While You Were Offline: Were All Just So Tired of Horrible People

Blamethe collision ofFriday the 13 th and Mercury being in retrogradenot to mention the sadnewsthat The Toast was shuttingbut it’s beena particularly combative week on this most Inter of nets. In comments segments, on social media, even on auction sites, people were spoilingfor a virtual fight even more than usual; the bestanyone could do waskeep their head down and hope to make it to the weekend. But now that we’ve all made it, there might be things that you missed along the way. No problem; that’s why we’re here.

The Most Hated Man in America Regains His Crown

What Happened : In lawsuit you’d retainedthe barest shred of faith inhumanity, George Zimmerman is trying to auction off the firearm he used to kill teenager Trayvon Martin back in 2012. Where It Blew Up : , blogs What Really Happened : There really isn’t much preamble required before we get to the terrible, so let’s just say it: George Zimmerman is trying to auction offthe handgun he used to kill Trayvon Martin.

You remember Zimmerman, right? He’s the guy who fatally shot the unarmed teen in 2012, only to initially escape prosecution because of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Later, following outcry, he was charged with assassination by a special prosecutor, merely to be acquitted for lack of evidence and then blame President Obama for having” overstretched, overreached[ and] even broke the law in certain aspects .” In other terms, great guy.

He’s also a broke guy, which led him to putting the 9mm gun up for auction earlier the coming week. According to the initial auction notification on GunBroker.com, Zimmerman was ” honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon .” Furthermore, he wrote,” Many have expressed interest in owning and displaying the handgun including The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. This is a piece of American History .” Anything to say about this, Twitter?

It should be pointed out that Zimmerman’s claim about those conveying interest in buying the firearm turned out to beshockingly! untrue 😛 TAGEND Treyvon Martin’s father responded to the auction announcement with a amazingly constrained statement 😛 TAGEND

Less restrained, amazingly, was the site where Zimmerman was trying to auction the weapon, which pulled the listingbefore the auction even started.” Our site rules state that we reserve the right to reject listings at our sole discretion, and have done so with the Zimmerman listing ,” GunBroker.com explained in a statement.” We want no part in the listing on our web site or in any of the publicity it is receiving .”

Zimmerman then relisted the weapon on the site of United Gun Group, which thenalso rejectedit, explaining in its own statement,” Our mission is to esteem the 2nd amendment and offer a safe and secure platform for firearms enthusiasts and law-abiding citizens; our association with Mr. Zimmerman does not help us achieve that objective .” However, they subsequently reversed that decision, allowing the auction to proceed merely for it to get inundated by trolls driving the price up with patently fake accounts. At time of writing, the top bid is $65 million.

The Takeaway : As has been pointed out, there are some more dependableways forZimmerman toprofit off his actions 😛 TAGEND

Farrow the Leader

What Happened : Woody Allen’s son penned a column taking his father to task for sexual abuse. The Internet respondedwhich is good, because won’t. Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media believe pieces What Really Happened : With Woody Allen’s latest movie, Caf Society , debuting at Cannes, his son Ronan Farrow wrote a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter about his sister Dylan’s allegations of sexual abuse against their father, and the media’s unwillingness to address them, much less treat Allen as a sexual abuser.

” That kind of silence isn’t just wrong. It’s dangerous ,” he wrote.” It sends a message to victims that it’s not worth the distres of coming forward. It sends a message about who we are as a society, what we’ll overlook, who we’ll ignore, who matters and who doesn’t .”

It didn’t have the kind of impact Farrow would have wanted, at least initially 😛 TAGEND That’s not to say Farrow’s comments didn’t spread across the Internet; there were plenty of think pieces published in response, and Twitter was hardly silent on the subject 😛 TAGEND

Oh, and there was certainly some impact: the Hollywood Reporter was banned from an Allen event at Cannes, with Allen’s publicist, Leslee Dart, explaining,” It’s only natural that I would show displeasure when the pressin this case , The Hollywood Reporter runs out of its route to be harmful to my client .”

But at least Allen would be forced to address the allegations after all of this, right? Right ?” Ive said all I can say about it ,” he was quoted as telling by the New York Times .” I have so moved on that I never think about it. I run, I do my movies and hope that people like them .”

The Takeaway : Jen Kirkman, I think you can sum things up here 😛 TAGEND

The KISS Smarmy

What Happened : Speaking ofthe dearly departed Purple One, here’s a quick question. Imagine you’re a faded boulder superstar and you feel the need to comment on the death of Prince. Do you( a) say something about his genius and how he’ll be missed, or( b) something reductive and insulting to the man and his fans? Gene Simmons opted wrong. Where It Blew Up : Twitter, blogs What Really Happened : In a recent interview with Newsweek , Kiss frontman Gene Simmons got to talking about the death of Prince. He shouldn’t have.

” His drugs killed him. What do you think, he died from a cold ?” Simmons said.” I think Prince was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them. I thought he left[ Michael] Jackson in the dust. Prince was style beyond that. But how pathetic that he killed himself. Dont kid yourself, thats what he did. Slowly, Ill grant you … but thats what narcotics and alcohol is: a slow demise .”

