Welcome to Monty Python 101. No, not really, but I love Monty Python, and the quote used for the headline of this piece is perfect for the subject of today’s article. The system to which I refer is right wing trolling. The inherent violence and hate I will be sharing with you comes from comments left on articles, Facebook pages, the “other” section of Facebook messages, and other online sources. Get out your pencils, practice your silly walks, and here we go.
For my recent article on James Toigo, a conservative’s poutrage was so powerful, it caused him/her to create a fake Disqus profile, using my name, and post a comment that insinuated my husband was a pedophile. Isn’t that special? I mean, what better way to prove you’re not a Gun Nut than pretending to be me, and calling my husband a monster. Obviously, the comment wasn’t violent, but the hate was strong with this one. You won’t find that fake profile or comment any longer, because Forward Progressives has limits, and that charmer bounded over them like a psychotic bunny.
You want violence? Okay. Forward Progressives created a meme, based on my comment written in response to Mitch McConnell’s Facebook “poll.” That meme has been shared quite a few times, and given that I am a curious creature, I wanted to know who shared it. As I perused the names, I came upon this comment:
i hope ERIN gets hit by a bus. then i hope the bus puts it in reverse and backs up over her. fucking scumbag progressive piece of shit.
Note the elegant word usage, the almost Hemingway-esque writing style (hat tip to my friend Carol for that one). The person who wrote this prose is a guy named Frankie Peppers. Frankie claims to some sort of “comedian/talk show host” in New York, and he has thirteen whole followers on his Facebook page. Carol found another erudite statement from Mr. Peppers:
want to solve all the problems in america? kick the fucking liberals out of america. solved. scumbag liberal fucks. i hate you. and so does the majority of america. only in your small prius filled obama bumper sticker world do you even count as an example of life. to us you are the walking dead. fucking piece of shit scumbags!
Woohoo, go Frankie!
What makes me chuckle is it’s the people like Frankie who scream from the rooftops about being “oppressed,” and “persecuted,” while at the same time calling for everyone who doesn’t think like they do to be thrown out of the country. Go ahead, Frankster, toss out all the liberals. Unfortunately, you’d lose most of the artists, actors, writers, scientists, funny comedians (as opposed to whatever you are), musicians, the list goes on and on. You’d get to keep Fox “news” pundits, Ted Nugent, right wing politicians, right wing Christian preachers, and that awful artist who thinks President Obama is Satan.
Speaking of Pants Shitter Nugent, there’s some violence. Holy crap (see what I did?). Suck on mah machine gun! I’ll be dead or in prison if Obama is reelected! Yo, Teddy, you’re not dead or in prison yet; can you give us a timetable on when you will be? Nugent also shoots hate speech out of his gaping yaw better than Dick Cheney hunts lawyers. You may recall Uncle Adoption recently compared the president to a chimp, and called him a “subhuman mongrel.” I think Frankie should open for Nugent on tour. The guy who sings “Jailbait” meets the guy who can’t use capital letters. Tickets on sale Monday?
The incredibly brave moms in Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America receive death threats, rape threats, and threats against their children every day. Women who bring attention to misogyny are called whores, and threatened with death and sexual assault. When I wrote about Todd Kincannon, his minions came after me on Twitter, calling me ugly and a “tranny.” What many of us who get this violence and hate lobbed at us on a regular basis want to know is: Do the people doing this realize they’re proving us right?
If I write an article pointing out the difference between a gun owner and a Gun Nut, and some Gun Nut creates a fake Disqus account to call my husband a pedophile, you’re proving that Gun Nuts are in fact, Nuts. If men attack women writing about misogyny with rape and violence, that’s the textbook definition of misogyny. And attacking Moms Demand Action for trying to keep kids safe by threatening to SHOOT THEM is exactly why we need better gun laws.
Knowing there are people out there who want you dead, or attacked, or raped is a little unsettling. But as many people wiser than I am recently told me, if you’re pissing off that many conservatives, you must be doing something right. They won’t stop me, any more than they will stop other people who write about guns, or sexual violence, or misogyny, or hate. We’ll keep on writing, and we’ll keep on bumping into anonymous trolls (and not so anonymous trolls) online who want us bleeding in a ditch somewhere.
So there ya go. The violence inherent in the right wing troll system, and the hate they use to try and beat us down. I wonder when they’ll realize it isn’t working; that what they are really doing is empowering us to keep showing them for who they really are, dragging their horrible souls out into the light, and bringing us closer together to fight back. And in spite of the hate, the threats, and the rage, a lot of us always manage to look on the bright side of life.
Oh come on, did you really think I wouldn’t end with Monty Python?