Last week, Anne Rice did something awesome! She did what authors, readers, bloggers, etc. should all be doing. She banned the bullies from her FB page and deleted their comments. Why? Because they did what they do best — tried to bully her into removing her post speaking out against bullying and using our Nenia Campbell blog as an example:
Once the bullies caught wind of her post, they descended upon her like a pack of wolves in sheep’s clothing pretending to be innocent and/or disinterested third parties. As expected, they started in with their propaganda and lies, attempting to discourage her from speaking out and from using our post to do it. They also began leaving Anne links to all their blog posts written two years ago, condemning us for publishing public information on our website.
The list of bullies banned from Anne’s page include: Autumn Turner, Jenny Trout, Cyndy Aleo, Kara Malinczak, Elyse Schramm, Flora Bellini, KarlynP and Amanda Welling. They were banned for being disruptive and disingenuous as well as telling lies. We know you’ve all seen their nonsense before, but we’ll still give you a few examples of what we mean. Just for kicks.
You all remember Autumn Turner, right? Well, check out what she had to say to Anne regarding her post. Notice the implied threat at the beginning, “I won’t support your books if you support them”:
Then, Athena jumped in to set the record straight and let Anne know about Autumn’s many internet identities and why she was labeled a bully on our blog:
And those identities are:
Athena is right. Autumn was also lying about our hosting company. We left because we found their rules to be a little too strict. And, we left on good terms:
Now, how did Anne respond to Autumn’s lies? Well…
See how Autumn calls us morons? Nice, huh? That’s right, Autumn, whenever you lose an argument, you should always resort to ad hominem attacks. It works so well. It doesn’t make you look childish at all.
So, after this, guess what happened!
Autumn got banned!
Our second example was posted by Nettie Neal Bell who tried to defend Edward Lorn by saying that we wrongly labeled him a bully. You all remember Troll Edward from Once Upon A Time in the Land of BookLikes, right? Well, fortunately Athena stepped in to disabuse everyone of Nettie’s silly notion:
Finally, our last example is Jenny Trout and the load of lies she tried to feed Anne about how we put people in danger and published their private information, and how we don’t care about authors, how we shot babies and beat up the elderly, and yada yada yada, whatever lie she and her friends could think of to vilify us. Oh and btw, the “well respected website” she refers to here is Jane Litte’s Dear Author. *snort* Guess she forgot to mention Jane’s attack on Nathan Bransford after he spoke out against the bullying on Goodreads (Nathan, too, had mentioned our blog and was attacked for it). She also forgot to mention how Jane defended the violent reviewers who physically threatened Veronica Roth.
Oh, btw, we’ve never used content from Dear Author, so that’s another lie. In fact, that’s a new one. Haven’t seen that one before.
Anyway, this is what Anne had to say to Jenny:
And then guess what happened!
Jenny got banned!
So, in the end, how did Anne respond to all of this nonsense? Well…
We should also mention that the majority of the comments on Anne’s post were overwhelmingly positive toward her message about the bullies and about STGRB, including this one:
Guess what, bullies! Anne and her followers aren’t stupid. They can see right through your bullshit and they know what you’re up to. Unfortunately for you, your tactics are transparent and haven’t fooled anyone.
Now, how did the bullies react to getting banned? Well… here was Jenny’s very mature reaction:
The “Smart Bitches” whose self-description is only half right (and we’re not referring to the “smart” half), had this to say:
Uh… no, Sarah the Smart Bitch. She doesn’t have a narrow view of book reviewing. She just has an honest and honorable view of it, unlike you and the cretins you hang out with online. She also knew Jenny’s “information” was a load of horse manure.
Now… Sarah the Smart Bitch, if you’re going to write a blog post, you should really publish the facts. The facts are that we published public information on our blog. We never published private information or addresses or phone numbers or anything of that nature, unlike some of your bully friends who’ve done that to several authors we know and who have also physically called and threatened them. The fact is that we only published real names if they had previously been made public and publishing someone’s real name is not PII, nor is it illegal. Publishing their real name in conjunction with their address, phone number, IP address, etc. is PII. Yet you bullies seem to be missing this fact. You seem to be having a problem getting your facts straight in general, don’t you? And here we thought you were “smart bitches”. Hmm…
Furthermore, Sarah the Smart Bitch, we here at STGRB have a feeling that Anne doesn’t give a flying #$%! about what you or Jenny Trout or any of your bully friends have to say about her. Anne Rice is a superstar. And you? Well… you’re not. Anne has millions of readers and millions of followers who understand perfectly well the message she is trying to convey. Why? Because they’ve seen your lies and your drama and your bullying and they’ve had enough. We’ve all had quite enough.
Anne is absolutely right. You need to get out of the business of bullying and leave authors and other readers alone!
P.S. Hey, bullies! Since you seem to like this cartoon so much, we’ll show it to you again as a reminder of what will keep happening to you when you act like jerks online: