Casey Anthony To Be Released Next Week, Twitter Responds

    July 7, 2011

…As only Twitter can. That’s right, Casey Anthony, America’s favorite “not guilty” person — for the moment, anyway — will be a free person this time next week. Needless to say, with the scab of her not guilty verdict not yet complete, the news of her release didn’t go over too well. Granted, there are some folks who are trying to ride her wave of popularity with witty signs and Twitter posts, the general consensus of Anthony is not exactly a welcoming one.

Anthony was serving time for the lesser guilty verdicts she received for giving police false information, and will be released, free to resume her ever so public life. That being said, if Twitter is any kind of indication, it will be some time before anyone forgets why she’s famous. It’s hard to imagine all of the “amateur journalist” pictures that will show up the first time Anthony parties with her pals, if there are any remaining.

Needless to say, once news of her release hit the airwaves, Twitter responded in kind. Mind you, not “kind” as in friendly or caring, either. Most of the responses are about what you’d expect, although, the people who are trying to capitalize on her popularity by issuing dating site-style tweets and making misguided signs are just as interesting. Starting us off on this trip down Casey Anthony Reaction Lane is Perez Hilton (what the hell happened to him?) with the kind of reaction you’d expect:

WTF?!?! #CaseyAnthony will be released from jail NEXT WEEK, it was just announced, due to time already served. 2 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

As indicated, Hilton’s response is pretty much on par with the rest of the public, with the exception of these gems:

#CaseyAnthony looked so good in her blue top with her hair down. I can’t wait to see her with nice makeup on and that great smile!
#7/13/11 3 hours ago via Twitterrific · powered by @socialditto

Come for the attention-grabbing tweet, stay for the NRA logo. There’s more where this came from too, thanks to the official Opie and Anthony Twitter:

AnthonyCumia: #CaseyAnthony looked so good in her blue top with her hair down. I can’t wait… 29 minutes ago via Google · powered by @socialditto

And then there are the images:

The yfrog link goes to this piece of genius sign-making:

Casey Anthony Proposal

Words fail, although, additional images devoted to Anthony do not:

Casey Anthony Proposal

Not surprisingly, the Nancy Grace team weighs in, as well:

Campaign to create Caylee’s Law growing: In 24 hours, it has more than 75,000 signatures. #HLN covers #CaseyAnthony. 2 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

The goal of the “Caylee’s Law” petition is as follows:

…there should be a new federal law created called Caylee’s Law that will make it a federal offense for a parent or guardian to not notify law enforcement of a child going missing in a timely manner.

Perhaps some good will come out of the verdict after all. As for the rest of the Twitter reaction to Anthony’s impending release, a lot of it is like this:

You actually get more time in jail for poking puppies with paper towel tubes than #CaseyAnthony got for killing her daughter. #SickSadWorld 39 minutes ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry · powered by @socialditto

And then, there are the “too soon” attempts at humor, courtesy of Gilbert Gottfried:

I just proposed to #CaseyAnthony . I figure she knows how to keep kids quiet. 3 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

Over 100 retweets, too.

If this is what things are like when the news of Anthony’s release breaks, what’s it going to be like next Wednesday when she’s a free woman? Will she even make it through the day?