And worse, she does it by selectively editing an email exchange we had wherein I tried my best to be polite to Liz Silver but she was such a harpy I ended up, among other things, criticizing her (hacky) writing and calling her blog an abortion. But let me give you some background to put this in context.
Yesterday I wrote a post on the acceptance of misogyny using the Tila Tequila/Perez Hilton dust up as an example. That post was spotted by Tila Tequila herself who enjoyed it and linked to it from several points in her vast online empire at which point my traffic spiked in what will now be known as a Tequilalanche. In this post I meant to link to a gossip blog that had took umbrage to Perez Hilton insulting the celebrity, but as I was doing several things at once I double linked a YouTube video and forgot to put in Liz Silver’s url.
Before I go on, let me note two things. Liz Silver isn’t my original source for the story, she was just the only blog I found in a quick search that took Tequila’s side, and my post was on misogyny in general using Tila Tequila and an older post I wrote featuring adult film actress Gauge being attacked for her political opinions. Silver’s post was a Crocker-esque “Leave Tila Alone!” kind of rant.
I also referenced an essay by Anton LaVey on misogyny that I think is spot on in concluding that most men who hate women are in a kind of adolescent competition with them for the attention of other men. LaVey and I part ways in that he thinks this is a sign of “latent homosexuality” and I think it’s more pre-adolescent homoerotic jealousy. I should thank commenter Katie who reminded me that the essay was entitled Confessions of a Closet Misogynist: thanks Katie!
But remember for our purposes that I mentioned LaVey only in the context of an essayist. So now let me set the scene. After the Tila nod my wife and I were working feverishly to alter the settings on Red Alerts to make the page getting the most hits load faster. As long time readers know, I got a death threat from child raping pervert Clay Keys who, in a fashion similar to Liz Silver (as we’ll see in a minute) has taken to libeling me online so I often watch what he’s saying and though I love them dearly my fellow members of Pagans Against Child Abuse are basically email bots who, at the time, were discussing dog coloration and PACA banning practices.
At which point I got a rude and demanding missive wherein Liz Silver claims I in fact stole her ideas for my post:
liz silver wrote:
I’m interested in the article fearuring
Tila and what PerezHilton article.
I published my article on this information witj
The exact spin you used. I published
On Friday April 4 at around 8:30 pm.
I would appreciate a linkback to my
Please email me with the new
Link of the article showing my site
As the source.
I was confused at first and after a couple more exchanges I realized the mistake and even though Ms. Silver was quite rude and unreasonable I apologized:
D’oh. I knew i was tired. I put the wrong link in. Fixed. It’s in the paragraph before the video now (where it says something like apparently Tila was called a whore) etc. Sorry about that. No excuse but I work with a group called Pagans Against Child Abuse and just got a death threat from this Registered Sex Offender so while I was posting I was on a Google board talking about that. Plus I run like six other blogs with my wife.
Like I said though, that’s not an excuse. I apologize.
Which I think was rather gracious because frankly she only found my blog after Tila Tequila linked to it and I defy any reader to read her piece and claim we wrote about basically the same thing. I won’t publish our entire exchange since she put almost all of it on her blog, but she left this important email out which irked me and explains why we ended on an acrimonious note:
Actually Robert its far from an excuse and in reality is called stealing.
You were insolent when I called you out on this and instead of checking simply wrote me back in an obnoxious manor.
I have a well established relationship with Tila and her ‘people’ what you did was use my work and my established relationships to get hits for yourself. I want the name perezrevenge.com as well in that sentence with the link. I am the only website that is honest and truthful.
I have been fighting every established website for almost 10 months.
I’m sorry if I’m angry and I’m sorry you are dealing with such god awful and cruel situations.
Wow. Why ever would she leave that email out of the post she just wrote about me calling me a “Creepy Witch/Warlock” and claiming I have a “short sighted inability to read what is written” whatever that means? In my exchanges I’ve learned English isn’t Liz’s strong point, nor is truthfulness, maturity or sanity. But more importantly, this was an outrageous attempt to squeeze a link out of a blog that is based on her arrogant assumption that I read her. More outrageous is she dares take credit for an essay I wrote using material she had no access to, but claims she influenced.
Just to clear things up, I’m not a “Warlock” nor do I summon up Satan as Liz implies. I do summon up lawyers when I’m libeled as people will tell you. I was a Wiccan at one time, I am now a Pagan and I don’t find my religious preferences “creepy” at all.
But Liz Silver certainly didn’t read my blog and see the various posts I’ve done on religion. She simply decided that my last email (which was intemperate to say the least) showed I wasn’t a person impressed with name dropping so she twisted my reference to LaVey’s essay into an attempted defamation of me in a fit of pique and jealousy that a blog that doesn’t, dare I say, whore itself for attention was recognized by some celebrity she has far too much interest in for doing something she simply couldn’t do, write a thoughtful and interesting post.
But since I am not of the “left hand path,” I will give Liz Silver a link with the name of her sad and pointless blog right next to it. It’ll be a “no follow” link of course, but here you go Liz.
If my lawyer thinks you have enough money coming in from Perezrevenge.com to make it worth his while, I’ll be dragging you to court since you maliciously altered facts to hurt my online reputation, which is literally libel. It won’t be the first time you’ve been sued I believe.
I look forward to hearing from you Liz.
Update: This is apparently an anti-Semitic campaign. Who knew?