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Does hashtag activisim work?

A panel of Fox News contributors don’t think so. On Sunday, they mocked the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag, calling it a useless “exercise in self esteem”.

As the world knows, the hashtag has gone viral, with celebrities, politicians, world leaders and you, yes you, using it as much as possible.

Chris Wallace asked if the hashtag could help “make progress” or if it was a tool for people to “feel better about themselves”.

“Exactly that” replies George Will. “It is an exercise in self-esteem. I do not know how adults stand there, facing a camera, and say, ‘Bring back our girls.’ Are these barbarians in the wilds of Nigeria supposed to check their Twitter accounts and say, ‘Uh oh, Michelle Obama is very cross with us, we better change our behavior’?” he concluded.

“It’s trending! It’s trending on Twitter!” exclaims Brit Hume, which garnered a chuckle from the rest of the panel.

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44 Comments

  1. Ndubuisi

    May 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    For the first time in my life i agree with FOX news.

    • Commentrina

      May 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Ndubuisi. 2014’s most pointless iconoclast.

      After baselessly shouting that the Save the Children report on bringing children into the world in Nigeria was false and blablabla, what more can one expect from you?

    • Ndubuisi

      May 12, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      As a Nigerian i will tell you that the Nigeria government should do more in releasing the girls if it’s for them to release the Boko Haram members the are holding in there prison for the exchange of the girls and i will tell you in fact #BringourgirlsBack is not working at list in the long run. the western worlds are looking for a reason to call Nigeria a country in crisis and we are giving them that reason.

    • Commentrina

      May 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Ndubuisi, your reasoning is so flawed, it’s almost beyond belief.

      You want the release of the prisoners? And after that what next? We will all live happily ever after? The western world don’t need to look for any reason to call Nigeria a country in crisis. News flash! We ARE a country in crisis albeit not in the same magnitude as the likes of Ukraine, Egypt, C.A.N etc but make no mistake, there is most definitely a crisis going on.

      Please come back to this forum when you have something smart to contribute. At the moment, your ideas exhaust me.

  2. koko

    May 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    lmao!na real michelle is very cross with us…totally agree with him!

    • Tosin

      May 12, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      George Will ehhhh, cracked me up. He can be a droll one sometimes.
      Not saying people shouldn’t do the twitter thing tho’

  3. TT

    May 12, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I think the lady in the interview gave a good response to George Will. Please lets maintain the pressure.

  4. Nelly Agbogu'weight loss blog

    May 12, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Sad republicans!

  5. kokie

    May 12, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    These idiots have always been asses. I still don’t understand why people watch FOX nes. If we all boycotted FOX for it’s idiocy, the loss in revenue will actually knock some sense in them

  6. Jojo

    May 12, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    #StopwatchingFOXnews

    • jcsgrl

      May 12, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      yup after we #bringbackourgirls imma tweet #stopwatchingfoxnews until it trends globally

    • Bella

      May 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Ohhhh you just killed me dead!!! LLWKMD oooo

  7. Bleed Blue

    May 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Na wa o. Can we free this debate about the efficacy or otherwise of the hashtag? What’s so wrong with it?

    Even if some people had their own vain social agenda while using it…the bottomline is…did it not create awareness by “trending” which in turn forced the world to notice and shame the Nigerian government into acting?

    If not for this “hashtag activism” let’s be honest the case of these girls would have been swept under the carpet in the face of all the 2015 campaigning and corrupt politicking going on.

    I don’t get the hullaballoo at all oh!

    Jeeeeez!!!

    • kim

      May 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      @bleed blue, thanks for your response. uve said it all.

    • Ivie

      May 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      1000 likes!!!

    • Ovadje

      May 12, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Kpom!

      #BringBackOurGirls#

    • ides of march

      May 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you oh! We need the pressure maintained Nigerians! The world is starting to experience twitter fatigue and are looking for an excuse to check out and move on to tweeting about frivolous things and some Nigerians are even joining in to say tweeting is not making a difference, like what?!!! If we stop the awareness the government will relax and go back to business as usual (you all saw the CNN interview with Labaran Maku) and we will be left holding the bag. Ask the people of Jos what they have been going through for the past 5 years. Now ask them what decisive actions have been taken to quell it? Not a damn thing!

