One might have thought, given she is party to a legal action being taken against people who have allegedly cast doubt on her character, that minor Sleb Tracy Ann Oberman would, how shall I put this, tread carefully when it came to tackling sensitive subjects on an open social media forum. But, it seems, that thought would have been misplaced.
Tracy Ann Oberman
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - not known to be a favourite of Ms Oberman - had Tweeted “Deeply saddened to hear that my old friend Walter Wolfgang has died … Walter escaped Nazi Germany and has campaigned for peace and socialism ever since, including his passionate opposition to the Iraq War … Yesterday, we said our goodbyes. He will be greatly missed”. Wolfgang had been a Labour member for over 70 years. He was 95.
Moreover, he was a co-founder of CND, and will be familiar to many as the man who was bundled out of the 2005 Labour Party conference for heckling Jack Straw, who had been extolling the virtues of post-invasion Iraq. He and Jezza were on the same, socialist and pacifist, wing of the Labour Party. It was a genuine and heartfelt message.
For some reason, this was lost on Ms Oberman, who quoted Jezza’s Tweet and added “#Vulture let the man die in peace”. It was crass, it was callous, it was just plain nasty. And, although she deleted the Tweet later, it was Out There. And the Internet never forgets.
One observer mused “Oberman has been shamed into deleting this. I thought she was incapable of shame”. The Tweeter known as Jews Sans Frontières added “This orgy of hatred against Corbyn is disgusting. I never heard of Oberman before but see this. Apparently Corbyn has no right to mourn the passing of a friend. Not only that, Walter Wolfgang was a supporter of Jews for Justice for Palestinians so Oberman would have hated him too”. Others were swift to issue their own condemnations.
One who was aghast at what they saw responded “Good grief. I've just seen that obscene tweet by Tracy Anne Oberman calling Jeremy Corbyn a ‘vulture’ for posting up a tweet about the sad death, yesterday, of his decades-long friend #WalterWolfgang She's sick in the head. What sort of ogre thinks that's acceptable discourse?”
Another Tweeter who was unimpressed added “Oberman is a genuinely sick woman. And nothing puts it into sharper focus than this tweet. Just imagine how Walter's family and friends would feel if they stumbled across this...? #Twisted”. One also has to wonder what Ms Oberman’s lawyers thought when they saw that. Which they will have done by now.
Moreover, the response of folks like Mike Sivier and his legal team will be interesting. Sivier is, as Zelo Street regulars will know, involved in combating a legal threat issued on behalf of two individuals, one of whom is Tracy Ann Oberman.
Think before you Tweet. No matter how rich, famous and lawyered-up you are.
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