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Our good friend and failed social justice warrior Jennie Chenkin just can’t stop poking the turtle. We want to stop writing about her, we really do. But she just won’t allow us to move on. The Hampshire College junior wrote a really long email to the UMass Student Government Association, demanding a whole bunch of hilarious things. The dumb things she wrote are in italics, followed by our rational thoughts in bold.
My name is Jennie Chenkin. I am a Hampshire College junior on a pre-law track with a concentration in political theory, carceral studies, and conflict resolution. I am writing this email because I have been harassed mercilessly online following “The Triggering” event and I have reason to believe that UMass Republicans have endorsed this harassment and libel against me.
“Law” and “conflict resolution” are probably career paths you should steer far away from Jennie. Just sayin.
On Monday night, I attended the event “The Triggering” hosted by UMass Republicans in protest of the panelists they had chosen to bring in to speak on “social justice, feminism, trigger warnings, microaggressions, and more.” My friends and I held up a banner outside the venue that said “content warning: bigotry inside” and we passed out fliers which explained what we believe political correctness stands for. When the panelists came on stage, we booed and heckled and disrupted, because that was what we were there to do. We wanted to send a message that even if the majority of the room agreed with what was being said, there were people in the community who adamantly disagreed, and that we were also allowed to make our voices heard under free speech laws. We wanted to send a message that harmful opinions like the ones held and endorsed by the panelists are not welcome at UMass or in the Five College community.
Wrong. Opinions endorsed by the panelists are absolutely welcomed at UMass because UMass is a college in the United States, a country that endorses free speech.
While I frankly found the event absolutely reprehensible, it proceeded without extraordinary incident.
No, there were many, many incidents. Several protesters were kicked out and Trigglypuff made Internet history for being the biggest asshole ever.
On Tuesday morning, I awoke to a notification from Facebook, indicating someone had tagged me in a comment on the event page for “The Triggering.” Someone by the name of Clarence Emerson (who I later learned is actually Aidan Kearney, a UMass alum, sexual predator, and professional bully) had tagged me in his comment with this article attached, referring to me in the comment as “little boy” https://turtleboysports.com/hippies-got-annihilated-at-trigger-warning-political-correctness-forum-at-umass-in-the-greatest-social-justice-warrior-beatdown-of-all-time/. As you can see by reading the blog post, it contains libelous language against me and screenshots of comments I posted on the event page for “The Triggering”.
Hey Jennie, you have no idea what libel is. Libel involves malicious lies. All we did is reproduce the stupid things you wrote on Facebook and make fun of you for it. Those aren’t lies, they’re opinions about the stupid things that you wrote. But please, keep throwing that word around like you know what it means. You’re only embarrassing yourself more than you already have.
I have been advised by my attorney that both the harassment and the use of my comments are illegal — the use of my comments being an infringement of copyright law as outlined by Facebook, where individuals hold copyright law over everything they post, even comments posted on public pages.
You don’t have an attorney. You have the Hampshire College “counsel” Joanna Olin, who wrote a cease and desist email to the wrong email address. We laughed a her because she is a joke, just like you. If she told you they were illegal it’s only because she wanted you to shut the fuck up. But trust me, all of the things you just said about copyright infringement on Facebook are utterly idiotic and a real lawyer would laugh at you.
Legalities aside, I have now been put in personal danger because Aidan Kearney has demonized me and posted my personal information on a public website which caters to anti-social justice people who hate me and people like me. Aidan Kearney has taken it upon himself to publish two more articles about me, each getting progressively more aggressive in content.
Oh look, another person who thinks they know who Turtleboy is. Unfortunately none of our bloggers go by that name. You just read an article on a website that is being sued for $500,000 because they have a past history of making things up as they go along, and you took it as fact. See, we don’t make up lies, but you do.
Most recently, he has made a post about me being arrested in my home state several months ago. Though I take full responsibility for engaging in the action which led to my arrest, this is something I have been very ashamed of and embarrassed about, and until this point I have kept it a very private matter for that reason. I no longer have that luxury and I am worried that this string of harassing and revealing blog posts about me may prevent me from getting a summer job, which I desperately need in order to be able to pay for the last year of my undergraduate education before I go to law school.
