Dear Tom MacMaster,
People like you who abuse the internet and the voice it provides sicken me. Your apology letter below is laughable. This is what I think of your self-righteous absurd apology.
“I never expected this level of attention.” Guess what Assface, when you put something like “Gay Girl in Damascus” you’re going to get a lot of attention, probably from a lot of perverted middle aged men, much like yourself, and LGBT activists who were fooled by your fictitious character. The first time I actually heard of this blog is when you posted that “Amina” was arrested. All I could think of was, another blogger arrested, another one who has to suffer to make her voice heard. What a crock.
“While the narrative voice may have been fictional, the facts on this blog are true and not misleading as to the situation on the ground.”
How would you know? You don’t live in Damascus and to pretend like you know what the Syrian people are suffering is an insult.
“I do not believe that I have harmed anyone — I feel that I have created an important voice for issues that I feel strongly about.”
You have actually harmed many people when “Amina” went missing. 15000 people on Facebook were genuinely concerned. Your little “crying wolf” stunt is dangerous because if a “real” blogger gets kidnapped, who will believe them now thanks to you. Your cowardly writing ridicules all the Arab bloggers, reporters and activists who were willing to risk their safety and even their lives to create positive change in their countries.
You also stole Jelena Lecic’s identity which is both immoral and illegal. I sincerely hope you get sued for that crime.
“I only hope that people pay as much attention to the people of the Middle East and their struggles in this year of revolutions.”
Spare us your bleeding heart. If you really gave a crap about people in the Middle East, there are a million ways you could have brought light to the subject. Like sharing coverage articles and videos of what is going that may not be shared in Western media. Stealing someone’s identity, creating a fictional character and then causing a frantic frenzy by saying that person has been kidnapped is wrong and has done so much harm to the real voices of the Middle East bloggers, especially in places like Syria and Egypt.
What you did is an affront and an insult to their memory. Let’s take a moment to remember the real people who suffered, and even died to make their voices heard. Khalid Saeed and the rest of the brave souls, may you all rest in peace.
“The events there are being shaped by the people living them on a daily basis. I have only tried to illuminate them for a western audience.”
Again, you self-righteous coward, spare us your bleeding heart. You have abused and made a mockery of all the Arab voices and activists trying to make a difference.
It saddens me how much media attention this has received when the real spot light should be on the protesters and activists in Syria, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and all the places where the people are finally taking a stand against oppression.
Original Image Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/13/syrian-lesbian-blogger-tom-macmaster