Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Brody's Notes... Internet Troll Fools Global Audience In Viral "God Punished Japan" Video

By Brody Levesque (Washington DC) MAR 15 | Yesterday, I ran a column from BNS contributor Kathy Baldock in response to a YouTube Video that I had run across at the New York based LGBTQ political site Joe.My.God, that was an appalling alleged Christian spin on the tragic events occurring in Japan as a result of the dual natural disasters.
Kathy later in the day sent me quick note that her crew at Canyon Walker Connections had determined that the video was a parody, albeit executed in execrable taste. I made an editorial decision to leave Kathy's response intact as I felt/feel that her words were quantified more by the fact that such rubbish is actually stated by some fundamentalist types who would hold that line of thinking as credible. [ The video has since been deleted from YouTube. ]
Today, Joe. My. God publisher Joe Jervis published the following detailing the facts and the results of its message going viral:
By Joe Jervis (New York, New York) MAR 15 | The young woman whose "God Punished Japan" video rocketed around the world yesterday, has confessed that she is actually an atheist troll.
The woman, with the username TamTamPamela, uploaded a video in the days after last week's massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami, claiming the disaster was "God literally waking people up and saying "You are going to hell" However, she was met with such a hostile response - including threats of death and rape (and even had her phone number and address published in some forums) - that she has gone into hiding. Other, less hard-line, wits decided to wage a war of food on her - getting non-stop pizzas delivered to her home. And well-known atheist Richard Dawkins even posted the original video on his website, but did so without providing a comment. A follow-up video in which tamtampamela admits she is a maker of troll videos did nothing to stem the flow of invective directed at her - one blogger encouraged people to "send her a turd" in the mail.
Aside from her superb acting skills, which took in almost everybody unaware of her YouTube history (myself included), TamTamPamela vividly demonstrated Poe's Law, which states that no satire of religious fundamentalism, no matter how offensive or outrageous, can be distinguished from the actual whackadoodles who believe such nonsense.