MUSIC, LEADERSHIP, CULTURE… and humor (sometimes)

For Whom the Bell Trolls

**I am on a quest to blog every day (Monday-Friday) for the next 40 days and I am suddenly feeling flooded with things to talk about. This is both a good and bad thing.**

Today, we will talk a little bit about what not to say in the face of catastrophic human tragedy.

The original video has been taken down and she has since deleted her account, but “TamTamPamela” single-handedly managed to cause a YouTube firestorm a couple days ago with her video proclaiming that the earthquake in Japan was God’s way of turning atheists into believers. “God is SO GOOD!” she exclaimed. It was pure religious lunacy and helped further the notion that perhaps some people have a hard time believing in God because His followers are so full of [expletive]. I was pissed and if you saw the video, you were pissed too.

But hold on! There’s more! In a bizarre plot twist, it seems as if TamTamPamela recorded the video on purpose for the purpose of pissing people off.  What?!

Apparently, she is a TROLL, a Web 2.0 term to mean someone who posts content on forums and blogs in order to shake things up and rile people up. I can’t believe there is a term for this type of idiocy.  Consider me enlightened… and disgusted.

This is a repost of her original video:

and here is her confession of her “Trolling”:

I’m at a loss for words.  Of all the things that people could say to elicit a reaction, why would anyone choose this?

Here’s the scary thing: the video may or may not have been a trolling effort but there are many, many, many people out there who believe the very things that TamTamPamela claimed to be satirizing.  Yes, people believe that God kills upwards of 10,000 people in partnership with Mother Nature in order to make believers out of atheists and to judge the evil within a country.

That’s not the God I know.

I think what we learn from TamTamPamela (whether she’s a troll, a loon, a person in need of love, or all of the above) is that:

1) These sorts of opinions really do exist and they are unfortunate, destructive and unacceptable.

2) We all have a desire to be noticed at times but the lengths to which we go in order to achieve this is shameful and often times, unbelievably offensive.

3) There are certain things you don’t judge or joke about.  You just don’t. A) My momma, B) A disability, C) A tragedy.

4) We all have our blind spots and errors in judgment.  Hers just happened to involve 10,000+ dead and the millions who are mourning and trying to make sense of it all.

5) There is grace for idiots and trolls alike.

So while I can cast no stones due to my own mistakes and errors in judgment, I do want to say that this was dumb. Really dumb.  Fa’ real.

What do you say?

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5 responses

  1. agreed, though posting the videos validates her strategy. The best way to deal with a troll (or any other breed of attention whore) is to ignore them. Giving them links (or views as it were) feeds both their psychosis as well as their SEO.

    As the kids say, “don’t feed the trolls!”

    March 16, 2011 at 8:15 am

  2. DK

    good point, scott. i guess our troll here is a little different since she acknowledged she was trying to be a troll and she removed her youtube account. this was her way of saying she went a little too far, i think. in any case, saw too much we could talk about with this!

    March 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

  3. Troll. A new level in evolution.

    I was so worried about this and it didn’t take a prophet to foresee the JudgementOfGod outcries about Japan. You really hit the nail on the head in #5

    March 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm

  4. DK

    Pat – yeah, i just brace myself now whenever something terrible happens to a country outside of the West… the turn or burn thumpers come out to play and try to make a field day out of it!

    March 16, 2011 at 10:04 pm

  5. I think there’s a bigger issue in all this. Seems she gets off scot free and isn’t called upon to apologize to the people of Japan because she was making fun of Christianity. Understand, to this woman, ALL Christians are fanatics. What I find so interesting about all this is why Alexandra Wallace is being called on to apologize (the girl who made fun of Asians in the UCLA library for calling home to see if their families were alive after the tsunami), and Tamtampamela isn’t being held to account for her parody at the expense of the Japanese people. Making fun of Christians is the get out of jail free card, I guess.

    Her uncle, a quasi-fundamentalist preacher of sorts (he’s an Anti-Zionist who teaches that Jews are responsible for manipulating the rest of the world into trying to wipe Middle Easterners off the face of the planet), is now trolling twitter threatening anyone who says something bad about his darling niece will answer to him in court.

    At least now we know where she learned her bad manners.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:50 am

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