Internet outrage over Anne Heche being compared to critical care nurse Nicole Linton because ‘she’s black and not a celebrity’
Anne Heche and Nicole Linton’s conflicting online reactions have angered several Twitter users.
Los Angeles California native Anne Heche, an Emmy Award-winning actress, and Nicole Lorraine Linton, a Texas registered nurse, were both involved in two horrific car accidents in the past week. Some Twitter users are not pleased with how others have reacted to the news of the former’s death after the car crash.
Anne Heche, 53, died on Friday, August 12, as a result of a devastating car accident the previous week.
“We have lost a shining example, a loving mother, a devoted friend and a kind and cheerful soul. Heche’s publicist told Page Six: “Anne will be greatly missed but she lives on through her adorable sons, iconic work and passionate activism. “She will continue to make an enduring impact because of her courage to always speak the truth and share her message of love and acceptance.”
Heche was officially declared brain dead, but doctors let her heart beat so One Legacy could determine if she was eligible for organ donation, according to information Heche’s team provided to the outlet on Friday. Heche passed out on August 5 after hitting a Los Angeles home in her blue Mini Cooper. According to the actress’ publicist, she had a “severe anoxic brain injury” and was “deceased to live” on August 11. Heche was still in critical condition and had slipped into a coma shortly after the crash.
After the Los Angeles Police Department obtained a search warrant for Heche’s blood, she was reportedly able to prove that she was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the accident. The actress tested positive for fentanyl in her blood, according to law enforcement. However, they issued a warning that Heche may have been given fentanyl at the hospital to relieve her pain after the accident. The actress wasn’t drunk, although a photo taken just before the accident shows a red-capped bottle in her car’s cup holder, according to TMZ.
On August 10, after the woman Heche drove to whose home claimed she was injured and therefore required medical attention, the LAPD expanded its investigation to a felony count of DUI. Witnesses said the actress plowed into the carport of a neighboring apartment complex before backing up and scooting away. She collided with another car before driving a bulldozer into the burning house, according to LAPD West Traffic Division investigators. The Men in Trees actor was transported on a stretcher in incident photos and suffered serious back injuries, while aerial photos showed flames shooting out of the home and numerous fire engines circling it.
That same week, a multi-car tragedy in Los Angeles is allegedly caused by a Texas nurse. Following the August 4 tragedy, Nicole Lorraine Linton was charged with six counts of murder and five counts of gross negligent homicide. According to prosecutors, Linton reportedly ran a red light at a speed of up to 90 miles per hour just after 1:30 p.m. She is accused of hitting at least six vehicles.
At the time of the crash, Asherey Ryan, 23, her boyfriend Reynold Lester, 24, and their 11-month-old son Alonzo were all pregnant. The identities of the two other women who died in another car have not been released. Five other people were treated and released after minor injuries. The six alleged murders were motivated by the deaths of four adults, an infant under the age of 11 and an unborn child. The five involuntary manslaughter charges against Ryan do not relate to the death of his unborn child. According to Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón, Linton faces life in prison if found guilty of all charges.
Linton did not appear to be affected by drugs or alcohol, but investigators claim she should have been aware of the risks of reckless driving based on her past driving history. Gascón said prosecutors must prove that Linton acted with “tacit malice” and knew that speeding on the city’s streets could endanger lives. The Times reports that the California Highway Patrol had uncovered 13 previous accidents involving Linton. Authorities are still trying to reconstruct what happened. Her lawyer has admitted that she has mental health problems. Police are also trying to determine if she had taken any prescription drugs prior to the event.
Fans react to the contrasting reactions of the two accidents
All have expressed an interest in what is happening and what they believe to be the two accidents that made the headlines last week. However, numerous Twitter users expressed their displeasure at the different online reactions the two people received once the actress’ death was reported. Noting the inconsistency in the expressions of sympathy for the actress following her death, one person took to Twitter, saying, “It’s absolutely insane how differently people reacted to the car accidents caused by Nicole Clinton and Anne Heche. By the way, none of them deserve an ounce of sympathy, but the way you guys react to these wealthy, well-known (&yt) people is so damn bizarre.” Hech was lucky not to hurt anyone, but Linton and she deserve it both the same treatment, according to another Twitter user: “Nicole Linton is better than Anne Heche. These two women drove recklessly and dangerously. Luckily, Anne Heche avoided killing anyone. There’s no fucking excuse for either of them. Throw the book at them both!” Another poster criticized people for speaking out about their grief over Heche while criticizing Linton in a similar incident. “Many people are expressing their sadness at Anne Heche’s death while at the same time denigrating Nicole Linton. In case you missed it, both drove erratically and at high speeds. One tragically claimed many innocent lives while the other took only her own.”
It’s just insane how differently people reacted to Nicole Clinton and Anne Heche’s car accidents. By the way, none of them deserve an ounce of sympathy, but the way you guys react to these wealthy, well-known (&yt) people is so damn weird.
(@sarahkayyy___) Sarah K August 12, 2022
Nicole Linton is better than Anne Heche. These two women drove recklessly and dangerously. Luckily, Anne Heche avoided killing anyone. There’s no fucking excuse for either of them. Throw the book at both! https://t.co/p9NCJA8Crf
Tenny doesn’t care (@nmecantbeblankk) August 6, 2022
Many people express their sadness at Anne Heche’s death while disparaging Nicole Linton. In case you missed it, both drove erratically and at high speeds. One tragically claimed many innocent lives while the other took only her own.
— someone who is not you (@ABurgs2) August 12, 2022
Another commenter noted that unlike Heche, Linton tested negative for all chemicals, noting: “It is interesting to note how the Nicole L. Linton accident and Anne Heche’s accident were recorded. One’s test results were overall clean.” “Nicole Linton wasn’t drunk but she killed 6 people, Anne Heche was drunk but only hurt herself, idk there’s just something that worries me that I can’t describe right now ‘ said another tweet about the incident.
It is interesting to note how Nicole L. Linton’s accident and Anne Heche’s were recorded. One’s test results were clean overall.
— Loreal Winslow on August 9, 2022 (@yogi hope)
While Anne Heche was drunk but only injured herself, Nicole Linton was sober when she killed six people. I’m not sure what’s bothering me, but I haven’t been able to pinpoint it yet.
(@JeanFauxGaltier) August 12, 2022 PUSSANT CROISUSSY ESQ.
Some people also think that racial differences in response are related to people’s occupations. The tweet read: “5 people were killed after Nicole Linton drove through an intersection while intoxicated. Arrested immediately, but she is black and not a famous person. Twitter users want to see her publicly executed. In reply to Anne Heche? Oh poor thing, I feel horrible for her (but not for the victim of her attempted murder).” One Twitter user explained that had Heche not been a well-known person, he would not have received the same level of sympathy, saying: “I often think about how many people have such empathy for others who aren’t famous. Do you have the same sympathy for Sister Nicole Linton who killed three people in California last week? If Anne Heche wasn’t well known, everyone would vilify her.” Another person, in response to the “anti-blackness” of the responses, noted: “The reaction on Twitter to Anne Heche vs. Nicole Linton is fascinating to watch. People try to kill Nicole, while those who don’t understand Anne’s struggles with addiction and mental health are scolded for their lack of compassion. There is prejudice against black people.”
5 people were killed when Nicole Linton sped through an intersection while drunk. Arrested immediately, but she is black and not a famous person. Twitter users want to see her publicly executed.
In reply to Anne Heche? I feel sorry for her, “Oh poor thing” (but not the woman she tried to kill)
– August 13, 2022 Art Lover (@ArtAficionado1)
I often wonder how many people have such empathy for others who are not famous. Do you have the same sympathy for Sister Nicole Linton who killed three people in California last week? If Anne Heche were not known, everyone would vilify her. 💁🏾♀️
August 12, 2022 — NiK (@LilNiK8)
The reaction on Twitter to Anne Heche vs. Nicole Linton is fascinating to watch.
People try to kill Nicole, while those who don’t understand Anne’s struggles with addiction and mental health are scolded for their lack of compassion.