There are bad dates and there are worse dates. And not all of those are first dates, either.
Well, a teenager named Miranda had a particularly bad date … and celebrated the ensuing break-up with a triumphant weight loss announcement.
And a before-and-after photo that rocketed to viral fame.
Miranda Baker is a beautiful young woman.
She’s certainly not someone whom we would describe as "disgusting" or "unattractive."
But that is apparently exactly how her (now ex-)boyfriend described her just before their breakup.
See, Miranda is an 18-year-old student at Iowa State University. And on Sunday, she tweeted two (now-deleted) photos, which we have for you below.
Using some simple photo cropping, she turned the single photo into a before-and-after picture, along with the caption:
"After getting called disgusting last night, I successfully dropped 200lbs! (Before and after pics)"
Before you start to worry about her health or grow concerned that this is an endorsement of fat-shaming as a weight loss technique, take a look:
Obviously, this is neither the first nor the most original use of the "I just lost x pounds" line often employed by the newly divorced.
But the fact that she included photos and actively photoshopped her former boyfriend out of them so that they could be "before and after" photos really wins you over.
Miranda told The Daily Mail that she and her ex had been seeing each other for about 5 weeks before the ugly incident and breakup.
On Saturday, the pair spent the afternoon tailgating and even had lunch with Miranda’s parents.
They then went to her boyfriend’s fraternity formal together. Apparently, it was when they arrived that her date had some alarming things to say about her.
"’He said to me, "The way you were acting today was disgusting and unattractive.’"
We have no idea what he could have meant, but … yikes.
Unless she was rolling around in excrement or eating a kitten alive or endorsing Roy Moore or ordering mushrooms on her pizza, those comments sound entirely unwarranted.
Basically, that’s an unacceptable way to talk to another human being, let alone to your girlfriend.
Miranda realized that and ended up leaving the formal and meeting up with some friends. Good for her.
She says that her ex later called her, and not to apologize.
"About an hour later he called me, yelling at me to apologize for leaving him! I said, "I will not apologize for leaving you after you called me disgusting and unattractive.’"
That sounds very fair. If he’d broken up with her over her alleged behavior, that would have been his choice.
There was no need to speak to her the way that he reportedly did.
Miranda’s post ended up getting retweeted by just the right people, and became an overnight sensation within the Twittersphere.
She received outpourings of support for her decision to end the relationship. She also got a lot of laughs for her lighthearted "weight loss" photos.
There are worse ways to handle a breakup.
At least one person used the opportunity to ask her out, asking if she was looking to gain "165 pounds." Funny, though perhaps not the time.
And at least one person took to her ex’s defense, saying that none of the people enjoying the tweets knew what "actually" happened … but also not offering an alternative version of the story.
Social media is amazing, folks.