Monday, MSNBC’s Joy Reid suggested the many people fascinated with the story of missing Gabby Petino were suffering from “missing white woman syndrome.”
Reid explained “If you’ve been watching the news for the past few days or on Twitter or Tik Tok, you’re probably familiar with the name Gabby Petito. The 22 year old aspiring social media influencer, who was reported missing after her fiancé returned from their van life excursion without her.”
“Now it goes without saying that no family should ever have to endure that kind of pain, and the Petito family certainly deserve answers and justice. But the way this story has captivated the nation has many wondering, why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?” she asked. Well, the answer actually has a name, ‘missing white woman syndrome,’ the term coined by the late and great Gwen Eiffel, to describe the media and public fascination with missing white women like Lacey Peterson or Natalie Holloway, while ignoring cases involving missing people of color.”
MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid: Media reporting Gabby Petito’s disappearance/presumed murder is symptom of "Missing White Woman Syndrome." pic.twitter.com/UYAWgaDyYr
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 21, 2021
Candace Owens fired back Wednesday, writing “Yesterday I learned about missing white person syndrome.”
“Can someone let me know what syndrome it is that causes us to ignore every white person that is killed by a police officer, but demands that we burn cities across the world to the ground for thugs like George Floyd?” she then asked.