Notre Dame burning discussion: It’s the cathedral, not the university on fire
As is the case nowadays with much of social media, the rush to be quickest or to tweet first has led to a bit of confusion in the Twitterverse.
Here is an actual video of the actual fire.
— Alhagie Jobe (@freejobe39) April 15, 2019
Surprisingly, this is not the first time the cathedral has burned. It was shelled during World War II and subsequently rebuilt.
Just a reminder if you're not familiar with the history of Notre Dame, but this isn't the first time it's burned. It was shelled during WWI and was restored to its current state before the fire.
France will do the same again, I'm positive. pic.twitter.com/o1w84PdbxH
— 🌻 Mao (@Maolfunction) April 15, 2019
A Notre Dame Cathedral spokesperson told Bloomberg News that “Everything is burning. Nothing will remain.”
However, the cavalcade of misunderstanding (and of course, retweeting) was just getting started.
You know you've been fully Americanized when you hear Notre Dame is on fire and you think people are talking about the university rather than the cathedral
— Edmund Cuthbert (@Edmund_Works) April 15, 2019
Here we go.
I got the Twitter handle wrong, apologies. It’s the Notre-Dame Cathedral on fire. Not the University. https://t.co/PDYNpB0x3W
— A. Ali (@AAli0781) April 15, 2019
Twitter user @propertwelve took the opportunity to chastise self-obsessed Americans.
the amount of stupid americans that are sad because they think Notre Dame the UNIVERSITY is on fire…..please please think of something besides yourselves for a moment
— dziwka (@propertweIve) April 15, 2019
Cue the onslaught of people who apparently trust Twitter to bring them legitimate, fact-checked news…
just so everyone knows I've been very confused for about twenty minutes over why exactly everyone is so sad about the church at notre dame university was on fire
— Handsome Vermont Boy (@vermont_boy) April 15, 2019
Some folks inexplicably would’ve been excited if it was the university rather than the church, which is kind of weird and unsettling.
Hearing Notre Dame is on fire vs. Realizing it’s the cathedral and not the university pic.twitter.com/5yJ7cU30kD
— Screamer Jim (@HeheWaitWhut) April 15, 2019
Unverified tweeting was running so rampant that the university was compelled to issue a clarification tweet of its own.
A clarification: A fire is currently burning at @notredameparis, not the University of Notre Dame. Our prayers are with all those involved.
— Notre Dame (@NotreDame) April 15, 2019
There were, however, plenty of people tweeting their sympathies.
— EagleNostalgic13 (@ENostalgic13) April 15, 2019
And finally, there’s this bizarre tweet somehow linking the two together.
weird how notre dame university rejected my bf and i’s phd applications a couple days ago and now the notre dame cathedral is on fire 🤔
— the horse auditor 🛠 (@rossfoghorn) April 15, 2019
In summary, Twitter: not the greatest place to get reliable news.
Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .