October 26, 2011

Among the Commenters

Tara Murtha had a great cover story in Philadelphia Weekly this week about the wonderful comment sections on Philly.com, which are filled with a combination of hateful invective, poorly reasoned and poorly-spelled argumentation and outright racism. And that's just on the sports stories...

Calling black people animals, references to monkeys, phrases like “welcome to the jungle, baby” and “That’s how it go in da hood” are all standard comments beneath crime stories on Philly.com when the perp is black. And we haven’t even gotten to the anal rape fantasies that regularly litter sexual offender and police corruption stories. I cringe as bloodlust-y readers work themselves into a lather writing about how they can’t wait for the offender to learn what “being a bitch” is from “Big Bubba.”
There's a Tumblr, too!

Posted by Stephen Silver at October 26, 2011 12:11 AM
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