Rebecca Watson is going off to China, and she’s already getting veiled threats from some guy called ShenzhenTony. Who? Rebecca did some sleuthing, found out his real name is Tony Ryan, and further, discovered that he’d been formerly known around the web as Coffee Loving Skeptic…and I remember that ass! He was at the center of one of the more surreal bits of psycho MRA drama back in 2012. Coffee Loving Skeptic was one of many skeptics who totally lost their mind over ElevatorGate, who raged at Rebecca Watson, and flung bits of spittle my way on Twitter.
So I blocked him. Everyone proceeded to further lose their poop. HOW DARE I BLOCK SOMEONE. Then a bunch of people jumped on a very strange bandwagon: that I’d blocked him when he used the word “cunt”, when he didn’t — I’d blocked him for flinging around the slur “feminazi”, unironically — and they then insisted that I owed Tony Ryan an apology and an unblocking, which I don’t get; he’s an obnoxious twit, as further demonstrated by his recent behavior, he’s a slymer, his style of argument is to post photoshops like this, and I had no interest at all in ever conversing with him.
It was truly weird. It was an early instance of entitled doofuses raging against someone who dared to use the block function on Twitter, as if I were required to heed every word, no matter how scurrilous or petty, that they might direct at me. We saw the same odd phenomenon when people started using the Block Bot, a voluntary service that would block a whole raft of characters for you at once. They’re pretty incoherent about explaining why that is offensive, too.
And now Ryan’s reduced to making vaguely threatening noises at Rebecca Watson. Yeah, that’s a sign I should have apologized and forgiven him several years ago.