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Who is Amanda Duarte? Her Roe V Wade tweet broke Twitter

Yasmine Leung May 4, 2022
Who is Amanda Duarte? Her Roe V Wade tweet broke Twitter
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Amanda Duarte has gone viral for her tweet on Monday night (2 May 2022) regarding the Roe V Wade abortion case. She has since deleted her Twitter account following negative responses. Here’s what we know about her.

The Roe V Wade abortion case has divided the US after a leaked document reported by the BBC revealed the Supreme Court is considering overturning a landmark 1973 ruling that could lead to a ban on abortion in 22 US states.

President Biden labelled the possible overturning as “radical” and said it would represent a “fundamental shift in American jurisprudence”. Overturning the ruling could also affect the rights to same-sex marriage and contraception accessibility, as per The Guardian.

Both pro-choice and anti-abortion activists took to the steps of the Supreme Court to make their voices heard on Tuesday. Most, however, kept their debates online but a tweet by Amanda Duarte received such backlash it led to her deleting her Twitter account.

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Amanda Duarte apologises for tweet

Duarte revealed she was pro-abortion but many internet users labelled the tweet offensive, You can see the now-deleted message here but we must warn it contains distressing themes.

Countless screenshots were taken of the message before Duarte deleted it, with one Twitter user calling it a “horrific take” on Roe V Wade. Another user rejected Duarte’s opinion, writing: “Oh gosh. No. No! You do not protect women by reminding their oppressors of the lies they like to tar black men with.”

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Duarte briefly left Twitter but returned with an apology on Tuesday night writing: “I said something insanely awful and stupid on Twitter last night. The intent does not matter so I will not attempt to defend or explain it. It was racist and has had racist impact. I am terribly sorry to anyone and everyone who read it and who were hurt by it.”

She explained the account deletion was because “I wasn’t sure of the right thing to do and I knew it wasn’t and isn’t to try to answer for what I said. I know a lot of people are angry and looking to tell me why, so I’m reactivating it because I think that is important.”

Duarte followed with another apology, claiming she was “deeply sorry” and open for suggestions to “repair the damage”. At the time of writing (4 May 2022), her profile remained inaccessible.

Who is Amanda Duarte?

Amanda Duarte is a writer and performer based in New York. She started out as an actor in San Francisco and transitioned into writing when she moved to the Big Apple after finding the acting industry hard to break into.

Her exact age is unknown but she is at least over 35 as, in 2019, she mentioned she started freelancing for magazines in her mid-30s – her contributions include Buzzfeed, New York Times, and Town & Country.

As for her acting career, she’s appeared in minor roles such as a 2005 episode of Law & Order and a 2019 episode of High Maintenance. Her most recent production was as narrator in 2019-2020 for the series Accident, Suicide or Murder?

According to The Interval NY, her Twitter account was previously labelled a “feminist” account. Duarte has said that, to her, feminism is about “elevating all women to be able to be equal and make their own choices and determine the course of their own lives”.

Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images

There isn’t much information online about her personal life but the performer noted in 2019 she was trying to “move on from a very traumatic experience with the man that was my partner, and that I trusted and loved and that betrayed me and hurt me more than I thought I could ever be hurt”.

Her recent controversial tweet isn’t the first time she went viral. in 2016, she was credited as creator of trending hashtag #P***y Grabs Back, following a resurfaced video of Trump in which he appears to discuss encounters with women by saying: “Grab them by the p***y.”

Along with Stella Marrs and Jessica Bennett, author of Feminist Fight Club, Duarte raised money for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network by selling merch with the image of a cat in mid-snarl, captioned with “claws beat skin”.

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.