Presumably upset by President Barack Obama's reelection, a Georgia teen, like many other disgruntled Americans, took to Twitter to express her frustrations. She could never have imagined, however, the sort of backlash she would get for her tweet.

As the Herald Sun notes, on Wednesday afternoon, 18-year-old Kristen Neel tweeted this comment to her followers:

kristen neel australia tweet
(Screenshot courtesy of the Herald Sun)

Within hours, an onslaught of criticism erupted as many Australians pointed out that the leader of their country, Julia Gillard, is an atheist and a woman.

Ian Cuthbertson, TV editor at The Australian, and author Mark Pesce, were among those who responded to Neel's message.


According to Australia's Herald Sun, Neel's tweet quickly became a viral sensation, receiving more than 1,400 retweets from "bemused Aussies" and others.

But while many criticized the Georgia teen for getting her facts muddled, some Twitter users leapt to her defense, "saying she had been the victim of trolls," Australia's Fraser Coast Chronicle writes.

Still, less than a day after her tweet was posted, Neel disabled her account.


In the aftermath of the Twitter frenzy, many have pointed out that Neel is not alone in her ignorance of the land Down Under or in her desire to move there following Obama's reelection.

In a post entitled "Kristen Neel not alone in not having a clue about Australia," the Chronicle's Mark Furler wrote that "many Americans know about as much about Australia as they do Austria."

"I remember once being asked where I was from by a waitress in a food outlet in the US," Furler writes. "After telling her Australia, she replied, 'How far is that drive?'"

"Given the level of coverage of Australian politics on US TV news, you can forgive Kristen Neel for her tweet," he continued.

Nonetheless, plenty of people in the Twitterverse have also said they would move Down Under if Obama won the election. Buzzfeed has a list of them here.

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  • Al Gore & Manbearpig

    This guy was super cereal about making a bad decision. <em>(<a href="http://ugliesttattoos.failblog.org/2011/02/09/funny-tattoos-manbearpig/" target="_hplink">Ugliest Tattoos</a>)</em>

  • Hillary Clinton

    This is what happens when you ask for a tattoo that nobody else in the world has. More on this <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/entertainment/celebrities_gossip/Philly_tattoo_artist_gets_Hillary_tattoo_Hillary_camp_wont_discuss_it.html" target="_hplink">here</a>.

  • Bill Clinton

    Bubba's dreamy gaze really comes through on an inked up bicep. <em><a href="http://godfatherofgreenbay.xanga.com/photos/870ff281675986/" target="_hplink">(source)</a></em>

  • Tea Party

    'Merica.

  • Second Amendment

    You have to admire the directness of this tattoo. <em><a href="http://ugliesttattoos.failblog.org/2010/10/18/funny-tattoos-the-right-to-ugly-arms/" target="_hplink">(Ugliest Tattoos)</a></em>

  • Dick Cheney

    When in doubt, just cover up that old tat with one of an ex-vice president devil-goat. <em>(<a href="http://www.iphonesavior.com/2008/10/zune-tattoo-guy-makes-dick-cheney-the-devil.html" target="_hplink">source</a>)</em>

  • Don't Tread On Me

    The tattoo on the right must complicate the process of getting a back-walking massage. <em><a href="http://rsmccain.blogspot.com/2009/04/extreme-youth.html" target="_hplink">(source)</a></em>

  • GOP Elephant

    Well, would ya look at that. That's, uh, that's a tattoo. Go you. <a href="http://www.tattoorack.com/tattoo-designs/25634-gop" target="_hplink"><em>(Tattoo Rack)</em></a>

  • GOP Swastika

    Remember now, they're permanent. <em><a href="http://ugliesttattoos.failblog.org/2012/04/10/funny-tattoos-gopstika/" target="_hplink">(Ugliest Tattoos)</a></em>

  • JFK, Part I

    "Ich bin ein tattoo." <em><a href="http://lelkola.deviantart.com/journal/Tattoos-for-life-216746012#/d1xarbc" target="_hplink">(source)</a></em>

  • JFK, Part II

    We're sure it makes sense in the context of the rest of the arm. <em><a href="http://sinnermantattoo.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/JFK.112133612_large.jpg" target="_hplink">(source)</a></em>

  • Anti-Gay Bible Scripture

    You know what else Leviticus says? <a href="http://bible.cc/leviticus/19-28.htm" target="_hplink">No tattoos</a>. Also <a href="http://bible.cc/leviticus/19-27.htm" target="_hplink">no haircuts</a>. <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF5M9v1ydh0" target="_hplink">(source)</a></em>

  • Richard Nixon

    And here's Nixon as a tattoo, by way of "The Simpsons." <em><a href="http://www.ratemyink.com/?action=ssp&pid=112075" target="_hplink">(Rate My Ink)</a></em>

  • President Barack Obama

    Whoa. Too much detail. <em>(<a href="http://offbeatink.com/experiences/can-we-get-an-obama-tattoo-yes-we-can/" target="_hplink">Offbeatink.com</a>)</em>

  • Obama 44

    Whoa. Not enough detail. <em>(<a href="http://www.tattoostattoo.com/Free/Obama-44-number.html" target="_hplink">source</a>)</em>

  • Sarah Palin

    We'd be remiss not to make an "I can see butt-crack from here" joke. More on the tattoo from the <em><a href="http://militarytimes.com/blogs/battle-rattle/2010/05/27/gunnys-sarah-palin-tattoo-the-butt-of-jokes/" target="_hplink">Military Times</a></em>.

  • Ronald Reagan

    Clearly a fan of trickle down economics. And tramp stamps. <em><a href="http://www.allweirdpics.com/pictures/Ronald_Reagan_Tattoo.htm" target="_hplink">(Allweirdpics.com)</a></em>

  • Ron Paul

    Reminds me of my Green Party tribal band. <a href="http://reason.com/blog/2008/03/20/the-revolution-will-be-tattoiz" target="_hplink"><em>(Reason)</em></a>

  • Sarah Palin, Part II

    <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_Alaska" target="_hplink">Alaska's third-most popular half-term governor</a> assumes her rightful place on your calf, where she'll stay forever. <a href="http://ugliesttattoos.failblog.org/2011/07/15/funny-tattoos-unflippinbelievable/" target="_hplink"><em>(Ugliest Tattoos)</em></a>

  • Teddy Roosevelt

    An exact replica of the presidential portrait in the White House. That's what we hear. <a href="http://godfatherofgreenbay.xanga.com/photos/0dd12281676014/" target="_hplink"><em>(source)</em></a>

  • Sarah Palin, Part III

    Think of someone you find repulsive and toxic, then brand a picture of said person's face on your body. Voilà.

  • White Power Unicorn?

    This is one confused racist. <a href="http://ugliesttattoos.failblog.org/2012/02/08/funny-tattoos-nazi-rainbow-ponies-are-the-worst/" target="_hplink"><em>(Ugliest Tattoos)</em></a>

  • Jimmy Carter

    Poor Jimmy Carter -- always the *<em>butt</em>* of political jokes. See what we did there?