Woman fired over offensive Halloween costume
11/04/2013 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
Michigan – A Michigan woman was fired from her job after wearing a Boston marathon bombing costume for Halloween. As reported by Yahoo! Shine, the woman, Alicia Ann Lynch, dressed as a victim of the marathon bombing which occurred in April, receiving major backlash on social media after posting a picture of herself with the costume via Twitter and Instagram. The picture was posted under the handle @SomeSKANKinMI.
Lynch reportedly posted to Tumblir amid the controversy, “I’ve had voicemails where they want to slit my throat and they want to hang me and tear off my face. I’m just like, I don’t even know how to respond to this right now… I have nothing to hide. It happened, I made a mistake. I just have to learn from it. I’m not a terrible person.”
Nando Pelusi, PhD, a New York City-based psychologist, is quoted as stating of the behavior of many social media users today, “Social media has recreated the rules of conduct in that it allows people to get immediate feedback on their decisions. However, oftentimes it occurs after the damage is done… And as commonplace as social media is today, it’s still new terrain when it comes to how it affects human behavior.”
This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Michigan Legal News
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