November 21, 2016
Right up there with shouting fire in a crowded theatre, sticking your face on a hot stovetop and oinking at police officers is publicly proclaiming negative views about the city of Philadelphia, when it comes to impoverished judgment.
The last of these misdeeds was the choice made Monday by a young woman who we all sort of remember from the nineties. Mara Wilson, the 29-year-old former child actress from "Matilda" and "Ms. Doubtfire," took a rueful shot at Philadelphians on Twitter and it did not go well for her at all. (Warning: Many of the tweets below contain explicit language).
Has anyone told Philly people they don't HAVE to be assholes— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) November 21, 2016
Everyone I know from Philadelphia is either the nicest person is the world or the biggest asshole— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) November 21, 2016
Like there is no room for people to be walking on the sidewalk in New York. There's room in Philadelphia and yet people are still rude— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) November 21, 2016
It's not the same kind of passionate, impulsive, get out of my way "Hey, I'm walkin' here" New York assholitude. It's unearned.— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) November 21, 2016
These remarks landed Wilson mainly in the crosshairs of Philly sports Twitter, a terrible place to be on a Monday after an Eagles loss, and at the mercy of a broader discussion about urban "a--holitude."
@MaraWilson— 🌟 Stark Flipping 🌟 (@KingTherapy) November 21, 2016
Philadelphia. Buckle on the anger-belt.
@MaraWilson rushed or efficient people, but not angry and rude.— fearless 🐈 (@_skyenapped) November 21, 2016
lol, Mara Wilson calls people from Philly assholes.— hi.im.Catleesi. (@hi_im_shan) November 21, 2016
People from Philly respond by filling her mentions calling her names & threatening her.
@MaraWilson everyone is cold, violent and affectionate, like a mama polar bear— kelly (@kickinson) November 21, 2016
@MaraWilson I'm from Philly. Don't talk about my city that way ya jerk— Daniel R. Mitchell (@drmitchell85) November 21, 2016
@MaraWilson as a life long Philly resident- we are not assholes. We r passionate, loud &quick 2act NY gave us Trump.We gave you the Roots.— D'Adam (@AdamStrauss) November 21, 2016
@MaraWilson we are rude af. no question. i kind of like it though.— NASTINE! (@manateeorama) November 21, 2016
This @MaraWilson vs Philly Sports Twitter is single handedly getting me through this Monday— Steven Rosenberg (@SteveRosenberg) November 21, 2016
. @MaraWilson maybe people from Philly are tired of people from outside the city telling them that they're assholes?— shamus (@shamus_clancy) November 21, 2016
@MaraWilson I was born and raised in Philly, and this rings true. But if everyone around you is an asshole, it just feels like home. ;)— edcyzewski (@edcyzewski) November 21, 2016
@MaraWilson Philly is basically like "we're loser scumbags and WE'RE FUCKIN PROUD OF IT GO EAGLES YUENGLING!" It's endearing after a bit.— danieleastman (@NotDanEasty) November 21, 2016
Some people who jumped into the fray were much kinder to Wilson, who's surely entitled to her own opinion (aka...well, yeah, you get the circular point).
@MaraWilson what do you think you are gonna get when you put a city on blast? A round of applause?— Brett (@brettr527) November 21, 2016
I'm surprised Philadolphins didn't take @MaraWilson's comments as a compliment.— MassRafTer (@mongo_ebooks) November 21, 2016
Philadelphia vs Mara Wilson is a sign we need to teach kids "you started it" is a valid reason for people to be mad at you— Cubs Chicken Puppet (@chicken__puppet) November 21, 2016
These days, Wilson does cameos and spot voiceovers for shows like "Broad City" and "Bojack Horseman," so she's not without some redeeming qualities as an adult. She also recently published a book, "Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame?" that examines the afterlife of a Hollywood cupcake.
Put through the wringer, Wilson emerged with the following summary of events.
I asked why Philadelphia people were mean and I got a bunch of "FUCK OFF, WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU BITCH" answers from Eagles avatars— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) November 21, 2016
Man, I wish I were that devoted to where I'm from— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) November 21, 2016