Some Twitter users side with Steubenville rapists

Two high school football players — Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond — were convicted today in a Steubenville, Ohio, rape case that garnered worldwide attention.

Most Twitter users applauded the verdicts, but not all:

Some Tweeters who posted support for the rapists subsequently protected their Twitter accounts. We were able to obtain these screenshots:

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A few tweeters assigned blame to the rape victim, who was drunk when the rape occurred.

One Twitter user went so far as to argue that under the circumstances “most people” would have done what the rapists did.

We at Twitchy feel sorry, too. For the rape victim.

As for the rapists, they got what they deserved.

  • PoliticsOfFear

    Please don’t let them be Republicans…..

  • TJ

    Same group of people who sent support to Chris Dorner.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      And James Holmes/Adam Lanza. Google “Holmies”. Despicable.

  • Lftcoaster

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Fortunately, the juror’s opinions are the only ones that count.

    • beebop1952

      But just plain ignorant opinions are FOREVER on twitter. Anyone who believes that a female who is drunk is somehow asking to be raped and is the cause of what happened is no better than the two who committed the acts. Just proves that all sex offenders are NOT registered.

      • Hiraghm

        I don’t see the point of registering sex offenders.

        A female who drinks herself into a stupor at a party is asking to be raped the same way a guy who goes to a sleazy bar and flashes hundred dollar bills is asking to be mugged.

        Her parents should have taught her better, and exercised better oversight over her.

        The rapists wrong doesn’t give her a pass on her stupidity. She acted stupidly, she paid the price. They acted criminally, they’ll pay the price.

        • beebop1952

          You are just plain evil and disgusting. Have the fetid life you desire.

        • Lisa Dean

          The rapists are the one’s who acted stupidly, their parents should have taught them better. Their arrogance is going to cost them in more ways than one. A male who takes advantage of someone who’s drunk is a coward. A male who blames a victim because they were drunk is an ignorant fool and a coward as well.

        • BlueStateRepub

          Ahh, the “she deserved to be raped” defense.

  • ✞Servant✞

    Just unbelievable… I think these rapists sentence was far too light!! The people supporting them should have their tweets and photos plastered everywhere to warn others of the kind of hearts they have. Thank You Twitchy for posting this,

  • Patrick Dennehy

    Get out?! Some users on twitter blame the victim? Twitter is usually such a rational/loving place of tolerance and understanding…

  • Maxx

    One of the first lessons my dad taught me when preparing me for the world “son, look up sympathy in the dictionary, it’s between s**t and syphilis.”

    …and that’s pretty much how I feel about the idiots who side with the convicted duo.

  • sqeptiq

    Screw those perps and screw those who sympathize with them.

  • Spatial Awareness

    All of the human waste that are saying “she got what she deserved” are the next ones we’ll see on trial for raping someone.

    • Hiraghm

      Sorry, this is not yet progressive utopia, where the world is totally safe and no one ever has to protect themselves and/or avoid risky situations.

      I have more sympathy for her than, say the Crocodile Hunter, because she was just a foolish kid *who should have been taught better*.

      Could *this* situation have happened 100 years ago? Very, very unlikely in that post-Victorian era.

      • Lisa Dean

        You just posted above:
        “I don’t see the point of registering sex offenders.

        A female who drinks herself into a stupor at a party is asking to be raped the same way a guy who goes to a sleazy bar and flashes hundred dollar bills is asking to be mugged.
        Her parents should have taught her better, and exercised better oversight over her.
        The rapists wrong doesn’t give her a pass on her stupidity. She acted stupidly, she paid the price. They acted criminally, they’ll pay the price.”

        And now you claim you have more sympathy for her. Make up your mind already.

  • ThorOdinson

    Wow, someone should screenshot Josiah’s tweet and send it to the faculty of his university, since this guy is clearly a danger to the female students on campus.

    • littledogs

      Look at his profile…he isn’t a danger to any woman anywhere.

    • Guest

      They’ll be labeled “sex offenders” the rest of their lives, on top of their sentences. I’m sure there’s a few guys in jail who’ll like teaching them what it’s like to be on the receiving end.

      • Hiraghm

        Yes, I posted this in reply to the wrong message and thought I’d deleted it after posting to the right message. I meant to reply to Servant.

    • kyleco

      He claims in the next tweet that he meant most people would have pled “not guilty” not that most people would have committed the crime. He also has spent all day apologizing and replying to people and said he’ll be deleting his account because of the mistake and responses he is getting. I think it was a legitimate mistake, but certainly reads awful.

  • Jimni27
    • Seriously?

      Oh wow. I don’t watch this crap, so I didn’t realize.

      • Jimni27

        I didn’t see which comments you were referring to because the comment feed was moving too fast when I saw the video. People were blaming republicans? I thought the video was disgusting- who the hell cares that these boys will go to juvie? Their records will probably be expunged when they become adults, and this girl will be called a slut for the rest of her life.

    • Seriously?

      Wait – I am reading the comments, and they’re blaming REPUBLICANS for rape? As in, before Republicans, we didn’t have rape? That is a mess.

