The Spelling Bee Trolls Are Back, But Quieter

The Bee brings out the best spellers and the worst of social media.

It’s nail-biter time. The Scripps National Spelling Bee final is tonight.

Taking place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, the annual spell-off is once again being carried on ESPN. And once again, the chance that a South Asian-American will be the winner, is very good. Seven of the 10 finalists are of South Asian heritage. In fact, South Asian Americans have won the spelling bee every year since 2008. Last year, it was a tie be Sriran Hathwar of New York and Ansun Sujoe from Texas. Earlier this week, WaPo explored why Indian Americans dominate the bee.

And this may be the year the social media abuse has slowed — not stopped — but slowed. In a quick scan following this afternoon’s semi-finals most of the tweets were supportive, but there was the occasional troll: