Angry tweets are still buzzing about the violinist on the crashed Amtrak train who appeared to care more about the fate of her instrument than for the blood on the tracks.
Trouble is, Jennifer Kim is a common name and there are several violinists who got a terrible shock at being twitter-bombed. They are having to reassure friends and family that they have nothing to do with ‘that’ Jennifer Kim.
One, for instance, plays in a Minnesota youth orchestra, another teaches at UC Davis, a third studies viola at Peabody, a fourth is a member of the US national youth orchestra. And there are more, quite a few more, across the US music spectrum. These Jennifers are caught in crossfire and deserve our sympathy and support.
For the avoidance of confusion, the ‘Amtrak’ Jennifer Kim is a violinist in the Washington Opera orchestra and an alternate in the National Symphony Orchestra. She, too, deserves our professional and human solidarity for the unforseen consequences of her distressed reaction to the disaster. The public shaming must stop.