She writes, " Looking back, I was more of a cop than a social justice warrior, as people on Tumblr had come to think of me."
Your Fave is Problematic, a popular blog dedicated to “canceling” celebrities, counts Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga among its targets.— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 25, 2021
Liat Kaplan, the blog's creator, reflects on her quest to punish the untouchable — and why she regrets it. https://t.co/WHEKZwVbPq
Key highlights and quotes behind the cut:
-Kaplan says she wrote the blog when she was in high school. Some notable moments: She got in a feud with a prominent YA author and one actor submitted himself (???) to dig up his shit.
-"The blog started, as so many anonymous online projects do, as vengeful public shaming masquerading as social criticism. I was fine-tuning my moral compass and coming into my own as a feminist. So when I noticed classmates making sexist jokes on Facebook, including some about me, I started taking screenshots to post on a Tumblr called Calling Out Sexists. My policy was that I would take down a post only if its author publicly apologized."
-Tumblr users started screenshotting statements from minor celebrities, so the creator decided to rebrand and go after public figures. She posted photos of Lady Gaga with unnaturally bronzed skin, a trip Lena Dunham had written about Japan and a homophobic Taylor Swift lyric in "Picture to Burn."
-"My most popular posts tended to be about women — which makes sense, because the celebrity press tends to be more critical of them."
-Sadly, her older sister died in a bus crash, and she went on medical leave from school. Now stuck at home, she devoted herself to Tumblr. "Mostly, I was interested in knocking people off their pedestals. I also enjoyed being popular, controversial, discussed." Then she started receiving threats and decided to stop posting.
-"In the years since, I’ve looked back on my blog with shame and regret — about my pettiness, my motivating rage, my hard-and-fast assumptions that people were either good or bad. Who was I to lump together known misogynists with people who got tattoos in languages they didn’t speak? I just wanted to see someone face consequences; no one who’d hurt me ever had."