Witch of the Week is a term used by Russell Blackford on the In Living Color blog to refer to a victim of the ongoing witch hunt conducted by members of the baboon boards (FreeThoughtBlogs). It has been suggested that the baboon-fostered manufactroversy witch hunts are created with the intent of increasing income via blog-hits on the FfTB sites. That has been vociferously denied by several FfTB blog hosts; nonetheless, the suspicion remains. This page of Phawrongula adopts the term Witch of the Week, and attempts to chronicle the timeline of witches persecuted by the baboons. Stephanie Zvan (aka Stefunny inSvanity, and many other sobriquets) of the FfTB blog, Almost Diamonds (aka Could be Carbon) denies that any witch hunts are being carried out because, for them to be witch hunts, they must follow, exactly, with precision, and without variance or deviation (punnishing puns-R-me) all historical witch hunts, such as McCarthyism, and including hunting of actual witches. Yes, well, Stefunny does have her own unique grasp on reality. For the record, TheFreeDictionary defines Witch Hunt as "An investigation carried out ostensibly to uncover subversive activities but actually used to harass and undermine those with differing views."
- 1 Week ending September 01, 2013
- 2 Week ending August 11, 2013
- 3 Week ending February 17, 2013
- 4 Week ending December 30, 2012
- 5 Week ending December 23, 2012
- 6 Week ending December 16, 2012
- 7 Week ending December 2, 2012
- 8 Week ending October 14, 2012
- 9 Week ending October 7, 2012
- 10 Week ending September 30, 2012
- 11 Week ending September 23, 2012
- 12 Week ending September 16, 2012
- 13 Week ending September 9, 2012
- 14 Week ending September 2, 2012
- 15 Week ending August 26, 2012
- 16 Week ending August 19, 2012
- 17 Week ending August 12, 2012
- 18 Week ending July 15, 2012
- 19 Week ending July 1, 2012
- 20 Week ending June 24, 2012
- 21 Week ending June 17, 2012
- 22 Week ending June 10, 2012
- 23 Week ending June 3, 2012
- 24 Week ending February 11, 2012
- 25 Week ending January 28, 2012
- 26 Week ending January 7, 2012
- 27 Week ending January 1, 2012
- 28 Week ending December 3, 2011
- 29 Week ending November 26, 2011
- 30 Week ending November 19, 2011
- 31 Week ending October 8, 2011
- 32 Week ending October 1, 2011
- 33 Week ending July 16, 2011
- 34 Week ending July 9, 2011
- 35 Week ending April 16, 2011
- 36 Week ending February 12, 2011
Week ending September 01, 2013[edit | edit source]
David Cody - Senior Director and Co-Chairman of Dragon*Con's gaming division. His crime? Doing his job, upholding the rules of Dragon*Con, treating Skepchick just like any other group, and giving Rebecca Watson and Surly Amy warnings instead of instantly booting them from the event without question. Due to receiving a "free pass to perform on panels", apparently Rebecca Watson thinks she is entitled to a handout because she has to pay for her own airfare and hotel room, yet others still abide by Dragon*Con's rules and pay for their own airfare, hotel room, and dealer table.
Note: Despite the title of the blog, Skepchick wasn't "booted" from Dragon*Con. They were simply warned to stop selling non-logo items at the free table, then threw a hissy-fit and left. If they wanted to sell their non-logo items, they could have paid the fees for a dealer's table just like everyone else - Dragon*Con's dealer and exhibitor information.
3. "I wanted to hear from people who were actually there, and so, sent out a few texts and emails. Turns out, Amy and Rebecca were not only well aware of the rule they were breaking (selling merchandise which wasn’t make exclusively by/for your fan table, in this case, Skepchick), but continued to attempt to skirt the rule, completely aware of what they were doing." - Sara Mayhew
"The main point of the fan table rules (which are free, btw) that Rebecca and Amy seem to be missing, is that they ARE NOT merchandise tables; they are free promotional tables for your club. They allow you to sell products that were made exclusively by or for your club. If you run a business (like Amy’s Surlyramics of Rebecca’s Skeptical Robot brands) then you’re required to sell your wares in the proper area, at a merch table, which you pay for." - Sara Mayhew - The Credibility of Skepchicks: Tablegate.
Week ending August 11, 2013[edit | edit source]
Michael Shermer - previous Witch Of The Week, "... American science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and Editor in Chief of its magazine Skeptic, which is largely devoted to investigating pseudoscientific and supernatural claims." -- Wikipedia.