    • Iris

      May 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      As in! The way this kidnapping story would have disappeared from all forms of social media ehn…as long as the world keeps talking the story will not die, and it doesn’t matter why people are talking at this point. So people should keep quiet? Because doing nothing is better than doing a little?

    • Teris

      May 13, 2014 at 8:39 am

      “like” jare.

  8. nene

    May 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    i always trust FOX. they don’t have time for anybody. they say it as it is.

    • CarliforniaBawlar

      May 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      You trust Fox?? If you lived in America, i’d call you stupid and racist (same difference) but since you don’t, i guess you’re just plain ol’ ignorant.
      You have enough problems as it is (given by your comment history)…get educated my dear, so at least when you’re being bitter, you can sound a little more intelligent…

    • Ovadje

      May 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      The sad thing is that she probably lives in America….

    • Hannah

      May 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      may be in Carlifornia sef

    • Commentrina

      May 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      @CaliforniaBawlar I know what you mean about nene’s comment history and I always feel sorry for her. She needs an intervention.

    • OgeAdiro

      May 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Yes, the same Fox News that said Romney was going to sweep Obama in the 2012 elections despite what all the polls said. The same Fox News that hounded Shirley Sherrod until she lost her job. The same Fox News that said Cliven Bundy is a patriot. The same Fox News that believes Palin to be the Einstein of our time.
      At least, people are hashtagging. What have you and your Fox people done? Sit in front of your computer and criticize people who are actually taking a stand against evil? I want to insult you so badly but I won’t. It’s people like you that Jesus saw on the cross and said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.

  9. VICKIE

    May 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    IT MAKES OUR GOVERNMENT ACT FAST AND ALSO BRINGS OTHER LEADERS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRY TO RENDER HELP, AND KNIOW HOW SERIOUS IT AND IMPORTANT IT IS. SO Y’ALL SHOULD SHUT D F**K UP.

  10. Joan85

    May 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Anyone who knows FOX News knows that they always act like jerks mscheeww. If that hashtag did not go viral, no one would have heard our plight!

  11. Tex

    May 12, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Everyone knows that a sizable portion of Fox News and it’s contributors are (or do a great job pretending to be) first-rate idiots. The fact that some of them seem to actually think that #bringbackourgirls is a message intended to elicit the voluntary return of the girls by Boko Haram, instead of an attempt to pressure the Nigerian government and the international community to do something about the matter illustrates their stupidity quite nicely.

    • Patricia Kayden

      May 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you, Tex for your comment. Hopefully all the energy generated worldwide by the BRINGBACKOURGIRLS hashtag will do some good in forcing the Nigerian government to do whatever it takes to save the lives of those 300 kidnapped girls.

    • Tosin

      May 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Yup! Yea and Amen.

  12. Kevin

    May 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    George Will and Chris Wallace should better understand that we are in a ‘Virtual Generation’ and we are using one of it’s tools. Either for Self esteem as they think or activism which is the mean intent, we all have our right to internet freedom. Thanks to the Lady who helped stop their negativity.

  13. Kevin

    May 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Amen to that Tex.

  14. JayD

    May 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    That man should shut up, there is no “exercise in self-esteem” attached to this at all, it is all about public awareness.

    He should also understand that Michelle Obama, as much as she cannot take up arms and go into the jungles of Africa to fight Boko Haram, by supporting #BringBackOurGirls, taking a picture of the banner and going on social media, gave the Nigerian public the encouragement that she understands their plight and is also on their side to assist in any way she can to bring back the girls.

    As much as I like to watch FOX News sometimes, this time, it is thumbs down.

