Amanda Knox is denying claims that she is trying to crowdfund her space-themed wedding.
Knox and her fiancé, author Christopher Robinson tweeted out a link to their wedding website on Saturday. On it, the couple stated they are accepting donations for their wedding in the same manner that patron users may ask for donations: those who donate money do so in exchange for receiving a book, a shoutout at their wedding or other gifts and prizes.
“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.
This resulted in some major blowback and Knox was attacked by the media and the public alike. A KIRO radio host, based in Seattle, wrote, "I wish those kids the very best. I think that starting out a life together as moochers is a very solid foundation for a wonderful future."
Knox, a Seattle native, told the Stranger that the media response is “a deliberate misinterpretation.”
She went on to say, “whatever I do in the world, the tabloids spin it in the most sensational way possible. They've decided I'm the resident villain, and they make news out of something that is not news when there are things in the world really worth getting outraged about. They don't do any research. They just take a headline and recycle it."
Additionally, Knox told ABC News. “I did not put it out there expecting to get a dime from anyone” adding that the “wedding registry was never meant to be a crowdfunding source. It was meant for our family and friends and any well-wishers that I have.”
She said she merely wanted to share “this fun, creative idea” with loved ones.
“I have a lot of haters in this world but I have a lot of family friends and supporters as well,” she said.
Knox is no stranger to media hate.
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. In fact, she was once dubbed “Foxy Knoxy” during her unfavorable time in the spotlight. 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 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.
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