Thursday, September 08, 2016

Hillary Clinton reaches out to young female reporter who was targeted by the Alt Right. And it's pretty moving.

Here is the article Ella Dawson wrote about her experiences as a target of some of the most hateful rhetoric on the internet.

Her crime?

She wrote honestly about living with an STD.

Over the last two years, I’ve become something of an Alt-right meme. “Free speech activist” Mike Cernovich has tweeted about me at least three times to his 91,000 Twitter followers, each mention resulting in a wave of sickening, abusive tweets sent directly to my cell phone. Even if Mike’s tweets weren’t all that upsetting (a five-year-old could come up with something better than “Ugly and has herpes”), the ones his followers sent me were pretty scarring. Let’s just say that they’re fond of the c-word.

When I created an STD Awareness Month campaign called #ShoutYourStatus with some of my friends earlier this year, it caught the eye of the editor at large of InfoWars, Paul Joseph Watson. He recorded a five-minute YouTube video screaming about how vile we were. “I don’t think we should be that surprised that feminists are bragging about their STDs,” Watson concludes. “After all, they’re so fat and ugly, the mere fact that they’re having any kind of sex at all is a massive achievement.”

It goes on, and gets even uglier, from there. 

You know I get my fair share of trolls here on IM, and on Twitter.

However I am me, and I know that if any of these candy asses were in the same room with me they would lower their eyes and stare at the floor in the hopes that I would not notice them.

However women have a much tougher time of it. For some reason men feel that they are every woman's superior and that they can humiliate them, victimize them, and ridicule them without fear of any repercussions.

And on the internet that is exacerbated by the anonymity which it provides.

That is why Hillary Clinton's presidential run has faced some of the ugliest, most hateful comments, that one can imagine.

It is not because she is a Democrat. It is not because she is a politician. And it is not because she used a private server, the Benghazi attack happened on her watch, or she coughs too much.

It is because she is a woman.

Which I find odd because I have worked with women my entire adult life, and I have NEVER found their gender to interfere with their productivity, professionalism, or ability to relate to their coworkers.

And I will tell you what, I cannot think of ANY man who would openly write about having herpes on the internet.

So rather than feel that this woman should be the subject of ridicule I am actually incredibly impressed with her honesty and her courage.

Perhaps that is what upsets certain men about this young lady and our Democratic nominee. They have the honesty and courage which they themselves are lacking entirely.


  1. Anonymous4:27 AM

    Wow ok moanin bj. Does Johnson know who Bob and Becky Mercer are? Does morning joe know who is trump's money bags? Have we connected the dots, bots and rots? Where is dons butler and what does he have to say? Voters expect more from producers and journalist.

  2. Anonymous4:35 AM

    What Corporations support Donald Trump? What Countries support Donald Trump? Where are his tax returns, health records, education transcripts, Background check, investments, court records, Court filings and list of all business and associations. And FEC approval. Gee what a missy washy mess.

  3. Anonymous4:43 AM

    I know a woman or two that became infected with STD because their nasty horny sluty man stuck his tiny weenie in a nasty dirty slut and took the disease home to the wife and kids.

    1. Connie5:07 AM

      And just like that, slut shaming happens. Someone had to give the disease before the husband could pick it up.

      Folks in the USA will talk about bullets, guns, rifles, and all manners of killing.

      Talk about sex???!?!!?!!!????

      Yeah - not so much. The conversation needs to take place. Who better to start it then ourselves?

  4. Connie5:03 AM

    I read the article and letter. Now I'm crying.

    As a child bullied unmercifully I take the subject of trolls, alt-right, and trump personally. Hillary is correct. The way we defeat the hate is to not participate.

    Beatles were correct too - all we really need is Love.

    1. Anonymous6:02 AM

      Absolutely! I watched the season premiere of "Ellen" yesterday and she mentioned Hillary in her opening monologue. Cut to the pee puddle afterward, the penultimate for all things noble and "Christ-like."

      Paraphrasing, "Add HER to our hate list! Be kind to one another, my @ss, she and her Hollywood friends, highlight of her summer was attending President Obama's birthday party....." blah blah blah ad nauseum.

      Remember when President Obama first took office and had the beer summit with two men who highly disagreed with him? I wouldn't walk across the street to meet any of that c4p bunch and their so-called "living it Jesus' way." Same goes for the dead lake tribe.

    2. Anonymous6:43 AM

      6.02, these people worship Sarah Palin. They aren't regular human beings and you shouldn't think of them as such.

