Twitter in Fury: Social Media’s Reaction to Mack’s Sentencing

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by Paul Serran

As soon as the verdict for Allison Mack was announced, Twitter was flooded with messages of every kind about it.

Allison Mack got to trend at #7 and NXIVM at #16.

Some overtures of Mack to other women are sad to read, in retrospect.

For many, the juxtaposition of Mack’s sentence and Bill Cosby’s conviction being vacated, which were announced at roughly the same time, was too much not to associate.

@jasonofthedead wrote: “Between Bill Cosby, James Franco and Allison Mack thing today I just wanna say sorry to all sexual abuse survivors. I’m sorry that you had to go through that and I’m sorry that our justice system doesn’t care.”

As to the synchronicity between the two announcements, @bisaacs wrote: “So they let Cosby out, apparently to make room for Allison Mack…”

Cosby’s vacated conviction was announced almost at the same time as Mack’s sentence.

“Bill Cosby is being released,” @ItsRozBitches wrote, “Allison Mack gets only 3 years for her involvement in NXIVM, meanwhile we have 40k folks rotting in prison for cannabis. There is seriously something sinister and f***ed up about the American culture.”

The justice system’s handling of other prosecuted people bugged @Kaleigh23673557, who wrote: “So Bill Cosby is allowed to be released? Allison Mack gets a three year sentence… But Julian #Assange is still tortured at Belmarsh. And faces 175 years. FOR GIVING US THE TRUTH. This world is so backwards.”

@TaureanReign added that “People [are] mad that #BillCosby got his conviction overturned and released from jail but aren’t saying how #AllisonMack [is] receiving only 3 years in prison for the role she played in a known sex cult that branded their victims in the pelvic reason like they were cattle.”

News that actor James Franco also settled today his sex crime lawsuit drove @risch_brian to write: “Today: Bill Cosby was released. Allison Mack was sentenced to 3 years. and James Franco settled. I guess if your (sic) famous, Accountability means nothing.”

Mack’s 2016 Twits with attempts to recruit Emily Watson were highlighted.

Some found her sentence too short compared to Raniere, like @VinniePenn who wrote: “So #KeithRaniere gets 120 years in jail for #sextrafficking and #AllisonMack gets THREE for bringing him the girls. Our judicial system shows its myriad flaws yet again. Appalling. #NXIVM #stopsextrafficking”

@angtaysversion opined that her relatively short sentence was due to her fame, so he wrote: “The fact that Allison Mack is only getting 3 years in prison is beyond unsettling. Why is this the world we live in and why does having any kind of moderate fame mean you can literally just do whatever you want…? Celebrity in a cult? Totally fine, right?”

Many people were angered by the news, today.

@NudeDudeKernow noticed that, even after being sentenced for racketeering and other crimes, Mack still has a verified Twitter account: “How has @allisonmack’s account still got a blue tick?”

But not everyone was out for blood: @Trans_nationale wrote: “I only want to say one thing about Allison Mack. Sometimes we on the left forget about justice and mistake it for revenge.”

@teamimpossible4 also posted that “wasn’t too happy about Allison Mack getting prison time given she was as much of a victim of Keith as anybody else.”

@radicalunionist felt compelled to correct some wrong takes on Mack’s role in NXIVM: “I’m talking about the line ‘she was a central figure in the organization for decades’. That’s false. Unless you’re talking about Nancy Salzmann, then it’s totally true.”

Some people were not for Mack, but found her sentence to be appropriate.

Some were against Mack, but felt the sentence was a just one. @RyanShead posted: “I really thought Allison Mack would get away with probation. She deserves every bit of it.”

A well known free lance writer for the New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair, Vanessa Grigoriadis, seems to have a take on the roles of Clare Bronfman and Allison Mack in NXIVM and DOS.

@vanessagrigor opined: “Fascinating sentence today for Allison Mack in the Nxivm case. Three years for Mack, directly involved in the branding/slave pyramid; six years and nine months for Clare Bronfman, who (we think) did not know about it.”

The judge added extra years for Bronfman for her willful ignorance of all things concerning DOS and other Raniere led deeds.

