In the wake of the deadly Charlottesville clashes over the weekend, celebrities and Twitter users have joined forces as part of a grassroots efforts to identify and shame all white supremacists involved. But for one upstanding Arkansas man, his physical resemblance to a far-right protester nearly ruined his career.
Kyle Quinn works as a laboratory supervisor at University of Arkansas’ Engineering Research Center, where he oversees research on wound healing, The Daily Wire reported. He describes himself as a philanthropic member of a community who helps people not only through his work, but also in his spare time.
On Saturday, Quinn was mortified to discover that Twitter’s legion of amateur doxers — whose cause has been championed by actress Jennifer Lawrence and other Hollywood bigwigs – had misidentified him as one of the odious white supremacists present at the “Unite the Right” rally.
Both Quinn and the protester are heavyset men with brown hair and full beards, and the man in the picture disseminated on Twitter is wearing an “Arkansas Engineering” shirt. Clearly a match, right? Except Quinn and his wife were staying with a colleague that weekend at a home nearly 1,000 miles away from the mayhem.
That didn’t stop the stream of belligerent accusations, with Twitter and Instagram users blasting Quinn’s image all over the place and insisting that he be fired. His home address was even posted, with irate leftists tweeting messages like “don’t let your kids near him.”
“You have celebrities and hundreds of people doing no research online, not checking facts,” Quinn lamented. “I’ve dedicated my life to helping all people, trying to improve health care and train the next generation of scientists, and this is potentially throwing a wrench in that.”
Quinn’s good name was cleared by both the University of Arkansas and art director Mark Popejoy, an Arkansas local who took to Twitter to try and correct the flood of so-called activists who are trying to destroy Quinn’s life. But in spite of the exculpatory evidence, Popejoy claims that some Twitter users are still out for blood.