“In a Facebook post directed at her 16,000,000 fans, [actress Jennifer] Lawrence commanded: ‘These are the faces of hate. Look closely and post anyone you find,” and added, “You can’t hide with the internet you pathetic cowards!'” As writer Stephen L. Miller points out at foxnews.com, there are two things wrong with J-Law’s post-Charlottesville call to action . . .
First, the people ID’ed in her pic were hardly camera-shy. Acknowledging them gives (more) voice to their cause. Second, her post is guilty of “organizing a digital mob with the power to misidentify people, to single out and punish the wrong people.” Which is a thing.
Kyle Quinn, an engineering professor in Arkansas, fell victim to such a mob this past weekend when he was mistaken for one of the men at the rally, thanks to one of the marchers wearing a T-shirt with “Arkansas” on it who bore a resemblance to him. His home address was posted and, fearing for their safety, Quinn and his wife evacuated their home to stay with a colleague.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not leaving my house if an Internet flash mob vilifies and threatens me. Nor would I leave home without it (a self-defense firearm). And you can bet I’d have plenty o’ firepower handy at home.
Don’t get me wrong: the odds of a celebrity sending a homicidal whack job or two to your doorstep — by mistake or on purpose — are only slightly higher than the chances of being attacked by a shark while making a piece of toast in the bath.
But there is good reason to be armed against a “mistaken” attack, whether that’s a J-Law-inspired loonie, a geographically-challenged rip crew or a racist lynch mob.