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The Redditors Who Reclaimed r/FatPussy (and Other Vile Subs)



If you want to see the best of Reddit, go to r/WhitePolitics, r/faggots, or r/FatPussy. You will not find sickos and slurs there—not anymore, anyway. Instead, these subreddits are obsessed with, respectively: the color white, bundles of sticks, and rather large cats.

In the past few years, Reddit communities once devoted to outré subjects, everything from InfoWars’ Alex Jones to objectifying tall women, have seen themselves hijacked and replaced by tame, often literal-minded send-ups of their original purpose. It’s very funny, it’s very Reddit, and it’s all the doing of a band of counter-trolling moderators who take their duties very seriously. Their antics are easy to root for. What’s less understood is how these individuals operate—and at what cost. Trolling the trolls, it turns out, takes a toll.

First, consider classic trolling: the icky kind. It takes time and organization, and those are its practitioners’ biggest weaknesses. If you’re going to pop up like a hobgoblin sowing discord in comments sections across the internet, you can’t spend too many resources in any one place. Far-right trolls, in particular, are notoriously disorganized and prone to infighting. That means there are an awful lot of hateful but poorly moderated subreddits out there, ripe for the hijacking.

The work of converting those swamps into arable webland is hard—and often deeply personal. (Though some mods say it’s “just for shits and giggles.”) The first task is identifying hateful subreddits, tracked at places like r/AgainstHateSubs. Once you find one, lurk on the threads for a while, getting a sense of who’s there and what they’re saying. But stay quiet: You might share an identity with the group the sub is designed to attack, so it’s best not to attract attention. Then, you wait. Make sure the previous moderators have been asleep at the switch for 60 days or more and submit a request to administrators to be made the new mod. Voilà. The subreddit is yours.

Drewie, who has been a redditor for more than seven years and moderates more than 50 subreddits, has always kept an eye on subs that sting her most. She’s trans and knows the harms and humiliations the internet can bring. She has a string of successful hijackings to her name—communities like r/Trannys (now about car transmissions) and r/Dykes (you know, like water-retaining embankments) make up her kingdom. Her most recent conquest was r/AlexJones, but the one she remembers best is r/faggots. She’d been eyeing the community from a distance for a while, but then there was rumbling among Reddit’s moderators: The deposed alt-right troll king Milo Yiannopoulos had just requested control of the sub.

Controversy ensued, but with no opposition, the administrators would likely grant it to him. Drewie wouldn’t have it. Yiannopoulos is a Gamergate alum, expert at trolling the people she wanted to protect; r/faggots, she feared, would become another platform to rally his troops. She submitted a counter request, telling the admins she planned to make the hate sub into something fun and satirical. They gave her the keys instead.

Drewie’s vigilante tactics might be in the service of good, but they were pioneered by the very trolls she’s trying to fight.

Since harassment and bullying are verboten, Drewie promptly scrubbed r/faggots of hateful posts and posters, turning the subreddit into an empty space for her and her allies to fill in. She thinks she won over the admins—who are notorious for leaving moderators to scrap out problems on their own, no matter what kind of hate speech redditors are spewing—by making them laugh. For Drewie, though, replacing homophobia with piles of sticks is about more than the lulz. “I’m Asian, I have a middle-class job, I pass, but a lot of the people I know don’t,” she says. “I have to use that to do something. I can’t just sit down and say, ‘Oh, I’ve got it good.’ I have no choice.”

Not everyone sees it so unambiguously. Drewie’s vigilante tactics might be in the service of good, but they were pioneered by the very trolls she’s trying to fight. To Whitney Phillips, author of multiple books on online trolling, the anti-hate hijacking of subreddits most closely resembles the “RIP trolling” circa 2011. “If, for example, a woman had been murdered by her husband, the troll would make a seemingly legit RIP page designed to get the most responses and followers possible,” Phillips says. Then, once the honeypot had attracted enough flies, the troll was free to flip the tone of the page entirely, using it to mock the deceased and threaten those who sympathized with them.

