Friday, December 16, 2016

The Left-Cheek Ass Clown for December, 2016

Have you cast your votes for Ass Clown of the Year yet? Voting closes at 11:59 PM on December 31st, and I will announce the winner in this space on Sunday, January 1st.

I summarized the rules and the previous 2016 awardees in this post, in case you need to review. But there are two more Ass Clowns to name between now and December 31st, so it's time to get to it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Readers, I give you

The Left-Cheek Ass Clown
December, 2016

And the award goes to

The Common Internet Troll
(Anus Vulgaris Anonymous)

While the Internet has brought many benefits and advantages to individuals, businesses, and governments, the anonymity it provides has given rise to a despicable subculture of individuals often called trolls, who use the Internet to stalk, harass, and threaten other persons; to spread the most vile and ludicrous of conspiracy theories; to conduct criminal activities and spread malware; and to ruin the online experience for - and often ruin the lives and reputations of - normal and well-adjusted persons.

One of the most visible examples of the dangers posed by the Common Internet Troll is the ludicrous accusation that a popular family pizza restaurant in Washington, DC, is actually the hub of a child sex ring run by Hillary Clinton and her associate John Podesta. This accusation has led to death threats against restaurant employees and a nearly-tragic recent incident in which a man from North Carolina drove to Washington, entered the restaurant, and fired shots from an assault rifle in an attempt to "rescue" children he believed were imprisoned in tunnels beneath the building. It was a miracle that no one was injured ... and the man remains unconvinced that the restaurant is exactly what it is - a family-friendly community gathering place.

For his* bizarre and overheated generation of vile online slime; for his use of the Internet for criminal activity; and for his undermining of law, civil discourse, and common courtesy, the Common Internet Troll is named our Left-Cheek Ass Clown for December, 2016.

Have a good day. Be civil. Come back tomorrow for Cartoon Saturdayr.

More thoughts then.

And don't forget to cast your votes for Ass Clown of the Year.


* I say "his" because most trolls seem to be male; however, there are also plenty of women out there who are willing to believe and spread this slime, too. A plague on their houses, too.


John Hill said...

A good call.
I have been calling out trolls when I can and others don't.
They are internet bullies and lead the way in spreading hate and misinformation.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Internet trolls are creeps and potentially dangerous. I tend to avoid certain sites where some of them lurk. I notice that they tend to spend extraordinary amounts of time on certain sites and drive others away. Like a goony bird fouling its own nest.

Hell Hound said...

An apt choice for any month!

Mike said...

A pox on right and left trolls.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Trolls spoil enjoying the internet for others.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Cruise Critic has some of them; but Fark has them in spades.

allenwoodhaven said...

An excellent choice. ACOTY, I vote x5 for the media, mainstream and alternative, for doing such a poor job of sticking to important information.

Mike said...

Oh, and 10 more votes for the AE.