Newsflash – your arrest last summer was never private. We found it by Googling your name. You are a criminal, a burglar, and a thief. You got caught and you were arrested. Those are facts. If you can’t get a summer job because you are a criminal, that’s not Turtleboy’s fault.
I understand that the individual who published this blog post no longer attends UMass and has no affiliation with the institution at this time aside from being an alum. However, UMass Republicans approved the publicizing of the first libelous blog post about me on the event page for “The Triggering” shortly after I was tagged in the comment (see attached screenshot). The fact that UMass Republicans published this blog post on “The Triggering” event page tells me that they condone this type of cyberbullying and that they think my public humiliation and harassment is funny and/or trivial. I assure you it is neither of these things. As I understand it, by publishing the link to the blog post with my information on it, UMass Republicans have endorsed the libel on the blog post and have potentially encouraged others to engage in similar behavior. I don’t need to simply make interpretations and assumptions, though. Nick Pappas, UMass Republican representative, has confirmed my suspicions (see attached screenshots).
Oh wait, you mean the people whose panel you sabotaged retweeted an article that was critical of your savage behavior? That’s so weird. Maybe it’s because you admitted on Facebook that you were planning on sabotaging their expensive event with stink bombs:
They should be nicer.
The endorsement of and participation in harassment by member of UMass Republicans is not news to me. The majority of the posts and comments on the event page for “The Triggering” contain similarly harassing, libelous, and abusive content towards people who have expressed distaste for the panelists or the event. While I understand and respect the legal right to free speech and expression as protected by the United States Constitution and UMass’s own pluralism policy, I do not believe much of the content on this event page is protected under the pluralism policy, as it is largely blatantly disrespectful, racist, sexist, islamophobic, transphobic, and queerphobic. Considering many UMass Amherst students (both affiliated and unaffiliated with UMass Republicans) have made harassing comments on “The Triggering” event page, I request an investigation into the conduct of UMass Amherst students on the page. Additionally, I demand consideration be taken to the fact that UMass Republicans allowed harassment and cyberbullying to occur on a page they managed. This concludes my first concern.
Once again, the UMass Republicans created an event page. It was invaded by fascist short-haired hippies who don’t shave their armpits. These nazis in training called them racists and other slurs, prompting several people to fire back at them. Isn’t it crazy how some people don’t just stand there and take your bullshit?
As for my second set of concerns: when I first drafted this email, only the one article about me had been published on the turtleboysports website, which I again acknowledge has no affiliation with UMass and is not under UMass jurisdiction. A few hours later, another blog post had been made about me on the site. A few hours after that, a video featuring my friend — taken and published illegally by Mount Holyoke sophomore and Campus Reform representative Kassy Dillon, who is also being investigated for misconduct during and after the event — was published on Youtube and shared widely throughout the conservative web. This video has been viewed in the hundreds of thousands and has been shared on Twitter by the panelists themselves. It was featured on Fox News. The blog post about my arrest followed and then another blog post, revealing the identity of my friend in the video.
Wait, let me get this straight. She’s blaming the girl who videotaped Trigglypuff?
I don’t even know what to say. This human being somehow got into college. You can be this stupid and go to college in America. You can actually believe that it’s against the law to tape someone making a fool of themselves by intentionally disrupting an event in a public place. I didn’t even know it was possible to be this dumb.
On Monday night, UMass Republicans asked their audience to be open to different opinions in the name of free speech. They then allowed their panelists to call Muslims rapists and dissenters in the audience, such as myself, pussies.
You and all your friends are a bunch of pussies. This email proves it. Looks like they were right all along.
They allowed their panelists to harass students on stage.
The panelists attempted to speak and the terrorists in the crowd tried to silence them. But yea, the panelists were the ones doing the harassing.
The panelists got applauded and paid to do so. This makes me seriously wonder what kind of ship UMass Republicans run and why UMass has allowed them to get away with this atrocious behavior. I wonder why UMass Republicans care so much about protecting free speech, but only when it aligns with their views — and when it doesn’t, I wonder why they think it’s okay to publicly harass and bully and humiliate dissenters such as myself. All of these concerns taken together tell me that “The Triggering” event wasn’t actually about free speech. It was about the promotion of harassment and hatred.
