A Florida woman recently went viral for all the wrong reasons after she posted a photo to Facebook of herself alongside a man who was minding his own business looking out at the ocean, saying she’s planning to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the unsuspecting fellow.
The photo went up on Brittany Parsons‘ Facebook page on July 12, and it features her standing a pier in Key West, Florida. To her left is a man looking through binoculars, and it’s implied that he’s of Latino origin.
“Right before I called ICE on the whole pier,” the photo’s caption reads.
As of this writing, the photo has been shared over 2,000 times.
After a quick scroll down Parsons’ timeline, where the privacy settings on her posts are set to public, there’s not much to suggest that she’s overtly political. Her sharing habits mostly consist of harmless memes and non-political news links. However, in a post from July 2, Parsons shared a photoshopped image of USA Women’s Soccer star Megan Rapinoe carrying a “Trump 2020” flag, with the caption, “Great job USA.”
While the comments on that post were minimal and mostly consisted of like-minded people, the comment thread from the July 12 post are a different story.
“I can’t believe you’ve still got this racist post up,” one person wrote. “I guess you’re really proud that you’re a racist. Next thing you know, we’ll be seeing her crying on Good Morning America because she’s being bullied.”
“Making false claims to ruin the lives of families, not a big deal to someone whose family probably massacred Seminoles and fought in the Confederate Army,” wrote another.
One commenter pointed out that just a month ago, Parsons shared a meme that read, “I am not impressed by money, social status, or job title. I am impressed by the way someone treats other human beings.”
“You literally posted this a month ago,” the comment read. “Hypocrite much?”
The memes in the comments were sometimes very apropos.
Parsons chimed in on the thread from time to time, at one point reminding people that it’s “your duty as a citizen of the United States of America to call the authorities when an illegal alien is out and about.”
Probably the most amazing aspect of this story is there are people who live in such a powerful bubble that they think this is a good idea for a public Facebook post. I reached out to Parsons to ask what she was thinking. I’ll update this article if she responds.
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