Ann Coulter was the most obvious critic of Michelle Obama after she held up a sign with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls in her weekly address ~ see my Previous Post:
Twitter Punks Ann Coulter After She Mocks Michelle Obama
Unfortunately, there are others on Twitter who fancy themselves the "Hashtag Police" - forever dissing any hashtag that they don't find important or worthwhile. Or they say because everyone isn't an "expert" in what the hashtag is about, then they are just "armchair activists." Thank you, Captain Obvious, but we can't all go to Nigeria and help the FBI and Special Forces hunt down Boko Haram.
Some people freaked out that President Obama dared to send help to Nigeria, alternating between despair that America hasn't helped much before, and anger that there might be 'boots on the ground" - the same argument we hear about Ukraine and Syria and lots of other places.
Others implied that the hashtag was useless because the members of Boko Haram wouldn't read our tweets anyway, while others pointed out that Boko Haram has killed other children in the past, so why worry about a mere 200 young girls? Just GIVE UP People!!!
So I guess because GOP members like Ted Cruz or Paul Ryan don't read our tweets, we should stop tweeting about them, too? And if there's an atrocity in the world, such as fracking or pollution or pushing animals to extinction, we should ignore it because the world is just evil and it's ARMCHAIR ACTIVISM!
And it's all Obama's fault anyway because he keeps doing things that Presidents do and all of that is evil so JUST GIVE UP, PEOPLE!!!
It's rather baffling that no one complained about the #BundyRanch hashtag for a month, but suddenly 200 girls go missing and they don't think #BringBackOurGirls is a helpful hashtag? It's a strange phenomena for sure.
I think this is an important debate, so I'm going to post both sides here, via Twitter.
The #BringBackOurGirls hashtag started in Nigeria. Most people tweeting understand that as asking Nigeria to act.— Imani ABL (@AngryBlackLady) May 9, 2014
The kidnapped Nigerian girls are more than a hashtag: http://t.co/xvRqfsnutw— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) May 7, 2014
This explains why Mrs. Obama and her hashtag sign are a laughable response to Islamist terrorists in Africa. http://t.co/IIZOtMWW9d— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 12, 2014
@brithume that hashtag was the only reason people like you or the media in general even acknowledged this case in the beginning..— chimezie (@iloanya1) May 12, 2014
@iloanya1 So what does the hashtag do?— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 12, 2014
@brithume it created awareness forced the Nigerian govt to do something.they haven't done anything since, our media ignored this for 2 weeks— chimezie (@iloanya1) May 12, 2014
George Will is a Imbecile. Says Tweeting Bring Back Our Girls waste of Time. No morals or brain under that Toupee. Heartless S.O.B.— Denise (@Ireland0828) May 11, 2014
Eugene Robinson: George Will, Brit Hume "Idiots" For Mocking Tweets Against Boko Haram. http://t.co/ISAaccjH5Q— 3ChicsPolitico (@3ChicsPolitico) May 14, 2014
George Will dismisses the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. And who knows more about the social media than a 73 year old white guy on Fox "News"?— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) May 14, 2014
I wonder if George Will tells families & friends of missing kids, who hand out MISSING flyers, that what they're doing is pointless?— Da Dorq (@DaDorq) May 14, 2014
At least three conservatives now (George Will, Brit Hume, Will Cain) have openly mocked #BringBackOurGirls on TV. Classy people.— YeaYouRite (@YeaYouRite) May 11, 2014
@roqchams The ability to ignore virtually all history when advocating for The Next Western Intervention is as impressive as it is horrifying— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 7, 2014
Dem partisans and liberal imperialists (but I repeat myself) are doing some blatant lying re. Greenwald's statement on US action in Nigeria.— David Mizner (@DavidMizner) May 8, 2014
I know hashtag activism (hastagism?) and avatar sit-ins are easy, but symbols matter, too. Sometimes its the only way to show solidarity.— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) April 29, 2014
@tejucole seems many just want to mindlessly tweet & display sudden passion about issues they know absolutely nothing about.— A M (@keepitriel) May 8, 2014
Boko Haram killed more human beings yesterday than the total number of girls they kidnapped three weeks ago. Horrifying, and unhashtagable.— Teju Cole (@tejucole) May 8, 2014
. @eldahshan Her husband is using the kidnapping as a pretext to send 400+ AFRICOM troops & intel personnel to Nigeria. So yea, she stinks.— منير (@AbuSaltamontes) May 7, 2014
#BringBackOurGirls is not just a twitter hashtag, it is the MESSAGE of NIGERIAN MOTHERS in PAIN, in MISERY but AFRAID for their daughters!— CPM (@signetseal) April 30, 2014
So for those asking what the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls is actually doing. 1) It's keeping the case alive 2) Increasing press coverage— Christiana A Mbakwe (@Christiana1987) May 1, 2014
im not a fan of hashtag activism but interesting how flotus holding up a sign makes an important thing a front page story. aka, the point.— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 8, 2014
We will intervene. #BringBackOurGirls— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) May 8, 2014
The ironic thing about dismissal of African-American hashtag activism is that it has yielded pragmatic results AND shifted discourse.— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) May 8, 2014