Well, well, well. It looks like little Miss Kat Kennedy managed to get over her bout of drama sickness. After six months of remaining fairly silent in the bully community (no surprise there), Kat has all the sudden broken her silence and written about the whole affair regarding the bully attack on Sharon Desruisseaux. Couldn’t stay away from drama for long, could she?
Facts? Right. Let’s go over those “facts”.
So, Kat, you think the bullies have better things to do with their time than to hate on authors and books for fun? Really?
You see this kind of thing happen on Dear Author ALL THE TIME. In fact, let’s all take a look at this review. It’s a review (written by January Jane) of Spoils of War by Phoenix Sullivan, an independent author. When you read it along with the comments that follow, you see that not only do the bullies do this for fun, they do it so they will get a rise out of an author and start a bully attack just so they can label the author BBA. We call it the Catch on our Bully MO page. It’s another way they bait authors. They relish in this kind of thing. Here’s a screenshot of one of the commenters saying that she contacted the author to solicit her response:
Here’s another saying she wants to leave a one-star review on Amazon (without reading the book and without even writing an actual review) and just link to Jane’s review on Dear Author:
At the end of the review, Jane says that she wanted to give the book “a better grade lest all the January reviews seem like endless hate.”
Right. She wanted to give the book a better grade and then states how she would also like to give the book less than an F. Not a contradictory statement at all.
Now, getting back to Kat and her uh… “facts”, why is it easy to believe that these people are bored haters who like to hate on authors and books for fun? The answer is simple. Because it’s true.
We agree, an honest opinion of a BOOK isn’t bullying. But a dishonest review to get revenge on an author, or a review that bashes the author, or even worse, a review made with the intention of baiting an author into a fight IS bullying. And the bullies do these kinds of things all the time. We’ve shown proof of this on our blog and we will continue to show proof of it.
Yeah, that’s right, Kat. You keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better. We weren’t the ones who made complete asses of ourselves during the GR Bully Meltdown. That was you and your band of cronies, remember? No wonder you’ve been silent for months.
What Kat fails to mention is that this author, at that time, believed Lucy’s lie, as many people did. Once we pointed to the fact that Lucy never took the number to the police to have them investigate it and that there was no one who could corroborate her story (as Andrew Losowsky, the books editor of The Huffington Post noted), then people started to see the truth. Why didn’t Lucy go to the police and why wasn’t there anyone to corroborate her story? The answer is simple. Because no one called her. She was lying. After this, Athena contacted the author in question and found out that she had started writing again. So, nice try, Kat, but you fail.
Now, overall, we don’t have a problem with the way people treat books. We have a problem with the way people treat other PEOPLE. This is something that the bullies never seem to understand. We don’t care what Sharon originally wrote on her blog about a particular review of one of her books and as we see it, she has a right to write what she wants without being harassed for it. It’s her blog. Our beef is with what the bullies are doing to her personally. The whole BBA mentality. Name calling. The boycotting. The harassing. All this childish bullshit for which they are famous. Our beef is with them coming into her space and harassing her for an opinion or an emotion she wanted to express ON HER OWN BLOG. After all, isn’t everyone allowed freedom of speech? This is the same thing that happened to Claude Bouchard and Lynne Copeland (posts to come) and it’s crap. This constant bashing and bullying of other people is a growing problem on the internet and it’s something we would never try to justify with words like this:
This is what Kat writes at the end of her post. The world is a harsh place and people are cruel. Deal with it. This is how Kat justifies bullying. It’s funny – it’s always the people who are cruel to others who try to justify their behavior with this statement.
Okay, Kat, so the world is harsh and we just need to deal with it, right? So, should Charles Manson have gotten up in front of the court and said: “Hey, the world is harsh and people are cruel. So am I. You all just need to deal with it.” Or how about all those children who are abused? Should we just tell them that the world is a harsh place and they just need to deal? How about when they grow up and raid their grandfather’s arsenal so they can go to school and blow away their classmates? Should we justify that by saying that people are cruel and the world is harsh and we just need to move on?
Sorry, Kat, but once again, you fail. You want to justify your behavior by saying the world is harsh and people are cruel and that we just need to deal with it? Well, guess what. We call bullshit. Only people who want to justify abuse say that. The world is what you make it. Period.
And you can say all you want about our blog. It doesn’t make it true. And it doesn’t change the fact that you’re as big a bully now as you were six months ago. The only thing that’s different now is that everyone knows it.