Over time, this tone-flipping tactic became less randomly malicious and more targeted. Before being banned from Reddit, r/antifa wasn’t a stronghold of the controversial antifascist movement but one of alt-right trolls pretending to be antifa in order to make the movement look bad—and maybe entice some naifs to a fake protest or two. It’s also the same school of trolling that’s given us Russian operatives posing as black activists on Facebook.

Little about this would suggest that these trolling techniques would ever be used for social justice on Reddit. They rely, in their original conception, on mockery and exclusion, not acceptance and bonhomie. As Phillips puts it: “Why would any progressive aspire to something so regressive? It very quickly becomes a conversation about whether the master’s tools can ever be used to dismantle the master’s house.”

“Why would any progressive aspire to something so regressive? It very quickly becomes a conversation about whether the master’s tools can ever be used to dismantle the master’s house.”

Author Whitney Phillips

There are two ways to think about that. The first is, do the tools work? This master’s house is built from bricks of bigotry. According to Casey Fiesler, who studies online governance at the University of Colorado, ousting homophobes and white supremacists and purveyors of nonconsensual pornography from their strongholds is unlikely to change their minds—and some researchers worry that pushing these people into ever-more-fringe regions of the internet will only increase their extremism. Many of the hijacked communities have indeed regrouped elsewhere under a different spelling or a different name. However, you have to be deep in the world in order to find those new locales. Perhaps the casual searcher—the 14-year-old kid typing slurs into Reddit—won’t expend the effort.

The second part of the counter-trolling moral conundrum is more existential: What do these tools do to the person who wields them? “It’s exhausting!” Drewie says. “I would love not to do this. You get no benefit, you just lose time.” On top of a full-time job, she spends at least five hours a day scouring Reddit for hate and monitoring the subreddits she’s hijacked, and that doesn’t even include peeking between meetings, during lunch, or on her commute. She thinks of doxing and death threats—inevitable in this line of activism—as “the cost of doing business.” The alternative is worse. “I get through the day by telling myself it’s just internet trolls. But I’ve lost so many friends who can’t take the hate,” she says. “I don’t want to go to another memorial.”

At times, the goal of these moderators seems unattainable. Hate on the internet is a hydra: Cut off one source and three more rear up. Nazis still post; cyberbullying still happens. And because these mods prefer to stay anonymous, they’re rarely recognized for their work. (Most of the mods I reached out to never returned my request for an interview.)

Observers like Fiesler say the difference they make is subtler, incremental shifts in Reddit’s tone and ethos. “These people are signposting what it means to be Reddit,” Fiesler says. “It shows people the power you can have as a moderator to change the culture of a community. Even if you’re not taking over subreddits yourself, you might be emboldened to say, ‘Hey, maybe we should ban hate speech.'” These trolls won’t be able to dismantle the master’s house entirely, but maybe their efforts can clear space to lay new foundations.

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Riot police squads intervene as pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters clash in Montreal




People wave flags atop cars in traffic during a demonstration to voice support for the people of Palestine, at Toronto City Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 May 2021.

People wave flags atop cars in traffic during a demonstration to voice support for the people of Palestine, at Toronto City Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 May 2021.

  • Violence
    between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protesters in Montreal was condemned by
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • Montreal’s
    city police force intervened and declared the protests illegal after tensions
    heightened and clashes broke out.
  • Israeli
    strikes killed 42 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the worst daily
    toll in almost a week of clashes.

– Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday condemned the violence and
“despicable rhetoric” that marked several weekend protests throughout
the country, after clashes between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters in

worst violence in years, sparked by unrest in Jerusalem, is raging between the
Jewish state and Islamist militants.

strikes killed 42 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the worst daily
toll in almost a week of deadly clashes.

after protests in Montreal, Trudeau condemned what he said was “despicable
rhetoric and violence we saw on display in some protests this weekend”.

insisting on the “right to assemble peacefully and express themselves
freely in Canada”, Trudeau stressed in a tweet that there was no tolerance
for “antisemitism, Islamophobia, or hate of any kind”.

on Sunday, Montreal police used tear gas following clashes between pro-Israel
and pro-Palestinian protesters.

hundred demonstrators, draped in Israeli flags, had gathered in a central
Montreal square to express solidarity with the Jewish state.

