Mariah Anderson Cyberbullying Controversy

Mariah Anderson Cyberbullying Controversy

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Updated Mar 06, 2015 at 04:23PM EST by Brad.

Added Mar 03, 2015 at 01:20PM EST by Don.

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Overview

Mariah Anderson Cyberbullying Controversy refers to the online backlash surrounding a series of insensitive tweets poking fun at a photograph of a two-year-old baby born with Chromosome Two Duplication Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. The tweets became a subject of national controversy after the baby's mother, Kyra Pringle, spoke out against the harassment of her daughter in late February 2015.

Background

On October 22nd, 2013, a GoFundMe[1] page was created by South Carolina resident Kyra Pringle to raise money for her daughter suffering from complications due to the genetic disorder Chromosome Two Duplication Syndrome.


Mariah's Journey SUMMERVILLE, S $1,854 HEY LITTLE FIGHTE Raised by 66 people in 16 months ウ000 Donate Now SHARE ON FACEBOO gofundme TOTAL SHARES 665 Created October 22, 2013 Kyra Pringle SHARE ヒTWEET

In February 2015, Pringle posted a photograph of her daughter Mariah Anderson on Facebook (shown below).[9]



Notable Developments

Online Reaction

That month, Instagram[3] user young.yayo highlighted the photograph of Mariah. The post was subsequently deleted. On February 22nd, Twitter user @ArroqantTae[2] tweeted a screenshot of the Instagram post with the joke "This baby soooo ancient. Mf came out the womb 50 & paying a mortgage," receiving more than 220 retweets and 90 favorites within two weeks (shown below). In the coming days, several other Twitter users poked fun at the photo, including @___daisha,[4] @Shawndizzle1122,[5] @aira_alday[6] and @ShutYoDumbAssUp.[7]


* Follow F--- WIT DEKID LOL @ArroqantTae This baby soooo ancient. Mf Came out the womb 50 & paying a mortgage Georgia, USA わt: * young.yayo 9 2n RETWEETS FAVORITES 95 5:47 PM-22 Feb 2015

News Media Coverage

On February 28th, Pringle was interviewed in a segment on the South Carolina news station WCBD News 2, in which she expressed her dismay with those who insulted her child on the Internet (shown below). In the coming days, several other news sites published articles about the online trolling controversy, including BuzzFeed,[9] The Root,[10] NY Daily News,[11] The Daily Mail[12] and Metro UK.[13]



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