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As a person of the internet I know what it’s like to receive online harassment. While I have hundreds, and possibly even thousands of lovely online supporters, who send me life affirming wonderful tweets, comments, emails and messages every day.

And then there is this person:

harassing tweets

I would like to point out that people like this are few and far between and usually when I do get people telling me to go kill myself, once I tell them politely to stop, they usually do. This was the first person who openly mocked me for my attempt at civility.

Sadly, I am not good at the internet, and so couldn’t find out the identity behind my Twitter annoyer, but one woman did. Australian game reviewer, Alanah Pearce, as an Internet personality, I’m sure is no stranger to unwanted messages. However, when one commenter wrote “I’ll rape you if I ever see you c**t”. Alanah decided to take matters into her own hands and find out who was behind such a horrible message, and the results were pretty much as you’d expect.

alanah pearce

Pearce claims that the rape threats came not from an adult but from a young boy, and so she did what any concerned member of the public would do; she told their mums on them. While this situation is obviously serious, the parent’s reaction is so classic motherly that it’s hard not to laugh. Congratulations to Alanah for at least making sure that one boy gets a grounding.

ap message 1alanah pearce message

TechRaptor would also like to point out that while some publications such as Jezebel have linked the young boy to the GamerGate movement, Alanah claims there is no evidence for this and is unhappy with the allusion. As with so much internet drama, it can only be boiled down to the actions of children.

This is not the first time that internet harassment has been brought to justice through the swift hand of mum. Earlier this year @TheAwesomeMan was threatened and doxxed through Twitter.  Luckily, using a little bit of internet research he found the doxxer to be a 16 year old girl. He immediately informed her mum and the girl had a 2 week ban from the internet.

Here’s something we can all support. Praise be to mums everywhere.


Georgina Young

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British girl, currently in Japan. Surviving on a diet of retro games. Worshiping the god that is the Sega Megadrive. I like Nintendo.



  • ColaFlavourChewits

    It’s sad that some young people (and some adults too, unfortunately) think that this kind of nasty, scary message is a viable reaction to anybody. I’m glad that it went through his mother though; as @TheAwesomeMan discovered, death and rape threats, whilst scary, may also be the product of a desperate youth trying to fit in and find their place in the world.

    Alanah’s actions in contacting the parents will hopefully spur them to encourage their child to discuss their feelings more, which could help them become more comfortable in their own skin and prevent further such abuse occurring. At the same time, if she were to simply call the police it would be totally understandable, so it was courageous of her to take that extra step.

  • vivianjames

    I hope she doesn’t get harrassed by “you know who” for not going with the GamerGate angle.

  • ColaFlavourChewits

    A few weeks ago I would have said that you were being silly, but given the events of the past few days I would now say that you’re being realistic, sad as it is to say.

  • Guest

    Ack! What a disgusting little shit.

    On the flip side, this woman’s reaction is BEAUTIFUL. Much respect, Alanah. I don’t think anyone could have handled a situation more gracefully than that.

  • Jake Martinez

    Just two points: Props to Alanah for contacting this brats mum. I entirely support this and think it was a clever and responsible thing to do.

    Secondly, it’s at the point where it’s almost humorous how the press keeps wanting to make GamerGate the scapegoat for every incident of online harassment in the world.

    If the journalists at Kotaku (Gawker), Polygon, Gamasutra, etc, think we are going to forget how they spread these lies to cover their own careers, then boy they bet on the wrong horse.

  • Kord Ogden

    What happened? I haven’t been keeping up with the events of GamerGate recently

  • Nicholas Perry
  • ColaFlavourChewits

    It’s really troubling for me; when even the well-known people of anti-gg are willing to dogpile and harass one of their own for just wanting dialogue, then something is seriously wrong.

  • it’s anti-gg. they been a hate campaign since Go. At first, their hatred was focused on us gg members. now they are spreading to other outlets. the only thing wrong is their entire campaign, which has lead to quite a few members of gg to almost commit suicide due to their harassment of them, which held no ground since the start but the media loves this kinda stuff, so they fell for it.

  • Ryan Mo

    The journalist of the article, Everett True, issued a statement here: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/australia-culture-blog/2014/nov/28/alanah-pearce-tells-on-her-internet-trolls-to-their-mothers#comment-44323272

    Difficult to conclude this either way, unless someone can get an official statement to clarify.

  • destroy_all_monsters

    “journalists”.

  • L8ter

    While Alanah seems like a lovely young woman, I have difficulty believeing screendumps inside of screendumps as proof these days, when no-one has checked this story with anyone on the other end of the screendumps.

    I will also note that Everett True who wrote the Guardian “comment is free” blog post about her, is her former teacher.

    See this tweet: twitter.com/everetttrue/status/538157070671814656

    tl;dr – I call bullshit.

  • luggage lad

    I’ve no problem with what she’s doing but I do think people should be cautious.

