The lunatic leader of the group Abubakar Shekau admitted that the group had kidnapped the girls (ages 15–18) for the purpose of selling them into slavery or as child brides saying...
"I am the one that took your girls. Are you the one that created the girls? I will sell them in the market. I have my own market of selling human beings. It is Allah, the owner that instructed me to sell. I will sell the girls."
The mass kidnapping of girls went largely unnoticed due to the fact that the Nigerian government tried to cover up the incident for fear of looking weak or incompetent. The only reason this horrible act has pierced the world's consciousness is due to a movement the Nigerian people started on the social media app Twitter. That movement was #BringBackOurGirls.
This hashtag activism was never meant to physically bring back the kidnapped girls from their captors but instead it was used to spread the word of their plight. It was meant to raise awareness. It was employed to force the hand of the Nigerian government into admitting what had happened. The admission of this heinous act from the Nigerian government in turn would allowing the world community to take action.
The hashtag activism had in essence worked... and worked well. Several countries including America have now lent resources and expertise to the cause.
This Vine that shows the progression of the hashtag’s spread worldwide.
Some of the people that have taken part in the #BringBackOurGirls movement were people like Ellen DeGeneres, Sean Penn, Arianna Huffington, Prime Minister David Cameron, Hillary Clinton, education activist and terrorism survivor Malala Yousafzai and First lady Michelle Obama.
Here's where it gets weird...
The mere fact that anyone, let alone people with name recognition, took part in #BringBackOurGirls was apparently too much for the right wing to handle. For some reason, I still don't know why, this made them absolutely rabid.
Republicans, Conservatives and right wingers all alike set forth to their chosen battle stations and proceeded to attack anyone who dared to tweet #BringBackOurGirls. The decried it as pathetic, a stunt, cheap activism. They mocked, chided and ridiculed a worlds effort to try to raise awareness of 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorists. It is inexplicable.
Here are some of the examples of the hatred and venom and ridicule leveled at people who participated in the #BringOurGirlsHome movement...
Rush Limbaugh slammed the Twitter hashtag campaign, #BringBackOurGirls saying...
“I just think this is pathetic. I’m just stunned. We got 300 Nigerian girls kidnapped by an Al Qaeda group, and nobody cared or talked about it for a while, Hillary [Clinton] wouldn’t call ‘em a terror group. Now all of a sudden, for some reason, we’re on a big push to get ‘em back and this is how… ?
The sad thing here is that the low-information crowd that’s puddling around out there on Twitter is gonna think we’re actually doing something about it.” Limbaugh then held up a picture of Michelle Obama holding a #BringBackOurGirls sign and said: “Is that not pathetic? What the hell message does that send”
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Here is the transcript of the segment.
Conservative icon and Fox News contributor George Will said on Fox News Sunday...
“I do not know how adults stand there facing a camera and say, ‘Bring Back Our Girls.’ Are these barbarians in the wilds of Nigeria supposed to check their Twitter accounts and say, ‘Uh-oh Michelle Obama is very cross with us, we better change our behavior?"
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Will Cain of TheBlaze said on CNN’s Legal View that the campaign was “cheap hashtag activism.” His comment was met with outrage by CNN contributor Mel Robbins.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa. I don’t think you want to connect the activism that actually got the world to start to pay attention to the girls with what happened with Monica Lewinsky,”
You can watch the excahnge here...
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Conservative pundit Ann Coulter added her voice to the chorus of #BringBackOurGirls critics with a sarcastic Twitter post:
Coulter was soundly rebuked for her pitiful nauseating attempt at mockery.
A Facebook page named "Right Wing News" posted this vile photo in rebuttal to Michelle Obama's #BringBackOurGirls tweet:
Sean Hannity said when asked by a colleague about the #BringBackOurGirls campaign...
"How do our enemies view this? If they do see it they don't care in the least!"
Top conservative blogger and piece of human garbage Jim Hoft, (@gatewaypundit) Tweeted:
"#BringBackOurBalls ➙ Sorry Libs, The Schoolgirls Have Already Been Sold, Put on Canoes & Shipped to Chad"
He then went to mock Michelle Obama for tweeting the viral photo of her holding the same sign as the parents of the kidnapped children: #BringBackOurGirls tweeting:
"So good luck bringing “our girls” back. You’re too late."
What is wrong with these people? When anything that gets the hackles of the right wing up all we hear from them is "where is the outrage from the left" and "why aren't the liberals condemning this". But when the left does speak they are to be lambasted and derided? Where was their outrage when people started sporting lapel "flag pins". Where were their jeers when people affixed magnetic "I support the troops" messages to the back of their hummers. Where were their snide comments when people, all of the sudden, started flying "old glory" from their porches after the 9/11 attacks.
I have no answers for these questions. This one makes no sense to me at all. It just hating for hatred's sake.