an outrage machine, but it looks like people are starting to counter the rage and not let it burn out of control like it did with Justice Sacco.
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