I wrote a piece for the Daily Beast that drew a lot of heat. Unfortunately, like a lot of these controversies, the tactics of the trolls end up reinforcing the patterns described in the article—as though they’d learned nothing at all. Of course, with the latest hate crimes in Atlanta, we see what the pervasion of conspiracy theories, misogyny, and racism can lead to.
Here’s my article: These ‘Dirtbag Left’ Stars Are Flirting With the Far Right
To be fair, I had started receiving hate mail before the piece was even published, so I did expect the backlash. However, the extent of it—amounting in some cases to harassment involving a spinoff from 4chan specializing in cyber-stalking—has been very difficult for my family and I.