A Washington National Opera musician, who was traveling on the Amtrak train which derailed on Tuesday night, killing seven passengers and injuring more than 200 others, faces backlash after complaining on Twitter about her missing violin.
Professional violinist and music professor Jennifer Kim was on board the Amtrak train 188, carrying 238 passengers from Washington DC to New York, when it derailed in Philadelphia at around 9pm.
Survivors had to scramble through the windows of overturned cars to escape. One of the seven Amtrak cars was entirely mangled.
1. Professional violinist Jennifer Kim landed in hot water after she sent a tweet to Amtrak complaining about the Philadelphia train derailment and demanding her violin back.
Just 15 minutes after the deadly crash, Kim posted a tweet directed at the accounts @AmtrakNEC and @Amtrak which read:
thanks a lot for derailing my train. Can I please get my violin back from the 2nd car of the train?
The tweet featured a blurry picture which showed first responders in blue uniforms converging on the overturned train.
The message was promptly condemned by Twitter users as insensitive and in poor taste. It has since been deleted, along with Jennifer Kim’s entire account, The Independent reported.
2. Kim lamented that her violin, possibly the one pictured above, had been left in the second car of the derailed train.
However, by that time the damage had already been done.
Many social media users were in disbelief over Kim’s callousness, poor taste and lack of compassion for the victims of the devastating wreck. Jacob M. Schmitt wrote:
Because your violin is the highest priority for EMT’s and first responders right now.
Another Twitter user, Steve Hallett, added:
Some woman was complaining to Amtrak after her violin got destroyed. Are you kidding me…
Others, however, came to Kim’s defense. One Twitter user, named Sarah, asked her critics to “give the girl a break”.
3. Kim’s message has been condemned by other Twitter users as insensitive and in poor taste.
4. Many commenters marveled at Kim’s perceived callousness and lack of compassion for the victims.
5. Keeping things in perspective: some users have rushed to Ms Kim’s defense, including a Twitter user named Sarah who urged the violinist’s critics to “give the girl a break”.
6. Kim has since deleted the message, along with her Twitter account.
According to a biography on her personal blog, Jennifer Kim has graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s degree in economics and from the prestigious Julliard School with a Master’s in music.
Kim is a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra / Washington National Opera Orchestra, as well as a substitute for National Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.
Kim has also recorded on soundtracks for a number of movies, including last year’s Noah with Russell Crow, Julie / Julia and True Grit.
The musician has also worked with popular singers like Sting and Michael Buble.
7. Working as a studio musician on the side, Kim (left) has recorded on soundtracks for a half-dozen movies.
8. The Juliard-educated violinist teaches at George Mason University School of Music and National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute.
Source: The Independent.
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