Mandel's rant about missing modern comforts like visits to museums, zoos, restaurants, etc during an actual frickin pandemic is peak white privilege speaking.
"Ask, and you shall receive." When Bethany S. Mandel asked, the internet was more than happy to deliver. The mother-of-four got the phrase "Grandma killer" trending on Twitter this week after tweeting about her annoyance at being stuck at home for the sake of everyone's safety, especially the elderly. Moreover, Mandel's rant about missing modern comforts like visits to museums, zoos, restaurants, etc during an actual frickin pandemic sent the Twitterverse into deep investigation mode. Twitterati soon dug up some of her not-so-old tweets which seemed to indicate a rather rapid change of heart on the need for social distancing.
You can call me a Grandma killer, she tweeted. I'm not sacrificing my home, food on the table, all of our docs and dentists, every form of pleasure (museums, zoos, restaurants), all my kids' teachers in order to make other people comfortable. If you want to stay locked down, do. I'm not. Oh my, the stench of white privilege and apathy is rather strong here, isn't it?
Doesn’t mean it won’t be done responsibly but I am just. I am done. I feel lied to about the terms of this lockdown and I regret ever trusting that it would be done responsibly.— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) May 6, 2020
Since she took the time to spell out her special request, Twitter users were more than happy to stick her with the "Grandma Killer" tag and within hours, Mandel was... how do you say it... Canceled.
It's about my friend with cancer. It's about my friend with lupus. My fiance on immuno suppressants. His brother with asthma.— Rune (@RunicNature) May 6, 2020
Stop being a selfish bitch, this shit aint about you
Ok...everyone remember, call Bethany "Grandma killer" from now on.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) May 6, 2020
Also, stupid sociopath, who's too Fox consumed to know almost 1/3 of the COVID dead arent old enough to be grandmas.
That's 24,000 people. So far. But hey, who cares so long as you can go to the zoo, right?
You're a grandma killer yes. But you're also a nurse killer, a doctor killer, a cop killer, a grocery clerk killer, a student killer, a 5 year old killer, a bus driver killer, a father killer who just had a child killer, a family killer. Good people take care of their community.— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) May 6, 2020
So, let me get this straight... we are supposed to sacrifice our grandmas so you can "enjoy every form of pleasure" because you are rich, selfish, spoiled and entitled?— Secret Agent Number Six (@DesignationSix) May 6, 2020
I don't want to blow your mind but a lot of teachers, doctors, dentists, museum and zoo employees, and restaurant workers are also grandparents, so you're not a grandma killer so much as an all-around selfish entitled jackass— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) May 6, 2020
so when you hit the “call me grandma killer” part of your thread that’s a good sign you might be entering dangerous posting territory— JP (@jpbrammer) May 6, 2020
Meanwhile, those who dug deep into Mandel's Twitter history discovered a few interesting tweets from not so long ago when she had a totally different stance on the lockdown.
From "save our seniors" to "call me a grandma killer" in less than 8 weeks. This lady is historically deranged on this little website, but feels like more people are just going to throw up their hands and get back to work soon. https://t.co/IZ2gIiuryp— Matt Bors (@MattBors) May 6, 2020
I’m so confused. How is Grandma Killer both a SAHM who is home schooling all 4 kiddos, but also worried about all her kids’ teachers.— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) May 7, 2020
I think Grandma Killer is also a bit of a bullshit artist! https://t.co/d8eTB4IElu
To be honest, "grandma killer" doesn't do justice to "Nazi-chummy" pic.twitter.com/3ewOnfVn1j— Eric Rauchway (@rauchway) May 6, 2020
To provide some context, Mandel's "call me Grandma Killer" tweet came as a part of a rant about indefinite lockdowns and her understanding of how it would affect the economy. Remember when we were told we had to flatten the curve and we’d lockdown for a few weeks to ramp up PPE and free up ventilators or else we’d have to start death panels? When did that turn into indefinite lockdowns and economic destruction because “if it saves one life?" she tweeted.
Hey Grandma Killer this is my mom and my kids grandma she looks better than you and she’s 84. I’m not willing to let her die so you can take your kids to Chuck E. Cheese@bethanyshondark pic.twitter.com/Rm2dkHEZVU— Mayday Mindy🌊 (@maydaymindy9) May 6, 2020
This isn’t about greed. It’s survival. People can’t buy food or pay rent or mortgages. Small businesses are closing. Dentists and doctors are going into the red. Schools are going to start closing. This is the destruction of society we’re talking about, Mandel continued. There will be no pediatricians or general doctors or physical therapists or nurses or home health aides. No dentists. No zoos or aquariums. No private schools. No restaurants or caterers. No hairdressers or nail technicians. No gyms. No summer camps or daycares.
the grandma killer tweet is probably the most selfish thing ive seen in years. as someone who lost a family member to covid19 this week i cannot even begin to think how someone negotiates calling themself "grandma killer"— jay | nyc 🌹 (@jaydestro) May 6, 2020
We never had ventilator shortages. My local pediatric ER converted to a COVID ward and now sits empty. What are we waiting on here? I’d genuinely like an answer. A vaccine? Because if that’s it, our society will be absolutely wrecked in the meantime, Mandel added.