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Female Game Critic Shares Threats With Trolls’ Mothers

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There’s a very real question to ask online: What do you do with the trolls? Many of us insist they are just a minority, but hot damn are they a vocal minority. They’re loud, obnoxious, and the messages they send range from the banal to the outright threatening. How do you stop them, though? Can you stop them? One game critic seems to have an idea on that.

Alanah Pearce, a game reviewer for Button Bash and a co-host for Zed Games radio show, found an interesting way to teach some trolls a lesson. This method is so simple, we’re wondering why we didn’t put ourselves back into our adolescent minds and think of it sooner: Alanah told on the trolls to their mothers. That’s right, she went through the trouble of finding out who the trolls were in real life, then found their parents and well… the rest is best shared lower in the article.

As you can see from the tweet below, the mother absolutely had the appropriate reaction. It’s hilarious to see what happens when a female game critic shares the threats with probably one of the few people who holds power over the trolls: their parents. What parent wants to hear that their kid is, in fact, a “little shit”? The beauty of Alanah’s response is that she didn’t go to the cops and let them do any fake police work. Instead, she took the matter into her own hands and doled out some good ol’ fashioned justice. Hopefully the parent is able to set that kid straight and give his ass a good kicking so he won’t do anything like this again. She’s done the above with at least four trolls, but the tweet above is so far the only one where the mother responded.

 

Fueled by not only the beauty of Alanah’s actions, but also probably by the mother’s response, the tweet has received more than 42,000 retweets, 65,000 favorites, and loads of responses. She even found herself the subject of an article in ‘The Guardian‘ where Alanah states, “I wasn’t going to post it on Twitter [either] but I was just so excited. And I thought some of my friends would find it amusing.” They certainly did find it amusing, I would say.

Alanah’s approach does a really good job of showing how people can turn the tools of the troll against them. Social engineering may leave people like Alanah open to harassment, but by becoming good at google-fu and searches in general, she was able to track down at least 4 trolls and their parents. Are all trolls so simple to track down, and are they all little children under the thumbs of their parents? Probably not, and it would be irresponsible to say so, however by showing consequences for the actions when the troll is young, there is always that hope they will grow up to be more socially responsible individuals.

This also isn’t the first time Alanah’s tackled the subject of sexism and trolls. Back in 2013, Alanah cataloged sexist remarks sent to her between March 7 and April 7. They’re pretty innocuous days, nothing terribly special, really. That’s what made the article so good. The article she wrote about it is called ‘30 Days of Sexism‘, and it’s worth a look just to show the kinds of responses she gets. “It’s demoralising, it’s discouraging, it takes the work you’re proud of and tells you it’s worth absolutely nothing more than the sexual value that is tied to your gender,” she wrote about the sexist statements she received on the regular. At the end, however, she also added,”If jerks on the internet are given a free-pass and allowed to hide behind anonymity when they’re being sexist to someone, then there’s absolutely no reason you can’t use that same anonymity to criticise or educate them. Honestly, just seeing one down-vote or having one person stick up for me is a part of the reason I’m still here and I’m not going to stop fighting. Every single person has the power to fight sexism.”

It certainly seems like at least in a few small instances, Alanah was able to turn the tables on these trolls and find a way to bring at least some justice into the world.

About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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