04 November 2020 12:33
Amanda Knox criticised over tasteless US election joke Amanda Knox has been criticised over a tasteless remark she made on Twitter. Picture: PA By Asher McShane Amanda Knox has sparked an angry response after making a joke on Twitter that likened another four years of Trump to the time she spent in an Italian jail. Ms Knox, 33, who was exonerated after spending four years in jail over the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, posted on Twitter: ""Whatever happens, the next four years can't be as bad as that four-year study abroad I did in Italy, right?" The post was a clear reference to the four years she spent in an Italian prison. The joke, which appears to make light of Ms Kercher's murder was branded "foul." One person replied on Twitter: "I'm sure the family of the murdered girl appreciate you finding the funny side." Another wrote: "Feel bad for the woman who didn't make it back from that study abroad.'I think *she* had it a lot worse than you and your boo." Knox is now married to musician Colin Sutherland. Ms Kercher was killed at the age of 21 in Perugia, Italy, where she was studying as an exchange student.
A man, Rudy Guede is serving a 16 year sentence for murder and sexual assault. In 2015 Ms Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted of killing her roommate and she was freed to return back to the US. Get the stories that matter to you sent straight to your inbox with our daily newsletter. Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Amanda Knox has caused some controversy on Twitter as she made a bizarre joke which compared her time in prison to the next four years of American politics. As the votes between Donald Trump and Joe Biden remain tight this morning, tension remains incredibly high among political observers in the US.
The 33-year-old took to Twitter in the early hours and wrote: "Whatever happens, the next four years can't be as bad as that four-year study abroad I did in Italy, right?" Ms Knox was referring to the four years she spent in an Italian prison for the murder of her room mate Meredith Kercher. In 2015 she and her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted of killing Meredith and freed to return back to the US. The light hearted comment did not go down too well on social media. One Twitter user wrote: "Agreed, the mass persecution of blacks, Muslims, Latinx, & LGBTQ pales in comparison to the tribulations of a single white woman." Another added: "I'm sure the family of the murdered girl appreciate you finding the funny side...." (Image: PA) A third wrote: "Translate Tweet: 'The country descending into fascism can't be half as bad as me paying the consequences for my own actions, and then ultimately getting off! "'Also, if you ever needed further proof that I'm a narcissistic sociopath, here it is'." Since returning to the US, where she works as a journalist and podcast host, Ms Knox has not been afraid of wading into controversial topics. Following the airing of the controversial documentary Tiger King, she aruged that the vilification of Carole Baskin was "unjustified". The Big Cat Rescue owner has been accused of murdering her husband Don Lewis, who disappeared and is the subject of a missing person investigation. Knox has slammed those who have given a "hateful response" to Baskin and said there is "insufficient evidence" for the theory that she bumped off her millionaire hubby. (Image: Amanda Knox/Instagram) With so much negativity towards Baskin, Knox has warned that the documentary wasn't "an objective and comprehensive overview of the facts." She went on to say that it was a "sensational story whose north star for every important storytelling decision is entertainment." Knox accused the Tiger King directors of "misleading" those in the documentary but did say that the story evolved from where they started five years ago.