Yesterday I published a blog about the Newburyport School Committee getting Zoom bombed with racial slurs and unconfirmed anecdotes about teachers pilfering the assholes of unnamed students. I pointed out why this was an example of the weaknesses of “remote learning” and shared screenshots of public commentary on the Newburyport School Committee Facebook page.
Comments like this are funny because no one was “absolutely horrified” by anything. It’s all just performance art and pearl clutching from people who act like they’ve never heard a Cardi B song before. The idea that the School Committee has to come out with a formal statement “standing against hate” over a Zoom bomb is exactly why it’s so hard to take these people seriously.
Anyway, one of the commenters had their husband message me last night and demand that the screenshot of his wife’s public comment on a public issues of public concern be removed from my privately owned website. Meet Bob Hebeisen, the husband of “horrified” Julie Hebeisen.
In the blog I didn’t mention his wife by name, nor did I share her picture or shit on he at all really. I just saw her public comment, disagreed with, and screenshotted it so I could rebut it. This apparently upset Bobby.
Pro tip – if you want me to remove something from a blog, don’t do the whole “I’ve gotten harassing phone calls because of your blog” routine. It’s not believable. This blog only got a few thousands page views, she didn’t do anything egregious, and it certainly wouldn’t prompt anyone to find out her privately listed phone number and threaten her. On the Turtleboy scale, you’re just not important or interesting enough for people to waste their time on. More than anything, don’t imply that I’m somehow responsible for whatever “harassment” you’re receiving. I fundamentally oppose the idea that publishers are responsible for the actions of their readers, who they have no control over, if the publisher doesn’t direct or incite the readers to harass or threaten people. I made this clear to him and asked him to prove that she was getting harassing phone calls.
He couldn’t provide it and said that they thought it was the Klan calling her up.
Bruh, all you’re doing at this point is reinforcing my previous opinion that you’re an overly dramatic baby.
I asked to hear the voicemail but all he sent me were screenshots of a call she got from a restricted number at 2:07 and a call to the NPD three hours later.
Remember though, these people represent that party that wants to defund the police and they’re calling the cops over “harassing” voicemails.
I again asked for the voicemail at which point things escalated and he threatened to call the cops on me.
And….now I’m blocked.
I wasn’t gonna write this blog until he told me that the next call I’d get is from the police. I can deal with dumb messages, but don’t think you’re gonna intimidate me into self-censoring by calling the fuzz. If this was a nice guy and he explained in a compelling way why his family felt threatened by this then I’d hear him out. But you go to his page and see this:
This guy works in marketing so he knows how this shit works. And he’s using his marketing skills to try to sabotage a commerce site because he’s butthurt about who the President is. So yea, obviously this guy’s dickhead and an immature child who likes to mix it up and go looking for controversy. Now he’s found it. This isn’t some quiet family who keeps to themselves. They’re douchebags and in hindsight I was way too kind to them.
The bottom line is this is the Internet, and when you use your real name to publicly comment on something you’re doing it for the world to see. Stand by it instead of whining about anonymity and “harassing voicemails.”
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