Ex-NFL kicker Jay Feely posted an old "dad joke" online. He posed for a prom photo with his daughter and her date. He's holding a gun.
When you look at the photo below, you can see EVERYONE is in on the joke (again, it's a classic joke) - from the look on the faces of his daughter and her date and his face (it's actually pretty funny). The photographer ALSO had to be in on the joke - I can imagine everyone looking at it afterwards and having a good laugh.
Then Feely posted it online. And the Twitter mob descended. And he's been forced to explain himself.
"The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter (sic) has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking," he tweeted. "I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue."
This morning on the radio show, we also discussed the Twitter mob descending on Shania Twain for NOT being anti-Trump enough (she's apologized) AND on Kanye West for tweeting support for a black conservative (he has NOT apologized - you wouldn't expect him to do that).
In fact, I wonder why more people on social media can't be "more like Kanye." (I guarantee that may be the ONLY time that I use that phrase.)
You only empower the Twitter mob when you empower them by bowing and scraping. But, of course, many people on social media have stuff to sell - so it's a non-stop apology-fest in America.
But I TRULY wonder - are sales REALLY that impacted by the social media mob? Of course, I'm a conservative talk show host who does just fine - so maybe that's just MY perspective. But has ANYONE quantified that these angry mobs impact sales? Maybe...temporarily? But I CAN'T believe that anyone is hurt long-term.