Twitter’s Clueless Mourn Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, a civil rights pioneer, longtime political prisoner and South Africa’s first black President, passed away today at the age of 95.
Immediately, an abundance of beautiful tributes appeared online. But some of social media’s dimmest blasted out their idea of a tribute and showed us all how not to tweet about Mandela.
They include people who are not sure which black person to mourn:
Unsurprisingly, Freeman himself knows exactly who Mandela is, and had this to say:
There are also people who don’t know who Mandela is, or even nicer, needlessly swear at him:
There are people who try to capitalize on the trending news by mentioning vapid details.
At time of writing, this one already has more than 300 retweets. Finke’s defense:
And, of course, there are some people who like to make it all about themselves:
Some niche news sites may be focusing on the wrong Mandela achievement:
Finally, some sanity:
And rest assured, not everyone is as dumb or tacky as you might think:
Leave it to a website dedicated to satire to get it right: