Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings
[LINK] “Premier Kathleen Wynne bombarded on social media by homophobic, sexist abuse”
There are many reasons to criticize the government of Ontario’s Liberal premier, Kathleen Wynne. There are many ways to criticize her. The personal abuse described in Mike Crawley’s CBC News report is not one of these ways.
The replies to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on Twitter are not for the faint of heart.
The tweets at Wynne predominantly express anger about her record and most stay within the bounds of fair comment, not crossing the line into personal abuse. Such calls as “Resign!” “You’re incompetent!” and “Worst premier ever!” are now simply part of the deal for a politician in the era of social media.
But Wynne also draws a significant number of abusive, sexist and homophobic tweets. [. . .]
The comments on Wynne’s Facebook page are equally nasty, but her communications team filters out posts that contain the most abusive words so the public can’t view them.
A member of the premier’s staff showed CBC News nearly 40 Facebook posts filtered out from just the past week, including ones calling Wynne a “wrinkly bitch” (by a Facebook user named George Onock) a “subhuman, dirty dyke” (Frank Yurkowski) and a “lying cheating c–t.”