[Content Note: Murder, death threats, slut-shaming]
It’s a tale as old as time: Boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, girl cheats on boy with boy’s best friend, boy slut-shames girl publicly. That’s exactly what Kane Zipperman, a Twitter personality (I guess?) from Georgia, did when he found out his girlfriend cheated on him. His “hilarious” exchange (which some say was staged) has garnered him an influx of over 65,000 Twitter followers (as of writing), an interview on CNN, and a Buzzfeed article dubbing him “Twitter’s New Folk Hero.” So exactly how hilarious was this exchange? Let’s take a look (click to enlarge):
This is what the 65,000 people who have recently followed Kane find so hilarious:
“Why don’t you stop breathing.”
“Murder your family.”
A photo mocking special needs kids.
In case this actually needs to be said, I don’t condone cheating (obviously). Cheating sucks, and is pretty terrible. However, Zipperman’s response is so far out of line that I have a very hard time feeling at all sorry for him. It makes one wonder if perhaps the reason his girlfriend cheated on him (if she’s even real) is because he kind of seems like a dick. But regardless of whether the ex-girlfriend is real, the public’s reaction to Zippermans shows, once again, what happens to women who dare upset men. When women step outside their sanctioned roles of submissive girlfriend/wife/daughter/sister, they deserve whatever comes next:
I can't believe people are giving @KaneZipperman a hard time. As if witty pictures are worse than cheating on someone. that girl deserved it
— Elina (@1901elina) June 5, 2014
Threats to murder her family? Deserved it. Threatening to leak her private photos? Deserved it. Tells her to stop breathing? All deserved, because this likely-fictional woman dared to do the unthinkable and disrespect a man.
Let’s face it: Policing women’s sexuality isn’t a new concept. Kane Zipperman just invented a new way of making it happen.