ACLU's Understatement Of The Year Is Winning Over People Online

This one's a whopper in disguise.

On the Internet, things escalate quickly. When Eater, a Vox Media publication that covers restaurant openings and dining trends, sent out a tweet recommending that its followers avoid burgers at restaurants (according to writers Serena Dai and Ryan Sutton, "they're overpriced and overwrought"), its followers rebelled. 

"Don't tell me what to do," Twitter user Lisa McIntire wrote in a no-doubt tongue-in-cheek response. A few moments later, she alerted the American Civil Liberties Union to the purported incursion on burger-ordering rights by tagging it in a tweet, likely not expecting the nonprofit organization to respond.

But respond it did.


Screencapped by Twitter user Elisabeth Sherman

"We're kind of busy, friends," the ACLU wrote with evident irony in a reply that has since gone viral. Thousands have since retweeted screenshots of the exchange, which they deemed hysterical.

"Kind of busy," of course, is a substantial understatement. 

Over the past week, the ACLU's National Prison Project settled a suit addressing teens' rights in detention facilities that it had been involved with for over a decade. North Carolina's branch also announced plans to challenge House Bill 142, which, according to Charlotte Observer editorial, repeals the state's controversial bathroom bill "in name only" and prevents local communities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances for another four years. The nonprofit organization also filed a suit demanding documents clarifying how the White House intends to implement its "religious freedom" executive order. It then delivered 59,000 signatures requesting that the current administration be "held accountable" in person following a "Respect My Vote" rally in Washington, D.C.

This all in addition to the ACLU's ongoing activities that seemingly touch every civil liberties issue imaginable: capital punishment, disability rights, immigration, national security, personal privacy, religious liberty. The list (as written on its website), goes on.

So, no, unfortunately, the ACLU will not be litigating the case of burger rights vs. digital media headlines in the short term, but never fear.

The exchange prompted McIntire to donate to the ACLU on the behalf of its efforts. Maybe, once the ACLU has tackled all it's currently got on its plate, there'll be a fast food-focused expansion in its future.

Cover image via  Diego G Diaz / Shutterstock


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