‘Protesting is a right’

the protest started peacefully, tensions ratcheted up with the arrival of
pro-Palestinian demonstrators and clashes soon broke out.

SPVM, Montreal’s city police force, declared the protests illegal, and squads
of riot police intervened, using tear gas to separate and disperse the two
groups, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

police spent much of the afternoon in pursuit of the pro-Palestinian
protesters, who spread out and regrouped in commercial streets in the city centre.

the clashes, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said on Twitter that
“protesting is a right”, but that “intolerance, violence and
anti-Semitism have no place here”.

She said:

Montreal is a city of peace.

thousand pro-Palestinian demonstrators had gathered on Saturday in central
Montreal to denounce what they said were Israeli repression and “war
crimes” in Gaza.

Israel”, some protesters chanted, while others held up a banner that read,
“Stop the genocide of Palestinian children”.

protests happened the same day in multiple Canadian cities, including Toronto,
Ottawa and Vancouver.

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Peter Thiel Helps Fund an App That Tells You What to Do




“How would you feel about being able to pay to control multiple aspects of another person’s life?” asks the BBC.

“A new app is offering you the chance to do just that.”

When writer Brandon Wong recently couldn’t decide what takeaway to order one evening, he asked his followers on social media app NewNew to choose for him. Those that wanted to get involved in the 24-year-old’s dinner dilemma paid $5 (£3.50) to vote in a poll, and the majority verdict was that he should go for Korean food, so that was what he bought…

NewNew is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based entrepreneur Courtne Smith. The app, which is still in its “beta” or pre-full release stage, describes itself as “a human stock market where you buy shares in the lives of real people, in order to control their decisions and watch the outcome”. For many of us that sounds a bit ominous, but the reality is actually far less alarming. It is aimed at what it calls “creators” — writers, painters, musicians, fashion designers, bloggers etc. It is designed as a way for them to connect far more closely with their fans or followers than on other social media services and, importantly, monetise that connection…

Whenever a vote is cast the creator gets the money minus NewNew’s undisclosed commission… In addition to voting, followers can also pay extra — from $20 — to ask a NewNew creator to do something of their choosing, such as naming a character in a book after them. But the creator can reject all of these “bids”, and if they do so then the follower doesn’t have to part with the money…

Co-founder and chief executive Ms Smith, a 33-year-old Canadian, has big plans for NewNew, and has some heavyweight backers. Investors include Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, and the first outside person to put money into Facebook. Others with a stake in the business include leading US tech investment fund Andreessen Horowitz, and Hollywood actor Will Smith (no relation to Courtne). Snapchat has also given technical support.

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Sandpapergate will haunt Australia cricket forever: ex-bowling coach




Cameron Bancroft. (Photo by Brenton Geach - Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Cameron Bancroft. (Photo by Brenton Geach – Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The 2018 ball-tampering scandal will haunt Australian cricket forever, much like the infamous underarm delivery of 40 years ago, the team’s former bowling coach David Saker said on Monday.

Saker was responding to opening batsman Cameron Bancroft suggesting that Australia’s bowlers knew about the plan in Cape Town to alter the ball which earned him a nine-month ban and rocked the game.

Saker was Australia’s bowling coach when Bancroft was caught trying to rough up the ball with sandpaper during the third Test against South Africa.

While refusing to be drawn on who knew what, Saker said “the finger-pointing is going to go on and on and on”.

“It’s like the underarm, it’s never going to go away,” he told Fairfax Media, referring to a 1981 incident when Trevor Chappell bowled underarm to ensure New Zealand lost a one-day match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The notorious delivery is still cited in New Zealand and in cricketing circles as a prime example of unsporting conduct.

However, the ball-tampering scandal – dubbed “sandpapergate” – had a greater impact on Australian cricket, with the then-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner suspended for a year from all cricket and stripped of their leadership roles.

Darren Lehmann also quit as coach and all the top brass from Cricket Australia left after a scathing review blasted their “arrogant and controlling” win-at-all-costs culture.

No one else among the team or coaching staff was held to account but Bancroft’s remarks in an interview with The Guardian newspaper hinted that the team’s bowlers at least knew about the plan.

“Obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” he said.

