A poorly reported collection of mainstream media stories suggesting that a group of Catholic high school boys wearing “Make America Great Again” hats were racially taunting a Native American elder drew a tsunami of furious reactions on social media over the weekend.
But the co-producer of a Disney children’s movie reportedly went as far as to joke about gruesomely murdering the kids involved.
Outrage flooded across social media after a video went viral of what happened following a pro-life March for Life rally and Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. The person filming the incident showed a brief moment as a group of Covington Catholic High School boys — some wearing MAGA hats — chanted their school slogan while surrounding a Native American elder. One particular boy stands just inches away from the elder with a smirk on his face.
The school boys, especially the smirking one, were denounced far and wide on social media before new details about the encountered emerged.
“Name these kids. I want NAMES. Shame them. If you think these [expletives] wouldn’t dox [leak your personal information] you in a heartbeat, think again,” liberal comedian Kathy Griffin wrote on Twitter, even though the boys are minors.
“Names please,” she begged her Twitter followers. “And stories from people who can identify them and vouch for their identity. Thank you.”
Liberal author and commentator Reza Aslan wrote, “Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?”
But Jack Morrissey, the co-producer of the “Beauty and the Beast” remake, reportedly took things a step further by joking “#MAGAkids go screaming, hats first, into the woodchipper,” along with a poster from “Fargo.”
The 1996 “Fargo” film has a famous scene where a bad guy is feeding a body into a woodchipper.
After posting his grotesque tweet, Morrissey turned his Twitter account to private. But the Wayback Machine internet archive site still apparently captured his post.
The post was denounced far and wide:
Some truth about the confusing incident between the MAGA teens and the Native American is coming out, and it’s painting a very different picture, according to CNN.
A new video shows a number of black men from the anti-semitic Hebrew Israelites group shouting racist and anti-gay slurs at the white Catholic boys, their black classmates, the Native Americans that participated in the march, and other people in the area.
Amidst the resulting chaos, a woman confronts the Hebrew Israelites and suggests they focus their anger on the Catholic boys, which they do. The boys responded by shouting their school spirit chant to drown out the racist slurs.
The Native American elder, Nathan Phillips, responded by chanting and beating a drum. Nick Sandmann, the smirking high school boy who has become the center point of the outrage, says he responded by standing there and saying nothing because he didn’t want to participate in the chant and didn’t know what to do next.
"I was not intentionally making faces at the protester. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation,” Sandmann told CNN. “I am a faithful Christian and practicing Catholic, and I always try to live up to the ideals my faith teaches me — to remain respectful of others, and to take no action that would lead to conflict or violence."
But, sadly, since the video went viral, Sandmann says he and his family have been receiving death threats by people upset at him for being so “hateful.”
"I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults,” he told ABC News reports. “One person threatened to harm me at school, and one person claims to live in my neighborhood. My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue.”