A lesson from the internet.
A woman was fired from her internship with NASA before it even started due to inappropriate online behaviour.
Freshly-hired NASA intern was evidently extremely excited about her employment offer, when she tweeted out to her followers, as BuzzFeedNews reports, "EVERYONE SHUT THE F**K UP. I GOT ACCEPTED FOR A NASA INTERNSHIP." Unbeknownst to her, her tweet caught the eye of Homer Hickam -- he's not a household name, however he is of importance to NASA, as a NASA engineer who once trained the very first Japanese astronauts. He's also an author and Vietnam War veteran.
Hickam replied to Naomi's tweet: "Language."
Again, this man's position and history was obviously unknown to the soon-to-be intern, and so she swiftly replied: “Suck my d**k and balls, I’m working at NASA.” Hickam fired back with: “And I am on the National Space Council that oversees NASA.” Uh oh.
What happened next? Apparently, NASA terminated the woman's internship before it even started. The interaction itself has since been deleted and she's chosen to put her account on private (her bio actually reads that she's "taking a break from Twitter for a while"), but the screenshots of the interaction remain, making her the newest target for trolls.
Hickam, for his part, published a blog post soon after the events transpired and went viral, saying that he had nothing to do with the loss of Naomi's internship. In fact, Hickam tried to get her the job back, stating, "She reached out to me with an unnecessary apology which I heartily accepted and returned with my own. After talking to her, I am certain she deserves a position in the aerospace industry and I'm doing all I can to secure her one that will be better than she lost." For what it's worth, the blog post also seems to have been removed however Buzzfeed managed to grab some of the text prior.
As for how the twittersphere is taking this latest moment of "we're all just human" virality, it's a mixed bag -- some saying it's an example of inappropriate online behaviour, and what that can cost a young millennial, otherwise want NASA to loosen up.