You couldn’t make it up. Update: you could make it up, and someone did. I bit! /end of update.
You know how Alanah Pearce has been getting harassment, and how she’s been reporting some of the harassers to their mothers?
Now some of the reported ones are suing her for doing that. For some reason the judge has apparently failed to throw the case out.
According to the 21-year-old, the threats were prompted by her game reviews posted on YouTube. Some viewers responded negatively on her reviews by posting sexually abusive messages on her Facebook account.
Which is not something that people should do. People should not do that.
In response, she decided to conduct her own investigation on her male abusers and discovered that many of them are aged 10 to 15 years old.
That would explain a lot. I can think of several harassers who sound about 10.
To solve the issue, she decided to contact her abusers’ mothers to tell them about what their sons have been posting online.
One mother responded by forcing her son to write a handwritten apology letter to Pearce.
However, some of the abusers, with the help from their mothers, have filed a lawsuit against the game reviewer on grounds of defamation.
Defamation? How can it be defamation?
One of the boys said the threats were only meant as a joke and should be ignored. He then stated that he is more mature than Pearce because of how he would have handled such a situation and even accused her of being a tattle tale.
“Our so-called ‘threats’ were just small pranks, and not much different than things you see on the Internet every day,” he said. “If I was receiving these death or rape threats online I would have just brushed them off because I’m clearly more mature than her.”
“But she crossed the line, though, by telling my mom about it,” he added. “Something you learn at a very young age is to never be a tattle tale. She obviously missed that important lesson.”
And that’s grounds to sue her for defamation?
No, of course it’s not. Is there something about the legal system in Australia that would explain this?
And by the way, fuck that idea. It’s a bullies’ charter. It’s a rapists’ charter. Yes you damn well do be a tattle tale when someone is bullying or harassing you or a third party. Of course you do. If that kid’s mother is on his side in this, there is something badly wrong with her thinking.