Kim Stafford made this sign as a joke for a themed college party. But of course the photo was taken seriously by thousands, maybe millions of internet users, including Cheezburger’s The Daily What (who later added a correction).
AL.com has a solid piece on Kim; she tells them that she’s read horrible nasty comments saying she should be raped or killed. I think we need a reminder sometimes that for the targets of comments like that, it’s extremely hard to just say “whatever, it’s just the internet”, and it’s too easy for observers to blame them for getting worked up about it.
So I won’t mock Kim for making an entire blog dedicated to reblogging everyone who misinterprets the picture, chastising them for being unthinking assholes. While it’s somewhat fair that someone reasonable could still misinterpret the picture, that they are also then reasonable for mocking it, and that Kim should at least consider this in her responses, the whole act is hopefully deeply cathartic for her. It also makes for a very pretty archive page, and plenty of people really were assholes, because somehow people think that just because someone else is an asshole, you can get away with (or accomplish anything good by) being a monster to them.
So remember! Never assume anything is sincere ever, or you’ll feel like a dick!