In the midst of Hillary Clinton’s victory speech on Tuesday night, the writer and Democratic strategist Laura Olin tweeted a brilliant piece of “tiny emoji art” to celebrate the historic nature of Clinton’s presumptive nomination.
It was retweeted and liked a combined 8,000 times.
And then - predictably! - it was stolen.
Not by just anyone, mind you: In the hours after Olin’s tweet celebrating a great moment for women went viral, it was apparently lifted, without credit, by a series of men. Many of them were themselves journalists or political operatives; several have since deleted their tweets after followers objected.
An exasperated Olin told the Washington Post'sIntersect blog:
They apparently had zero appreciation of the irony. Honestly I think it’s a wider anthropological sign of what the internet is like now and I’m resigned to that — but the white men appropriating it last night of all nights was a bit too much for me.