If you saw the #Killstream this past Saturday, then you know that Janet Bloomfield (our regular panelist) has been suspended from Twitter yet again. And if you’re a longtime reader of this site then you know it’s not the first time that she’s been banned from the platform. In case you missed the show, here it is. The first segment is completely devoted to this topic. Trust me, Janet goes off in a major way and I couldn’t contain the laughter at a certain point.
Today, she put out a column about just what exactly happened. If you’re on your computer, you can see it on the top right-hand side of my site, as I have JudgyBitch.com on my RSS feed list. But in case you missed it, here is an excerpt…
So my Twitter account has been suspended.
The only thing that surprises me about that is how long it took. I wrote a few days ago about the feral Beyonce fans who showed up uninvited in my feed with all manner of death threats. I responded to those threats the same way I respond to every idiot who threatens me with violence: I don’t back down, I double down. I go medieval…
But I’m special, you see. 100K users pissing on me is not abuse by Twitter standards. No, in actual fact, I’m the abuser. I was asking for it! And by responding to abuse in exact measure, I was engaging in abuse. Some people were pretty mild and would tweet me ‘bitch’, so I tweeted them back ‘whore’ and that was that. Very few people got more than one tweet from me. I muted them, rather than block, and they continued to tweet abuse at me, sometimes for hours. I didn’t see any of the subsequent abuse, since the accounts were muted, but other users kept me informed of what was going on in my feed…
The next day, #BlackTwitter showed up to rain more abuse on me, but since I felt I had made my point rather nicely, I just ignored all of them. I don’t think I responded to a single tweet after the tweet above. I just let them throw their hissy fit, call me every obscene and or racist name they could come up with, insult every aspect of my looks and personality, and I carried on with my day.
Two days later, my account was suspended. I don’t actually have any idea why. I’m guessing it will be because I responded to 100K people showering my account with abuse with some abuse of my own. The 100K people, who are on the right side of Twitter politics, will not be held accountable. Tweeting me threats of violence and death and just casual abuse will be tolerated because they are attacking the right person, who asked for it, after, by tweeting a picture of herself wearing dark makeup.
There’s plenty of screens and more info in the post itself, but that’s a good primer. Also, we’ve located the culprit behind Janet’s suspension…
janet bloomfield / @andreahardie banned for repeatedly threatening to lynch people
yw! <3 pic.twitter.com/LR629WmCS1
— Sarah Nyberg (@srhbutts) April 30, 2016
I’m sure you’re all just as surprised as I am.