There have been a shocking amount of celebrity deaths in 2016. We have lost many pop culture icons including: Prince, David Bowie, and Muhammad Ali. With the end of the year just around the corner, many people were hoping there would be a respite from all of the tragedy that was 2016. Alas, that was not the case and on Christmas Day the news broke that we had lost another pop culture icon; the legendary George Michael.
Let's take a moment to remember George Michael's unique sound below:
Naturally, we have seen celebrities voice their opinions and fond memories over those we have lost. People like to pay their respects to those that brought the world so much joy. However, in the case of Sarah Michelle Gellar, her respects were buried due to a simple mistake. Twitter users — as they are wont to do — picked up on her error, and did not care for it one bit.
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As I mentioned before, #SarahMichelleGellar (best known for playing the titular role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer) caught a lot of heat on #Twitter for her tweet regarding the death of pop icon #GeorgeMichael. In this tweet she seemingly mixed up her "Georges," and sent out a tweet mourning the death of Boy George — lead singer of popular '80's band, Culture Club:
In the wake of this tweet, the internet erupted with corrections and comments directed at Sarah Michelle Gellar — so much so, that the hashtag #RIPBoyGeorge was trending on Twitter. To most, it appeared to be a simple mistake that anyone could make, but to others, they found it profoundly disrespectful. Some of these people, decided to take to their Twitter accounts and post a barrage of varied insults:
The hate carried on with some people trying to deliver some snarky back hands. This led to an overabundance of tweets that purposefully mistook the identity of Sarah Michelle Gellar, in a failed attempt at humor:
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The abusive tweets mentioned above carried on and on, in a variety of different ways. Twitter trolls tend to latch on to celebrity mistakes to fuel the fires of hate. However, Sarah Michelle Gellar had more than enough people who sympathized with her. Her fans came out in force, and enveloped Twitter with their encouragement and positivity:
In an amazing twist of events, positive comments soon drowned out the negative ones, which left nothing for the #trolls to say. There are literally hundreds of tweets supporting Sarah Michelle Gellar, all of which regard her intentions, and the fact that we all make mistakes (he who is without sin, cast the first tweet).
Over the course of a day, Sarah Michelle Gellar was both rejected, and then embraced by the public. She did so by making a simple mistake, owning up to that fact, and attempted to move past it. She went on to post a few follow up tweets — during the course of the trolling — restating her mistake, and standing by her intentions:
We all know from experience that trolls do exactly what their name suggest. They wait for an opportunity and jump on a bandwagon of negativity, unleashing a slur of insults aimed at their target — as we saw with Amy Shcumer over the Barbie casting. This is nothing new, however, this is the first time I have witnessed the positive comments outweighing the negative ones. The support for Sarah Michelle Gellar was unprecedented, and it is an amazing thing to see. One thing is for sure, 2016 has been a shitty year, to say the least. So, I think we can give Sarah Michelle Gellar a pass for making a simple mistake. Hopefully, 2017 will be a better more positive one.