Head of GetEQUAL offers blogger bounty
The head of a national LGBT organization this past weekend offered 500-dollars to anyone who could identify a blog commenter she describes as a ‘cyberbully.’
GetEQUAL’s director Robin McGehee says she and several others were tired of being the target of hurtful personal attacks from a commenter named ‘Andrew W.’ She says he has also created a number of aliases from which he writes what she calls ‘sexist’ comments online.
McGehee says she had enough and decided to put a bounty on the unknown writer’s identity, taking to Twitter to offer a reward for the information. She says her query produced results. She’s learned who “Mr. W” really is, where he works, and that he frequently donates to the Republican Party.
McGehee says it’s not that she and her group are thin-skinned about criticism of their political undertakings. But, she says she feels ‘Andrew W.’ has taken it too far, becoming both “vindictive and unethical.”
McGehee: “Look, if you’re going to bully people, if you’re going to try and hold people accountable, then you should also be held accountable yourself and clearly be out there as who you are, instead of hiding behind the veil of an Internet troll and not owning up to your bullying, your cyberbulling.”
McGehee says she feels she has nothing to lose by making the offer. And now that she knows Andrew W’s true identity, she will share the information with all those who ask.