A Manhattan, Kansas woman was fired from her position as assistant manager at Carmike Seth Childs theater after she posted the above on Facebook on 9/23. I was driving to the airport today when I heard an excellent discussion about this very post. Since she posted this, it received more than 10k comments and 2800 Facebook shares. She also received death threats.
Here is what the movie theater had to say about the entire event:
Meagan Lyn May gave an audio interview with KMBZ radio in which she is quoted as saying she is sorry that she offended people, but she is not sorry for what she said.
Here is what I take away – and what I really hope younger people learn from:
Free speech does not mean you are free to insult whoever you want.
Sure, you can hold views against wars. You can be anti-military and all about peace. But think about what you say before you say – or type – it. I am a firm believer that we are responsible for what we say! If she is all about peace and doesn’t want a war – then don’t start one by insulting people that give so much! For such a “pro-peace” person she sure didn’t exhibit much kindness and her quote on the radio shows no remorse. I wish we all could have more empathy, more love, more compassion.
What you say online can and will be used against you
Meagan deserved to be fired. If you have a job, what you say online can have negative effects for the business you work for. So think before you post. She sure could have said her peace without insulting and hurting everyone.
I really hope teens and young adults see this and realize that typing something on social media is public and has huge side effects. If you are willing to live with the consequences…wow…I don’t know what to say, cause I don’t know why anyone would be willing to live with those.
Just be kind online.
Death threats are never ok – leave her alone
She is fired from her job, she is made famous for her hate. Now leave her alone. I don’t think she deserves death threats. I think she does deserve to be used as an example of what not to do!
~~UPDATE 10/7/13 ~~
While I originally heard on the radio that Facebook banned her – as of today, her personal profile is still very active. The post above, however, I could not find. I still stand by my opinion that everyone needs to leave her alone. Everyone needs to let her live her life. I also think she needs to get off social media unless it is 100% privacy lockdown. This is such a very sad case study to sit back and watch.