Some people who had known her previously had to share their bafflement, as @juanmichaelii, who wrote: “Allison Mack & I were friends in grade 9 so it’s weird to hear that she has been sentenced to 3 years in prison, just as Bill Cosby is being released after having 3 years. Neither case is progress; both are signs that the US legal system cares more about celebrities than victims.”

The same was true for @EliasToufexis, who posted: “If you want to know about how well my “weird stuff” radar works; I was friends with Allison Mack for years. Never noticed anything.”

Many people’s opinions were colored by the relationship they had with her character in Smallville, such as @NINETIESWITCH who added: “when I think of Allison Mack I think of the disgusting shit she’s done, and to a lesser extent (bc victims > entertainment, obviously), how she ruined Smallville for me. Lock her up! stat stat!”

@Matthew_NCC1701 was troubled by this confusion, writing: “Yes, I am a fan of Smallville, and yes I loved Allison Mack’s character on that show (it was one of the best), but yes, I’m not “crushed that she’s going to jail” because I’m an adult and I know that real live human actors are NOT the characters they portray. Grow up, people.”


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  • Interesting how quiet Nicki Clyne is being. Not to mention not showing up to support her ex-wife in a suit to match the 3 stooges who did show. In fact, there have been no comments from any of the peanut gallery regarding Allison’s public denouncement. I can only imagine the cauldron of crap they have brewing.

  • To Everyone:

    Please note Nicki Clyne, the former wife of Allison Mack, has not issued a public statement regarding Allison’s prison sentence.

    Normally, Nicki is so transparent about her own life on Twitter…

    I guess Nicki felt like she was hit with a hockey-slap-shot to the face when Allison betrayed Keith.

    “Et tu, Allison! Et tu, Allison”- Nicki Clyne

    So sad — Nicki chose a man instead of her loving wife.

    “In truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
    -Kahlil Giuliani

    • Thanks 4 sharing the link

      The Queen of Receipts make a good argument, when referring to Allison Mack.

      “Everybody is sorry, when they get caught.”
      – Queen of Receipts

      Frank Parlato is mentioned!

  • This is exactly why I posted in a previous comment that Allison needed to do at least SOME time. In order to effectively move on.

    That is the “Pay your debt to society” part of a prison sentence, you hear about occasionally.

    Whether I personally agreed with Allison being locked up – I knew that ultimately, in order to reintegrate a little easier, societal “punishment” mentality would demand it of her.

    NO jail time would have been disastrous for Allison in the long run. Given Allison’s desire to be loved, forgiven, her caring a lot about public perception, etc.

    • I agree that “NO jail time would have been disastrous for Allison in the long run”. I personally agree with Judge Garaufis – her crimes were way too serious, and demanded a serious prison sentence.

    • I’m not terribly concerned about Mack’s future happiness or peace of mind. My primary concern regarding convicted felons is that they don’t break the law again.

      I’m more concerned with justice. Fair, equitable, effective justice.

      Look at Raniere’s case. He was caught once before running a scam. Caught and prosecuted. He was given a slap on the wrist (a fine) and what did he do? He set up another scam, Nxivm.

      Now he’s in prison for life. He won’t be setting up any more scams.

      I know lots of people feel sorry for Mack. That’s fine; I kinda feel sorry for her too. She screwed up her life, big time. Even though I think it was mostly her own fault, I can still feel for her. It must suck, being a dumbass.

      But I have no illusions about Mack being a particularly nice person. Tabby Chapman, her assistant who managed her website, spilled the beans about Mack’s dark side. Tabby spoke at Mack’s sentencing. She was also interviewed by Jim Gavin of the Albany Times Union- available on their podcast Nxivm On Trial. Tabby worked under Mack for a long time and tells how Mack was manipulative and cruel. She describes a Jekyll and Hyde personality and a smooth liar.

      So I’m cautious about how many breaks Convict Mack deserves from the criminal justice system.

      • Tabby Chapman, I worked for Allison when she already had time in the service, so I am not surprised, I remember a comment that someone made once in one of the many stories published in Frank Report and that it was from a neighbor of one of the trainers of Nxivm in Clifton Park, mentioned the reputation of bad tenants and manipulators. I think everyone who spent a lot of time in Albany was mentally damaged.