Of course, his comments quickly went viral, with even Simmons’ bandmate Paul Stanley seemingly stunned by what the singer had said 😛 TAGEND Still, that was a nicer reply than the rest of Twitter “ve managed to” muster 😛 TAGEND

Simmons took to Twitter to apologize for his comments, writing,” I was raised in a culture/ mob where drug addict were written off as losers, and since that’s the narrative I grew up with, it’s been hard to change with the times “:

The Takeaway : Of course, everyone upset about Simmons’ commentaries was forgetting one important element 😛 TAGEND

A Sinking YACHT

What Happened : A band feigned that someone had leaked their sex tape to the Internet, but even as the sympathy and support was coming in, there were signs that all wasn’t as it seemed. Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media suppose pieces What Really Happened : On Monday, indie Band YACHT took to Facebook to announce that a sex tape featuring band members Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans had been leaked online due to” a series of technological missteps and one morally abject person ,” and that they were seeking legal action against the latter.( Revealing: Evans has written for WIRED .) Hours afterwards, they updated the situation by saying that they were soempowered by the outpouring of supportwhich was overflowing in specific comments segments of both poststhat they would be selling the sexuality videotape themselves online.

” This video is out there now ,” they reasoned.” We cant change that. But we can try to be’ as YACHT as is practicable’ about it and take some kind of ownership over what has happened. So were asking you one thing: if you feel like you 100% have to see this tape, dont river it on some tube site, or download a cloudburst. Instead, we beg of you to download the video, Louis C.K.-style, directly from us .”

If that decision seems a little fishy to you, it is appropriate to. It did, after all, seem fishy to someone with experience with leaked sex tapes 😛 TAGEND

Things got even more suspicious when anyone attempting to buy the videotape got an error message, and found that their card hadn’t been charged. But apparently, some celebrity friends of the band had managed to purchase it

So here’s the thing: it was all a hoax to promote the band’s new release. An initial statement from the bandwhich, like both Facebook posts, has been deletedexplainedthat” we created a narrative that was quickly revealed as fiction by the internet. We expected interest, skepticism, and laugh. We didnt anticipate the outpouring of genuine supporting, due partly to the credulity with which this story was so extensively and instantly reported .” Take that, media, for not immediately assuming that people were lying about having been victimized by someone leaking a private sexuality tape!

Well , not to worry; stories about how shitty and insensitive the hoax was were soon all over the Internet, to make up for it. On Twitter, the response was similarly disapproving 😛 TAGEND How bad was this, on a PR front? Bad enough that the band’s PR firm distanced itself from the whole thing publicly in a series of tweets 😛 TAGEND

In one final Facebook post( the only one that remains, unsurprisingly ), the band offered a mea culpa of kinds:” The reaction to this endeavor highlights a glaring error we made in positioning ourselves as the victims of a leaked sexuality videotape. We understand that positioning it that way from the beginning was an egregious blunder, and are so ashamed we hadnt considered this beforehand ,” the post began, continuing,” We take full responsibility for what has happened, and we are truly sorry. We know weve transgress a bond of trust with many of our fans and friends. Thank you to those that called us out and helped us to understand the gravity of the mistake we constructed. We should not have hinged this entire project on the fiction that we were the victims of a leaked videotape, and were equally disappointed in ourselves for taking so long to get over being shocked at the response and write this apology. After all is said and done, of course you should be mad at us. Were mad at us too .”

The Takeaway : If merely David Caruso could wrap this one up for us

A # CurryResponse to a Banks Shot

What Happened : Azealia Banks’ latest Twitter beef went too far for the service, objective up with her account suspendedwhile also launching a new hashtag identifier for Indian females across the Internet. Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media suppose pieces What Really Happened : Azaelia Banks’ propensity to feud with other celebrities online is so well-known that there are online resourcesdevoted to itso maybeit shouldn’t have been asurprise when she turned her attention towards former singer Zayn Malik earlier this week. What was surprising, though, was howracist and homophobic she got. After suggesting that Malike’snew video had been influenced by her work, she called him a “faggot” and a” hairy curry scented bitch .”( Those were fromtwo different now-deleted tweets. Not that it matters .)

Those tweets prompted multiple reactions. Firstly, it turned Twitter against Banks just aboutunanimouslya rare feat. Secondly, it get Banks’ Twitter account shut down, prompting all kinds of negative media coverage that money can’t buy. Thirdly, it led to the cancellation of herheadline gigat an upcoming London music festival, with organizers releasing a statement that the festival was ” created for EVERYONE. We celebrate inclusivity and equality .”

Most wonderfully, though, it led to Indian females reclaiming the insult” curry scented bitch” as a hashtag of pride on Twitter 😛 TAGEND

Meanwhile, Banks tried to return to Twitter with a second account that also got suspended, before taking to Instagram for a series of posts that promised an essay called ” Whiteness Is A Mental Illness” before attaining her account private. This story will run and run, it seems

The Takeaway : As terrible as Banks’ commentaries were, there’s something heartening aboutthe speed withwhich people rhetorical-judoedher insults into a source of pride. Let’s take that as a few moments of positivity; out here in the online wilds, this really is few and far between.

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