The Most Insensitive Halloween Costume Ever Leads to Death Threats, Cyberbullying [POLL]
22-year old Alicia Ann Lynch is likely regretting her decision to celebrate Halloween dressed as a victim of the Boston Marathon bombings. The result has become an onslaught of backlash, with some slinging death, and even rape, threats.
Lynch, of Michigan, posted a pic of herself wearing the gory Halloween costume on her Twitter account. The outrage over her choice of costume quickly followed.
Sydney Corcoran, who was injured along with mother Celeste Corcoran, slammed Lynch on Twitter. “You should be ashamed, my mother lost both her legs and I almost died in the marathon. You need a filter,” she wrote.
As the brutality of the backlash continued, followers on social media discovered Lynch had once posted a photo of her driver’s license. Haters took the liberty of posting and reposting that personal information and it spread like wildfire all over the internet, even leading to Lynch’s parents personal information to be leaked.
Lynch suspended her Twitter account, @SomeSKANKinMI, and abandoned other social media sites, but that did little to quell the backlash.
The Website Buzzfeed reported Lynch reopened her account to beg for mercy
claiming she lost her job, and pleaded with those she angered to leave her mother and father out of her mess.
“Plz stop with the death threats towards my parents. They did nothing wrong. I was the one in the wrong and I am paying for being insensitive,” she wrote on Friday night in a Tweet captured by Buzzfeed.
She added, “Please stop spreading around my parents number, and my home address. THEY DID NOTHING WRONG.”
Some of the comments against Lynch could be labeled as cyberbullying. Social media users spread nude photos reportedly hacked from Alicia’s online accounts and advocated bullying, raping and even killing her.
However, Lynch was not the only person to run with the inappropriate costume idea. This photo was posted to social media as well.