1. PZ Myers reported third-hand allegations/hearsay that Michael Shermer raped someone, for which there is no shred of evidence or reason to believe actually happened. Someone reported the hearsay to Carrie Poppy, who then reported it to PZ Myers - What do you do when someone pulls the pin and hands you a grenade?
2. Michael Shermer's attorney sent PZ Myers a letter asking him to cease, desist, and post a retraction to the allegations of rape, or else they would file a lawsuit - Demand to Cease and Desist and for Retraction.
3. Thunderf00t's youtube video - PZ Myers accuses Shermer of rape.
4. Emery Emery started a fund raiser to help Michael Shermer with legal fees- Michael Shermer Legal Fund
Week ending February 17, 2013[edit | edit source]
Benjamin Radford - Deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer, a co-host of the podcast MonsterTalk, and previous Witch of the Week over the issue of gender-specific toys.
1. Wrote a blog post titled 'Over it', in which he criticized feminist theory and practice, and wrote a pastiche of Eve Ensler's poem by the same name. These criticisms included ineffective activism, misleading statistics, wanton slinging of terms like 'misogynist', 'sister hater', 'gender traitor' and 'rape apologist' as well as conspicuous silence over Native American or male victims of rape. Unfortunately, Melody Hensley and EllenBeth Wachs are incapable of comprehension and generated over 150 responses in the comments section of his blog.
In the comments, Sara Mayhew points out that Melody Hensley slanders successful women skeptics with sexist remarks implying that they are only successful because they suck up to men. See image 1 and image 2.
2 "He is Over The" - Ophelia Benson's response.
3. "You don’t get to be "over" rape" - PZ Myers' response, which links to Ophelia Benson's take on the issue.
4. "'Over It' Follow-Up: Why Would Anyone Criticize an Anti-Rape Poem?" - Ben Radford's follow-up, in which he criticizes PZ Myers' response, pointing out that he is 'over rape' in exactly the same way Eve Ensler is. He was also baffled that Eve Ensler's anti-rape poem would be criticised by another feminist.
5. "Being ‘Over It’-And the Lack of Charity" - "over the past week I have been criticized and vilified, painted as a misogynist, "rape apologist" and even "anti-feminist" by a few people who either didn't read my piece, or didn't understand it." - Ben Radford
6. "Melody Hensley – Executive Director CFI-DC" - Franc Hoggle's breakdown of Melody Hensley's comments.
7. "Minnesota Farmers: Blogger PZ Myers Puts Livestock at Risk With Straw Use" - Ben Radford's satire blog on PZ Myers
Week ending December 30, 2012[edit | edit source]
Al Stefanelli - "Publisher of "Syndicated News Services", a retired journalist and the author of “Free Thoughts – A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist” and “A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World – The Rise Of Atheism On Planet Earth”. Al served on the Board of Directors for The Clergy Project, and is the former Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc." - Official Website for Al Stefanelli
1. "An Atheist Cult: Those Radicals From Freethought Blogs, Atheism Plus, Etc." - Al Stefanelli's youtube video #1.
2. "Adam Lee's Redundant Petition (More on 'The Rift')" - Al Stefanelli's youtube video #2.
3. "Bitch: A Definitive Examination of the Word" - Al Stefanelli's youtube video #3.
4. "It Appears I’ve Started An ‘Atheist Cult’" - Ed Brayton's blog response. According to Ophelia Benson in comment #42, and Ed Brayton in comments #88, Al is guilty by association, because Al co-hosted a podcast with Reap Paden, and Reap called Stephanie Zvan a "fucking bitch". Because FfTB have a problem with people using bad werdz which they deem as misogynistic, despite context, they expected Al to not have defended Reap for usage of these bad werdz.
Despite Ed Brayton's numerous assertions that Reap Paden yelled "cunt", the word "cunt" was not yelled at Zvan. (see Week Ending October 14, 2012).
5. Who is the Bitch Now - Reap Paden's blog pointing out the numerous times Ed Brayton used the word "bitch".
6. Atheism Plus, Freethought Blogs, White Male Privilege, Shroedinger's Rapist & Guilt By Association Al's blog post (originally posted to his FtB blog) that put him 'out of favor.'
Week ending December 23, 2012[edit | edit source]
Ed Clint - aka Incredulous at Skeptic Ink, USAF veteran, has a bachelor's degree in psychology, student of evolutionary psychology.
