Archive for January, 2012
Slander cannot destroy an honest man; when the flood recedes the rock is there – Chinese Proverbs
Tom Greens Cyber-Bullied – The Toronto Star January 27, 2012
by Carola Vyhnak
A “Tsunami of Tweets” with accusations of Pedophilia and sexual depravity has given Tom Green a shocking, first hand experience with cyber-bullying.
That’s Tom Green the 59-year-old Canadian Humber College Professor, not the 40-year-old comedian and actor.
Professor Green has the twitter handle @TomGreen while the Canadian comic , Tom Green has the twitter handle @Tomgreenlive. A mention of this fact Wednesday on satellite radio’s Opie & Anthony Show, on which the comedian was a guest, unleashed a “tsunami” of more than 1,000 tweets in 48 hours some with unprintable name-calling and threats to report the older Green “for suspicion of molesting children”, the academic says.
Late Thursday afternoon, the Comedian Tom Green weighed in with an open letter to his namesake, blaming their resptive followers for bullying both of them, since he was getting “horrible emails” too.
“Next time I am in Toronto I would be happy to pop by your class and have a laugh about it” he told Professor Green .
Here is the open Letter to Tom Green (Professor) from Tom Green (Comedian) to attempt to make amends.
Professor Tom Green unbelievably explaining what happened
This morning, around 9:00 a.m. I was subjected to a rather massive cyber-bullying attack that has yet to calm down. Being someone who firmly believes in the free flow of information and opinion on the Internet, my beliefs have become rather strained.
To recap what happened:
• There is a comedian, Tom Green, who every now and then muses about the fact I have the Twitter handle @TomGreen while his is @tomgreenlive and he “wonders” why I won’t give it to him.
• This morning, on the Opie and Anthony show, he raised it again and sort of told people to ask me for it because I would get mad.
• At about 10:00 am, noticing a ton of mentions on Twitter, I was aghast to discover that I was being bullied by people demanding I give up my Twitter handle.
• A couple of minutes later someone posted my phone number and extension at the College where I work and someone else mentioned Opie and Anthony had tried to reach me at that number.
• Realizing this was gathering steam, I immediately contacted my Dean at the College and told him to kill my extension on the College phone system.
• Naturally Tom Green jumps in with a “Who me?” attitude and really does nothing to calm the storm that is hitting my Twitter account.
Here is a link of the show that Tom Green, comedian appeared on
Start listening rom 2:07:20 to 2:18:22.
As you can hear the unconscionable flood of tweets started to Professor Tom Green as Tom Green the “Comedian” suggested that the Professor was not willing to give up his twitter handle. The “Shock Jocks” began to encourage their followers to tweet Professor Green and ask him to give Comedian Tom Green his twitter handle. The tweets that began from the followers of the radio station were slanderous, hurtful and could certainly hurt someone’s credibility as a professor in a well-known and distinguished college in Canada. Professor Green was slaughtered by tweets also from Tom Green the Comedian’s fans. Professor Green had the twitter handle @TomGreen long before Comedian Tom Green asked for it, when Professor Green refused and it was talked about on the air there began a flood of publicity over what I would consider a minor matter of a twitter name.
Gregg Hughes and Anthony Cumia are the hosts of The Opie & Anthony Show, a talk radio program airing in the United States and Canada on XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Radio. They are based in New York City.
These Shock Jocks continue to bully innocent people whose reputation is “on the line” when threats and calls to his school of child abuse are being made. This is another truly shameful act of abuse on the airwaves. It never ceases to amaze me what I will hear next, and who it will be about, it could be you or I next time. No one is shielded by these atrocities of bullying and slandering. Just ask Professor Tom Green.
I find it very interesting that the comments I have received since I started this blog and the Stop Global Airwave Abuse campaign have ranged from the kindest remarks to the most hateful and disturbing I have ever read anywhere.
It seems I have hit a nerve with my posts entitled “The Dean Blundell Show Sanctioned by the CBSC” https://stopglobalairwaveabuse.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/the-dean-blundell-show-sanctioned-by-the-cbsc/. This post covered how Mr. Blundell had been sanctioned a total of three times for a) Insubordination; b) Violating the Code of Ethics and c) Equitable Portrayal Code which prohibits the sexualization of children in broadcasting. I received two comments that were, to say the least, graphic and disturbing.
The other post was “Dean Blundell (Links to the Show)” the-dean-blundell-show-links-to-the-show. In this post, I discussed how and where you could contact the Canadian Contact Broadcast Council and the Canadian Radio Telecommunication Commission with complaints about this show and any other radio show that slander or defame someone on the airwaves. I also named the owner of the radio station and the contacts as well as the daily recordings of the this show along with the a You tube specifically linked to their shows on Michael Jackson. In this particular case I pointed out that the above show had maliciously slandered and ridiculed Michael Jackson throughout his career and his death.A comment I got a few days ago on this particular post was quite graphic.
I posted these comments because I do not believe in censorship as the person who commented on my last post so “eloquently “advised me I did. I am proud to live in Canada and am grateful that I have freedom of speech just as the media does on a daily basis. I believe in fair and truthful reporting on Michael Jackson, the deceased, the handicapped and anyone that cannot speak for themselves. If that is censorship I must not understand the definition correctly.
I have not censored these posts because I do believe in freedom of speech and I wanted readers to see how the listeners of radio shows like these behave and reply. I think I have been very generous in allowing these responses on my blog, however the last post I received has left a bitter taste in my mouth. It seems the lack of education based upon their vocabulary shows me that the only way they can reply to my opinions are to make them of a sexual content. I would think that our education system would make it easy for one to write a proper sentence that is fair and meaningful when responding to an opinion, however this is not the case. For the reader to say that I believe in censorship must not have read what I wrote at all. I never once stated “Censorship” as part of my fight against airwave abuse. Perhaps they should look up the definition of the word and/or read it at the bottom of the page.
I will continue to fight for an unbiased media and hope one day our children and our children’s children will hear the truth without slandering, ridiculing or defaming any human being. When one takes away the dignity of one, they take away the dignity of all!
Definition: Censorship “is the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the general body of people as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body.”
Slander is a poison which kills charity, both in the slanderer and the listener – St. Bernard
After reading over some of the submissions to the air wave councils many of the “shock jock” radio shows have declared it’s “straight talk” opinion journalism “will challenge viewers to think – and decide – for themselves,” echoing Fox’s slogan of “we report, you decide.” What this says to me is they will not change their ways until a group of us “make that change”.
It seems clear that in a globalized, increasingly unregulated world, the protection of Michael Jackson, the under privileged and children is going to rely increasingly on the vigilance of media-aware parents, public pressure from listeners and professional groups, and the responsiveness of a responsible media sector. I know the latter is a stretch but we as listeners can do something about these radio and TV shows who slander and belittle people who have no voice. We must start speaking out NOW! Slander should be taken seriously and we must have the fortitude to stop it.
SLANDER: Words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
ASPERSION: An abusive attack on a person’s character or good name
DEFAME: Charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
All were done and are continually being done to Michael and others. The philosophy of the airwaves were and still are:
FIND, ENGAGE and DESTROY!
It is sad that the media finally got what they wanted and continue to do so!
A tweet, a letter and or a reply can make a difference when we see an injustice done in articles, on TV and the radio. Please we can “make that change” but it must start with us.