Of course, we’ve got to throw in a hefty disclaimer here: these aren’t death threats (with all the sensationalistic formatting the term deserves) so much as passionate dismissals couched in the latest pop-fan generation’s lingo. For example, one vituperative tweet claims that Abdul and Scherzinger “deserve all the hate. You both made a selfish decision and should be ashamed of yourselves!!” (Both exclamation points courtesy of the original poster.)
And a tweet quoted by Daily Mail Online — that is, the one that warranted the explosive “death threats” headline — is as follows. Dear readers, you may want to sit down for this:
“@NicoleScherzy @paulaabdul go die.”
...Yeah, we’re a little underwhelmed, too. Even if we’re taking this seriously, it’s not so much a threat as it is a command, right? In any event, we’ve got to assume that these judges (and the millions of voters at home) know what they’re doing, and we’re sure Drew has a bright future ahead of her without anyone having to go die.