Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jennie Nguyen has been removed from the cast of the celebrity reality tv show. She was alleged to have reposted images and that described Black Lives Matters protesters as “violent gangs” and claiming to have hit a white elderly couple with her car.
Not to pile up on the vitriol that Jennie Nguyen circulating or the pain that she is going through right now,. Nor to condone her actions and speech, one wonders what has happened to civility in America? Particularly from a member of a minority group who may be more sensitive to and aware of the the dangers of hate speech.
Jennie Nguyen is one of the 1.4 million Vietnamese Americans in this country. which constitutes about 3% of the estimated 44.5 million immigrants in the US. California and Texas are two states with the highest concentration of Vietnamese Americans living in the country as of 2019.
A recent 2021 study by Pew Research Center found that “eight in ten Asians say that violence in the US against them is increasing.” Why would star of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City seek to draw violence or increase the likelihood of such attack upon oneself?
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But getting back to her hurtful comments. The contained harm caused by negative taunts expressed verbally between and among one’s small sphere of friends in the physical world is constrained by those within one’s physical presence or limited geographical region. On the other hand, the potential damage inflicted upon others in the virtual world is not confined by time, space or location.
According to BBC, forty percent of the global population use social media roughly two hours each day. We share, like, post thumbs down, tweet, and post selfies as regular daily activities added to the essential list of eating, drinking, and sleeping. Some experts estimate that hooked up and wired humans share half of one million tweets and Snapchat photos every minute.
How is this dangerous?
The Pew Research Center conducted a survey of almost 2000 people in 2015. Women participants were more stressed than the male counterparts. Online usage of social media platforms such as Twitter was found to be a “significant contributor” becaus
So think about it. As humans we are not only distressed by experiencing our own stress, we are saddened, troubled and worried by the stress we perceive others feel.
That’s good news for humanity then. Our instinctual nature to ‘love others as we love ourselves’ isn’t quite dead yet. Which is why stars as Alex Baldwin, Robert DeNiro, Whoopie Goldberg and yes, Jennie Nguyen, formerly of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City should think twice before posting comments or images that may be considered discomforting to people simply because of the racial, religious, ethnic or national tribe in which they belong.