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This weekend, white supremacist troll Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer got himself banned from Gab -- the preferred social media platform for the "alt-right" -- after posting a message in which he called for people to commit terrorist acts against Jewish people in the style of Timothy McVeigh.


In his post, Auernheimer credited McVeigh with the government revising tactics that had clearly gone very poorly in Waco and Ruby Ridge, which is not at all how things happened in real life. He suggested that the only recourse to prevent "Jews" from controlling the internet was, perhaps, to blow up a building like McVeigh did. You know, because surely, if someone were to blow up a building in the name of preventing "Jews" from controlling the internet, the world would quickly rally around the cause of giving trolls like weev more freedom to troll people on the internet.

The post, ironically, has led to weev getting less space to air his bullshit, not more.

The banning occurred at some point after fellow white supremacist Paul Ray Ramsey -- known as RAMZPAUL on social media -- screencapped the post in a tweet and tagged the FBI.

Auernheimer has since responded, with more anti-Semitism:

Following his posting and despite his removal, Gab soon received a letter from their domain registrar informing them that they would no longer be hosting their platform.

Auernheimer has since received support from many other alt-righters, who were truly not sure what was even wrong with suggesting that people commit terrorist acts against Jewish people, and believe it is unfair for him to be kicked off of Gab for the statement.

This group includes, apparently, former Trump advisor Roger Stone, who -- for reasons I cannot discern -- blamed Mike Cernovich and weev's friend (or former friend?) Alex Pilosov for it.

The tweet has since been deleted. This is all rather curious as both Cernovich and Stone have both recently started working for Infowars and have no previous beef that I'm aware of, and Pilosov and weev have been friends for years, with weev even using Pilosov's address as his when he registered The Daily Stormer.

Because this is all very complicated and I'm sure there are a few of you wondering who these people even are and what any of this even means, let me break it down for you.

The Players!

Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer

Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer is a white supremacist, anti-Semite and hacker who has been trolling the internet since at least 2004, when, under the screenname "Memphis Two," he led a pre-Gamergate harassment campaign against games developer Kathy Sierra. Notably, he went to jail in 2011 for identity fraud and "conspiracy to access a computer without authorization" after he, as a member of hacker group Goatse Security, revealed to Gawker that AT&T had a security flaw allowing for the exposure of the email addresses of iPad users. Alex Pilosov, the guy Roger Stone told to fuck off, was with weev during his sentencing.

More recently, Auernheimer was the systems administrator for The Daily Stormer, which has since pretty much been kicked off the internet, and suggested people harass Heather Heyer's family at her funeral.

Gab

Gab is a social media platform designed, almost specifically, to create a safe space for far-right trolls who can't hack it on Twitter due to their obsessive need to harass strangers, particularly women and people of color. It hasn't actually become all that popular, on account of the fact that the people these trolls wish so desperately to harass are not there to be harassed. Which makes it kind of boring for them. But if, like Milo and (formerly) weev, you've been kicked off of Twitter, Gab is really your only option. Note that their logo bears a passing resemblance to Pepe the Frog, because of course it does.

The platform is the brainchild of the very childish Andrew Torba, who loves Trump and feels very passionately about being a mean person.

Gab's whole schtick has been that, unlike Facebook or Twitter, they LOVE 'free speech' and thus do no moderation and don't ban users for targeted harassment. As a result of this policy, Google has decided to ban them from the Google Play Store, meaning that you cannot download their app, from the Play Store, onto your Android. It has also been rejected numerous times by the Apple App Store.

Last Thursday, Gab filed a lawsuit against Google claiming that banning them from the Play Store violated federal antitrust laws. This weekend, following weev's Gab-tweet inciting terrorism, Gab received this notice from their domain registrar giving them five days to transfer their site and GTFO:

RAMZPAUL

RAMZPAUL, aka Paul Ray Ramsey, is an internet white supremacist who notably relies on "satire" in his myriad YouTube videos to make his gross views more palatable to the viewing public.

Take it away, Southern Poverty Law Center!

A scathing critic of “cultural Marxism” — once an actual school of socialist thought but now a bogeyman to radical rightists who see it as a secret conspiracy to destroy Western society from within — Paul Ramsey is a white nationalist who posts Internet videos of himself talking to the camera under the screen name of Ramzpaul. Since 2009, he has uploaded hundreds of liberal-loathing, feminist-bashing, and racial separatist-supporting videos to his personal YouTube channel, typically at the rate of three a week. By 2014, his channel had close to 20,000 subscribers, and his videos were being frequently posted to unapologetically white supremacist websites like Vanguard News Network and Stormfront.

So, anyway, he thinks weev is a fake, and weev thinks he is a fake.

I guess it's hard to discern when everyone you are dealing with is an actual, professional troll.

What does it all mean???

It means, for one thing, that the alt-right is getting awfully splintery. At this point, it's nearly impossible to keep track of who hates whom -- I monitor these people pretty constantly, and I'm unable to do it. This is hardly surprising when you are talking about a movement largely made up of people whose only sincere interest is pissing off other people. Eventually, they turn on themselves.

For another, it means that Gab is learning not only the harsh lesson that free speech doesn't mean that anyone has to put up with your bullshit -- but also that if you create a platform specifically designed to provide a safe space for people to say horrible things... people are going to say horrible things. And some of those things are going to be calls to violence, which are not actually covered under "free speech" laws.

Whoops!

[Gab | New York Times | Washington Post]

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Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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