How A Reporter’s Simple Tweet About Cereal Turned Into A Hotly Debated Social Media Firestorm
Now they’ve gone too far
Viewed through one lens, the notion that grown adults would toss personal insults toward one another—all in the name of ranking their favorite cereals—seems farfetched and ridiculous. But when examined in the context among all the other mundane issues we’ve seen turn into tweetstorm nightmares, it seems almost inevitable that CNN reporter Greg Krieg’s comment on cereal rankings would light a social media powder keg.
Find the people who did this and send them to The Hague https://t.co/mbyYlk8UXM— Greg Krieg (@Greg Krieg) 1489469822.0
Granted, comparing someone who puts Honey Bunches of Oats in the 80th percentile of cereals to a war criminal is a little … dramatic, but this is Twitter, where the bounds of decency and moderation are mere guidelines for behavior.
To that point, the responses came in fast, furious, and predictably profane.
@GregJKrieg @MarisaKabas what the fuck greg. WHAT THE FUCK— lvl 45 chao$ potu$ (@lvl 45 chao$ potu$) 1489507849.0
Krieg, perhaps foolishly, stood his ground and responded to a handful of tweets before realizing that moderating this discussion would prove to be a Sisyphean struggle.
@KaleighRogers maybe so BUT there is a fundamental flaw here. surely you agree! there's no... logic. There's no... Cheerios.— Greg Krieg (@Greg Krieg) 1489522112.0
@thetomzone @MarisaKabas guessing it was made by a juggalo— Greg Krieg (@Greg Krieg) 1489507908.0
@JackSmithIV @thetomzone @MarisaKabas that goddamn meme is a macroagression against all humanity— Greg Krieg (@Greg Krieg) 1489508205.0
In Greg’s absence, the debate persisted.
@GregJKrieg Life cereal in the low tier really hurt !!— Mariana Atencio (@Mariana Atencio) 1489597527.0
@GregJKrieg Corn pops on the bottom? The Hague is too good.— 𝓙𝓮𝓶𝓶𝓮 🇱🇨🇬🇧🇪🇺 (@𝓙𝓮𝓶𝓶𝓮 🇱🇨🇬🇧🇪🇺) 1489474801.0
“The Hague is too good.”
@GregJKrieg Without going further, the failure to include Cap'n Crunch ANYWHERE (total top tier) makes this tier system invalid.— Julie S. (@Julie S.) 1489502468.0
Omitting the Cap’n does seem like an intentionally incendiary act.
As with most social media fights, it didn’t take long before it was 100 percent unclear who supported what, and the whole thing just sort of turned into a beautiful dumpster fire that was clearly not about food anymore.
@GregJKrieg most egregious: Raisin Bran is clearly god tier— Robby (@Robby) 1489474515.0
@GregJKrieg @ebruenig this is filthy revisionism— 🇳🇬 Judge Juche 🇳🇬 (@🇳🇬 Judge Juche 🇳🇬) 1489471616.0
@GregJKrieg my dad was the Smacks frog— The Dessert Father (@The Dessert Father) 1489472023.0
Another reasonable discussion facilitated by the ease and convenience of social media.