Remember how, after Nicole threatened to shoot Ranger if somebody didn’t adopt him pronto, social media did what social media does and behaved socially, and some folks who really didn’t like her threat went over to her business page and trolled a little bit?
She blamed me for it, of course, and has continued to blame me. I commented about and basically advertised her threat (and it was a threat), the great world of social media kicked in, people left some very hilarious, very obviously fake reviews of her business and she considers this my fault.
Well, consider this.
A brief Google search reveals that although news outlets have reported the story, there is no more information being released right now beyond what the facility reports above. Get that?
No more information. Four photos.
But it’s social media. And social media behaves socially.
From four photos and the same information posted above, Nicole comes up with “successful homestead,” and the animals “look healthy.”
But she doesn’t stop there.
Now it’s stolen property, “asset forfeiture.”
Obviously, these silly conclusions are her opinion. It’s quite clear that she has no special information that’s not available to the rest of us. She’s not a vet. She’s not anything except somebody who has a big chip on her shoulder about anyone in a governmental position doing anything about anything.
And she is absolutely entitled to her opinion, unfounded as it might be.
But social media did what social media does.
Recognize those names? They are Nicole leghumpers.
Those comments do not come from either of Nicole’s pages.
What are the odds that Amanda and Nome just blundered onto this story, having never read either of the two shares that Nicole did?
I know. Probably zip.
Consider that Nome has basically libeled the people at the Metro Nashville facility. She has accused them of theft.
Nothing, of course, will come of it. Any sensible person reading all this, including the people at Metro Nashville, will realize that Nome is bonkers and just shrug.
But here’s why this matters.
Nicole is absolutely not responsible for what Nome or Amanda said on the Metro Nashville page. She is not. She shared the story. They reacted to her share. She is not responsible.
She did not egg them on. She didn’t say, “Gee, run over there and give them hell.” She shared the story, offered up her opinion, and they ran with it.
She is not responsible.
Likewise, nobody who shared Nicole’s threat to kill Ranger is responsible for people going to Nicole’s business page and leaving silly fake reviews.
Social media, doing what social media does.
I looked at the Nashville page a little closer and found this. Tami Joh appears to be somebody associated with the Nashville animal control folks.
Tami Joh, it appears, in an effort to stem some of the bullshit coming from Nicole and company, went over to BLH and tried.
She felt exactly like I would have expected her to feel.
But I loved this gem the most.
Nicole just couldn’t stand it and had to comment herself. It’s her opinion, you see. She wouldn’t agree with whatever they did. Doesn’t matter. She doesn’t need to know any details. She just doesn’t agree.
And it’s okay if she doesn’t. I really want to stress that. It’s okay.
And it’s just as okay if I don’t agree with her.