Recently, one of our best writers has received a considerable amount of negative attention for a column she wrote about drinking a Rockstar for the first time.
We would like to address some issues we have with this negative attention.
First of all, this happens periodically to Statesman writers. A considerable group of people at this university all get together with the goal seemingly to crush one of our writers. Our question is, why? For some reason this group decides they will feel better about whatever they have going on in their lives if they try to make life harder for a fellow student.
This perplexes us. We walk around campus, we interact with you, we try and provide news and entertainment through our website and paper. Yet for no apparent reason except to be destructive, some of you decide you will turn on your phones and belittle, demean and attack either the Statesman or one of our writers.
As an editorial staff, this frustrates us. We are protective of our writers and want them to feel like they can try new things and develop their voices. When Miranda approached us about this column, we thought it would be a good way for her to simply try something new.
Yes, we publish our stories in a public way and we should be prepared for public feedback. However, we would encourage someone to think about how they would like their work to be received if it were made public before they decide to be simply destructive toward another person’s work.
Second, there has been a lot of poking fun and attacking this writer because she was perceived as being Mormon. She is not. She is simply someone who made it this far in life without drinking an energy drink.
Even if she were Mormon, it would not be okay to attack a faith over an article that you did not necessarily enjoy. The fact that people have jumped down The Statesman’s and our writer’s throat for it is unacceptable and, frankly, foolish.
Miranda is a fantastic writer. She has even been approached with job opportunities for her writing. But that’s not the point. Regardless of her writing skill and voice, the mob-like attack on an individual is sickening. Why people feel like being rude for no reason other than for their own amusement is beyond us. They are the type of people that we are glad do not work for this organization.
Our writers are students and try new things and we encourage that. We applaud them for having the stones to put their work in the public eye. For them to be attacked behind the safety of a phone screen is downright cowardly.