It looks like UMass Republicans don’t have a problem with your free speech at all. They have a problem with you denying others of their right to hear these public speakers. So then the Internet rightfully made fun of you and humiliated you and your friends because you needed to be humiliated.
UMass recently condemned anti-semitic and anti-Muslim graffiti on campus as “hate speech” under the policy against intolerance. While I again emphasize that I understand and respect the federal right to free speech and UMass’s pluralism policy which protects free expression on the campus, I am angered and confused as to how UMass has not similarly condemned any comments made by the panelists featured on Monday night or the harassment of protesters, like myself, that has ensued. Perhaps I am misinformed or am not fully understanding UMass policies, and if this is the case, I would like clarification. But as far as I can tell, the failure of UMass to condemn the hate speech that was featured on the campus, hosted by the institution, and FUNDED THROUGH THE SCHOOL indicates that UMass only cares about hate speech sometimes and will at other times covertly endorse hate speech and harassment on campus and beyond.
So you and your friends disrupted three public speakers and acted like children, and you think UMass owes you an apology? Yea, I’m sure they’ll get right on that.
On Monday night, when panelist Steven Crowder was asked by an audience member at what point hate speech crosses the line, Crowder responded with “When does free speech become hate speech? Yeah, that’s a silly question, hate speech is a figment of your imagination. If someone says something you don’t like you don’t get to call it hate speech.”
Yup. And he was 100% correct.
Except Crowder also says Islamophobia — that is, the irrational fear and demonization of Islam and all Muslim people — is rational and justified. Is that not hate speech? Did UMass and UMass Republicans not host an event which put money in the pockets of individuals who endorse hate speech?
I’ll tell you what’s a perfectly normal thing to do. Ask the panelists, “How long did it take to soak those chairs in the blood of Muslims and rape survivors, and how does it feel to be sitting in those chairs?”
Did UMass not allow UMass Republicans to host an event they knew would garner such a dramatic response? Was the money used to pay the panelists not from members of the student body who the panelists actively hate and demonize? Why couldn’t UMass Republicans at least be honest about their prerogatives in hosting the event? Perhaps because those motivations were less than noble.
Their motivation was to prove a point – campus radicals are unable to act in a civilized manner when they hear speech they don’t agree with. They wanted to prove that colleges have turned into breeding grounds for fascists who silence and shout down opinions they don’t agree with. And you proved their point for them by behaving exactly as they knew you would. Because the only thing this 22 year old virgin could say is “Fuck Trump.”
In a statement given to a Five College student who will remain anonymous for their safety, UMass Republicans representative Nick Pappas stated that the group invited Milo Yiannapolous as “a funny provocateur to the college left”. In his opening statement on Monday night, Milo said “feminism is cancer”. I ask Nick Pappas, Kyle Boyd (President of UMass Republicans), the rest of the UMass Republicans student group, the UMass administration, and the UMass student body, how is this funny? And how is this not creating animosity and discrimination on UMass Amherst campus towards feminists and other groups who were demonized on Monday? There is a way to go about critiquing feminism that does not equate feminism to a deadly disease or foster hatred towards feminists.
First of all, it was a joke. An outrageous joke, but still a joke. Normal people laughed at it. It’s OK to laugh. But nevertheless, a normal person would object to this joke because some people don’t like cancer jokes. But her objection isn’t about him being offensive to cancer patients. She objects because it’s offensive towards short-haired feministos with armpit hair. Personally my favorite Milo moment was when he told one of your hippie friends that he needed to get a new stylist:
There is a way to go about critiquing Islam, or any other religion, without equating all members of the religion to terrorists. Almost every person of color in the audience last night walked out of the room because they felt unsafe.
No they didn’t.
As a white woman, I felt unsafe.
No you didn’t.
There is a way to create open, respectful dialogues on college campuses between people who have differing views.
Yes, by not inviting you.
Last night’s event was none of these things.
Because of you and Trigglypuff.
