Posted on | May 1, 2013 | 224 Comments
The university campus in Laramie was gripped by fear last week:
“I want to hatef–k Meg Lanker Simons so hard. That chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it. I think its hot and it makes me angry. One night with me and shes gonna be a good Republican b–ch.”
The victim of this Facebook threat cited it as “an example of rape culture,” and who could doubt she was an object of twisted GOP lust?
All over campus, plus-sized Women’s Studies majors hid themselves behind dead-bolted doors, while University of Wyoming officials launched an investigation to find the hateful misogynist responsible for this crime. Fortunately, investigators didn’t have to look far:
A student at the University of Wyoming who claimed she was targeted for a Facebook rape threat because she “runs her liberal mouth all the time” faked the threat against herself, police say. Meg Lanker-Simons, 26, has been charged with interference with a police investigation by giving false statement. . . .
UW police . . . interviewed Lanker-Simons and searched her computer, and ”obtained substantial evidence verifying that the offending Facebook post came from Lanker-Simons’ computer.” Lanker-Simons “admitted to making a controversial post on UW Crushes webpage and then lied about not doing it,” according to the citation for a misdemeanor, which can be punished by up to a year in jail.
She threatened to “hatef–k” herself and “lied about not doing it”? Well, who can blame her? Obviously, anybody would be embarrassed to admit they wanted to “hatef–k” themselves, because our oppressive patriarchal society is so judgmental about auto-hate-eroticism:
“I wonder what would cause someone to be so filled with fury and lunacy, that such an odious method of drawing attention to oneself seems acceptable?”
We’re all mystified, Ace: Rush Limbaugh, Dan Riehl, Jim Hoft — even Professor Reynolds is unable to understand why Ms. Lanker-Simons would “be so filled with fury and lunacy.” Perhaps more mysterious is why some of her allies are silent about this suffering victim:
Lanker-Simons’s “Cognitive Dissonance” site was recognized for an award last year by the Center for American Progress’s Think Progress site.
And what is their reaction to the victimization of this liberal blogger whose award-winning excellence they recognized?
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) May 1, 2013
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) May 1, 2013
This silence is so . . . mysterious.
To members of the press, et al. contacting me through this site
In regards to recent allegations, I’ve retained counsel and entered a plea of not guilty.
Any further questions can be directed to my attorney of record, Charles Pelkey of Laramie.
Ah, yes — the presumption of innocence! Quite interesting, coming from someone who organized a protest based on the presumed guilt of the imaginary online misogynists who threatened her. And the protest sign — “Rape Threats Are Not a Joke” — needs to be updated: “Fake Rape Threats Are Not a Real Joke,” or something.
But we should be grateful that Ms. Lanker-Simons has finally decided to exercise her constitutional right to be silent.
UPDATE II: Welcome, Instapundit readers! I was just perusing the reports of Monday’s protest at University of Wyoming before police exposed Ms. Lanker-Simons’s fraud:
UW students and Laramie community members take part of a protest against the UW Crushes website’s post on Monday afternoon in Simpson’s Plaza to raise awareness of the “rape culture” issue.
Let’s ask a simple question: What is “the ‘rape culture’ issue,” and why was it necessary to “raise awareness” about it? I mean, other than the fake threat Meg Lanker-Simons made against herself, allegedly.
Rape is a crime, punishable as a felony in Wyoming and in every other state of the Union. We know what rape is, but what is “rape culture”?
Furthermore, who is this Meg Lanker-Simons and why was she invested with so much credibility among “UW students and Laramie community members” that five days after she claimed someone said something rude about her on Facebook, people show up on campus for a protest rally on her behalf?
“It doesn’t just affect me. It affects everyone on campus,” Lanker-Simons said. “There are people who are scared because of this.”
This remark is rather ironic in the wake of subsequent events, but the question remains: Why should this one perpetually aggrieved misfit be able to garner so much publicity and support?
UPDATE III: Bill Quick adds his own observations:
Personally, after seeing the widescreen HD version of this lovely flower, I think her phony post was real wish-projection. She probably figured that hate-rapists didn’t give a rat’s ass who — or what — they screwed.
Which would at least give her a running chance at a sexual relationship.
Perhaps true, but unfortunate. I mean, as one of the commenters below remarks, the entire message of Ms. Lanker-Simons’s behavior can be summarized in five words: “Please pay attention to me!” Yet her desperate bid to become a famous victim has only exposed her to worldwide ridicule, while quite likely destroying whatever credibility she had as a “student activist” in Wyoming.
So now, instead of being a politically relevant lonely fat girl, she’s just a lonely fat girl, who will be ostracized as an embarrassment to her political allies. Maybe she should ask Neal Rauhauser, leader of the “Weiner Truthers,” how to convince the world she was framed.