  5. Anonymous5:17 AM

    Trolls in the Internet are the worst kind of coward. Another thing that upsets me about the sexism directed towards Hillary, are the WOMEN that jump on the band wagon. I do not understand this at all.

    1. Anonymous6:36 AM

      Me neither, girlfriend.

  6. Anonymous5:44 AM

    I'm scared that man will win. Maybe there's more bullies than decent people.

    1. Anonymous6:39 AM

      They keep telling us there aren't- and we only have to look at the election and reelection of Barack Obama to see that it's true.

    2. Anonymous9:37 AM

      Damn, but I wish President Obama could have run for a third term.

      Also, would imagine he and First Lady Michelle are MORE than happy to move on with their lives.

      It's going to be enjoyable watching them in the future as they are both wonderful people.

  7. Anonymous6:09 AM

    Do you think January from the peepond is scratch? Such a sorry ass.

    1. Anonymous6:45 AM

      I don't even know what you mean by that but I do know that if it wasn't for negative attention the pee pond wouldn't get any attention.

  8. Anonymous6:35 AM

    Twice as a child I came home crying with my head and face covered with blood. Both times it was from boys throwing rocks at me. Why? Because I was a girl. My poor mother freaked out both times but I hope she learned quickly that scalp and forehead wounds tend to bleed very dramatically.

    PS neither of those times did I post silly pictures on Facebook and pretend I was 'rock running'.

    I am still a girl. So is Hillary Clinton, but the difference is I can kill the next man to throw a rock at my head.

  9. Anonymous7:46 AM

    "I know that if any of these candy asses were in the same room with me they would lower their eyes and stare at the floor in the hopes that I would not notice them."

    Now why would anyone do that if you weren't a known, violent bully?

    1. Anonymous2:12 PM

      Gryphen is a ninja, everyone knows that. He's a badass behind the keyboard because he knows the odds of meeting on of his "troll" is remote. Anyone who has to tell you how bad they are on a b!og is in reality a pussy, right Gryphen.

    2. Anonymous4:26 PM

      2:12pm, I think we can all agree you're the real badass. Constant criticism and not enough balls to sign your name. So tough!

      Meghan in PA

  10. Anonymous8:01 AM

    Gryphen, I so appreciate your take on this article, as well as on every article. You are thoughtful, kind, and bright. You remind me of Robert B. Parker's Spenser. Thanks for your writing, investigating, and caring for people and the planet.

  11. Anonymous8:29 AM

    Someone sit me down and explained trumps buddy bank. They said to me that the trump network consist of several groups, birthers, kkk, alt right, burch, tea party, nra, constitution sheriffs and brotherhood, sub military, sub prison,certain media,certain producers, certain physicians, certain attorneys, certain corporations etc etc. In order to pull off this scam? All must be quiet as don said and play. The attitude of this group is clear and you will hear it in their comments and daily life.
    This is a toxic social disease created before 9/11 by certain hateful republicans and it is now a toxic bowel movement of Republican rump ignorance in America.

  12. Anonymous9:33 AM

    I so agree with you, IM. I'm a supporter of Hillary Clinton and have been saying so for months! Vote for Hillary Clinton, Alaskans! I am!

    She IS the most qualified and prepared to do the job.

    The media/press and journalists (I sometimes question the definition as to the people it applies i.e. Matt Lauer!) have been horrible to Mrs. Clinton and it's been hard to watch.

    I admire the tenacity, ability, smartness, experience and thoroughness of Mrs. Clinton and look forward to seeing her take the oath as POTUS!

  13. Anonymous12:29 PM

    So where did these all these women get the STDs that they are supposedly so proud of? I'd wager the majority of them got them from men.

    Hell, I had my own STD scare about a year back. I discovered my husband had been posting ads on Craigslist trying to meet strangers in public restrooms so that they could have sex.

    Luckily, I caught nothing. I divorced my husband. But not before he found Jesus and promptly sent my parents a letter telling them that he deserved a second chance. My lack of belief in religion had caused him to fall away (I'd never observed him practicing religion even once during our marriage) and that What I needed was for him to show me Christ's love.

    Male privilege is the WORST. Especially when flavored with religion.

  14. Anonymous4:11 PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I only "facebook" for work related stuff, but I've seen people open themselves to attacks like this one because they're too honest and too good. If this woman's experience helps one other protect themselves, it was worth it. And Hillary's letter to her was a thing of beauty.


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