July 30th, 2013 is a day that will descend into the annals of time as one of the darkest in recorded history. No one important lost their life that day, nor did they endure a cataclysmic event unrivaled by the days of past generations. Kanye didn’t even interrupt any award shows. July 30th was the day I was blocked on Twitter by Erin Andrews.
The day started as a normal summer day, with me waking up entirely too early to go to work. I was optimistic on what the day would hold. Well, I must add that my level of optimism was about as high as any eighteen-year-old boy working a 9-5 in the middle of the summer. I work(ed) in an IT department, so I spent some time with computers (when I say some time, I mean 9-5) and with computers comes internet. With internet comes mindless wandering through the web, and with that comes articles like this.
I was taken aback by Thompson’s stance on the subject of Johnny Football. Instead of painting him as the gifted but spoiled athlete that he is, Thompson took a drastically different route- he DEFENDED Johnny and touched on the fact he faces a lot of pressure. Manziel begged his father for a new Mercedes, and when the answer was no things took a turn- Johnny declared that if his father did not purchase him the car, he would use his high profile status to illegally obtain one. How can anyone, especially a lead ESPN journalist, defend that behavior? Beats me.
I logged onto twitter to check on the lives of the people I hate the most when I noticed an Erin Andrews tweet promoting Thompson’s article. I decided to reply to her tweet and share my feelings, something we Generation Me kids are good at (thanks for the name, Time- it fits.) A few moments later my phone started vibrating more than, well, you know. This appeared:
She even read my bio! I’m glad she had the time out of her busy schedule.
Also, I am serious about studying journalism in college. Unlike you, I actually am majoring in Journalism. Why? Because I want to be a journalist. Not just television (and hotel) eye candy.
Her response led me to a myriad of emotions. I was originally embarrassed, but then I quickly realized she misinterpreted the tweet. I obviously was talking about Johnny, not the writer. Soon after the embarrassment, I became angry. How could she be so incompetent? Not only did I have to deal with her silly reply, but also many people who follow her replies. People began to insult my school choice (WVU. I know, we burn couches and drink- tell me something I don’t know, asshole) and also my personal appearance in my profile picture! I quickly became sad. Erin Andrews had just cyber-bullied me. Can I press charges?
I now see this when I hit the follow button.
Not only was I publicly ridiculed for simply having an opinion that is not far from the norm, I was blocked from following her. I am quite confused on why I was blocked- why would I want to follow her if I had just been cyber-bullied?! Ah, women and their logic.
July 30th was a day I will never forget. I am quite certain I will never emotionally recover from the events that transpired. If I can give a simple word of advice, it would be this- Block Erin Andrews. Do not let her hurt you like she hurt me.