Today, Time Magazine tweeted the following:
Watch an 8-year-old boy’s heartbreaking reaction to learning his mom died from a drug overdose https://t.co/z0ykzKsCXj
— TIME (@TIME) October 17, 2016
It didn’t go over well. Something about watching a young child mourn for his mother just didn’t appeal to the magazine’s followers.
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) October 17, 2016
— Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) October 17, 2016
or what if…we didn’t https://t.co/PJs9ObtBY9
— eve peyser (@evepeyser) October 17, 2016
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 17, 2016
Watch as a news outlet uses a child’s anguish and everlasting trauma for clicks https://t.co/EE5PMAjppR
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) October 17, 2016
From the people who bring you “TIME for Kids”…. https://t.co/XsV3h8oo8U
— Brian Steinberg (@bristei) October 17, 2016
Hey @TIME Single worst moment of my life was Dad telling me Mom had died in car crash. I couldn’t handle a video of it living online forever
— Anne Caprara (@anacaprana) October 17, 2016
just had the saddest thought: “rly glad viral vids didn’t exist when i found out my dad was a drug addict” https://t.co/98WHsQQEjH
— alana hope levinson (@alanalevinson) October 17, 2016
@TIME What in God’s name is wrong with you?
— (((Popehat))) (@Popehat) October 17, 2016
what fresh clickbait hell is this? https://t.co/TvpHcPoUkZ
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) October 17, 2016
@TIME wtf. no.
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) October 17, 2016
this has no news value. a little boy’s grief is being publicized. this is another means of shaming addicts (who really just need help) https://t.co/QLTDPwBhoO
— julia n. craven (@juliacraven) October 17, 2016
The horror and condemnation extended to the child’s father, too:
#2. Why is a child grieving for their mother a social media spectacle. Why would his father elect to record that?
— Barbados Slim (@MikeTalksTrash) October 17, 2016
— TravelXena (@TravelXena) October 17, 2016
— Micheál Keane (@aexia) October 17, 2016
So far, the tweet and the story remain posted.
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