Web Trolls & Men’s Rights Activists Step Up Hate for #TheTriggering
When I went on Twitter today to try to find something to write about for all of you, it didn’t take long before my eyes were assaulted by an onslaught of tweets filed under the trending hashtag #TheTriggering.
I mistakingly clicked on the hashtag’s title thinking that it was some kind of fan dialogue on the next lousy “Purge” movie or something, but quickly realized, no, its a bunch of men’s rights fanatics and internet trolls “back at it again with the bulls***t.”
For those of you who are still confused, #TheTriggering, as explained by someone calling themselves TheFoolAndTheWorld on the anti-“social justice warrior” site Age of Shitlords…(yes that is the site’s actual name), is an annual event where racist, sexist, and generally horrible men and women decide to be…even more racist, sexist, and horrible on social media.
Age of Shitlords explains,
Our freedom of speech is under attack from cultural Marxists who seek to subvert us. Well, as The Addams Family said…’we gladly feast on the flesh of those who week to subdue us.’ That is why on March 9th and 10th, to fight political correctness, and to celebrate the return of Lauren Southern’s profile, we shitlords around the world will conduct the annual event known as #TheTriggering on all forms of social media.
Essentially participants are asked to “post the most vile and offensive things [they] can think of (within federal law), in defense of freedom of speech.”
The anti-misogyny site We Hunted the Mammoth reports that the hashtag is the brainchild of Lauren Southern, a Canadian anti-feminist activist and journalist who loves to bully feminists. According to the site, “she first became something of an icon in the internet’s jerk community last year after she showed up at a slutwalk in Vancouver proudly holding a sign reading ‘there is no rape culture in the West.'”
To give you a taste of what that looks like, here are some of the most vile tweets from users reveling in the political correctness protest.
If you’re of minority ethnicity, your segregated “safe spaces” are precisely what Jim Crow racists wanted. Idiots. #TheTriggering
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 9, 2016
“DEY TOOK OUR JOBS!” “No, we just don’t have a position for someone with a gender studies degree.” #TheTriggering
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) March 9, 2016
You are either male or female. Biology dictates it. “Gender fluid” & “gender non-conforming” translate to: I need attention.#TheTriggering
— Leah the Boss (@LeahRBoss) March 9, 2016
Don’t complain about govt regulating your ovaries if you give them permission to regulate every part of other people’s lives. #TheTriggering
— That Guy T (@_ThatGuyT) March 9, 2016
While scrolling through tweets I noticed a trend of women involved in the hashtag going above and beyond to prove that they could be just as “sexist and anti-feminist” as their male counterparts, which was pretty sad seeing as yesterday was International Women’s Day.
Clearly these trolls are intentionally looking to piss off as many people as possible, so I guess I won’t take it too personally, but as one insightful user puts it:
FYI people using the #TheTriggering hashtag to upset and offend others; it is only causing a moderate level of PTSD, so the joke’s on you.
— Godfrey Elfwick (@GodfreyElfwick) March 9, 2016
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to remedy a typo.