On April 7, UTC student Brenna Spencer posted a photo of her posing in front of the Walnut Street Bridge while she shows off a gun in her waistband with a tweet reading “I don’t take normal college graduation photos…” and since that moment, she has been a viral topic of discussion.
I don’t take normal college graduation photos… pic.twitter.com/eI1NvLFYHs
— Brenna Spencer (@BrennaSpencer) April 7, 2018
In nine days, the photo has received over 18,000 retweets, over 33,000 replies and just over 116,000 likes. Due to the increased interaction, Spencer’s twitter following has jumped from almost 2,000 to 58,000 followers.
Since the photo has surfaced on Twitter, the phrase “I don’t take normal graduation photos…” has become a viral meme on Twitter and other social media platforms.
As a staff, the Echo thinks that one of the biggest issue with the photo is that it speaks for the citizens of Chattanooga and students of UTC. She is what people who know nothing about UTC and Chattanooga, now associate with our school and city. We think that the photo is disrespectful of the Walnut Street Bridge and the history behind the historic Chattanooga landmark that has been around since 1889.
In relation to giving the community and UTC a bad name, we think it’s contradicting that she’s approaching the situation from a feminist standpoint in support of Trump who has been known for his mistreatment and disrespect of women.
We think that social media was a huge influence on the idea of the graduation photo and we don’t think she would’ve taken the photo in a world without social media.
We think that this situation is very similar to “The Chalkening” situation that happened on UTC’s campus in 2016 where a political stance for attention went viral. We feel like the photo not only makes the university look bad but also those students who go to UTC.
Altogether, we think she did it strictly to get attention and she got what she wanted by going viral and becoming a meme. Even though we didn’t agree with the photo or the purpose of the photo, we appreciate all of the memes that came out of it.
The opinions expressed in editorials represent those of Echo editorial members.