The other day, reprehensible British Murdoch jizzrag The Sun published a story about Mary Shelley’s classic, ‘Frankenstein’. Their angle?
Goddamn Millennial Snowflake Students thinking that Frankstein’s Monster was actually a victim!
Can you believe that?! What is the bloody world coming to, eh? Frankenstein’s Monster, one of the most tragic figures in all of Western literature—now apparently a creature to be pitied and to have empathy for?! Madness. It’s bloody madness, I’m telling you. It’s PC culture gone mad. Next they’ll be telling me that people drowning while trying to escape from warzones shouldn’t be referred to as rats!
Needless to say, social media had a field day with this arse-backwards shitmonkey of an interpretation.
Congratulations to "Snowflake students" for correctly understanding a book, that 200 years after it was first published, The Sun apparently still does not. pic.twitter.com/vmmyOo470F— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) March 7, 2018
Sun reveals that University "snowflakes" understand the key questions raised in a novel. pic.twitter.com/84s6vSzQ0d— James Doleman (@jamesdoleman) March 6, 2018
Knowledge is knowing that 'Frankenstein' was the name of the doctor, not the 'monster'.— Tim Ireland (@bloggerheads) March 7, 2018
Wisdom is knowing that Dr Frankenstein is the monster.
Awareness is knowing that everybody who works for The Sun is a cunt.
Frankenstein; the story of an arrogant madman who exploited the recently-deceased, without permission and in defiance of laws and common decency, in pursuit of his own ambitions and ego, and suffers the consequences— Dean Burnett (@garwboy) March 6, 2018
For some reason, the Murdoch press don't like this. Weird. pic.twitter.com/zZwHur9XPN
The Sun siding with the pitchfork mob from Frankenstein is absolutely the best allegory there's every been, isn't it?— Stuie Buchanan (@StuieBuck) March 7, 2018
Wait until The Sun finds out a WOMAN wrote Frankenstein.— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) March 7, 2018
if anything, Frankenstein is the sort of future Brexit success story we should all be talking about - plucky UK scientists making breakthroughs when freed from stifling EU red tape like "ethics" and "not desecrating corpses"— Finn Darby (@FinnTD) March 7, 2018
[Question 1, 200 points]— James Felton (@JimMFelton) March 6, 2018
"Explain the main themes in Frankenstein"
"Finding themes in texts is for SNOWFLAKES you fucking dorks" pic.twitter.com/ItkE0CakPw
The Sun seems to have deleted its Frankenstein tweet. Here it is for your enjoyment pic.twitter.com/LIODhx0GNu— Matthew Garrahan (@MattGarrahan) March 7, 2018
Apparently it wasn’t just The Sun either. That other Murdoch bog-read, The Times, had a go too:
Wow! @thetimes went there too! I’m sorry, but perhaps my English Lit degree taught me nothing. ‘Today’ students are identifying with the monster?! I think Mary Shelley intended us to identify with him back in 1818?! https://t.co/6a1e53toOO— Dr Janina Ramirez (@DrJaninaRamirez) March 7, 2018
And then there were the delightful riffs:
smh SNOWFLAKE students claim oedipus made some pretty big mistakes— T'Challah 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) March 7, 2018
CRY-BABIES: Snowflake students claim Orwell’s 1984 was ‘misunderstood’ — and is in fact a DYSTOPIA— Jon Stone (@joncstone) March 7, 2018
snowflake students argue frumpy Jane Eyre's INTELLECT attracts novel's love interest. @TheSun— Grace Dent (@gracedent) March 7, 2018
As mentioned in the one of the tweets above, The Sun quite hastily deleted their story after some of the feedback started pouring in. They have since posted a follow-up:
Our full statement is below, though I can't *quite believe* I'm having to defend a story which WAS IN THE TIMES THE DAY BEFORE AND NOBODY CARED pic.twitter.com/uFVGaimWfV— Andy Silvester (@silvesterldn) March 7, 2018