I used to be known as “Gossip Girl” on nastyclare and clarewitchproject, and after Cassie had us deleted for copyright infringement, I was considering not starting up another blog. I thought, you know, whatever. People will always be people. Let her do what she wants. It’s over.
But then she made a post about us.
I’m just making this post to address Cassie’s post, which she implies is solely about us, though she doesn’t mention us by name. She says,
When someone first told me there was a tumblr hate blog about me I didn’t think much of it.
By her saying a hate blog, in singular form, one would assume everything she talks about in the post is us. We’re the most popular “hate blog” on this site, as far as I can see,
First of all, Cassie claims we talked about her appearance. I’d just like to say that we never have, and specifically requested people don’t, because it’s tacky and rude.
Cassie has given everyone the impression that our blog was deleted because we’re cyber bullies, and we were anti-Semitic and sexist and bashed her for her appearance, and posted her personal information.
This is partially a message to her and a message to anyone who read her post and believes everything she said was us, or that the things that were about us were entirely true.
To quote Cassie’s post,
The first was posting my legal name along with a method of finding my address.
We only ever posted your real name once, after somebody submitted it to us from an already public page.
Someone asked for your real name, and I replied saying I was pretty sure Cassandra Clare was your actual name, and they said I was wrong, and sent us the link to this: http://www.listal.com/cassandra-clare
Someone else messaged us confirming that’s your real name because they saw it on your blog before, and on wikipedia and multiple other places and that it was already public knowledge.
That was all we made of it.
We never posted a method to finding your address. We don’t even know a method to finding your address, and if we did we would refrain from doing anything with it because that’s just creepy and to be quite honest we don’t care that much.
“The second was the sentence “Cassandra Clare acts like she can say anything because she’s Jewish””
You’re trying to paint us as anti-Semitic, but one of us is Jewish, and neither of us knew you were Jewish - until someone submitted an offensive Jewish joke to us from one of your books. We remarked on how we think it’s offensive, then someone else messaged us saying it’s okay for you to make that joke, because you yourself are Jewish.
Then another person messaged us, and to paraphrase them, said “it’s not okay for Cassie to make jokes about Jewish people just because she’s Jewish.” I’m assuming that’s where you got that sentence from, but you took it out of context.
(Once this post is up, the hate bloggers will say that I am upset because they think my books are bad. Believe me, I would be thrilled if it was a blog about how my books are bad…I don’t mind being called racist/sexist, either: I am sure that I am, in the sense that we are all products of our conditioning, and we are conditioned by a racist/sexist society that works on us from the day we’re born. I try to be aware, and fight that conditioning, to remember my privilege, to tell fair and truthful stories but that doesn’t mean I’m not a work in progress myself, that I’m not going to screw up.)
Are you sure, Cassie? Because you had our posts and eventually our entire blog deleted because we were talking about how your books were bad.
The tumblr guidelines say, “Don’t actively promote violence or extreme hatred against individuals or groups, on the basis of race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation. While we firmly believe that the best response to hateful speech is not censorship but more speech, we will take down malicious bigotry, as defined here.”
“Privacy Violations. Don’t use Tumblr to deceptively obtain personal information. Don’t post content that violates anyone’s privacy, including personally identifying or confidential information like credit card numbers, social security numbers, unlisted contact information, or private photos of your ex’s junk (no matter how attractive).”
But if we were so anti-Semitic and sexist, if we actually posted your address and personal info, why were we reported solely for copyright infringement?
This was the message from tumblr we received when they took down one of our posts after you reported it for copyright infringement. The post contained a short passage from City of Bones, where Clary is slut shaming a girl in her class for wearing a thong. We were talking about how sexist it was, which you claim you don’t mind being called.
This was another message from tumblr telling us you reported us for copyright infringement, when we were talking about a rape joke Jace makes in City of Ashes, and how insensitive it is.
This was a time you reported me for copyright violation when I answered an ask with evidence of your fanfiction plagiarism, I don’t understand how you did that, considering you have no copyright claim on Harry Potter or any of the Buffy quotes you stole, but whatever.