  • I looked at the social media accounts of the known Nxivm members to see their reactions to Allison Mack’s sentence.

    Kristin Kreuk, who recruited Mack and hid like a coward chose as usual to ignore everything Nxivm, but found the courage to go on Instagram to promote “Cancel Canada Day”, the country that took her family in, the day after Mack is sent to the naughty step for three years. Maximum virtue signaling for zero effort. Silent about Nxivm though.

    Surprised Mark Vicente has not posted anything. What is his stance on Mack?

    • “Maximum [insert any criticism here] for zero effort.”

      Similar to complaining about particular personalities in the comment section of a blog.

      • Or is this the one known as “Spanky”?

        You really are pointless.. You just can’t help but jump to the defence of this one NXIVM cultist. Your life is so pointless that your sense of worth revolves around a celebrity who contributes nothing to your boring existence.

        Simping is pathetic. You are pathetic. Why do you get so triggered whenever this one cultist is remotely criticized? No one else, just this one?

        You jump in like the loser you are and throw insults back at the commenter as if your loser life depended on it.

        You have nothing to defeat the original post, so resort to “I know you are but what am I”?

        The world would be so much better if loser simps like you just jumped into a huge acid bath.

  • Daily Mail of the UK publishes picture of Joe and Hunter Biden meeting with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim

    Slim is a friend of the NXIVM Salinas family.

    New ‘explosive’ images undercut claim Biden didn’t know about Hunter’s deals

  • One of the players in the NXIVM story is Emiliano Salinas, son of Mexico’s former President Carlos Salinas.
    One of the best friends of the Salinas family is Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, owner of Mexico’s telephone monopoly Telmex.
    Carlos Slim is a business associate of Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s crackhead son.

    Report: Joe Biden Met with Hunter Biden’s Mexican Business Associates in VP Office

    Joe Biden reportedly met with Hunter Biden’s Mexican business associates at the vice presidential residence in 2015, despite telling Americans repeatedly during the 2020 election that he had never discussed his son’s business dealings.

    The New York Post‘s Miranda Devine reported Wednesday that documents — and photographs — on Hunter Biden’s now-infamous laptop documented meetings between then-Vice President Biden and his son’s foreign business partners:

    Among more than 100 events scheduled in Hunter’s diary at the VP’s residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, there are meetings which appear to overlap with Hunter’s business interests.

    “Breakfast with Dad — NavObs” is one such meeting recorded for 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2015. Five photographs date-stamped on that day and taken at 10:03 a.m. and 10:04 a.m. appear on the laptop, showing Joe posing with four of Hunter’s business associates, including Mexican billionaires Carlos Slim and Miguel Alemán Velasco.

    One photo also features Velasco’s son Miguel Aleman Magnani, the founder of budget airline Interjet, at whose Acapulco mansion Hunter and wife Kathleen had stayed that March. Jeff Cooper, a longtime Biden family benefactor, who ran one of the largest asbestos litigation firms in the country, Illinois-based SimmonsCooper, also appears along with Hunter.

    One photo also features Velasco’s son Miguel Aleman Magnani, the founder of budget airline Interjet, at whose Acapulco mansion Hunter and wife Kathleen had stayed that March. Jeff Cooper, a longtime Biden family benefactor, who ran one of the largest asbestos litigation firms in the country, Illinois-based SimmonsCooper, also appears along with Hunter.

    Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow recently revealed his new book, Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption, that Hunter Biden took nearly two dozen flights through Andrews Air Force base, the home of Air Force One and Air Force Two, while his father was in office.

    Hunter Biden is suspected of having used trips with his father on Air Force Two to arrange business deals and impress potential partners.

  • I wonder if Allison brought the blackmail to Nxivm. Hollywood has a lot of blackmail. I think before Allisson, Keith did not have blackmail?

    • Keith and Nancy used the EMs to gather extremely personal information about people – and, while they may not have referred to it as collateral, they used that info in much the same way. Also, when they deemed someone an enemy, the first thing they usually did is try to get some “dirt” on the person – which they could then use as leverage.

