UK journalist and feminist leader Caroline Criado-Perez spearheaded a campaign to replace Charles Darwin’s image with Jane Austen’s on a British banknote.
Good idea, said the Bank of England. Then, all hell broke loose.
For nearly 48 hours following last Thursday’s announcement that Jane Austen’s likeness would grace the £10 note starting in 2017, the death and rape threats poured in from Twitter.
According to Criado-Perez, during that period, she received a flood of internet trollery ejaculated at the rate of 50 pieces of scum per hour.
At least one of her supporters, MP Stella Creasy, also received murder and rape threats.