  15. Amh

    May 12, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Why would anyone watch faux news. Racist sadistic baboons.faux news is full of wrinkled racist white men and skinny winchy looking women with bad skin and bad make up, if not for the world attention. It will be like every other kidnapping in nigeria. Bugerian go ermwnt gives no hoot about its citizens, all they do us to loot, rape ans bleed the countrry with their wives and mustresses. Thousands die everyday in road accident . But no obe is held accountable. All the money meant for peeventable deaths in our coyntry is been siphoned by some gorilla. Things are changing we have a voice. A day will come tha tbe piliticians that has been there since my father was born are still there raping the country will be chased oyt and punished. Enough is enough. Revokution is coming. Its the youth that will save the country.

    • susu

      May 12, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      In English language?

  16. Ibinabo

    May 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    This hashtag has produced significant awareness and action, than their panel could/would produce in their lifetime in respect to this situation.

  17. Faridah

    May 12, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Hahaha…’in the wilds of Nigeria’ right up there with ‘Do you Africans live on trees?’ :p

    Such a silly comment. The hashtag campaign put the spotlight on a very important issue and set a standard so that what our government got away with previously this time they’re being shamed into action. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.

    It made people all over the world pray for the safety & release of the girls which counts for something.

    If he had proffered a better solution, I’d have given him a lil credit….but all he had were jokes…

  18. Obi

    May 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    First of all they call the campaign useless. Second they call you barbarians in the wilds of Nigeria (make no mistake, they don’t really mean Boko). Third, they sit in their offices, with air conditioners and not much else to do but discuss over-flogged nonsense, then they decide to bring their Anti-Obama campaign to an issue such as this. Fox – has done it again. All hail Fox.

  19. Omo1

    May 12, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    As sad as it may seem, I can’t help but kind of agree with him. But I put the blame on our failed system in Nigeria. If our government have attended to this before it got out of hand..the whole world wouldn’t have seen us in this light neither will they have gotten the chance to make such a mockery of the situation.

    Truth is everyone seems to be making a mockery of this now..now trending..#BringBackOurgirls. Its now rather annoying.

    Still I pray for the safe arrival of theses girls!

  20. ao

    May 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    The “bring back our girls” hashtag was never intended for boko haram, but to raise awareness with the public and governments about the plight of the Chibok girls. And it worked. So, fox news should go and kick rocks. I wonder whether they are mocking the effort because the Chibok girls are black. I doubt that they would take the same view if those girls were young white girls.

  21. more money

    May 13, 2014 at 11:25 am

    when Dencia said same thing yesterday all u folks where on her tail calling her names.Now its from the Fox and nobody seem to say anything bad abt that.Africans we are our brother killer not the western world and we need to change our mentality and thats the onli way we can move forward.We dont judge pple by their mistakes or inability but what the can contribute to a team to make it work cuz if we judge pple on their mistakes and past,we will never listen to dem even what they say is true and can contribute in the development of our continent.peace

  22. Lori

    May 14, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Honestly, I’ve never been a fan of Fox news, neither have I ever commented here before, I just read, smile, agree or disagree with some of the comments here. However, this isn’t something I can ignore. Just one question for Ndubuisi, Nene and their supporters, if your sisters or daughters were among the Chibok girls, would you come to this forum and rant??? The #BringBackOurGirls is something I’ve come to really appreciate cos even if the abductors can’t see it, the whole world is aware and steps are being taken to free the girls. What steps have you taken? We can’t all go into the forest to free the girls but this is our widow’s mite to this issue. So please, take a chill pill and shut the ‘F’ up. The Nigerian government is like a baby, if they’re not pushed or made to take steps, they won’t say or do anything.

  23. Lori

    May 14, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Oh, that reminds me. The soul that stated that the abductors don’t have access to their twitter profiles, have you considered the medium through which they send out their videos to the whole world? For heaven’s sake, they have access to info and can disseminate same even more than you do. Honestly, I wonder how some people reason. Even my 9 year old niece won’t be so dumb as to think like that. Please, reason issues properly before talking about issues. Apologies if I sound rude, but it’s just the way I feel. #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bella

      May 16, 2014 at 11:13 am

      ‘LIKE” the most sensible statement to date. Thank you o.

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