News__ Twitter Reactions: #OBL’s Death
Last night, after Osama bin Laden was killed, Twitter had the most amount of tweets ever
The big question of the day has quickly become, "Where were you when you found out Osama had been killed?" And while some of us on the hearty staff were sleeping (okay, maybe just our Editor-in-Chief because she goes to bed at like 9pm on Sundays), some of us were up reading the world's reaction on Twitter. The US blows up a mass murderer, our twitter feed blows up.
#Osama became a trending topic quickly and the amount of tweets about the subject increased by the second. But there seemed to be a few themes that emerged. From patriotic jubilation, outrage, optimistic pacifism, sarcastic comedy, and parties (?). Even a live-tweeting of the events in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
So we collected some Osama tweets and laid out a few reaction camps trending around the digital globe.
1. PATRIOTIC JUBILATION (READ: I LOVE AMERICA!)
Comedian and Actress Mindy Kaling: @MindyKaling
"I hope all families with loved ones who perished on September 11th are feeling some closure. Our country's great."
(honorable re-tweet: "RT @wittels Trump's all "let's see his death certificate." know what I'm sayin?")
Charlie Sheen: @charliesheen
"Dead or Alive. WE PREFER DEAD! Well done SEAL team! AMERICA:#WINNING that's how we roll.... c"
Neil Patrick Harris @ActuallyNPH
"Everyone is sitting around my living room, mouths agape. Wow, what a night. Thank you, Mr. President, for such an eloquent speech."
Kim Kardashian: @KimKardashian
"Osama Bin Laden is dead!!! I can't wait to hear President Obama's announcement!!!"
Amber Rose @DaRealAmberRose
"I swear to God I just got off of a 5 hour flight I had no idea. I can't believe bin laden is dead! Holy crap! Hell yea!"
Katy Perry @katyperry
"AMERICA FUCK YEAH, HERE TO SAVE THE MOTHER FUCKIN DAY YEAH! #necessaryusageoftheFbombday"
2. HUMOR, FOR WHATEVER REASON
VICE Magazine @VICEMAG
"Prepare for 10,000 "Can I travel with shampoo yet?" jokes"
"It's cool that we killed Bin Laden but maybe gathering in crowds and chanting "We Are The Champions" and "USA!! USA!!" isn't the answer"
Das Racist's Himanshu Suri @HEEMS
"whoaaaa osama got married to kate middleton?"
"now that we got osama we can focus on finding n killing boehner, finally!"
Flying Lotus @flyinglotus
"They could have at least hooked up a twit pic, dang"
"what a disney weekend Princes Married, Bad guys killed.. the world lives happily ever after"
3. OPPOSITION TO THE WAR ON TERROR
NYC DJ Venus X @VenusXGG
"RT @EbTomBoiSwagg 10 years, 2 wars, 919,967 deaths, and $1,188,263,000,000 later, we managed to kill one person."
How to Dress Well's Tom Krell @HowToDressWell
"YO MSNBC CHICK JUST SAID THAT IN DC 'THE ATMOSPHERE IS LIKE A FRAT PARTY' HOLY SHIT #APOCALYPSE"
Porn Star, Keni Styles @KeniStyles
"Smh. Media fanfare at it's finest. USA celebrates blood lust and the President claims his scalp. When will we learn u can't FIGHT for PEACE?"
"Terror is a insurmountable enemy, it is not physical, there is no target. There can never be a defined end to a war on "terror". :/"
4. ACTUALLY THERE
Sohaib Athar @ReallyVirtual Stationed in Abbottabad, Lahore, Pakistan, Athar unknowingly live-tweeted the attack on Bin Laden's hideout. (Updates given in Eastern Standard Time.)
May 1, 4:33 pm: "A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S"
May 2, 1:34 am: "and here come the mails from the mainstream media... *sigh*"
May 2, 12:26 pm: "I apologize for reporting the operation 'unwittingly/unknowingly' - had I known about it, I would have tweeted about it 'wittingly' I swear."