Alanah Pierce has been responding to trolls who harass her with threats, abuse, and sexual slurs in what I would have thought was an effective way: she retweets their comments to their mothers. Does your mother know what you’re saying with that mouth?
I thought it was brilliant. But I’ve never understood the mind of a troll, and now some of these boys, with their mothers’ approval, are suing her for defamation. That’s nuts — the only defamation is exposing their own public words to another member of the public. But look how they rationalize it:
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.
Jebus. And their mothers agree with that bullshit? Well, I can see where someone’s upbringing went severely awry.
It takes a really twisted mentality to think you’re the mature one because all you did was repeatedly spam someone with the message that you want to
rape them to death, cunt, while she…tattled. It reminds me of all the trolls who have enshrined
doxxing as the most grievous crime you can commit on the internet, while lying, spamming, and harassment are just
Apparently, this is “satire” (as defined by, for instance, the Morris North Star), and Pierce has said that it originated from a different site. It’s still representative of how trolls think, and is all too familiar sounding. At least it doesn’t seem to be the case that anyone’s mother saw the abuse and thought it was OK.