Train Crash Survivor Under Fire for 'Wanting Her Violin Back' Deserves a Break

A violinist with the Washington National Opera Orchestra sparked outrage on the Internet this week, with her "insensitive" tweet about wanting her instrument back. Jennifer Kim was on the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, killing eight people and injuring hundreds more.

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A few minutes after the crash, the musician tweeted sarcastically to Amtrak, "Thanks a lot for derailing my train. Can I please get my violin back from the 2nd car of train?" She also included a picture of the derailed train.

Of course she was soon raked over the coals for being so insensitive in light of the tragedy. Because people died, and her violin can wait. And she's obviously a terrible person. Or something.

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Kim has since deleted the tweet, along with her entire account, but did she really need to? Of course it wasn't the best thing to say just then, but the lady had just been in a train wreck, and was in shock, or trying to cope with it the best way she could.

We also don't know if she was even aware that people had sustained fatal injuries. For all we know, everyone she was near may have been shaken up, but physically OK. There's a huge difference between a fender bender and fatal wreck.

Even a smart women like Kim, who reportedly has a Masters degree and subs in on the National Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, can stick her foot in her mouth occasionally. Let's give her a break, shall we?

Do you think Jennifer Kim deserves the backlash she got over her tweet?

 

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