So you guys probably know I've been closely following the unfolding "Gay Girl in Damascus" blog hoax, where a popular lesbian Syrian activist named Amina Arraf was actually outed as a white man from Georgia. Anyway, a very interesting development for me personally has happened in connection with this-- I was interviewed by the BBC this morning on "World Have Your Say: The Amina Hoax." I'm introduced as "Joanne from Georgia" at 19:12. I was asked by Nuala McGovern how much harm the Amina hoax has done, and I said my piece.
Anyway, it was a great experience (if only slightly nerve-wracking). I was the token angry American throwing out phrases like "an almost sociopathic disregard for the feelings of others" and "Internet Munchausen by proxy." I would have called Tom MacMaster an assclown if I could have gotten away with it, but I kept my language PG. (I did say that he was an "attention whore" though-- LOL!) But it was particularly awesome hearing Jelena Lecic at the other end of the line, saying how she WILL take legal action against Tom MacMaster. I had to restrain myself from cheering.
The episode will be available for download for seven days. Enjoy listening to me sounding like a 12 year old!
- My website: www.joannerenaud.com
- My groups:
- Listening to: WHYS podcast
- Reading: Linda LaRoque-- "A Way Back"
- Drinking: coffee
Speaking of deranged, he claimed, according to an interview that he allegedly did with a Brazilian blog, that he is "a messiah for the lesbians of Syria." [link] But now he's saying that this interview was faked. But given his erratic behavior with the journo Max Blumenthal (he's now claiming Blumenthal is a "self-hating Jew" -- [link] ) I am inclined to think he actually is crazy enough to call himself a messiah.
Appropriate gif is appropriate: [link]
I kind of thought that your voice would sound like that. I could tell that you was definitely upset- I'm surprised you actually managed to say anything coherently. If that was me, I would've been a babbling fest.
Oh, if you don't mind me asking, how DID you get to be interviewed?
I was surprised too that I also managed to sound coherent-- I was actually so nervous I had a shot of vodka to calm my nerves. I used to DJ at night for the radio station at my old college, but that was a long time ago...
As for how I was interviewed, I had just befriended a bunch of super-tweeters who were on the breaking edge of the story (like @dazedsaveends, @ThomasRHart and @Masriyah25). So somehow their coolness some how rubbed off on me... and a woman who worked for the BBC asked me if I wanted to be interviewed on her show. I said yes... how often does an opportunity like this come along?