Amanda Knox sparks backlash by joking about her prison time in Italy
Written by Rother Radio News on 04/11/2020
Amanda Knox has been criticised after making a joke about the US election.
The 33-year-old American spent almost four years behind bars after being convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old British student, in 2007.
Knox was famously acquitted of the crime in 2011 and completely exonerated in 2015.
As votes continue to be counted in the US, she tweeted: “Whatever happens, the next four years can’t be as bad as that four-year study abroad I did in Italy, right?”
The post to her 70,000 followers caused a backlash.
One user replied: “There’s something wrong with you.”
Another wrote: “I can think of another student studying abroad in Italy that had it a lot f****** worse.”
And someone else asked: “Amanda, are you not ashamed of yourself?”
Rudy Guede was eventually convicted for the murder and is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence.
As well as receiving negative comments, there was also some support for Knox.
Zoey Kennedy Tweeted: “Right! Wrongfully convicted spending four years in a foreign prison and others commenting need to understand her experience doesn’t take away from somebody else’s experiences. Not a competition! She has the right to talk about hers.”
Knox – who describes herself as an “exoneree” and “journalist” on her Twitter account – has since gone on to become a criminal justice activist and hosts a podcast with her partner Christopher Robinson.
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