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Amanda Knox Offers Hilarious Response To College Student Who Wrote Essay About Her Awful Study Abroad Experience
Amanda Knox's sense of sarcasm is fully intact, as she comedically weighed in on an NYU student's frustrations with her semester abroad in Italy.
Amanda Knox has a history of using social media to share tongue-in-cheek witticisms and she gleefully took the opportunity to weigh in on a college student's essay on why studying abroad in Italy – sound familiar? – was an awful experience.
NYU student Stacia Datskovska penned the essay for Insider titled “I’m an NYU student who studied abroad in Florence. I hated every aspect of my semester abroad,” outlining the ways she felt her time in Italy fell short of expectations. Among her complaints, the journalism and international studies major wrote that she found it difficult to connect to her seven roommates and that some of the locals were "hostile" and "inconsiderate."
Knox, of course, was infamously and wrongfully convicted of murdering her British roommate, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, while studying abroad in Perugia, Italy in 2007.
Chiming in on Datskovska's essay, Knox tweeted, “Girl, what are you talking about? Studying abroad is awesome!”
Knox was a 20-year-old University of Washington student when she began studying abroad in Perugia in 2007. She'd begun dating 23-year-old Italian student Raffaelle Sollecito and had been out with him when they returned to the apartment she shared with Kercher and two other women on the morning on Nov. 2. They noticed blood and couldn't get into Kercher's bedroom because it was locked. Kercher also wasn't answering her phone, so they called police and Kercher was ultimately found dead in a pool of blood in her room, her throat having been slashed, according to reporting by NBC News.
Knox and Sollecito were repeatedly questioned by Italian investigators who quickly became suspicious of the American. They were arrested four days later. The case became a media sensation in Italy and the U.S., with the Italian press dubbing Knox "Foxy Knoxy." She and Sollecito were convicted in 2009 and served four years in prison before their convictions were overturned in 2011. At that point, Knox returned home to the U.S., but an Italian court reinstated the conviction in 2014 before being fully exonerated by Italy's highest court in 2015.
Rudy Guede, an acquaintance of both Knox and Kercher, had also been implicated in the crime, with his bloodstained fingerprints being found at the scene. He was tried and convicted in 2007 and served 13 years in prison before he was granted early release for good behavior in 2021.
Knox’s response to Insider’s article is not the first time she has turned to Twitter to make light of a controversial situation.
Another one of Knox’s tweets went viral after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2020 election year. Knox voiced her opinions about then-Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, urging “Saturday Night Live” to feature her in an upcoming episode, according to previous Oxygen.com reporting.
“People keep telling me I resemble Amy Coney Barrett. I do! In that neither of us are qualified for the supreme court. @nbcsnl, you know where to find me.”