A social justice warrior receives–social justice!
Schadenfreude is a sin, and it's cruel to gloat–but I'm loving the tale of the feminist who took it on herself to berate a Lyft driver over his hula-girl dashboard bobble-head–and then got laughed off the Internet.
Here's the story, from Heat Street:
“You thought that was adorable,” she said to him. “You didn’t think of the pillaging of, like, the continent of Hawaii.”
The "continent of Hawaii"!
The social justice warrior in the car has been identified as Annaliese Nielsen, the owner of a high profile LA-based digital girl’s club (think online sorority for rich annoying people). The video of the incident was anonymously delivered to journalist Lauren Southern, who uploaded it to YouTube.
Nielsen thought she was being clever by filming the incident, believing she was firmly on the side of justice.
“You will be published on Gawker,” Nielsen told the driver. “And you’ll be like the next internet meme, it’s going to be super funny.”
Sadly, though, though, Gawker shut down on Aug. 22 (the bobble-head incident took place in early July)–a $140 million invasion-of-privacy verdict over publishing a Hulk Hogan sex tape can do that to you. Meanwhle, perhaps someone in that "online sorority" decided that secret sisterhood wasn't so powerful and slipped the vid to libertarian-activist Southern.
Nielsen follows up by saying the driver, as a “white male,” didn’t have the right to defend the doll because he is “the person who is least hurt in the situation.” The driver later states that he actually is Asian, prompting Nielsen to demand a precise description of his Asian heritage….
When another passenger comes to the driver’s defense and suggests the woman’s complaints are “pathetic,” the woman responds by demanding to know the passenger’s full name, presumably for later Gawker-related activities.
Ironically, Nielsen also accuses the driver of being “very rude and extremely entitled.”
“I’m sorry that you have no consideration for actual Hawaiian people who don’t want to be a bobblehead item in your car while you’re driving for Lyft,” she says. “You f—ing selfish dumbass idiot.”
The driver finally kicked Nielsen out of his car, and, according to Southern, who contacted him, Nielsen subsequently tried to get him fired from Lyft. Fortunately that didn't happen–or if it did, Lyft subsequently reinstated him. Meanwhile, Southern posted a photo on Twitter of the used paper plates, dirty forks, and other trash allegedly left behind in his back seat after Nielsen exited.
It might have been too late for Gawker, but the vid was an instant YouTube hit, with viewers deluging Nielsen's own Twitter account with so many raucous jeers that she shut it down.
Nielsen promptely went onto Facebook to accuse Southern of membership in the "alt-right"–shades of Hillary Clinton! "Naturally a barrage of harassment from strange men has been unleashed upon me," she complained.
"Strange men"! Shouldn't I feel sad over this put-upon defender of the oppressed Hawaiian people? I'm sorry, but I just don't.