A 60-year-old Pennsylvania vegan says she’s been receiving death threats and abusive phone calls — and has been forced to hide her Mother Nature Vegan Cuisine food truck — after her Facebook comments mocking the deaths of dozens of Las Vegas concertgoers were murdered on Sunday by a man who shot them randomly from a hotel room.
“Looks like a lynch mob is forming,” Delinda told Jensen The leader of time Wilkes-Barre newspaper.
Jensen’s life was turned upside down after Monday’s Facebook post: “Yeah, I’m jaded. Fifty-nine meat eaters dead. How many animals will live because of this?” Under her post, Jensen finally commented, “I don’t give a fuck about carnists anymore,” according to a screenshot published by Subway.
That was all written the day after the high-profile Las Vegas tragedy that left 58 dead and 489 injured in the shooting of an attacker. Gunman Stephen Paddock committed suicide in what was considered the worst mass shooting in modern American history.
Meanwhile, Jensen does not deny what she wrote on Facebook. She told the Times leader that she now lives in fear for her life after receiving death threats. As the newspaper reports:
“I (expletive) up,” Jensen said as she sat at her kitchen table with son and business partner, Kyle, 28. “Was it badly written? Absolutely. Am I sorry? Yes. I’m so sorry I wrote that .”
Many Facebook users shared Jensen’s post, which generated hundreds of hateful comments and threats, and did little to defend her position.
Jensen insisted that she was not happy with the deaths of 59 people.
“Meat-eaters or not, nobody deserves to die like this,” Jensen said. ‘I didn’t celebrate the deaths of those people. That’s not how vegans think – we are nonviolent.”
Jensen, who did not respond to Ars’s request for an interview, said she isn’t sure how she will make a living after she shuts down her food truck business. She said she has “canceled all of our booked events. We also had a very good product.” She has deleted her Facebook account in response to the comment.
Bad social media reactions to tragedy are certainly not new, and Jensen isn’t the only one to be hit back after posting about this most recent incident. CBS fired a vice president for criticizing some of the shooting victims as “Republican gun-bearers” who shouldn’t get anyone’s sympathy.