A friend came to me today and mentioned that I may want to check out Zoe Bunt’s Twitter feed. So, I searched in Twitter, clicked on her feed, and discovered a bit more about Blunt’s ugly side. She’s been in heated debate with Victoria’s We Are Change group the past couple of weeks- well, today, it seems she lost it and exposed how hateful and full of malice Blunt is.
It also exposed a lot of the hypocrisy to be found amongst the radical environmentalists. The way Blunt handled this situation closely mirrored how her comrade Harsha Walia attacked me. Many other people have been attacked this way. It seems that end-of-the-world cults like Blunt’s Deep Green Resistance can get really nasty when they believe we have a couple of years to save the earth…
The first thing I saw on Blunt’s Twitter feed wasn’t totally unexpected. It was a link to a video by The Stimulator (Franklin Lopez, an anarchist who makes pro-violence videos). Right at the beginning of the video there’s a clip of someone shooting a cop in the head, followed by images of riots, burning police cars, and justifications why activists should embrace the use of violence.
But, as I said, that was totally expected. What I didn’t expect was to see blunt has decided to use Twitter as a tool to cyber-bully Ryan Elson. The problem is that Elson doesn’t use Twitter, so he had no idea these things were being said about him until I told him. And, the things that Blunt was saying were downright nasty.
Here, have a look:
The problem is, Blunt has no actual evidence that Elson is racist. And, from what I’ve seen of him, this is definitely not the case. I also asked him his views on race and racism a couple of days ago- there wasn’t a hit of anything to worry about. I’ve also seen what little evidence Blunt has put forward, and there’s nothing in it that show’s racist beliefs.
What it does show, however, is how desperate and out of control Blunt was today. She used the most blunt (pun intended) and unsophisticated tactic too. Blunt simply sent out a bunch of links (with very weak evidence) and then repeated the word ‘racist’ with each message. It’s a cheap trick, but it will work with the ignorant sheep who don’t ask questions.
What Blunt did to Elson is very similar to what Harsha Walia tried with me. There’s one big exception though- Walia used 3rd parties to spread her hate, Blunt made the mistake of compromising herself by spreading hate directly through her account.
I believe very strongly in the battle to stop all pipelines being built across British Columbia- so, on this issue, she and I are on the same team. Blunt is a leader in the pipeline battle- and, after what I saw come out of her today, I’m deeply troubled to see her at the helm.
I’m sure that Blunt cares about the battle against the pipeline- but it scares me to think she is a person in power…
We’ve seen this all before- more times than we’d like to have seen it. Someone questions the logic of people involved with the Deep Green Resistance- the result is that DGR members retaliate with the most vicious attacks imaginable. It’s their standard mode of operation for them to accuse people of being sexist, racist, whatever-ist. Elson, Tezporah Berman, myself, and many others have been the victims of these attacks.
The good news is that more and more people are awakening to what’s been going on. Each time they repeat this pattern they get exposed now. In the case of Blunt, she has exposed the depths of her depravity in this incident. It’s time for people in the activist community to stand-up against this kind of bullying. The longer we allow it to go one, the more people will be hurt…
I found one more interesting post of Blunt’s today- it’s a message from Blunt to one of Vancouver’s more notorious supporters of violent Black Bloc tactics:
Typical, isn’t it? All roads filled with radical hate eventually end-up at David Eby…