So if you don’t mind people talking badly about your books, if you don’t mind being called sexist, then why did you have us reported for copyright infringement? You allow people to write fanfiction, you allow your fans to use quotes and passages on their blogs. We properly cited your work.
If we were so anti-Semitic and posted your personal information, why were we not reported for that, then? Why weren’t we deleted for that? As I’ve shown from the tumblr guidelines, we easily could have been, if we had said anything that qualified as it.
And maybe fans are reading this and thinking, oh, but you probably were reported for that, but just aren’t showing it.
Except, look at this message.
“you previously held an account that was terminated for repeat copyright infringement (with no counter-notifications), nastyclare.tumblr.com”
theclarewitchproject was deleted solely because they found out we were nastyclare. nastyclare was deleted solely for copyright infringement. If it was for harassment or racism or anything, tumblr support would specify that in the message. But they only say copyright infringement, which Cassandra Clare herself reported to them as the copyright holder, on posts where we were talking badly about her books, which Cassie claims she’d be “thrilled about.”
It’s understandable if you don’t want people talking badly about your books and calling you sexist and saying you perpetuate rape culture.
But don’t have us deleted for doing that, then turn around and tell your fans it was because we were posting personal information and making anti-Semitic remarks.
Also, the entire bullying post seems to be solely about us, from the wording “hate bloggers” and how we’re directly quoted.
Yet here you’re talking about someone else entirely.
The Cafepress store where they sell merchandise based on their hate (yes, really) suggests you should buy their merchandise to “save your friends from rape.” Leaving aside the unbelievably tasteless attempt to literally capitalize on rape, the implication would seem to be — that I am a rapist?
At first we had no idea what the hell you were talking about here, because we’ve never done anything of the sort. We don’t even think we’re old enough to run a cafepress store, as we’re only 17, and neither of us has the time or money to do that, nor would we want to.
We looked into it and we found the store in question. It was Kayla/dontfallinthesarchasm’s store, where she apparently sold a magnet that said “friends don’t let friends read Cassandra Clare.” Below it, it said “Save your friends from rape, incest, sexual abuse and generally poor writing by warning the world with this Sarchasm shirt.”
While I don’t agree with the message, she means save your friends from having to read about rape and incest and sexual abuse, as it’s in your books.
I just think it’s a bit rich that you’re accusing her of capitalizing on rape for putting that there, when you literally use rape as a plot device in every single one of your books, which is why she said what she did in the first place. But I won’t get into that right now.
As for Kayla, we’ve seen in the tags that people have been talking about her blog and saying that it’s us. It’s not. We’re not dontfallinthesarchasm, and we weren’t responsible for her casssandraclare blog that parodied Cassie’s either.
She was a part of nastyclare for about a week in the spring after TMI fans were sending her death threats because she questioned Cassie on all the incest in her books, but left and started her own blog after that. She was never a part of theclarewitchproject.
Just for the record, there are two of us, and we go by GG and L. Another friend, known as Stansfield, sometimes helps.
We’ve had no other blogs on any website besides theclarewitchproject and nastyclare, and we’ve had no online shops or youtube videos or fake accounts in which we sent hate to Cassie, or sent fake fan mail. If anyone is doing anything against Cassie currently, it isn’t us. If anyone did anything in the past and it wasn’t on nastyclare or theclarewitchproject and wasn’t signed as Gossip Girl or L, it wasn’t us.
We’ve never messaged her at all, on this blog or on any other blog, anonymously or not. We’ve never contacted her.
But back to Cassie’s post.
I get a huge amount of email from young girls and women, who make up the bulk of my readership, who are the target of a very specific kind of online cyberbullying. It is a bullying that crops up in the form of girls receiving messages, usually anonymous or pseudonymous, that tell them that they are ugly, that they are fat, that they are stupid, and that the things they like are stupid, that they are sluts, and that they should hurt or kill themselves. And the hate bloggers use a lot of the hateful gendered attack language that I see so often terrorizing my readers, and I worried that my readers would see me not reacting to it, or seeming to not care, and think that there was something wrong with them for caring, for being hurt — that the fact that this language gets under their skin makes them, as the hate bloggers call me, “whiny little bitches.”
We hate cyber bullies too, as ironic as you all may find this. We’ve been cyber bullied. I personally have been cyber bullied since I was 9, before “cyber bullying” was an actual term.
Part of the motivation of this blog was because we know for a fact that you were a cyber bully in the Harry Potter fandom. You say that we’re making this up - but why would we? Do you think we got out of bed one morning and said “you know what I should do today? Make up a bunch of stories about Cassandra Clare and get the rest of the internet in on it?”
We aren’t the only people on the internet who talk about the things you’ve done. Many livejournal communities still talk about it all the time. Most people on that site still remember. Fanlore and fanhistory have documented a lot of it.
You may not even see that you were a cyber bully. But I personally know people who you have cyber bullied, and I’ve witnessed it, and have seen posts from you on fictionalley and livejournal bashing Tom Felton, bashing his fans, bashing Bonnie Wright, and posted screencaps of these posts on the old blog.
You made fun of people whose fanfiction wasn’t as popular as yours, which we’ve screencapped and posted. You turned on your friend Aja because you thought she was copying you, and let your followers gang up on her and run her out of the fandom. You tried to get your other friend kicked out of college. All of this was on public accounts where you, presumably, had thousands of fans reading it all.
You talk about gendered language like “bitch”, but I recall Clary calling Isabelle a bitch in your books multiple times, and hating her for being beautiful, and Isabelle hating Clary for being beautiful. It’s the kind of girl on girl hate you accuse us of.
But we’ve never called you a whiny little bitch.
And I used to go on your livejournal, and a lot of your former-fans and former-friends have as well, and we’ve found a lot of instances where you used the word slut. In regular posts, in fanfiction, to other people. I’ve posted screencaps on occasion, not as an attack on you, but to protest against slut shaming in general.
I particularly recall a fanfic of yours where Ginny was dating everyone in school, and Draco called her a skank and a slut, and was afraid she was going to sleep with Ron because she couldn’t control herself. You wrote it like it was supposed to be funny, and not like it was something horrible.
I just want you to know — and I say this, knowing how thrilled it will make the hate bloggers to hear this, but I am saying it anyway because you need to know it — of course, this stuff hurts me too.
We’re not thrilled to know words hurt you, or anyone.
the hate bloggers’s example of proof that I am ungrateful regarding my fans and readers is that they have a video of me getting on a stage for an event holding a drink, and drinking from it while I was being introduced. That’s true! I did do that! I was on tour, and had been traveling all day: I had not eaten, and I had a wracking cough in the car on the way over. I was a little dizzy, and this — the few moments while I was being introduced — was my only chance to 1) consume anything and 2) hopefully be able to stop coughing before I had to talk for several hours.
I know the video you’re talking about, but we’ve never posted it or even mentioned it. You keep attributing everything people have ever said and done to you to us, knowing that people will assume it’s about us, because we’re the only “haters” your fans on this site know about.
I see that video posted in the comments of ONTD articles about you, but the problem most people have a problem with isn’t the fact that you’re eating or drinking, it’s the fact that you’re laughing and whispering with Holly Black when the woman is speaking, which is rude. Tony Stark wasn’t eating a burger when someone else was talking. He was eating a burger when he was talking.
But that’s a matter separate from us, because we’ve never made mention of that video.
And I have to wonder, Cassie, why you chose yesterday to make this post, and the day before to go on hiatus. Our blog was deleted two weeks ago. If we’re terrible cyber bullies, why would you make a post about us after we’re gone?
You might be wondering if we’re going to keep this blog up and continue where we left off before. We don’t know yet. Before you had our blog deleted, we were hardly active. We barely have time for it and don’t generally feel like it.
But I just felt the need to set the record straight, for everyone who believes we’re anti-Semitic stalkers who sell hate merch and fake fan mail and all of these other things.
Make of this what you will.