I ask UMass administration and UMass Republicans, how is the public harassment and bullying of your students and Five College students okay? Is that funny to you too?
No, it’s funny to America. The whole country is laughing at you.
Because now my personal safety and the safety of other Five College students has been put in jeopardy.
Not it hasn’t.
Is my personal safety a joke to you?
No, but your demand for a safe space is.
Is my personal safety and the safety of individuals on your campus (and beyond) less important to you than the freedom to publicly humiliate people, as supposedly protected by free speech?
Yes, your imaginary delusions that you are unsafe is certainly far less important than the right to free speech.
I ask you, UMass and UMass Republicans, why are you endorsing and condoning harassment?
This is why:
“Fuck you. Fuck you!!! Get the fuck out of here!!!!”
That’s what you did to three highly respected guests of the University as they attempted to speak. This is why no one has a problem with people shitting all over you. Because you’ve earned the privilege.
Why are you putting me and others in danger? This is not funny and it is not a joke and I demand action be taken to remedy this situation and prevent anything like this from ever happening again. I demand appropriate disciplinary action be taken against UMass Republicans.
Demanding is so hot with social justice warriors right now. They think their demands actually matter. LOL. Turtleboy demands you shave your pits and take a shower, but we both know that would only happen in the reign of Queen Dick.
I request they be met with and lectured on cyberbullying and harassment.
A stern talking to!!!!
I request they be indicted into a probationary period and their actions monitored so as to ensure they are not endorsing behavior which puts other people in danger.
I request an apology from UMass Republicans for condoning the harassment I and countless others have been subjected to as a result of their atrocious event on Monday. I expect a response from UMass representatives regarding the condoning of harassment, cyberbullying, and hate speech on the part of UMass Republicans and the UMass institution which hosted their event. I will wait until 10 AM on Friday, April 29, and if I do not receive a response by then, I will escalate my demands and will go to the press about this situation.
Escalate her demands?? Uh-oh!!!!
I have already been approached by a representative of widely popular Vice News to speak about this incident and I am more than happy to do so if I find it necessary to get my voice heard.
So let me get this straight. You have been approached by a website that is read by millions of people everyday to share your story, but you’re not doing so because you wanted to send this email first? Yea that sounds believable.
Oh yea, and we can see on your Twitter that you’re trying very hard to reach out to ultra liberal publications about this story:
@NYMag would you be interested in doing a piece from their perspective? I could put you in touch with them
— —- (@sillydoses) May 1, 2016
But as you can see from the fact that they’re ignoring you, no one wants to hear your side of the story. Because you are an embarrassment and no one likes you.
I do not want to be contacted by anyone from UMass Republicans at this time.
You don’t want to be contacted by anyone in the UMass Republicans? Then why are you reaching out to them on Twitter?
I do not give my consent for anything in this email to be republished, quoted, or otherwise disclosed in any manner unless I indicate otherwise upon being asked.
It’s OK, no one needs your permission to publish something you wrote in an email.
I do not give anyone permission to forward this email without asking me first.
LOL. They certainly don’t need your permission to forward an email.
Before brushing my demands off as extreme or an overreaction, consider that my personal safety has been jeopardized by individuals within your student body.
No it hasn’t.
I do not take harassment and intimidation of this caliber lightly. I have been unable to sleep or eat since Tuesday morning.
That’s your problem. Go see a doctor. These are problems that Trigglypuff wishes she had.
I have three finals I still need to complete, and instead I now must spend hours on the phone with my attorney, drafting email after email to get my concerns heard.
Nah, you’re choosing to do those silly things.
UMass Republicans have said that words are just words, and I ask them now, do they stand by that statement?
Because the words at their event — and words that they themselves have spoken — have led others to believe that it is okay to harass and bully individuals in the way I and others have been bullied in the past two days.
Yea, you and your friends were the ones being bullied:
I demand, UMass, that you consider what kind of event you allowed on your campus on Monday night, what kind of behavior was endorsed, and what kind of messages you are sending to students of different races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, etc., all the things you claim to protect the free expression of when you simultaneously covertly endorse harassment and hate speech.
The Jennie Chenkin saga continues. Her and Trigglypuff are the gifts that keep on giving.
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