Saker added: “There was a lot of people to blame. It could have been me to blame, it could have been someone else. It could have been stopped and it wasn’t, which is unfortunate.

“Cameron’s a very nice guy. He’s just doing it to get something off his chest … He’s not going to be the last.”

In response, Cricket Australia said that if anyone had new information, they would look into it.

Saker said he was not opposed to a fresh investigation but added “I just don’t know what they’re going to find out.”

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Mexico’s Andrea Meza crowned Miss Universe




Miss Universe Andrea Meza

Miss Universe Andrea Meza





1. Mexico

2. India

3. Brazil

4. Dominican Republic

5. Peru



1. Jamaica 

2. Dominican Republic 

3. India

4. Peru 

5. Australia 

6. Puerto Rico

7. Thailand

8. Costa Rica

9. Mexico

10. Brazil





1. Columbia

2. Peru 

3. Australia 

4. France

5. Myanmar

6. Jamaica 

7. Mexico 

8. Dominican Republic 

9. USA

10. Indonesia 

11. Argentina 

12. India

13. Curaçao

14. Puerto Rico

15. Phillipines 

16. Brazil

17. Great Britain

18. Nicaragua

19. Thailand 

20. Costa Rica

21. Vietnam



74 contestants will compete for the title of Miss Universe on 16 May in Hollywood, Florida. 

The Miss Universe pageant takes place on 16 May in the US (02:00 to 05:00 on 17 May SA time). The show will be broadcast live on 1 Magic (DStv Channel 103) with a repeat at 21:30. 

Reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Representing South Africa is Natasha Joubert, and South Africans are hoping for the “magic double” – back-to-back consecutive wins, which has only happened once before in the pageant’s history.

Natasha wowed crowds at the national costume competition last week and on Friday impressed during the preliminary round

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Miss Mexico crowned Miss Universe 2021




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Washington – Miss Mexico was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida, after fellow contestant Miss Myanmar used her stage time to draw attention to the bloody military coup in her country.

Sunday night marked the Miss Universe competition’s return to television, after the pageant was cancelled in 2020 for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrea Meza, 26, finished first ahead of the Brazilian and Peruvian finalists in a flashy televised event, hosted by American actor Mario Lopez and television personality Olivia Culpo.

Former Miss Universe contestants Cheslie Kryst, Paulina Vega and Demi-Leigh Tebow (who won the title in 2017) served as competition analysts and commentators, and a panel of eight women determined the winner.

Dressed in a sparkling red evening gown, Meza tearfully walked the catwalk as Miss Universe for the first time, before rushing back for a group hug with the other competitors.

Meza beat more than 70 contestants from around the globe in the 69th installment of Miss Universe, which was held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

In the days leading up to the final competition, Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin, who made the top 21, made waves when she used her time in the spotlight to bring attention to the coup in her country.

“Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she said during her biographical video, which showed photos of her taking part in the anti-coup protests. “Therefore I would like to urge everyone to speak out about Myanmar.”

Natasha Joubert, Miss Universe South Africa 2020 competes on stage in Ema Savahl swimwear during the MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition.

She also won the award for best national costume: during that competition segment on Thursday, she wore an outfit beaded in traditional Burmese patterns and held up a sign that said, “Pray for Myanmar.”

Myanmar has been in uproar since February 1, when the army ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

At least 796 people have been killed by security forces since then, according to a local monitoring group, while nearly 4 000 people are behind bars.

Miss Singapore Bernadette Belle Ong – who did not make the top 21 – also used the national costume portion to make a political statement.

Dressed in a glittering red bodysuit and matching thigh-high boots, she turned around to reveal her cape – in the colours of the Singaporean flag – was painted with the words “Stop Asian Hate.”

“What is this platform for if I can’t use it to send a strong message of resistance against prejudice and violence?” she wrote on Instagram alongside pictures of her outfit.

The United States in particular has seen a surge in anti-Asian violence in the past year, which activists have blamed on former president Donald Trump’s rhetoric, especially his repeated description of Covid-19 as the “China virus.”

The pageant has also drawn criticism in the past for objectifying the contestants.

In recent years, the competition has shifted image, focusing more on female empowerment and activism.

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