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Gypsy Rose Blanchard: Released From Jail, Prisoned in Fame

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Flashing lights. Constant media coverage. Millions of followers. All of these attributes may be prescribed to a well loved actress, a brand new artist or, rather, a 32-year old woman who just got out of jail for second degree murder.

Gypsy Rose Blanchard is the name on everybody’s screen. Whether it’s her public irreverent comments towards her husband’s anatomy or her near unwatchable interview on “The View,” Blanchard is getting millions of views on any given social media platform. 

Why is that? Why has a victim of such terrible crimes become such an American icon? Having been called “mother” and “queen,” two of the most flattering internet names, after only a month of being released from prison, the internet has clearly taken a strange obsession with Blanchard. 

Blanchard is a victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a form of child abuse that involves a caretaker making false claims of illness or disease. As a result of this abuse, Blanchard played a vital role in the murder of her mother. 

Blanchard was sentenced for 10 years in prison, and within that sentence the Blanchard case sparked the public interest.

“The Act,” released on Hulu to critical acclaim, detailed the life of Blanchard from her childhood to the death of her mother. “The Act” was a cultural sensation that ignited the somewhat invasive true crime community to obsess over Blanchard.

Blanchard had garnered sympathy for true crime aficionados, so much so in fact it produced a fanbase for the convicted killer.

True crime consumers made countdown videos for Blanchard’s release which raked in a million likes. The creation of these TikTok’s made Blanchard’s release from prison an event for spectators to gawk at.

In the span of  two weeks after her release, Blanchard has risen to pop culture icon status. With a plethora of viral tweets claiming Blanchard as a “gay icon,” social media users have begun to view her with an ironic, humorous lens rather than a sympathetic one.

Her newfound popularity sparked the interest of the paragon of American trashiness: TMZ.  Whether it’s about her husband’s peculiar online behavior or her favorite Taylor Swift song being “Karma”  (she just had to find a way to be involved in all of this), Blanchard has become a tabloid staple. 

Clearly, these articles are milking every detail of Blanchard to get attention for their own publications. When tacky publications throw in buzzwords like “Taylor Swift,” you’re bound to attract the only fanbase that has True Crime beat for voyeurism: Swifties.

Everyone just needs to take a step back and remember one thing: Gypsy Rose Blanchard is a real person and a victim. Blanchard needs to stop being treated as a fictional character for true crime consumers to obsessively focus on or a cash cow for crass tabloids. Where other people see a harmless internet joke, I see a person who is a victim who deserves a normal life. 

I am tired of constantly seeing her name attached to a mindless thought spoken into the internet void. The true crime community thinks everything this woman says should be analyzed and discussed publicly on their page .

 Blanchard is a normal person trying to recover from the trauma she has endured for the majority of her life and the constant attention is only preventing her from doing so.

Do away with the jokes, the headlines, and the videos. Let Blanchard live the life robbed from her: a normal quiet life.

About the Contributor
Owen Anderson, Staff Writer
Owen Anderson is a senior and a second-year journalism student. He is a second-year member of EHS Yearbook holding the position of co-managing editor. He plans to major in English on a pre-law track. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, writing reviews for movies on Letterboxd and reading. One thing about Owen is that he has a blasé attitude about anything, yet has a strong opinion on everything, even topics he is not quite informed on.