Tragedy struck tonight when an explosion hit the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom, killing at least nineteen and injuring at least fifty innocents. Pop superstar Ariana Grande was holding a concert tonight, meaning that the audience and the victims are largely teenagers.
Young people are dying, injured, and traumatized amid a chaotic scene with the details still unclear. It should be a time for an outpouring of support and compassion for those affected – unless you are writer David Leavitt, who catapulted himself to infamy with the most heartless take imaginable:
Honestly, for over a year I thought an Ariana Grande was something you ordered at Starbucks.
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) May 22, 2017
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) May 23, 2017
The internet immediately erupted in fury, flooding him with nearly 18,000 angry replies in a little over an hour. The vast majority of them are far too profane to be published here.
One’s response to tragedy defines you as a person. Some people call for love and compassion; others call for suspicion and accusations.
But the man that starts to make jokes about children at a concert being slaughtered is truly the most despicable of them all.
Here’s the screenshot for when he inevitably deletes it: