ON NEW YEAR’S Day, teenager Safiyyah Nawaz tweeted a stupid joke to her small Twitter following.
It was a ‘happy birthday’ greeting to the world:
At the time, she had only around 100 followers. But the tweet immediately went viral. At the time of writing, it has been retweeted almost 15,000 times.
It began to inspire vicious abuse:
Some with a racial element.
Safiyyah told Buzzfeed: “I turned my phone notifications off because I was getting way too many. And they’re still coming in.”
She has now changed her bio and profile picture in an attempt to let people know it was a joke.
Somehow, she has also maintained her sense of humour through the abuse.
She also has a few celebrity supporters. The Roots’ Questlove asked for a place in her cabinet:
And it looks like Snoop is on board too:
Of course, not everyone who falls victim to internet haters gets a happy ending. But more power to Safiyyah, eh?