1. Science denialism at a skeptic conference - Ed blog addressing the many flaws in Rebecca Watson's Evolutionary Psychology talk at Skepticon 5.
A month later, Rebecca Watson started a debate on twitter saying "if you have sex w/ someone who is drunk, they are unable to consent & that is rape.", as if being drunk automatically makes a person unable to consent to sex. Some people wrongly compared the argument to drunk driving, in which case a person's ability to operate a vehicle is hindered and can cause accidents, thus it's illegal in most countries, yet a person can still take part in and consent to many other activities.
The debate was had by many. Ed Clint gave his opinion on facebook. Rebecca Watson screencapped the thread and shared it on her blog, but displayed a small section of the conversation, in which Ed Clint was being sarcastic. Rebecca Watson overlooked that Ed Clint distinguished between "drunk, not drunk and mute, or drunk and not-conscious" later in the discussion, and that he obviously saw the difference between having sex with someone who is drunk vs. having sex with someone who is too drunk to consent or unconscious.
2. Twitter Users Sad To Hear They May Be Rapists - Skepchick's blog. Note: "Edward Clint" left responses in the comments' section.
4. Why Rebecca Watson Shouldn’t Be on a SXSW Panel About Reddit. - culturecritic9's Blog
Week ending December 16, 2012[edit | edit source]
Michael Shermer - "... American science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and Editor in Chief of its magazine Skeptic, which is largely devoted to investigating pseudoscientific and supernatural claims." -- Wikipedia.
1. "Atheist Q & A" - Michael Shermer's original response. Michael Shermer spoke in the context of stating our culture's perception, when he said "It's mostly a guy thing" in regards to the question asked, as he had said in the sentence before, "It probably really is 50/50", and followed that up by saying that at the last big conference they had "more women speakers than men speakers".
3. "Nontheism and Feminism: Why the Disconnect?" - More quote-mining by Ophelia Benson.
4. "Feminism Disconnected: A Response to Ophelia Benson and a Caution on Tribalism in Secularism" - Michael Shermer's response.
Week ending December 2, 2012[edit | edit source]
TruthAndOblivion - youtuber and blogger 'WoolyBumblebee'
1. "Melodramatic Melody" - TruthAndOblivion pointing out Melody Hensley's ongoing tirade and preemptive bannings.
Week ending October 14, 2012[edit | edit source]
Reap Paden - Host of ReapSowRadio and The Angry Atheist podcast
1. ReapSowRadio #28 - Called Stephanie Zvan a "fucking bitch" in a rant concerning Atheism Plus, the attacks on Justin Vacula, and Freethought Blogs.
2. "Is it time yet? " - Ophelia Benson
3. "That's "fucking *effective* bitch" to you " - Stephanie Zvan
4. "Reap responds " - Stephanie Zvan
5. "A New Contestant " - Ophelia Benson
Al Stefanelli - "a retired journalist and the author of “Free Thoughts – A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist” and “A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World – The Rise Of Atheism On Planet Earth”. Al serves on the Board of Directors for The Clergy Project, and is the former Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc." - Official Website for Al Stefanelli
1. "Q&A About Atheism Plus, White Male Privilege, Guilt by Association, Schrodinger’s Rapist and Freethought Blogs" - Al Stefanelli's blog addressing the many e-mails on these topics. Note, this blog was originally on Al's FTB site, before he transferred his blogs and moved out.
2. "ReapSowRadio Podcast #29" - This podcast was recorded on October 9th, and uploaded on October 10th - Reap Paden discussed calling Stephanie Zvan a bitch with Al Stefanelli, co-host of ReapSowRadio for the past 4 years. At 27:50, Al Stefanelli mentions that he has nothing to be upset about over Zvan, and that being a bitch IS NOT his impression of her.
3. "For Al" - PZ Myers' attempt to instigate a conflict with Al Stefanelli, as he was leaving FTB. PZ's sycophants accuse Al Stefanelli of being a racist, misogynist, douchebag, and a hat wearer, who is guilty of associating with Reap Paden on ReapSowRadio, because of the assertion that Reap made a racist joke somewhere else. (Bonus link).
