When trump criticizes the media, I find it completely chilling and inappropriate for a US President. One of the things that's great about this country is free press, and it's bizarre he wants news agencies to constantly jerk him off. That's very (fill-in-the-blank with the dictator of your choice) of him.
However. I read the Washington Post article about the Christian/Amy Cooper thing -- which kind of told a weird version of what happened, with lots of handwaving about something something dog treats. Even though they were intentionally vague about the dog treats, it turned my blood to ice. Who the fuck gives treats to a stranger's dog? And who the fuck gives treats to a stranger's dog in the middle of an argument?
Especially in a world where people have been known to leave poisoned meatballs in popular dog walking areas and throw meat with nails and sharp needles into dog parks.
When I read Christian Cooper's tweet describing the confrontation, I actually felt the briefest flash of sympathy for our Narcissist in Chief and his nonstop whining about the media. What he, in his own words, said to Amy before he started filming COMPLETELY changes the story.
The story on social media is that she was trying to have Christian killed by the police because he asked her to leash her dog.
But what he said to her before the camera was rolling was a threat. Not a vague threat. Not a veiled threat. Just a threat.
Look, you're going to do what you want, I'm going to do what I want, but you're not going to like it. Come here, puppy!
At this point, "Karen" is clearly terrified. She screams at him not to touch her dog, because she loves her dog.
She's a woman. He's a man. This almost certainly means he's bigger and stronger than she is. (It's fun to pretend gender is in your mind, but only someone completely unhinged would deny the differences in strength and size between males and females. See also: FEMINISTS: WOMEN ARE CONSTANTLY AFRAID OF MEN. ALSO FEMINISTS: WOMEN SHOULD SHARE BATHROOMS WITH MEN.)
This big man has just suggested he is going to hurt her little dog. Of course she's frantic. Of course she's terrified. Who wouldn't be in that situation?
(The popular consensus on the internet is, "Oh, I wouldn't be scared, because I would have left my dog on its leash." I'm curious, though: do you think just because a human has disobeyed a leash law, the dog deserve to get hurt? Just because a human has disobeyed a law, do they deserve to lose the thing that matters most to them in the world?)
The video makes a LOT more sense in the context of, "She's not just making up random lies about a black guy. He actually did threaten her dog, by his own confession." I've written before that videos of people arguing in public often make me uncomfortable, like we're exploiting someone with a mental illness; I assumed this might be the case for Amy, but her reaction is actually about what I'd expect now that I've heard his side of the story.
That said, when I read Christian's tweet, I thought, "If someone threatened my dog, I would do a lot more than call to the police. He wouldn't leave in handcuffs -- he'd leave in an ambulance!" (I'm not big on the whole feminine passivity thing.)
Am I alone in this? I checked Quora. The answer is no.
It's very clear from reading these true stories and hypothetical scenarios that people love their pets deeply and would become very emotional and defensive if their dog were threatened, as this dog clearly was.
As evidenced by the WaPo article, though, this seems to be the kind of thing where we're not supposed to think critically, look for evidence, or consider any but the #BlackLivesMatter perspective.
As a result, Amy lost her job and everyone hates her.
But if it were me, I would happily lose my job rather than let someone poison or hurt my dog because I was afraid it might look racist to protect the little life of mine.