The Tweet comment by Charlie Kirk above provoked this response from author Jesse Farrar:
Tweet subsequently removed by Twitter.
Farrar’s Tweet in turn prompted conservative commentary and criticism, so now Farrar is using his homebase at Vice to explain why he is really the victim here.
A newfound object of vitriol from conservatives all around the internet, Farrar received a deluge of death threats and harassment. One Twitter user replied to a picture he tweeted of his dog by saying, “I’d like to drown that dog.” Another man messaged him his home address, daring Farrar to try to drown him. “I will beat that ass until all your liberal snowflake friends can’t even recognize you,” the man threatened.
So many people reported Farrar’s tweet, his account is now restricted (meaning he can’t tweet) for the next seven days. I called up Farrar to ask about his newfound infamy, and whether or not he has any regrets:
VICE: Can you tell me about the Twitter interaction with Charlie Kirk yesterday that led to this madness?
Jesse Farrar: It’s a mythical idea to begin with, that colleges are a bastion of left-wing thought. Even if that were true, the idea that they were like, “Oh that guy has an American flag on his shirt, he gets an F now” is just so dumb. I was just sitting around, and I think I probably phrased it pretty badlyâ€”um, I think that’s fair to say. I maybe did not turn the most delicate phrase when I said that conservative students should be drowned. Well, I said their heads should be held underwater until they stop breathing, which, not to split hairs, but it’s not exactly the same thing.
I didn’t say I was going to do it, which seems to be a big misconception. I don’t have access to that much water or college campuses. It would be a logistical nightmare for me to pull that off.
IJR was the first place to write about your tweet. But then FOX & Friends picked it up. Did they ask you to be on the show?
Nah. One guy asked from a campus college magazine [asked me for comment], and I told him I was the president of VICE, but he didn’t print that. Also, that’s not true. Nobody has asked me anything or said anything to me at all. It’s very strange. Either it’s the death threats, or it’s my friends saying, “Wow, that sucks.” But it’s not really anything in the middle.
It’s kind of ironic that you’re getting threats for making a death threat joke.
I would say so.