Amanda Knox and her fiancé announced they were accepting donations for their wedding, prompting some blowback online.
“Let’s face it, we don’t need any more stuff. What we do need is help putting on the best party ever for our family and friends!” Knox wrote on her wedding website.
For those unfamiliar, Knox was infamously convicted in Italy of murdering her study abroad roommate Meredith Kercher, before ultimately being exonerated. She was the subject of salacious media coverage in Italy and around the world as her saga unfolded. She now hosts a podcast called “The Truth About True Crime" and a web series entitled “The Scarlet Letter Reports” where she chats with other women who have been sexualized by the media.
Within weeks of being exonerated, she began writing for a local newspaper in Washington state under a pseudonym. While attending a reading for a book she reviewed in that paper, she met author Christopher Robinson. The two got engaged last year after he asked her to marry him with an E.T.-inspired proposal. In an adorably nerdy engagement video posted on her Instagram, Robinson leads Knox to their backyard where a makeshift meteorite sits on the lawn. The theme from “ET: The Extra-Terrestrial” is playing as Knox approaches the the pseudo-space rock Inside of it: a tablet detailing the couple’s romance.
Their wedding registry has continued with the space theme. It’s full of pictures of stars and aliens and space suits. It’s also a platform for donations.
“Whether you’re attending or not, all are welcome to donate to specific costs, or at a patron level,” the couple wrote, adding that for $500, “when Madonna’s ‘Lucky Star’ comes on, we’ll shout you out on the dance floor."
Anyone who donates will receive a signed copy of the couple’s joint book of love poems, according to the site.
At least one article has called the couple’s requests for money “brazen.” There are also galaxy's worth of tweets from people less than impressed over the registry.
Knox has responded to such criticism.
“You know what's outrageous?” she said in a tweet. “The fact that anyone would care more about our wedding registry than the fact that innocent people like Jens Soering have been in prison for decades.”
Soering is a German citizen who was convicted of murder in the United States in 1990. He has maintained his innocence.
In another tweet, Knox wrote, “To those hating on us all day, you've been duped by the outrage machine. You gave ad $ to tabloids that profit by making you angry about things that don't matter. Our wedding will be crazy & fun & barebones if it needs to be, but in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter.”
She went on to say, “Try being mad about something that does matter. There are 100K+ innocent people in prison right now. They are disproportionately black & brown men.”
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