Miranda Cosgrove just cannot catch a break where it comes to the internet! This weekend her 14-year-old toy poodle Pearl passed away, but I knew from the moment I read the People article that people online would find a way to turn this into ragging on Miranda.
Miranda first tweeted the news last night:
My dog, Pearl, passed away today. She was there on my first day of kindergarten and my first day of college. I’ll love her forever
Right around the same time, Cosgrovers got “Stay Strong Miranda Cosgrove” to trend on Twitter, but what was intended as a message of support to their idol became a way to make fun of her and her fans. Plenty of other Twitter users responded with tweets ranging from mocking to derisive:
Now, I can see where the first Twitter user was coming from. Yes, it seems rather frivolous for thousands of fans to mourn a starlet’s dog when there are much worse problems in the world. Additionally, I found several Twitter profiles for Pearl, i.e., people who posted as the dog. That’s a bit much. However, that hyper-focused passion (and sometimes lack of perspective) exists in any fandom. To call out Cosgrovers doesn’t change the situation. Really, fandoms should just leave each other alone. And when they pulled out the mean Michael Jackson joke? It’s just not worth it.
Since I started writing about how Tumblr seems to hate Miranda — and then the same deal with Directioners — commenters have given me a lot of insight into how it’s not as bad as it looks. They defend themselves and say that they’re only poking fun at the fact that iCarly is an awkward show, and Miranda often embodies that uncomfortableness in her performance. They say that actual hatred doesn’t play into it. Again, this seems to be a matter of perspective. I just think it’s cruel to hijack a trending topic about someone’s dog dying, especially because most of us have experienced that same grief. You have to imagine it was especially bittersweet for Miranda, as only recently did she start college at USC. She must be glad that Pearl was there with her, only to lose her a few months later.
I have to imagine that Miranda saw the vitriol, because a few hours after her first tweet she added,
Thanks so much for all the nice messages! I’m so sorry for all the other people who have lost their pets. #greatmemoriesliveonforever
It just sucks, because she shouldn’t have had to apologize, which is how I read this tweet.