Earlier this week, Kevin K at Rumproast definitively exposed Confluence front-pager Myiq2xu (aka Meatprod4u) as a fraud and a hypocrite. Meatprod has now published a long, whiny screed that fails to rebut the charge of hypocrisy but will likely succeed in misdirecting the more credulous members of his audience.
But let’s be clear about what’s at issue here: Contrary to the implications of the whiny screed, no one is trying to drive Meatprod out of the blogosphere, reveal his true identity or hold him to impossible standards of decorum. No, the point is to illustrate that Meatprod is a hypocrite and a fraud, and nothing in the whiny screed refutes that fact: Meatprod constantly trumpets his own feminist credentials and denounces others as hopeless misogynists and dastardly sexists for transgressions that are mild in comparison to his own.
Of course, Meatprod fails to review the comments that he apparently finds shameful in the whiny screed — the whole point is to distract the audience he’s spent months convincing that he’s an uber-feminist who bravely calls out others for sexism and misogyny, after all. So let’s summarize what Meatprod, feminist avenger, said in a Balloon Juice comment thread centered on Miss Teen South Carolina’s disastrous flailing during a question portion of a beauty contest:
myiq2xu August 27th, 2007 at 12:44 pm
Just stare at her boobs and don’t pay any attention to what she says. If she talks too much put something in her mouth.
She needs to marry a rocket scientist so her kids will be half-wits.
Andrew August 27th, 2007 at 3:53 pm
Her reoccurring use of “such as” is a result of a dialog coach training her out of rampant use of the word “like”. They instruct kids to substitute “such as” for “like”. She must not have had this coaching trick for very long. Do they use an electro-shock collar for this conditioning process?
myiq2xu August 27th, 2007 at 3:59 pm
Do they use an electro-shock collar for this conditioning process?
They hit her in the back of the throat with the meat prod.
myiq2xu August 27th, 2007 at 5:05 pm
That training coach better have earned himself the pink slip for this one. If his job was to rid her of the “like”s, AND make her sound intelligent…well…uh…not so much.
The deficiency with the meat prod method is that the teacher has an obvious conflict of interest.
myiq2xu August 27th, 2007 at 5:14 pm
I discovered that if you turn the volume all the way down before playing the clip her performance improves dramatically.
I hope she won.
Meatprod explains this away by owning that he’s a “semi-civilized guy with a raunchy, politically incorrect sense of humor” and citing the audience he was addressing, imagining somehow that the Balloon Juice crew is less refined and genteel than The Confluence readers.
And you know, I’m sure none of us are 100% proud of everything we’ve ever said online; I know I’m not. But the thing is, we don’t all set ourselves up as the final arbiters of acceptable feminist speech and behavior, whereas Meatprod — and so many of his PUMA fellow travelers — do.
The “boys will be boys” defense might actually work for someone who didn’t make a specialty of consigning opponents like Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau to misogynist hell forever for the sin of groping a cardboard cut-out. It might work for someone who didn’t condemn Obama as an incorrigible sexist pig for using words like “periodically” and “claws.”
But when you set yourself up as the Torquemada of the Sexism Inquisition and routinely cast others onto the pyre for much smaller transgressions than you yourself have perpetrated, well, you deserve to get singed by your own words. And make no mistake about it, Meatprod was feeling the heat, or he wouldn’t have bothered to post that lame attempt at bamboozlement.
Having already been outed conclusively as a shameless hypocrite, Meatprod goes all in by accusing others of “stalking” him, all the while giving irrefutable evidence of his own “stalking” activities by minutely recounting obscure conversations he’s read on the very blogs he accuses of stalking him. It’s funny in a “self-awareness, lack thereof” kind of way.
Meatprod and his commenters go on to hilariously assert that the people Meatprod and others have obviously monitored so closely must have no lives since they monitor him so closely, etc. I can’t possibly put it any better than stellar commenter Yetanotherfreakingbrit did here:
That Effluence thread was a contender for the ripest, richest, stinkiest vein of mendacious projection that’s been gathered together in one place in the history of PUMAdom. Substitute “PUMA/s” for “Obots” or (the new buzz hateword) “blog/stalkers” and it’s hilarious how well it applies.
Yep, that about covers it. Meatprod and crew feign mystification as to why anyone would pay attention to PUMA now that the election is over, and that would be a damn good question if they really wondered rather than asking it rhetorically to aggrandize their pathetic selves.
I’ll answer it as if it were an honest question anyway. Firstly, PUMAs are funny in the same way Freepers and RedState posters are amusing. Before PUMAs came along, I used to make fun of wingnuts. And after the PUMA sites are reduced to a few tumbling hairballs blowing through the streets of the ghost town that the PUMAsphere is becoming, I’ll likely go back to laughing at wingnuts full time.
Secondly, I’d like to make sure the several dozen or so PUMAs that exist remain alienated from the Democratic Party. We’re better off without them, and we don’t need them to win. Due to their relatively small numbers, we got rid of them with less pain and cost than we encountered when we shed the Dixiecrats, and with similar improvement to the character of the party itself, albeit on a smaller scale.
A party free of self-righteous hypocrites like Meatprod and incompetents like Murphy is an improved party. A party without people who natter non-stop about the importance of eradicating sexist language but then suck-up to Meatprods is a better party. A party without people who long for bloodshed and violence is a party with stronger character.
So if the PUMA leaders stay out and persuade the lunatic fringe and supremely gullable to stick with them to the bitter end, it’s all good in my book: a stronger Democratic Party and an endless source of amusement. In otherwords, their fail-fail equals my win-win. And the one thing they excel at is fail production.
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