Imagine a media comment so heartless that it earns bipartisan backlash for its mockery.
Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence shared sad news on Twitter Wednesday about his dog, Maverick.
Heavy hearts today. Our beagle of 13 years passed away quietly last night. Rest In Peace, Maverick. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/JPnFvsHB3Y
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) October 26, 2016
While many offered condolences and sympathy, the online blog Jezebel came up with a tasteless reaction.
— Jezebel (@Jezebel) October 26, 2016
Twitter users were appalled and let the blog, published by Gawker Media, know it was “not cool” regardless of your ideology and political party affiliation to mock the death of a family pet.
— Sarah Quinlan (@sarahmquinlan) October 26, 2016
@Jezebel I’m no Mike Pence fan, but this is a weird & crude headline.
— Nasty Women Vote (@democrat2theend) October 26, 2016
@Jezebel Stop it.
— Mary Mauro (@CitizenMauro) October 26, 2016
@Jezebel not cool
— Hugh Jabdomin (@kransom2) October 26, 2016
@Jezebel that’s not nice and I’m no fan of him.
— قشوع (@Ta3meya) October 26, 2016
@Jezebel This title is just absurdly tasteless and mean spirited. Come on, people.
— Dylan Devenyi (@DylanDevenyi) October 26, 2016
The online article featured the same headline, but offered a small note of sympathy within.
“The Slot sends our thoughts and prayers to Maverick and family during this sad time,” it read.
But on Twitter, the outrage crossed party lines and united social media users in their disgust.
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— Steven Cheung (@CaliforniaPanda) October 26, 2016
@Jezebel article is OK. Headline is pretty horrific.
— Sean Gallagher (@thepacketrat) October 26, 2016
@Jezebel absolutely appalling.
— Howard Porter (@MrHowardPorter) October 26, 2016
@Jezebel Please mark a date 10 years from now on the calendar to look back at how awful you were in 2016
— Michael Gebert (@skyfullofbacon) October 26, 2016
@Jezebel I’m not at all a fan of Pence’s politics but this headline is messed up. Has the writer ever lost a pet? Awful and cruel headline.
— Payman Benz (@PaymanBenz) October 27, 2016
— kathleen quinlan (@kathleenq) October 26, 2016
— rick waldron (@rwaldron) October 26, 2016
— Blaise T. Raville (@blaise_real) October 26, 2016
@Jezebel you’re an embarrassing publication overall, but this is cruel.
— James Garcia Alver (@JayAlver) October 26, 2016
— Joe Schmitt (@josephschmitt) October 26, 2016
Ripping on someone losing a loved one is sick and wrong, even if it’s the worst person in the world.
— All Hallows Jamie (@JamieAgathaRose) October 26, 2016
@Jezebel Shame on you. Politics have no bearing on heartbreak over the loss of a beloved pet. This was senselessly cruel.
— Susie (@TheNewSusie) October 26, 2016
@Jezebel I’m not supporting Trump/Pence but good grief, you people are depraved.
— Dusk (@Into_Dusk) October 26, 2016
There is special place in hell for @Jezebel, the author of headline & the heartless, clueless people commenting on the article. God help us!
— Ozzie Nelson (@OzzieDNelson) October 26, 2016
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