Meet the girl behind the Tea Party sorority girl meme
posted at 12:08 pm on October 30, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham
So, the dumb Alabama sorority girl with a misspelled Tea Party sign was actually a college student from Massachusetts who’s not in a sorority and is voting for Barack Obama. She hastily made her sign as a costume for her first college party unknowingly vaulting herself into Internet infamy. Here’s the picture that did it:
Starting her freshman year, she was invited to her first college party. It had a theme – the Boston Tea Party. In a rush to put together a costume, she thought she’d be clever. She Googled “Tea Party signs.” She saw one that inspired her scrawling on the pizza box, although she says that the grammar on the original sign was correct. The misspellings were her idea to make sure no one thought she was serious.
She showed the sign to her roommate, who took a picture and later put it on her Facebook page.
The party was on a Saturday, she says. On Sunday morning she got a message on Facebook from a friend she hadn’t seen in two years. Her friend told her that she had found a picture of her on Tumblr, a blogging platform and social media site.
“At first I didn’t know what she was talking about, and I was excited, because who doesn’t want to be Internet famous?” she said. “And then you figure out why you are Internet famous.”
She sounds like a sweet and thoughtful young woman who has since gotten so much abuse from the Left, as they believe her to be the face of Tea Party ignorance, that she’s come away with a sad lesson:
“The party I’m a part of because I’m tolerant and I think that homosexuals should be able to get married – the group of people that I associate with – can be just as cruel as the people I disagree with,” she said.
She also offers a partial defense of Tea Partiers one wouldn’t necessarily expect from a college student:
“I have been to Tea Party rallies, and I’m the first person to tell you that not all people in the Tea Party are nuts,” she said. “I’ve talked to some extremely intelligent, well informed people. But let’s face it. When anyone mentions the Tea Party, people think of the extremists.”
She used to keep her own Tumblr blog for correcting bad information about her, but it took up too much of her time. A good story to keep in mind, especially as Sandy news and its accompanying fake photos are moving fast across the Internet.
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