Ugh. I did not want to update my wordpress again today, because I like having the picture of me interviewing Rahm Emanuel on my front page, but it can’t be helped. I want the world to know (well, potential employers) that I broke the news that tamtampamela was a troll (see my time stamp)… Read the rest of this entry »
… except she just outed herself as a troll around 1am, CST. My headline is misleading, but hopefully you are still reading.
On March 13th, youtube user tamtampamela (identified by the internet as Pamela Foreman) made a video saying the tsunami happened because she prayed for god to prove his existence to atheists, and days later struck Japan. Pam goes on to say she is overjoyed by the magnitude of God’s response, and hopes God will steer his wrath to America soon, since there’s tons of atheists here. The video has approximately half a million views (link is original video, but as of 2am, LaughAloneTV has a copyright claim on it) and tons of hateful comments , including calls for her rape or other forms of violent retribution.
Richard Dawkins’ site linked the video, Scallywag & Vagabond call her “crazy”, Vanity Fair called her response inappropriate (link includes racist UCLA girl), Project Armannd calls her a psychopath (and also links to additional WWII-Karma-on-Japan comments), Miami New Times blog takes a swig at her (and advocates interpretive dance), Perez Hilton claims the video made him sick, and a bunch of bloggers, youtubers and atheist forum users also weigh in on the matter, all outraged.
The internet went on to find Pamela’s “real life” information, and posted her address and phone number all over the internet (but that info might be fake? She might really be named Tamar Boehm?). If one watched more than one of tamtampamela’s other videos, it becomes clear that Pamela is trolling. Some folks on the internet were not astute enough to make this connection, or sought to punish Pamela because you can’t make light of the Japanese earthquakes and tsunami, even if it was to make a point about how the extremely religious believe God works on their behalf against their enemies. Read the rest of this entry »
EDIT: The internet is telling me all these anti-Japanese sentiments began with a Family Guy staff writer’s joke tweet. He deleted the tweet and apologized, though other Americans might actually mean it as evident by their Facebook vitriol?
The last 48 hours for Japan have been rough: two earthquakes, a tsunami, and fears of nuclear meltdown.
A logical, possible explanation? A solar flare.
Some cesspoolian Americans, however, viewed these natural phenomena as the work of a spiritual deity. These Americans believe the universe was angry at Japan for Pearl Harbor, and decided to wait more than 50 years to dish out karmic justice. Except these Americans didn’t say it like that. More like: “Fuck Japan! Remember Pearl Harbor? Karma’s a bitch!” Yeah.
When I think of all the Americans that never learned of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, my forehead wrinkles with worry. No Child Left Behind is doing a worse job than we imagined!
If I had to pick a country, between the United States and Japan, that would get karmic retribution for actions in World War II, I’d pick the United States (body count, occupation). If I were to follow the Facebooking-karmic-justice-Americans logic, where nature takes it upon herself to punish man for the things he does to his fellow man, I’d have to assume that Katrina, the tornadoes tearing up the midwest, the BP Oil Spill (why not?) and every other natural catastrophe to hit the states EVER, is retribution for things America did in prior wars. Or am I being silly here, because America don’t have to worry about karmic retribution? I don’t know the rules to this karma-blame-game… maybe America is exempt.
But what about New Zealand? Following the logic stated above, one could argue the Christchurch earthquake happened because of the Anglo-Maori wars centuries ago. And the flooding in Australia? Oh, the universe is always punishing that country – they’re a country of criminals, you see?
But really, why Pearl Harbor?
My hypothesis: the film “Pearl Harbor” played recently (ahem, on repeat for a week) on some cable channel, making the battle of Pearl Harbor fresh in commonplace American minds. These Americans heard the world “Japan” on the news, and were like, “I just watched a movie with Ben Affleck, and that tsunami country bombed us in the movie! Serves them right, durrr, derr.”
(I don’t know if “Pearl Harbor” aired recently, but this makes me think my idea has merit…)
CLOSING EDIT: That joke flew over my head and now I feel silly. Perhaps all those Facebook people were really imitating Alec Sulkin. Reddit does not know this yet, nor does Viceland.com, linked above. (3:30pm CST)
After having just watched HBO’s Friends of God last night, and recently reading Atheists using blow dryers to de-baptize themselves, I’ve come to the conclusion that Atheists are doing it wrong. On religious home-schooling:
“They are practicing child abuse in teaching that the world operates in ways other than it does,” he told the convention crowd. “And in my opinion, they are engaged in terrorism by weakening our nation and our understanding of science and things with which we can defend ourselves and progress. If it had not been for these fools we could have been at the stars 2,000 years ago.”