  • The Bipolar Feminist

    The Tweet posted by @zJosiah is frightening. If that’s what he truly believes, he is dangerous!

    • Spatial Awareness


    • kyleco

      It certainly reads just terribly. I had to look up his account to see if he was just trying to get attention, but it turns out his next tweet he said he meant most people would have pled “not guilty” not that most people would have committed the crime. He subsequently has been apologizing and responding to people to further apologize for the misunderstanding, admitting that the one posted here sounds really awful.

  • RightThinking1

    Well, with Chris Dorner gone, they have to find heroes somewhere.

    Edit: I see Tjexcite beat me to it..

  • Rusty Shackleford

    “they did what most people in their situation would have done” riiiighhht. Raping and pissing on another human being, most folks would do that eh? WTF is wrong with society where rapists are defended?

  • Dawn

    Please report that Lil Jay person. His TL is filled with threats against other Twitter users!

  • roccolore

    The thing is, after the whole deal involving the Duke lacrosse team, people will doubt rapes now.

  • Ryan

    Disgusting comments. Equally disgusting is the quasi-defense of rape by conservative news outlets like Brietbart on the feeble basis that the case was only brought to trial because of some liberal agenda against American values, ‘football culture’ in particular. This sort of insanity should be disavowed by every one of us thinking conservatives.

  • Raye09


  • I Like Lunch Breaks

    *smh* That is stupid. Just plain stupid. So what if she was drunk? Don’t mean you can RAPE her. The people showing sympathy for the perps are idiots. How would THEY like it if they were drunk and someone came up and abused THEM???

    • Hiraghm

      I have absolutely NO sympathy whatsoever for the scumbag rapists. I hope the news reports when each loses his “cherry” in the joint.

      But I have *limited* sympathy for people who get themselves falling-down drunk in a public or strange venue. You remove your ability to control yourself and make rational judgements in a location where there are people you don’t know, who aren’t all family and/or close friends, you make yourself vulnerable to predators…
      Even as a man you can get killed in such situations.

      Her excuse is that she was a 16 year old kid and not properly taught to control herself, be aware of her surroundings and stay the hell away from alcohol and boys. For that I blame her parents. She’s a double victim; of the sexual predators and irresponsible parents.

      • NoGovernmentName

        She is a kid. Everyone makes lapses of judgment at that age, and many, many teens abuse alcohol due to youth and lack of experience. Is that a mistake she should have to pay for by being raped and then publicly humiliated on social media? It’s sad that people don’t raise their sons to realize that a person too drunk to have a conversation with them is too drunk for them to have sex with. The parents of the rapists are the ones who didn’t raise their children correctly. You can teach your children about the evils of alcohol all you want, but most of them will experiment with it anyway. I sincerely hope that most of them don’t experiment with rape. So IMO you are blaming the wrong set of parents here, but hey, victim blaming seems to be a big part of this case, no wonder you want to jump on the bandwagon.

  • Karen Foster

    I’m speechless at the idiocy.

  • Hiraghm

    Absolutely the rapists got what they deserved. Yes, the girl behaved irresponsibly. So what? If you set your wallet on the counter while ordering a Big Mac, do you deserve to be bashed over the head and have it stolen?

    The girl behaved badly, and she got a lesson that will last her whole life. It’s her parents I want horsewhipped.

    • NoGovernmentName

      Do you have children? Do you think you’ve raised them to behave perfectly, with no lapses in judgment? Hahahaha. Do you know the statistics on teens and drinking? I’m sure you will claim that all of them have bad parents, and that you are the sole stand out, but that will just give me further cause for laughter.

  • Lisa Dean

    Arrogance and ignorance in Steubenville is alive an well.

  • kateorjane

    Wonder if the rapists had been ordinary dweebs not “cool” athletes, would people be cheering them on? Tends to make you sad that these young men had no personal integrity and apparently those supporting them don’t either.

  • Gary Rudick

    Genesis 34:25 -> Steubenville, OH a.k.a. Rapetown, USA

  • cfcscott1905

    Does anyone else get the feeling that the problem is the way young people view women in general? It seems like these two rapist and their “supporters” are not the problem, but rather a symptom or a logical conclusion of the societal devaluation of women. The role of “mother”, which is the only role that cannot be unisexed out of existence, has and is being devalued by the left in everything they stand for. Gay marriage, abortion, and even so-called “equal-rights” have the necessary effect of devaluing the role of Mother in our society.

    • Luke Givens

      Ummm, I thought gay marriage and all of your other usual talking points were devaluing men and fathers. Sorry but you’re talking craziness even by the standards of this site.

      • cfcscott1905

        Idiot. The role of the mother or father can accomplished by someone other than the actual mother or father is the message that sent when gay couples adopt. GET IT? Look at the text messages these people sent. Do you think they actually value women?

  • leganos

    The rapists got (arguably less) than what they deserved. The thing that disturbs me as much as the sick that support these animals is the number of people that took the narrative lead from Anonymous. That is just as scary.

  • megan

    JasaMaeB is now posting on her twitter that she hopes others get raped and die. You can contact her school faculty here:

    Her twitter can be seen here: