It isn’t often that I am utterly offended by something. I can be annoyed, I can be perplexed, I can be many things. Totally and completely offended is a rare one. But I have come across something that has completely offended me, to the point where I am interrupting what I was doing in order to rail on it, because it deserves to be railed on. I wrote in a previous post about how PC culture is out of control, referencing the incident with the professional victim Suey Park and her campaign against The Colbert Report. Now, I have a new target who needs my ridicule – Melody Hensley.
For those of you who don’t know, Melody Hensley is the executive director at the Center For Inquiry, along with a big-time Skepchick and very tight with the increasingly-forgotten Free-Thought Blogs. She is in solidarity with Rebecca Watson and her ilk as a professional victim of the Tumblr feminist variety. Another thing Ms. Hensley is is a harasser. For real, this woman has made a career out of going after people she doesn’t like, docx-ing and making sure that she gets the last word about them. What’s more, she is notorious for going after other women pretty hard. Any woman who doesn’t share her viewpoint is an easy target for her brand of “feminism,” wherein you either fall in line or you are one of the awful misogynist folk. Yeah, it’s one of THOSE types of people.
However, now she has said something so stupid, so pig-headedly wrong and so ignorant that it kind of pisses me off. See, because she has made a career of going after people she doesn’t like, she is just shocked that she has been the victim of the Internet. More specifically, trolls. See, everybody has to deal with trolls. Trolls are a part of Internet life. I guess nobody told Hensley that. Either that or she watched the film “Cyberbully” and decided to believe that that is how the Internet is. Given what she has said recently, I think that her and the main character from that film have a lot in common.
Hensley has come out in a big way and said that the trolling that she got on Twitter, from reportedly “400 people,” has caused her to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Here’s a link to an article in The Daily Mail talking about it in detail. Hensley not only says that a “good psychiatrist” (who she doesn’t name) diagnosed her and that she is so damaged from the experience that she is too unwell to respond to calls. Wow. Just, just wow. But it gets worse.
See, Ms. Hensley couldn’t just settle for claiming to have PTSD. No, she had to go and compare herself to veterans who came home with it. Un-fucking-real! Naturally, a lot of soldiers found that more than a little offensive, because it is so patently false. But she doubled-down on her comments, even going so far as to say the soldiers don’t know what they’re talking about. For real, one of her posts said that the soldiers who claimed she didn’t know what she was talking about were ignorant of what PTSD is. Much like the main character of “Cyberbully,” she has shown herself to be a complete pushover and doesn’t learn from her mistakes. Also like her, she clearly isn’t smart enough for the Internet. What’s more, when the soldiers get even more offended by this, becoming more vocal in their opposition to her ignorance, she then tells them that she will be contacting their commanding officers and telling the about what a naughty person they are.
Unreal! What the fuck is wrong with this woman?! What is her malfunction?! It clearly isn’t PTSD. After all, the soldiers who get diagnosed with that are sent home, to try and make something of their lives (often failing, because they have a real condition to deal with, unlike Hensley). They don’t stay in the employment that got them where they are. But Hensley, who says that she has a case of it that is equal to those who serve in the military, is still on Twitter, still going after the people she doesn’t like and still harassing people. Did this whole sorry episode teach you nothing?!
I have a cousin who recently married a man who came home from the Middle East. He has PTSD, and it affects him in a very serious way. He was telling me about it, how he would have panic attacks and mood swings that were sometimes very severe. Loud noises could set it off. He works at home, being a beta tester for video games (lucky bastard), so he can maintain a normal life and bring home the bacon. I know an older man who served in Vietnam, who told me about how he would sometimes wake up from night terrors, remembering an instance where he was in a hole, with shells coming down on all sides and no sign of where they were coming from. His comrades were blown apart and he was one of three who made it out of that hole alive. My grandad spoke often about his experiences in Korea, and it always seemed that he might have brought the war home with him. These people have real problems that never really go away. They have to constantly battle against it and it takes real effort to keep them sane.
Melody Hensley, you are full of shit. You do NOT have PTSD, and your saying that you do, because of Twitter trolls, is offensive. You are offending everyone of the men and women who are coming home from the Middle East and are terrified by fireworks and large crowds. You are offending all of the veterans of Korea and Vietnam who wake up from their dreams in terror, imagining that jungle nightmare. You are offending all of the shell-shocked soldiers who came back from WWI and II. You are offending all of the people who have risked their lives in a way that you, on your Internet platform, have and will NEVER do!
Oh, and the people who are attacking you about this don’t care that you are a “feminist and atheist.” We care that you are a charlatan and a professional victim who is trying to pull a Rebecca Watson and ride a victim gravy-train for as long as you possibly can. And for once, I am telling people not to talk to you. For real, everybody, leave this lying bitch alone. Don’t give her the pulpit from which to spout on. We all forgot about Rebecca Watson. Let’s forget about her too.
Until next time, a quote,
“The Internet’s a scary place, and the moral of this story is – we should legislate it. There are too many stupid people who are easy troll-bait. We gotta protect them, right?” -Your Movie Sucks, Cyberbully