Week ending October 7, 2012[edit | edit source]
Justin Vacula - Writer for the Skeptic Ink Network, NEPA Freethought Society Podcast host, and atheist activist
Justin Vacula was appointed as co-chair of the Secular Coalition for America's Pennsylvania chapter. Following this annoucnement, Justin was made 'enemy of the people' by the usual crowd and then some. Justin has since resigned from his position. Here are just some links in no particular order:
1. "Diplomacy and Respect " - Ophelia Benson
2. "Forgiveness and Abuse " - Stephanie Zvan
3. "Holding clay feet to witch-burning fires " - Lousy Canuck
4. "I guess the Secular Coalition for America will just let anyone volunteer " - P.Z. Myers
5. "Why is the Secular Coalition for America giving Justin Vacula - a bully, A Voice for Men contributer - a leadership position? " - David Futrelle (Manboobz)
6. "Misogyny and the SCA " - Kim Rippere (Secular Woman president)
7. "News from the Secular Coalition for America " - Ophelia Benson
8. "Open Letter to the Secular Coalition for America? " - J.T. Eberhard
9. "Petition to the SCA on Justin Vacula " - J.T Eberhard
10. "Petition to the Secular Coalition " - Stephanie Zvan
11. "Petitioned! " - Stephanie Zvan
12. "Reading Material " - Ophelia Benson
13. "Reasons not to sign a petition " - Stephanie Zvan
14. "Secular Coalition picks anti-woman leader for Pennsylvania " - Rebecca Watson
15. "Secular Woman supports Justin Vacula's resignation from Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania " - press release (!) from Secular Woman
16. "Sifting through lies and moving forward " - Surly Amy
17. "The sacred right of creepy dudes " - Ophelia Benson
18. "The SCA's decision-making process " - Lousy Canuck
19. "The Secular Coalition of America's [sic big goof] " - Greg Laden
20. "Why? " - Ophelia Benson
21. "Wrong answer, Edwina " - J.T. Eberhard
22. "Hypothesis: There are very few misogynst creeps in the atheist movement " - Greg Laden
23. "Open Letter to Justin Vacula " - J.T. Eberhard
24. "What cost is too high? On Justin Vacula and secular leadership " - Adam Lee
Week ending September 30, 2012[edit | edit source]
Matt Dillahunty - President of the ACA, host of The Atheist Experience, advocate for A+
In an attempt to prove A+/FTB dissenters wrong and pull a "gotcha" on the non-A+ community, Matt created an incognito account in the A+ forum to evade any special treatment he might receive. Under the guise of "curious", Matt's original post was declined by a moderator as being off topic, inflammatory, nitpicking and "a bit heavy on the teal deer" (tl;dr).
Matt's original post appears to be in regards to the ban on "Skep tickle". Matt asked if the moderator could move his post to the appropriate thread, only to find that
his post was deleted... ahem... there was a "bug" in the system. While trying to appeal their actions, Matt endured snarky comments and insults from people who haven't even read the original post. Matt announced his identity and verified his identity with a twitter post. Some members changed their attitudes and extended courtesy to Matt, others attempted to rationalize and justify their actions and preconceptions, and chastised him for using a sock-account, being a troll, attempting to pull a "gotcha" on the A+ forum, while totally missing Matt's intent.
Despite all that has happened, Matt thinks it was an isolated incident. He still supports A+, and remains oblivious to the tar-and-feathering of many others, and naive to the multiple youtube comments trying to inform him of A+/FTB's true nature....
2. Matt Dillahunty's video - The incident at the Atheism+ forum may not be what you think
4. Matt Dillahunty was "banned, indefinitely by Flewellyn, for violating the forum rule on sockpuppets", and would only be allowed back in if he apologizes. Resolution and moving forward on the Dillahunty incident
Note: The admin meant "sock account". Sockpuppetry is when a person uses two accounts to hold a discussion, to give the appearance that they are two separate individuals, sometimes in agreement on a particular issue.
5. Matt Dillahunty's followup video - Ok with ban - but not blame
6. On Lousy Canuck's blog, Flewellyn openly discusses things which happened behind the scenes via PMs. Matt was accused of violating an agreement to not argue on their forum until Greta had spoken to them. Matt responded in the comments, saying that there was no such agreement. Flewellyn then accuses Matt of openly discussing communication to staff, yet Flewellyn initially started on that discussion. Matt, I really think you owe them an apology.
7. A-plussers' feathers were ruffled because Matt "waved shitty privilege all over this forum" - GreatBlueHeron - On the Dillahunty matter: your reactions
Week ending September 23, 2012[edit | edit source]
Tim Skellett @gurdur
Tim is guilty of tweeting Stephanie Zvan's friends, thus causing annoyance to her. A year ago, Tim posted in the original Slyme Pit, and Stephanie thinks that anyone who posts there is a misogynist. Stephanie doesn't like seeing Tim comment on mutual friend's tweets.
1. I Object - Stephanie Zvan's blog
2. Sisterhood of the Oppressed: Episode Number Skewes' - Justicar's youtube video
3. WoolyBumbleBee Objects to Stephanie
Week ending September 16, 2012[edit | edit source]
John Brown @shrubblogger
John asked A+ about their stance on prostitution, pornography, and sex work, via Twitter. John said in response to A+Scribe (trinioler) that one could be against slavery without talking to a slave, while trying to show an analogy for it being possible to have a position on sex workers without talking to any. Comradde PhysioProffe wrote a blog showing the conversation out of context, tarred-and-feathered John, and deemed him a "clueless racist misogynist white d00d libertarian asshole high-school debate-team CHAMPEEN!". John commented on the blog, deflecting tons of insults and assumptions.
1. Just So You Know The Kind Of People Who Find Atheism+ Threatening - FfTB misconstrue/misquote John
2. FfTB ‘APlusScribe’ mendaciously paints critic of “AtheismPlus” cult as white supremacist - screen caps
3. ‘AtheismPlus’ Scribe’s mendacity - another copy of screencaps
4. Around FtB - PZ Myers calls John an asshat, reinforcing their echo-chamber
5. Atheism Plus Libertarianism - John Brown's youtube video
Week ending September 9, 2012[edit | edit source]
Sara Mayhew, a writer, illustrator, and a TED Fellow
Sara wrote a blog, mentioning her admiration for Harriet Hall, who wore a t-shirt saying that she felt safe at TAM2012. This enraged and provoked Surly Amy of Skepchick and CFI-DC Executive Director Melody Hensley to insult Sara via Twitter, using gender-based stereotypes.
1. I am not a Skepchick - (see the "update" section for the tweets)
Katie Graham blogged in support of Sara Mayhew, and posted her e-mail informing CFI of those tweets.
CFI responds: "Ms. Hensley was tweeting in her personal capacity, not as a representative of CFI."
Sara Mayhew wrote a follow-up blog
Week ending September 2, 2012[edit | edit source]
Anna Johnstone, a supporter of the A+ Scribe project.
Anna suggested that transcriptions should be done with the permission of the copyright holders first, to respect the wishes of others who may not want their work associated with A+. Anna was accused of bullying A+ Scribe. Greta threatened Anna with a ban, and hurled insults at Anna, with assistance from her sycophants. Anna was called a troll, a right-winger, an ableist, hostile, and accused of "spewing venom", being aggressive, sarcastic, hostile, not listening and not paying attention.
Week ending August 26, 2012[edit | edit source]
Maria Maltseva - A.K.A 'BluHarmony.'
Who the hell knows?
Some guesses: Possibly because her home address was posted in the comments section of Laden's long and she dared to wonder why hers could and Surly's couldn't. Possibly because Steph is in love with Laden. Probably for blog hits and the sadistic pleasure Steph gets from hurting others. Tons of lies by Stephanie, including this zinger: Character assasination posts don't get blog hits. Oy.
Note: Zvan specifically admits Maria's address was posted and provides no evidence that Maria ever said Laden was the one to do it, only that it was published in Laden's blog in an attack post about her titled "Kiss My Ass," with her full legal name also appearing in the title. The whole premise of the post is a lie. What appears below is an apology from Maria for any misundestanding that may have occurred as to who posted the address in Laden's hate thread. Notably, there is no apology for her address being posted or published, and no indication or evidence that it was immediately taken down.
1. via Stephanie Zvan
Week ending August 19, 2012[edit | edit source]
Justin Vacula - A.K.A 'Entity,' 'Justin Fucking Vacula.' Author of Justin Vacula's Blog and host of the NEPA Freethought Society Podcast.
Objected to Surly Amy rebuking Sharon Hill on Twitter for following @AngrySkepchick, objected to Surly Amy saying conferences should ban "fake jewelry," and refused to be bullied by a DMCA claim .
2. via Stephanie Zvan
For posting Surly Amy's address -- very easily found in Google -- in response to accusations that the counter-DMCA filed was done so to attain Surly Amy's address.
3. via Blag Hag
Valuing critical thought, doubt, hesitation, humility, and honesty, and questioning his perceptions and biases.
4. via. 'Natalie Reed '
Week ending August 12, 2012[edit | edit source]
PZ Myers wrote a blog in support of "The 5 Most Awful Atheists", which listed Sam Harris, Bill Maher, Penn Jillette, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and S.E. Cupp. To name another, Mano Singham joined in with a blog, saying that Sam Harris is anti-Muslim. Evidently, it's wrong to be anti-Muslim, as most vocal atheists are, yet not wrong to be anti-Christian.
1. Wrestling the Troll - Sam Harris' response to "the shepherd of Internet trolls PZ Myers", the frenzy of blogs, e-mails, and tweets accusing him of racism due to Sam's view on airport security, from people who can not distinguish the difference between a Muslim, which anyone can be, and people of dark skin. Sam claimed to have wrote PZ Myers about these charges, but PZ only responded back with continued attacks and endorsement of false charges from others.
More of PZ's blogs in response to Sam Harris'.
Week ending July 15, 2012[edit | edit source]
Harriet Hall - Writer for 'Skeptic' and 'Skeptical Enquirer'. Wore a T-shirt at TAM 2012 which read, on the front, I feel safe and welcome at TAM, and on the back, I'm a skeptic Not a "skepchick" Not a "woman skeptic" Just a skeptic. Srsly. Totes!
Week ending July 1, 2012[edit | edit source]
Thunderf00t - YouTube atheist. Darling of FtB when he joined on June 21. Obtained resident evil status on June 25 with a post criticising various aspects of gnu femtheism. Followed up the next few days with scathing attacks on P.Z. Myers! Arguably the biggest fuck-you to the baboon bullies to date. It was too unbearable that on July 1, Ed Brayton kicked Thunderf00t out of FfTB.
- MISOGYNIST! - The post which got this week's ball rolling.
- FFS PZ Myers, enough with the strawmen! (actual title!)
- FFS PZ MYERS, PLEASE – LEARN – TO – READ
- Is it ‘Freethoughtblogs’ or ‘Group-think-blogs’?
- SkepchickCON and the Harassment LOL-icy
- Major Changes at Freethought Blogs - Ed Brayton on the removal of Thunderf00t
- Thunderf00t's youtube resposne - PZ Myers and the Art of Shameless Dishonesty
- Thunderf00t's youtube repsonse - FreeThoughtBlogs and PZ Myers
PZ Myers was getting a lot of questions to his Twitter account as to the reasons for Thunderf00t's "demise". He however suffered a bout of selective memory when answering one person, so he was reminded of his own words - including a link to where he had said them:
Coffee Loving Skeptic - Blogger who had been critical of Rebecca Watson during the ElevatorGate controversy. Falsely accused by Watson on Twitter of calling her the "C" word, and when he attempted to defend himself by blogging about the exchange, was publicly attacked by both Watson and PZ Myers, whose followers bullied and harassed him.
Paula Kirby - For using the terms "Feminazi" and "Femistasi" to describe the totalitarian thought and lack of tolerance for dissent at FTB, during a Twitter conversation.
Week ending June 24, 2012[edit | edit source]
Russell Blackford (witch with bar) and Jeremy Stangroom - Called out the FtB bullying on twitter. Sent Ophelia into hysterics.
Ophelia Benson and Jeremy Stangroom co-authored the book "Does God Hate Women?"
Week ending June 17, 2012[edit | edit source]
Stephen Packard - AKA Dr. Buzzo, DRBUZZ0. Became a side-show distraction from the ongoing Grothe-hunt when it emerged he had been in posession of an 'x-shot' camera boom at TAM 9. Some concerned women assumed he was using the device to take "up-skirt" photos, rather than it's intended commerical purpose of taking self-portraits. Despite no evidence or witness accounts of Dr. Buzzo using the device in a suspicious manner, he was declared guilty on account of him being "creepy" - whatever that means.
Week ending June 10, 2012[edit | edit source]
Justin Vacula - Called out Jason Thibeault for making a homophobic comment during the D.J. Grothe trials. This earned him the title of "vacuous shitbag troll" and, of course, a banning from Jason's blog.
- Jason's homophobic comment and Justin's original comment
- Jason's vacuous shitbag post
- Justin's response
Week ending June 3, 2012[edit | edit source]
D.J. Grothe (witch with bar) - Takes the mantle of the first person to be witch hunted twice. Suggested that a drop in female attendance at TAM may be due to scaremongering regarding sexual harassment by Watson et. al. This sparked an avalanche of faeces-throwing never before seen. The story did have a happy ending, however: Neither Rebecca Watson or PZ Myers will be attending TAM in 2012. A short sampling of the FtB pile-on follows:
- Grothe's comment which sparked the witch hunt
- Stephanie Zvan smells blood
- Rebecca Watson stomps her feet and goes home
- PZ Myers apes Rebecca
- Chris Hallquist supports D.J. Grothe
- Jason Thibeault makes a homophobic comment about D.J. Grothe
- Jason not-pologises for his comment, and insults D.J. again for good measure
- Ophelia Benson compares Rebecca's "plight" to the plight of Jews in Nazi Germany
- Ophelia: I didn't compare TAM to Nazi Germany!
- Ophelia: I was comparing D.J. Grothe to Hitler!
- Ophelia: OK, So I did compare TAM to Nazi Germany
- Greg Laden probably said something too. Who cares.
Week ending February 11, 2012[edit | edit source]
Terroja Kincaid - AKA TJ and The Amazing Atheist. Provided enough rope to hang himself several times over and have enough change to rig a Man-O-War when he had a brain meltdown, rhetorically threatened a rape survivor with rape, and taunted her about her exprerience. This, not surprisingly, sparked a baboon feeding frenzy. Wins the award for being the first person on this list to have actually crossed the line.
- AXP - Horrible people don’t realize they’re horrible
- Pharyngula - The not-so-Amazing Atheist self-immolates
- Blag Hag - Scratch the Amazing Atheist off your list too
- Cammels with Hammers - The Amazing Rape-Celebrating Atheist
- Crommunist - Hey look over here!
- Lousy Canuck - The man who could not see his own reflection, but thinks he looks Amazing nonetheless
- Natalie Reed - MRA Gets Around
- Greg Laden - Time to shut down the Amazing Atheist
- Almost Diamonds - Rape Trauma and Triggers
- That Fat Atheist - Kincaid apologises, and a reponse to PZ Myers
Penn Jillette and Emily Simon - Penn posted a comment to Emily's wall on facebook, calling fellow comedian Lindy West a cunt after reading an article she had authored which he considered to be less than amusing. Emily was then harrassed on twitter by the Jen McReich and company - a situation which eventually morphed into an all-out melee when it became clear Emily would not submit to their bullying. To Emily's credit, she maintained a very calm compsure.
- Penn Jillette Thinks Lindy West is a Cunty Cunt!
- Women who don't amuse Penn Jillette are cunts on Blag Hag.
Week ending January 28, 2012[edit | edit source]
Steve Cuno -
Blog contributor at randi.org. Ruffled baboon hair by vaguely criticising them in an article on randi.org.
- "How to Sabotage Skepticism from the Inside" by Steve Cuno
- Rebecca Watson plays the innocent bystander.
- "The Brine Shimp Gambit" - PZ's response.
- "Someone Is Vague on the Internet" - Almost Diamonds
- "From the 'You'd Think I'd Know Better' Department" - Steve Cuno
Week ending January 7, 2012[edit | edit source]
D.J. Grothe - President of James Randi Educational Foundation. Accused Greta Christina and Stephanie Zvan of bullying and blogging for attention. See Attacks on D.J. Grothe.
Two witches tried at once!
1. Dammit, DJ - Stephanie Zvan picked up where Greta Christina left off. Stephanie used screenshots, from December 1st, of comments made by Ryan on his own facebook wall. It was a sarcastic response to the numerous false accusations from Greta's sycophants and mutual friends of Ryan wanting to kick women in the cunt (spawned by Ophelia Benson). Stephanie also used this blog to pick on D.J. Grothe, since he previously spoke out against Greta's bullying of Ryan.
Benjamin Radford - Deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer. Pissed off Queen Bee, claiming that girls toys that are pink in color are not neccessarily sexist.
- Radford's initial comments.
- Queen Bee gets pissed and snarky (ie: business as usual).
- PZ Myers smells blood.
- Radford has a WTF? moment.
Mallorie Nasrallah - wrote an article expressing herself to the skeptical community. This led to a series of insults from several prominent FfTB bloggers. Mallorie was misconstrued, taken out of context, and strawmanned as if she neglected harassment and rape.
