Posts tagged "trolls"

10,000 Transphobic Dipshits Petition To Have Caitlyn Jenner’s Olympic Medals Revoked

Congratulations on getting attention, we’re sorry your parents didn’t give you enough of it.

By: Robyn Pennacchia / June 4, 2015

Just Look At This Asshole: Katie Hopkins Is At It Again, Calls Angelina Jolie “Smug” For Having Her Ovaries Removed

Remember Katie Hopkins, the woman who took great delight in trashing Kelly Clarkson’s body on various talk shows after her cruel fat-shaming tweets went viral? This little ray of sunshine has found another hobby since her shtick about Clarkson dried up. This time she’s shitting all over Angelina Jolie’s attempts to stay alive to watch…

By: Claire Hannum / March 26, 2015

If Assholes Won’t Stop Caring About Cellulite, Women Will Just Have To Do It For Them

Iggy Azalea is quitting Twitter, and normally I wouldn’t care, but this tweet really got me:
Just got back from a great vacation, came online and saw apparently it’s shocking and unheard of to be a woman and have cellulite. Lol.

— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2015

I…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 19, 2015

I’m Not Praising Twitter For Wanting To Eradicate Trolls Until They Actually Do It

Two weeks ago, writer Lindy West appeared on This American Life to talk about internet trolls, confronting one particularly cruel troll of the hundreds who verbally abuse her online, and the torrential downpour of abuse that comes to those who use the Internet, from writers to casual users. The heartbreaking interview quickly went viral, even outside…

By: Beejoli Shah / February 6, 2015

My New Year’s Resolution: Choose Oultrage Over Outrage

I find it edifying to look up the definitions and etymology of words that represent abstractions. Today it’s “outrage.” It’s being talked about a lot, not least of all because of Slate’s recent collection of articles on the subject, specifically how it has been proliferated by social media.
The English definition for “outrage” i…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 22, 2014

Brianna Wu Speaks Up About The GamerGate Threats That Chased Her Out Of Her Home

Brianna Wu, the game developer who was chased out of her home by graphic and widely publicized rape and death threats issued by GamerGate supporters, is now speaking up about the incident. In an op-ed published this morning on xoJane.com, Wu speaks out about her experience, and defiantly refused to back down in the face…

By: Dennis Scimeca / October 16, 2014

Facebook Apologizes To LGBT Community After Realizing One Troll Has Been Causing Most Of The Legal-Names Trouble

Is anyone else surprised that now that the two-week deadline for “real names” on Facebook is up, Facebook has apologized to the LGBT activists who have been fighting it and said that they’re “taking measures to provide much more deliberate customer service” to the owners of flagged accounts? I’m not. Facebook apologizes for everything, eventually,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 5, 2014

Reddit, Why Haven’t You Removed This Pro-Rape Subreddit?

Hey guys, there’s a new baby subreddit called Philosophy of Rape that advocates for raping women. Not just advocates, of course, but gushes over it, calls it “Correction”-with-a-capital-C, says that it was historically a corrective action for sluts. I’ll get to the historical accuracy of that statement in a second, because the pure outrage i…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 3, 2014

The US Prison System Exposes Trans* Inmates To Rape

The US prison system neglects the needs of trans* inmates and exposes them to rape. [VICE]
Emily Gould writes about why ignoring online trolls isn’t enough. [Buzzfeed]
Listen to Lena Dunham talk about her book and her life with NPR’s Terry Gross. [NPR]

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 2, 2014

UK Troll Sentenced To 18 Weeks In Prison For Rape Threats

Remember last year, when a UK politician was supporting an effort to get Jane Austen put on the 10-pound note and got flooded with rape threats on Twitter? No? I vaguely remember — vaguely, because it’s just one of the many, many, many instances in which women have received rape threats over Twitter in the…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 30, 2014

Yes, I Have Emotional Disorders; No, I Won’t Be Ashamed Of It

I’ve said it briefly before, but I want to say it again in more depth: I’m not ashamed of my emotional disorder. In the six months since I started writing for a living, I’ve had a rash of people — okay, trolls — on the internet writing e-mails, leaving comments, and even writing blogs about…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 26, 2014

Supreme Court To Rule On Online Threats

It’s three months away, but it’s groundbreaking and past due: This December, the Supreme Court will rule on whether online threats are protected by the First Amendment based on whether they qualify as a threat by the intent of the person making it, or by the way a “reasonable person” would interpret the threat.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 18, 2014

Jezebel Staff Calls Out Gawker Media For Continually Ignoring Commenter Harassment

The staff of Jezebel.com posted a memo today calling out their employer, Gawker Media, for ignoring the constant harassment they face from trolls in their comments section. The staff describes how users from “anonymous, untraceable burner accounts” frequently post violent rape GIFs in their comment threads, which have to be manually deleted by staffers.

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 11, 2014

Lily Allen Confronts Her Internet Trolls

I liked Lily Allen’s song “URL Badman” to begin with, but I love it now that there’s commenters up on YouTube screaming “misandry” over the new music video. (Of course plenty of women hate on other women online and I have experienced that firsthand myself. But generally, my experience with trolls — you know, like…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 3, 2014

“I Am The King Of Trolls”: An Actual Troll (We Think) Responds To My 18 Sincere Questions For Internet Trolls

Last week, I crowd-sourced questions from my coworkers and friends and wrote a silly post called “18 Sincere Questions I Would Like To Ask Internet Trolls.” I’ve dealt with trolls and other unsavory types just about everywhere that I have an Internet presence and I thought I’d muse out loud about some of the stuff…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 24, 2014

18 Sincere Questions I Would Like To Ask Internet Trolls

Who amongst us was surprised when the results of a recent survey found that Internet trolls are actually psychopaths and sadists? Canadian researchers applied personality inventories to Internet commenting styles and found that trolls are just as fucked-up as we thought, i.e. more likely than other people to show signs of sadism (deriving pleasure from hurting…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 21, 2014

Surprise, Surprise: Internet Trolls Are Actually Sadists

Internet trolls really are complete sadists, which explains so much. A new study, aptly titled “Trolls Just Want To Have Fun,” details the findings. Good to know all the strangers who call us “fat” and “stupid” don’t deserve another thought. [TimeScience Direct, CNN]
Why do TED and its spinoff TEDwomen refuse…

By: Claire Hannum / February 13, 2014

Internet Troll Who Called Professor Mary Beard A “Slut” On Twitter Apologizes After Threat To Tell His Mother

An internet troll apologized for calling Professor Mary Beard, a classicist at Cambridge University in the UK, a “filthy old slut” and other nasty comments — but only after a threat arose to tattletale to his mother. Olivier Rawlings, a 20-year-old college student, used his own Twitter account for the online harassment; the abuse wa…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 29, 2013

“My Crazy Obsession” Finally Managed To Freak Me Out With A Crazy Troll Lady

“My wife’s routine starts first thing in the morning when she wakes up, scrolling online looking for trolls,” say the husband of Michelle Kerrins, featured on the latest episode of “My Crazy Obsession.”

You might think that he’s referring to internet trolls, which are easily found online. Oh no. He’s talking about troll…

By: Ami Angelowicz / May 10, 2013
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