The Parkland kids have been caught up in a media frenzy since they tragically lost seventeen of their own on Valentine’s Day earlier this year. Now, it seems they’re finally taking time for some self care, and doing it one of the best ways possible – with a little humor at the expense of their haters.
Five of the lesser-known Parkland kids (with a special appearance by Emma Gonzalez) took a page from Jimmy Kimmel and sat down to read some of the meanest tweets they’ve received since their activism began.
The video was posted to Alexandra’s YouTube page (she doesn’t provide her last name on social media), and the five teens take turns scrolling through their Twitter for the most heinous comments they can find.
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The video begins with Madison McEwan, a friend from a neighboring high school who joined the movement in the wake of the tragedy. She reads, “Don’t worry, a dumb b**ch like you is worth at least 50 an hour.”
Jose Iglesias found one which said, “Chubby. Chubby. Chubby. Stop eating,” mocking the young boy’s weight.
Possibly the funniest moment is when Emilie Smith reads one of many tweets imploring her to read the constitution. “Are you guys gonna provide me with a constitution?” she asks. “Because, you keep telling it to read it.”
From off camera, Iglesias chimes in and says, “Emma tore it up,” which causes everyone in the room to burst into a fit of laugher. He is referring to the images of Gonzalez which were photoshopped to show her tearing up the constitution in a smear campaign by right-wing trolls.
The video continues with more tweets, the teens being “internetty,’ and most importantly with more laughter. One of the strangest criticism of these children from Republicans and gun nuts across the country is that they don’t seem sad enough, but the absence of this camaraderie would be the real cause for concern after what they’ve experienced.
The suggestion that trauma victims should live in a perpetual state of grief is ludicrous. These kids deserve to be happy, and they deserve to be safe.
Check out the video below (remember, YouTubers get paid for clicks!) because not only is it a fun watch, but Alexandra is donating 100% of proceeds earned from this video back to her school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
Keep it up, kids!