Don't Ignore the Trolls. Feed Them Until They Explode.

It's been a bad week for women on the internet—but also a clarifying and validating one. British MP Stella Creasy began receiving rape threats on Twitter (in other news: fish are bonkers about water!) after expressing support for feminist activist Caroline Criado-Perez, who was also being deluged with misogynist… » 7/31/13 5:15pm 7/31/13 5:15pm

Take a Deep Breath: Online Opinions Have Little to Do With Reality

The internet, in spite of all of its wonderful Ryan Gosling Tumblrs and videos of baby sloths getting bathed at animal sanctuaries, can be an ugly and dark place. Take a look at the YouTube comments on that same baby sloth video and scattered between all of the "So cute!" and "First!" comments you're bound to find… » 3/06/13 12:00pm 3/06/13 12:00pm

Miserable Troll Ann Coulter Forced to Cancel Speaking Engagement…

It was, apparently, the "retard" heard round the world. After sending a terribly stupid, ill-advised Tweet congratulating Mitt Romney for going easy on "the retard" (the retard being the President — GOD ANN YOU ARE SO EDGY. ANY N-WORDS UNDER YOUR HAT?), people started to sour even more on Coulter's idiocy vanguard… » 10/26/12 12:20pm 10/26/12 12:20pm

New Orleans Pastor Sues the City for His Right to Shout Gay Slurs on…

If you've ever been on Bourbon Street in New Orleans during a big festival, after the Sugar Bowl, during Mardi Gras, or just some Tuesday night when, for like no reason, the street is packed with wandering-eyed couples from Missouri, you've seen the inevitable cluster of Christians huddling around a tall cross and… » 9/20/12 11:55pm 9/20/12 11:55pm

Horrible Pastor Advocates Beating the Gay Out of Young Kids [UPDATED]

There have been some very bizarre and unfortunate arguments made in service of fighting gay marriage, but one pastor in North Carolina has just taken discourse to a dreadful new low. Pastor Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville thinks he's come up with a simple solution for preventing gay people from… » 5/02/12 11:20am 5/02/12 11:20am

John Galliano Found Guilty Of Hate Speech, Fined

A Paris court has found former Christian Dior designer John Galliano guilty of making racist and anti-Semitic comments at a bar; publicly insulting someone on the basis of their religion, race, or ethnicity in France is legally actionable hate speech. Galliano was fined €17,500, or around $24,589 at current exchange. » 9/08/11 11:35am 9/08/11 11:35am

A Teen Feminist Calls the Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church is one of America's most infamous hate-mongers, using the bible and Christianity (at least, their brand of Christianity) to justify savage and hateful messages targeted at almost every group imaginable: homosexuals, abortionists, Muslims, Jews, Roman Catholics, even the United States… » 7/12/11 5:45pm 7/12/11 5:45pm

Dear Florida Governor Charlie Crist, If You Can't Charge Joe Francis…

Joel Stein's story about the jailbound Joe Francis in the April GQ begins with Joe remembering the first time they met one another, six years ago; God it was great. They'd been in the Girls Gone Wild tour bus, watching the crew tape some chick on a bunk bed. Joe had told Joel to fill a Mike's Hard Lemonade bottle with… » 3/24/08 12:00pm 3/24/08 12:00pm