Here at Clean Plate, we aren't annoyed by those who obsessively Instagram photos of their food. We love it. We search out Instagram foodies to follow.
But sometimes we find photos that remind us, the internet is a dangerous place. On the one hand, once something is out there, it's out there forever, amplifying in an endless echo-chamber. On the other hand, it's easy to doctor a photo to look like something it isn't and that echoing, eternal something, is really a big ol' nothing.
So, is this really inappropriate Instagram hashtagging from the daughter of George Zimmerman's defense attorney, Don West the real deal? Or just someone doctoring up an image to make it look like something it's not?
In an imitation of the public reaction to the Zimmerman case itself -- and to pretty much every newstory and political issue currently in existence -- the internet is immediately and fiercely divided and extremely communicative about their instantaneously entrenched opinions.
The photo is innocent enough. It allegedly shows Zimmerman's defense attorney Don West allegedly enjoying what appears to be an ice cream cone with two young blond women, one of whom is presumably his daughter after what one might assume (but not legally imply) was a grueling day in court vis-à-vis general internet consensus.
What's got the Twitterati all, well, atwitter is the rather insensitive caption and hashtagging.
See the tags after the jump.
This comes after West's heated cross-examination of Rachel Jeantel, star witness for the defense. Now, as far as internet insults can go, "stupid" is probably about as mild as it gets.
But, to be the daughter of the lawyer defending the killer in a racially charged case and to publicly post something like this, welll... As @MelechT put it, "You gotta be a jerk to take this picture, b."
(Also, maybe don't put "zimmerman" and "killed it" right next to each other. Bad taste and poor decision making all around.)
But did she?
@MelechT is the user who originally posted the picture. A search of Instagram for mollywestttt reveals no such username - though it did appear active earlier today and social network accounts are even more easily taken down than captions are manipulated. Similarly, tweets from @MelechT to @molly_k_west lead to a deadend account.
So, while knowing the general foolishness of young people posting things on the internet, we don't really doubt it could be real, but we also have to agree with @EVEEEEEZY:
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