    In the past people have made fake accounts/profiles with pictures or names of people they have a disdain for, then proceed to make rape threats to people they know will be offended, particularly feminists, and then get that person doxxed and in alot of trouble.

    Just google “misandry-mermaid doxx”

  • Eletania

    I wonder what it’s like on Mars.

  • Gigaknight

    I’m a bit confused by your comment, but it does continue to interest me. Could you explain the relevance of the connection you’ve shown between these two, and what exactly you’re calling BS on?

  • L8ter

    The “comment is free” article under the Guardian masthead is written by a friend of the subject (her former teacher)

    The subject of the article is interviewed about screendumps she has. screendumps anyone could fake/make. Lets assume the single one we get to see here is an actual real one, just to be nice. We have no proof of this.

    No mother of any kid has been interviewed about the screendump.

    Basically, this article is a lot of hot air written by her former teacher in the blog-department of a newspaper. This is exactly the type of thing gamergate calls out. It’s thinly veiled PR, not journalism.

  • TheSharpeful

    Massive props to “resolving” this.

    Harassment is never okay. I think in addition to contacting the parents of this little brat… the police should have been contacted. Give the child a good and proper scare.

    I have to say though, I had a look at some of the stuff Ms Alanah Pearce done in the past, and I’m extremely surprised she’s “unhappy with the allusion” (slander) that the kid is part of gamergate…

    Here’s some of her words regarding the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer:

    “Then, there’s the cyborg-esque woman kneeling, with various stereotypically masculine men shooting at her with bullets that don’t penetrate her at all. To me, that seems to be empowering. She is godly, if anything, in her mysterious ability to carelessly fend off bullets, and a male in her position – while I predict he would be standing, not kneeling – would never be questioned. And that’s where this hints at misogyny. A woman directly has a gun to her head and is kneeling before a group of 5-10 men without getting up or fighting back at all. While there’s no context for this, I can’t imagine a man ever being placed in a position where he wouldn’t fight back or, at the very least, stand his ground.

    Nonetheless, I don’t find this offensive because this woman seems to be more than a plot device. I see her as the feature of this trailer, not the men around her. I admit that it isn’t pleasant to see a woman treated so brutally, but I think that only reflects on how little empathy society has for men.”

    While I do not detect the usual anti-male SJW undertones (you are all disgusting nazis who hate women) in her writtings at all, I do wonder… must we really over analyse and dissect every bit of trailer / gameplay these days with the sole purpose of digging out ethereal and vague concepts of “misogyny”?
    It’s disingenuous and misleading… because if you dig deep enough into ANYTHING, and apply only a small measure of wordplay, everything can be made to seem sexist, racist or otherwise serve an agenda… any agenda. The sexism in a french toast? The ableism in a flat tyre? The racism in a picket fence? The possibilities are endless, and apparently, so are the people taking advantage of this, and the ones falling for it.

    Just… stop! It’s so sad…

  • Gigaknight

    Alright, let me try to run this back to you.

    From what I’ve researched, I gather the “Comment is Free” articles are op-eds; the one you’re referring to is an article by Jerry Thackray on erstwhile student Alanah Pearce, specifically an article interviewing her about this incident and how she dealt with it. In it, they feature and discuss these screencaps–screencaps that could have been forged, as there’s been no verificative input from the aforementioned mother.

    If I’m right, I get where you’re coming from. I was simply confused because I do not read the Guardian (I never have, but they’ve especially become infamous in my mind, recently), and thus didn’t know what article you were basing your conclusion on.

  • L8ter

    Close. “Comment is free” are guest blogs, not really op-eds. This one was written by Everett True. Her former teacher. He writes a lot about music.
    Relevant links: http://www.theguardian.com/profile/everetttrue
    http://www.theguardian.com/culture/australia-culture-blog/2014/nov/28/alanah-pearce-tells-on-her-internet-trolls-to-their-mothers

  • Gigaknight

    I see.

    Thanks for your patience.

  • This will never not be funny.

    I think unsupervised access to the internet should be more heavily regulated by parents. I didn’t have any private access to the internet till I was like 14 and it was through the fat PSP model’s web browser. Later when I was 17 with my first netbook. It wasn’t like we didn’t have a computer, it just wasn’t mine to use.

    I didn’t miss out either, my childhood was full of great fun memories. i didn’t need to fill my time with cawadooty when I had Armored Core and Final Fantasy to grind through for hours.

  • Brad Sherard

    I’ve been wondering how much of the entire drama that is gamergate is from kids like this. Imagine if all the death threats, insults, came from kids; all the outrage, the news interviews, the ‘gone into hiding’, all of it was stirred up by a few neglected children with bad parents.

    Quite a lot of power in writing ‘I’ll rape you’ to someone willing to take that seriously. Abused kids with no control over their lives might find that to be an intoxicating substitute.

  • Reptile

    Would be funnier if she called the police.
    Imagine the mom’s face when an officer arrives at her home to tell that her kid is sending threats online.

    Damn…