#FreeWarMachine: A hashtag for the worst people on planet earth
Posted by David Futrelle
If you’re worried that your view of humanity is excessively sunny, well, here’s one way to fix that: take a look at the hashtag #FreeWarMachine on Twitter, full of people who seem to honestly believe that mixed martial arts fighter and sometime porn actor War Machine either didn’t beat his ex-girlfriend nearly to death, or that, if he did, she probably deserved it anyway.
In other words it’s a virtual parade of the very worst people currently living on planet earth. I’m posting some of the, well, milder tweets below, but even though I’m avoiding the worst you should seriously consider heeding this TRIGGER WARNING and visit @CuteEmergency instead.
So here are the sorts of people in War Machine has in his corner:
— Troke Robert (@rtroke88) August 16, 2014
— RickySODMG (@RickyOnDatHoe) August 16, 2014
Oh, but it gets worse. The most active commenter in the hashtag is a hyperbolically racist troll (in all senses of the word) whose name contains a racial slur. You’ll have to go through his history to see the terrible, terrible things he’s saying; there’s no way I’m posting them here. Be WARNED: His Twitter page is illustrated with a giant photograph of the severely injured Christy Mack.
What’s stranger than this outpouring of support from foul misogynistic shitheads is that War Machine is also getting what appears to be utterly sincere fans who think that he is the real victim here.
— Marge Fernandez (@killamarge) August 18, 2014
Meanwhile, this woman, whose thoughts proved too expansive for Twitter, gave the whole situation a New Age spin. Citing the so-called “Law of Attraction,” she argued that War Machine had only turned bad because he’d brought a bad person with bad energy into his life. That person being the woman he (allegedly) nearly killed.
I would sic a hardcore curriculum of LAW OF ATTRACTION on his ass.
I almost did… he read a book I sent him when he was in jail… and he seemed to turn things around for a while. But the material didn’t stick. It requires almost the same level of dedication and practice that MMA itself requires.
And Mack was just a huge fucking wrong turn for him.
“You are who you hang out with.”
“You become the thoughts you most repeatedly have.”
Mack gets fucked all the time = WM is now fucked. Big-time.
I pray that the judge hates the porn industry…maybe her husband left her for a porn star… and maybe hence, the judge will have some sympathy for WM…lol.
I suppose I have to give this woman credit for originality. Victim blaming is more an art than a science, and this is artful indeed.
About David FutrelleI run the blog We Hunted the Mammoth, which tracks (and mocks) online misogyny. My writing has appeared in a wide variety of places, including Salon, Time.com, the Washington Post, the New York Times Book Review and Money magazine. I like cats.
Posted on August 23, 2014, in a new woman to hate, a woman is always to blame, alpha males, are these guys 12 years old?, creepy, empathy deficit, evil sexy ladies, excusing abuse, hypocrisy, irony alert, ladies against women, men who should not ever be with women ever, misogyny, playing the victim, racism, Uncategorized and tagged alpha males, domestic violence, misogyny, racism, war machine. Bookmark the permalink. 65 Comments.