TikTok and X (previously Twitter) users have been calling for the release of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, 32, who served seven years in jail for her part in her mother’s 2016 murder before being released on December 28. Posts addressing her as “queen” and “mother” have surfaced on social media, where followers are adoring her with the zeal normally reserved for music idols.
According to a tweet by Gypsy’s stepsister Mia Blanchard, family members kept social media profiles for her while she was in jail, including a TikTok one with over 500,000 followers. People are curious to watch how she adjusts to independence and whether she will become a social media sensation herself.
I’m so excited to finally share some big news, which is that a special ebook about my experiences will be published on January 9, 2024! Released: Conversations on the Eve of Freedom is a collection of interview transcripts, journal entries, illustrations, and photos. It will be available for pre-order very soon from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever ebooks are sold.
Gypsy is a person. What happened to Rose Blanchard?
Gypsy is said to have been a victim of child abuse via Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a psychiatric disease in which a caregiver makes someone sick (or creates the idea that they are sick) in order to get attention. She said that her mother, Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, took her to physicians throughout her infancy to be treated for ailments such as leukemia and muscular dystrophy that she never had. She said she was compelled to use a wheelchair and an oxygen tank despite the fact that neither was necessary.
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Beginning April 2007, doctors raised worry about Gypsy’s therapy, but she remained in Dee Dee’s care. She attempted to flee unsuccessfully in 2011, and after meeting then-boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn online in 2012 and conversing with him for a few years, she decided to go with him.
In 2016, Godejohn stabbed Dee Dee to death. Her corpse was discovered owing to a Facebook post announcing the attack, which is still available online. Gypsy was sentenced to ten years in jail in 2016 after pleading guilty to her involvement in the attack, while Godejohn was sentenced to life in prison in 2018 for first-degree murder.
Gypsy’s situation was made more public by the 2017 HBO documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest. Joey King and Patricia Arquette portrayed Gypsy and Dee Dee in the popular Hulu limited series The Act, which received two Emmy nominations in 2019.
These pop-culture events, along with coverage in innumerable articles, true-crime podcasts, YouTube videos, and TikTok explainers with millions of views, have guaranteed that Gypsy’s tale is well-known and frequently debated. Throughout her jail sentence, she has given several interviews in which she has expressed her regret and desire to move on from what she has done. She is the author of “Released: Conversations on the Eve of Freedom,” which will be released in January.
Why is Gypsy Rose Blanchard so popular?
Gypsy has become a legitimate pop culture icon as a result of her situation being so widely publicized. Pop Crave, the X account dedicated to disseminating celebrity information, has also been posting updates about Gypsy’s release, soliciting responses like “mother” (a slang term for a beloved famous woman) and “reputation era incoming” (a reference to Taylor Swift’s vengeance-inspired album).
People who are excited about her release have begun making fan edits, or videos of Gypsy put to music, just as they would for Nicki Minaj or a K-Pop superstar. Some commenters joked about throwing a “release party” and discussing what cultural experiences they hope she would have as a free lady.
“She worked so hard… “Can’t wait for her to strut down the streets on December 28,” one person commented a courtroom video of Gypsy testifying. “Literally on my way to Gypse (sic) Rose prison so she has a ride home,” he added.
I’m tryna show her a good time!! #greenscreen
Gypsy’s fans may have seen the widespread reappraisal of pop culture figures who earlier garnered sexist ire from tabloids, such as Britney Spears and Pamela Anderson, and decided to be ahead of the curve by rallying behind her. It’s also conceivable that those viewers were influenced by the recent true-crime reckoning, which questioned how horrible tragedy has been turned into entertainment at the cost of victims while sympathizing with Gypsy’s violent response to years of abuse. Perhaps Gypsy’s supporters are the same folks that back convicted scammers like Anna Delvey and Elizabeth Holmes.
Although each fan may have a different motivation for supporting Gypsy, a number of individuals are concerned about the conduct. Some social media users voiced worry over Gypsy’s popularity growing before she’s even had a chance to adjust to life outside of jail.
“I need you to be normal when Miss Blanchard is released.” Do not give this girl… a heart attack. “Think about how long she’s been locked up,” TikToker @zacefronisdead stated in a post. “please leave gypsy rose blanchard alone she is a victim of abuse and has been failed by our justice system like shes not yas slay boots c*** shes a real woman who has REAL IRREVERSIBLE life trauma like can we behave that way,” X user @SwintyMinty posted.
i tell u now the gen z response to the release of gypsy rose is going to be studied in history books for years to come pic.twitter.com/48kSL5hlUB
— jade (@itsjustjadaxo) December 26, 2023
Gypsy told People just before her release that she regretted what she did to her mother every day. She didn’t say anything about her followers or what she could find on social media, only that she’s “on the eve of happiness.”
“I’m ready for my freedom,” she declared. “I’m ready to expand, and I think that goes for every facet of my life.”