Hey @anarchista2010, I’m responding to you here because Twitter doesn’t give me enough characters to tell you how ridiculous you sound. Here’s my attempt at a full response.
First and foremost, thank you for reading and responding to my article “It’s a Game, and These are People”, which was a lesson on how/why not to be a jerk to people, particularly athletes and their families, and is now the most read piece in TheLeafsNation.com’s history. To anybody else who read it, linked to it, responded to it, and the like, I also thank you.
Now, on to your points.
I don’t believe that creating a social media account automatically makes you “fair game” to personal attacks, no matter who you are. There is literally no logic to this whatsoever. Different relative scales of course, but this is like telling a woman that she was raped because her clothing choice was tempting to her attacker. Just because someone has decided to make themselves more available to you to speak to, doesn’t give you free reign to do so in a way that nobody deserves to be spoken to.
Similarly, it doesn’t matter what her “reason” for popularity is. Are there a bunch of people who only care about her because she’s James Reimer’s wife? I mean, we’d be lying to ourselves if we said no. But, it’s not like she is out there asking for attention. April created her Twitter account before James was well known in this city, and had less than 500 followers until CBC decided “oh she’s pretty, quick lets show her face after every whistle and throw her Twitter handle up six times a game” during the playoffs. She was under the radar and was fine with that.
The argument that she played the “white sheep” card is silly too. She brushed off the comments, perhaps better than those who came to her defence. She made a tweet that basically said “I know what you’re saying and it’s not cool, but I’ll live”, and that was the end of that from her end. She shouldn’t have to shut down her account because a few people have no social skills or ability to be polite.
In response to your last tweet, I don’t have a strong connection to either of the Reimers by any means, but I’ve met both of them and they’re nice people. Most players and their relatives are if you treat them as themselves and don’t try to glorify them. The article was more about how to act in a situation like this in general so much as her, in any event.
As such, I’ve heard back from a few players and player relatives that I’ve befriended over the past few years (I may write for a blog, but I do media stuff too) and they’ve said nothing but positive things about the post. Most other readers who don’t have the connection that the article was addressing enjoyed it too, and I’m grateful for that.
In summation: nobody is fair game to personal attacks just because they have a twitter account. It doesn’t matter why she’s popular, and she didn’t pull any cards. The point of my article was to explain how to not be an jerk for the sake of being a jerk, and in that regard, you have failed. Thanks for reading!