Twitter has once again sparked a controversy, this time it’s not the London Olympics, but rather the US political mainstream. The controversy jumpstarted after an adviser to Puerto Rico’s most powerful lawmaker faced calls to resign after she sent a tweet to President Obama urging him to buy the first lady a double-banana sundae and take her to Kenya.
Political aide Heidi Wys sent the tweet shortly after President Obama tweeted about the upcoming birthday of his wife and first lady Michelle Obama. "Who cares?" Wys wrote in response. "Take her to Burger King, buy her a sundae with double banana, and take her to your homeland, Kenya!" this tweet is the latest in a string of anti-Obama and racist messages present on her account.
A member of the Puerto Rico's New Progressive Party and main adviser to House of Representatives President Jennifer Gonzalez, Heidi Wys does not identify herself as a Republican or Democrat; instead she is an advocate of statehood.
Irrespective of her political ideology and affiliation Heidi definitely needs to learn a lesson about the ethics that must be followed when communicating or in this case tweeting the President. Despite the fact that the use of social networking provides unprecedented liberty to the user when it comes to expressing his or her opinion, one must not forget the there is a very thin line between poking fun and being offensive.
Especially, when commenting anything about the President of the country who is considered a symbol of sovereignty one must assess the possible impact any tweet can create, since there are another million followers that follow President Obama on Twitter. Unfortunately, in the case of Heidi there seems to be no realization of the consequence.
Also, she did not realize that her tweet will this time spark an outcry from several legislators demanding her to either resign or Gonzalez to ask for her resignation. In the latest development of the incident Heidi has apologized for her tweets, but her apology came after cry for her resignation began to gain momentum and Heidi realized that she has finally landed in hot water.
Call for her resignation became necessary this time since this was not the first time Wys has sent tweets about Obama. In June, Wys urged reporters to follow an investigation to probe the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate.
Similarly, she sent another tweet to Obama in response to a general invitation to have dinner with the President.
"Wah! Wah! I feel like vomiting! Dinner with a guy borned in Kenya and claims he was borned in Hawaii!" she wrote, with some misspellings.
Amazingly, Wys political position and her illogical resentment towards Obama have not been able to affect his popularity in Puerto Rico who unlike other US presidents is quite popular in the region.
For people of position like Heidi Wys it is important to express their hatred through appropriate platforms rather than tweeting racial messages which would eventually land them in a tough spot.