• Mon, Oct 22 2012

7 Of The Most Vile Responses To Adele’s Baby News, Including Death Threats And Fat Shaming

After the news broke that Adele and her partner Simon Konecki gave birth to a baby boy sometimes last week, the Twitterverse responded in typical Twitter fashion, with death threats and fat jokes. I think the majority of people who posted these tweets think they are funny or interesting, hoping to get a retweet so they can get more followers so when they post their usual updates about what they had for lunch or that the weather is indeed turning colder they can pretend that strangers on a social networking website actually care about whether they ordered a Big Mac or a Whopper.

From our friends at The Telegraph:

The 24-year-old and her partner Simon Konecki are said to be “ecstatic” at the birth of their son. The singer’s spokesperson over the weekend said they are “not releasing a statement at this time”.

However, within hours of Adele giving birth, a slew of hurtful messages were posted on the social networking site Twitter.

The most controversial, from a user tweeting under the name @PerfFemale, read: “Aw Adele gave birth to a baby. Is it fat and handicapped lol? Just murder it already lol.”

In addition to death threats for Adele’s new baby, she has also received quite a few tweets that are less than congratulatory. I don’t even feel the tweets Adele has received constitute bulling, it’s just dumb, bad manners, and people with internet access and too much time on their hands. So, everyone ready to get as creeped out and annoyed as I am? Onward.

(photo: PCN)

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  • Ellie

    Wow. And here I didn’t think it was possible for me to dislike Joan Rivers any more. Guess she showed me!

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      we just expect this type of thing from her, it would have been cool had she gone the opposite way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carmen-Finnigan/841528248 Carmen Finnigan

    My faith in humanity has gone for a walk. I wonder when it will come back, if ever.

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      Mine went on a walk with yours. They plan on stopping for ice cream and will be back to us to discuss baby pandas learning to crawl. <3

  • Sue

    So by posting the tweets, aren’t you really giving these people what they want–more attention for their highly inappropriate and mean-spirited tweets? Why re-publish that garbage?

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      I doubt the majority of them are Mommyish readers, or even parents! I personally can’t see a parent posting these sorts of things, except for Joan, who makes her living spreading snark.

    • http://twitter.com/Eloisetheo AJC

      So only childfree people are capable of being vile???

    • haina

      I don’t think she is saying that – I think she is saying that a parent would be pretty empathetic going through it and know making a joke about post partum is pretty horrendous.

    • LoveyDovey

      Hey, @PerfFemale deleted her account after getting outed. Think of it as taking out the trash.

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      Love this comment!

  • CW

    I think I’d rather have Adele’s body than Joan’s face. Adele is pretty even if she is heavy. Joan may be skinny but she’s scary-looking!

  • http://www.facebook.com/houde.veronique Véronique Houde

    And then these people will complain that “like, it’s sooooo unfair how, like, the media and stuff like force us all to be super skinny… Like, life is sooooo hard for us women.”

  • C.J.

    Why is it so hard to just say congratulations for the birth of a child? It seems everytime a celebrity has a baby some people feel the need to turn it into something negative. Some people need to find something constuctive to do. Nasty comments and tweets like that just makes them look pathatic. I hope Adele is able to not let them bother her and enjoy her new baby.

  • Samsam

    I totally agree with what Eve is saying. She is probably my favorite columnist on the site. However, it would have been nice to see a similar article about the backlash Stacey Dash received when she said she was voting for Romney. She was tweeted some horrific things, and unless I missed it, it was completely ignored on mommyish.

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      I so missed that, and I LOVE her, but TBH, I think she may be a real robot. How the hell can she look so gorgeous at her age and have never aged? What is up with that? I will quick google this and see what I can find.

    • Samsam

      And yes, some of those genetics, please??

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      That’s some ugly stuff right there. I usually write stuff directly relating to moms and parents, so I missed this because it just had to do with Stacey, and not her parenting, but I agree, it’s bullshit — people are awful, ugh

    • Samsam

      Point taken-I do see the difference. It really infuriates me that people take to twitter to say things they would never say to someone’s face. Cowards. Every time I read those comments, I picture a fat loser with a bag of Cheetos and a red bull trolling from their parent’s basement. They have sad lives if they derive enjoyment from tearing other people down.

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      Word. Basement dwellers, one all all.

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  • Joseph A

    I’m sure there’s been far more positive and “truthful” tweets than negative, so we shouldn’t focus so much on the idiots. Nevertheless, appreciate the article Eve, thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maija.greenmayne1 Maija Green-Mayne

    I keep saying this: the ability to hide behind a cell phone or a laptop allows people to be as nasty as they want to other people. This is the sad side of modern technology. If these idiots had to write and mail a letter they wouldnt bother, but using a phone or computer to spread their vile goo gives them a sense of intant gratification: look Ma, i made a funny! Heaven help us. It seems to me that the harder schools try to teach kids to respect and empathize with each other, they go the opposite way (sorry, this just had me thinking about kids who say nasty things on FB and twitter about other kids…)

  • HAbadeer

    Sound the alarm! People on the internet are rude and moronic!!

    Thank you so much for this enlightening slideshow, Mommyish. How else would I be informed about the “tweets” of internet trolls? I look forward to more articles with screenshots of things meanie-pants said on Twitter.

    Maybe a special series on Youtube comments? Were you aware that some people on Youtube actually put RUDE and INSENSITIVE, occasionally even RACIST things in their comments! I say! It makes my monocle just fly right off my face!