1. A message to the skeptical community from a fellow atheist, who just so happens to be female
2. The straw woman of the skeptical movement
3. Jerks love being reassured that being a jerk is OK
4. Mallorie Nasrallah says “I like it when #mencallmethings”
5. Love letters to the status quo
6. More FTB blogs related to 'Mallorie Nasrallah'
Week ending January 1, 2012[edit | edit source]
Staks Rosch - Atheism Examiner on examiner.com. Held an "atheist of the year" competition with no women in the top 5 shortlist. Defended decision saying he didn't want to include "token women".
- "Tokens or No Tokens" by Staks Rosch.
- Ophelia finds something to be angry about.
- Matt Dillahunty declines the award because of the controversy.
- Jen McCreight hosts a competition for the Most Influential Female Atheist of 2011. None of the baboons complained, yet Staks inability to find a suitable woman candidate caused an uproar.
Week ending December 3, 2011[edit | edit source]
Ryan Grant Long - atheist and skeptic in the community, artist, advocate for LGBT rights.
Greta Christina posted on facebook that mentioning Rebecca Watson would draw "hostile, entitled, misogynist trolling", which sets up anyone who responded in opposition as automatically being a misogynist and a troll. This started the abuse of Ryan Grant Long, who said "you don't have to be a troll to disagree". Ryan was goaded by Greta's sycophants, and was intentionally misquoted and misrepresented by Greta. Take notice to Ophelia Benson, who injected the "wanting to kick women in the cunt" line, which inadvertently(?) led to sycophants accusing Ryan for wanting to kick women in the cunt.
1. Uncredible Hallq's incomplete copy of Greta Christina's facebook thread and Original, but incomplete, Greta Christina facebook thread - Incomplete due to Ryan Grant Long deleting his original facebook account after receiving numerous nasty PMs from FfTB sycophants, flouncers, and numerous false accusations from mutual friends.
2. #mencallmethings: “pathetic attention seeker” - After labeling Ryan a hostile, entitled, misogynist troll, Greta Christina wrote a blog, bringing the dispute out from facebook, and into the blogosphere. Ryan defended himself in the comments, saying that his words were misrepresented, that he was misquoted. The attacks by Greta's sycophants, via facebook, increased due to the blog, and Ryan was accused by numerous people of wanting to kick women in the cunt, which Ryan mentions in comment #43. Greta blocked Ryan from her blog. D.J. Grothe arrived in the comments to inform Greta that it was a bullying move; that she wrote a blog using Ryan's words which were "arguably out of context", and then banned Ryan from the blog because of Ryan's comments on facebook. Greta Christina closed the comments on the blog.
Week ending November 26, 2011[edit | edit source]
P.Z. Myers - Naked Emperor. Bit the hand that feeds him when he posted a cartoon featuring an atheistic boy bunny and a theistic girl bunny.
Week ending November 19, 2011[edit | edit source]
Keenan Crow - who dared to criticize Rebecca Watson's tactics for dealing with trolls.
Week ending October 8, 2011[edit | edit source]
James Onen - courtesy of Ophelia Benson.
Week ending October 1, 2011[edit | edit source]
Adrienne Meyers - Noted, on twitter, that Rebecca Watson had left a "giant vagina-shaped void" in the Boston skeptical community. After much brow beating from Rebecca and PZ, Adrienne offered an apology to Rebecca. She has since flounced.
Week ending July 16, 2011[edit | edit source]
Russell Blackford - Philosopher and author. Failed to adequately toe the line on Elevatorgate.
Week ending July 9, 2011[edit | edit source]
Richard Dawkins - Criticised Queen Bee of over-reacting to the "Elevatorgate" drama.
- Dawkins' original comment on Pharyngula.
- The "Dear Dick" letter on Almost Diamonds.
- Rebecca Watson instigates the boycott-that-isn't-a-boycott on Skepchick.
- Angry letters to Dawkins on Skepchick.
- Jen McCreight complains of Dawkins' privilege on Blag Hag.
- Phil Plait and potential rape situations on Bad Astronomy.
- Greg Laden milking the situation for blog hits.
Week ending April 16, 2011[edit | edit source]
Brian Dunning - "The Skeptoid". Skepchick Amy Roth did not like the album art of his single, "Energy".
Week ending February 12, 2011[edit | edit source]
Sean Faircloth - Referred to women as "females" at an American Atheists conference.