In Which Some People Are Very, Very Touchy
Sometimes, all you have to do to incur someone’s wrath is link to a website. Sometimes, all you have to do is point out that their words and actions don’t sync up very well. Take this guy, for instance:
Not only does he videotape himself in a bathroom stall and take more than four minutes to talk about how much something doesn’t matter to him, he then wipes his ass with that thing he doesn’t care about and flushes it down the toilet.
That’s some serious not-caring there!
I’m not going to disingenuously pretend not to care. I’ll put it succinctly – when you list yourself (even with the level of delusion that John Henry does) as a “public figure”, you are, for all intents and purposes, fucked. You relinquish all rights to privacy because…you’re a public figure. Get it? Public. It’s the opposite of Private.
In this particular social contract, you sacrifice your privacy for (possible) fame. This means that the PUBLIC gets to talk about you. And if they they (or some segment of the “they”) perceive you to be a whiny, hypocritical moran deserving of ridicule and contempt…guess what…they’re part of the public. What you’re actually looking for is a closed, Stalinist cult-of-personality where you’re unconditionally adored and never questioned.
John Henry, in one video, calls himself a journalist “in the style” of Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes. Um…I want to make sure I phrase this correctly. If Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes gave a master class on journalism, I’m pretty sure that “filming yourself in a toilet and literally wiping your ass with criticism” would not come up as a topic. HOWEVER, should someone (possibly John Henry) stand up during question time and ask something like, “On a personal and/or journalistic level, what are your opinions of filming yourself in a toilet and literally wiping your ass with criticism”, I think they’d probably laugh off the question. And then call security.
John Henry feels that any criticism of him denotes a conspiracy to shut him up. As such, and not surprisingly, he deletes all criticism. He moderates his blog and YouTube page comments. On his Facebook page, he writes things like:
Always cute when someone claims to “challenge” me and then immediately turns it into a handicap match.
Even cuter when I hand them their asses so completely they have to delete the thread…which I’m sure they’ll claim was my doing.
But the fact is that he does delete comments. And I’m pretty sure that the commenter did NOT have his ass handed to him. I had my comments deleted when I asked “How does deleting opposition comments make the mind of your readers free? Isn’t that more controlling the information in a Stalinist way?”
Really. That was all it took. Comment deleted. Profile banned.
And since I had another profile, I asked the same question. And that was deleted and the profile banned.
Call me naive, but I’m pretty sure that Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes would frown on these tactics. I don’t care as much of having my profile banned as having my comment completely erased.
I have about a half a dozen people on my FB banlist for various reasons. One of them is a woman who continually posted outright lies like “I’m so glad you’re voting for Romney, Paul!” Another is a wingnut that I despise. Reading his bullshit makes me legitimately angry.
I’m pretty sure that John Henry’s banlist runs into the hundreds. That’s the type of control his mind is under.