    • Mexican Lady, I think you are being unfair, everything you mentioned about Allison is equally attributable to all the other frontline women, but I notice that no one accuses Lauren, Nicki, Dani P, Mariana, Camilla, and all the other frontline women from misleading their slaves about Keith’s hidden address on DOS and collecting the blackmail material. Lauren’s testimony is supposed to confirm what Frank had already posted about Keith being the sole master over the 8 frontline women.

    • I thought this same thing. Frank Report audience explained to me: Alisson knew about Keith’s involvement. She knew that the brand was Keith’s initials. Hiding that information from others is evil and manipulative. That made her more guilty

  • Social media is angry!!! But that never happens! Its the calmest, most reasonable places you can find on the planet. The people there do not get outraged by every itty little bitty thing on a constant and daily basis.

    Whoever decides the ethics of journalism really should create a rule that says the opinions of social media are forbidden in news articles. Before social media existed, the random opinion of strangers was kept to editorial and “someone said” was not the driving force behind articles except in rags that also posted about aliens and UFOs.

    I give Frank credit for attempting to get a range of opinions but ultimately this conveys no real information. The comments on her sentencing covered the exact same ground. Sentenced to 1 minute to 100 years and I guarantee the gambit of opinions would have remained identical up to and including “that doesn’t seem long enough for what she did!” on a 100 year sentence. People like to think they are unique, unpredictable and special, but when it comes to social media they are not.

    • You seem to have strong feelings about it. There is such a thing as *bypassing articles you don’t feel are relevant*. You don’t have to come *teach us about the ethics of journalism*.

    • —Before social media existed, the random opinion of strangers was kept to editorial and “someone said”

      Who said Paul’s piece wasn’t an editorial?

      Did Paul say it wasn’t an editorial?

      Erasend, I guess you forget the old newspaper columns — “The man on the street” — pieces such as were found in the Wall Street-Journal.

      • See, Nice Guy gets it. The Wall Street Journal would post “the man on the street” pieces in the editorial section of the paper like I said “the random opinion of strangers was kept to editorial.”

        Also in above, forgot to add “the comments section of Frank Report on her sentencing covered the exact same ground” meaning he might as well just quoted from there.

        • EraSend,

          Please stop being persnickety.

          Would it make EraSend a happy boy if Paul started labeling his writing as editorial or news?

          It’s newsworthy interviewing people. It’s also newsworthy collecting people’s opinions and publishing them. The nightly news does it all the time.

          I’m thinking that you’re actually trolling Paul.

          • “It’s also newsworthy collecting people’s opinions and publishing them. The nightly news does it all the time.”

            It really not newsworthy. Average joe/jane on the street venting about something they can’t change is meaningless.

            But you are right, sadly the press do it all the time. Its a lazy way of doing a story. I am just venting at Frank for a problem that plagues all of the media. “Someone said” is now considered authoritative now.

    • The history of society, in general, has shown that the opinion of the common person matters. Governments– empires even – have been toppled because of the emotions on the street. These days, you find these voices most and for all on social media. You better take them seriously because tomorrow they might turn your life upside down.

  • One thing that can be said about the Twitter reaction: no one was left unmoved by Mack’s sentencing. Everyone had strong feelings about it,

    • Paul-

      From what I could tell, the majority of the public believe Mack’s sentence was light.

      I think about 80% of the public believes Mack got off easy.

      I think her sentence was in the ballpark of justice.

    • Plenty of people were left unmoved by Mack’s sentencing. Including me.

      You’re mistaking commentary and interest for rage. Being interested in an event doesn’t necessarily mean big emotions are involved.

      I don’t hate Mack and I don’t hate Raniere. They’re criminals who should be punished. I think Raniere got a just sentence and Mack’s was excessively light. I don’t sweat over any of this; the whole Nxivm thing is to me an entertaining example of human folly.

      So no, not “everyone” on Twitter had strong feelings about it. Some of the very Tweets you quote are notably rage-free. There was some outrage, sure. Some people on Twitter are outraged aboot Canada Day.

  • People do not like pimps, blackmailers and rapists.

    That is no surprise.

    Allison Mack is a virtue-signaling leftist and Bill Cosby is a long-time supporter of the Democrats.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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