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Why They Hate why.i.hate.dc

Turns out there was something about D.C. to like. Fans of recently departed why.i.hate.dc blogger Rusty really miss posts like "Guess Who Got Hosed by Metro This Weekend," "DC Baseball Still Doomed," and "Man of the People My Ass."

Sadly, Rusty (who besides his mainstays of public transportation, Laura Sessions Stepp, and the D.C. government, often turned his attention to this paper) has left the city he hated so much for the totally superior town of Columbus, Ohio (his predecessor, blog founder James F., at least went to Seattle). And his replacement, the similarly one-named Liz, is driving Rusty's loyal readers coconuts, just coconuts!

For starters, she didn't even do an introductory post, just fired off about the Post's Chandra series. That went sorta well till she started deleting comments the same day. Then the howls began in earnest.

One day on the job and you're already deleting comments? Geez, it wasn't even that bad (and no, I didn't leave it.)

Stop deleting comments. Rusty hardly ever did that. Your views will decline drastically if you decide to go that route.

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THEN, Liz started answering commenters. Semi-cryptic posts like this one prompted replies like, "What is your point here?...I'm also unsure as to how this all fits in with the 'Why I Hate D.C.' theme."

She changed the blog's mission statement. She blogged about stuff she read in the Guardian. She made fun of the commenters' ire.

And suddenly, all the hatred in D.C. had a new place to live.

Yesterday, Liz hit her haters with this:

You guys are idiots.

You moved to this city because you thought finally you'd be around people who think you're cool. And you realized that your pose of, "I'm SMART" was just compensation for not having anything else. You're not as smart as the bar tenders. You hate everyone for not appreciating you. And somehow that's everyone else's fault. So you bitch and bitch and bitch.

Not about anything that matters, just about all the other people who aren't as cool as you. I don't care that you "lost" some blog that was supposed to make you feel better. You should feel bad. You suck. Fix that and get over everyone else.

Then today she blogged about the Late Night Shots reality show, and why it'll suck because it's set in Georgetown, and Georgetown's for idiots.

The commenters are happy again.

best post yet. More like this and I won't stop reading after all.

I've e-mailed Liz asking for an interview, but I haven't heard back.

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  • http://www.popcesspool.net Pop Cesspool

    "Bitch And Bitch And Bitch" would be a fantastic band name.

  • Reid

    Did anyone point out to her that bartender is one word?

    Personally I thought Rusty sucked too, so it's tough for me to see the difference. Or as Liz would put it: differ ence.

  • http://whyihatedc.blogspot.com Liz

    Hi Andrew,

    I did email you several days ago, as you can see below.

    I deleted comments because on the first day I had three inquiries about my boobs (I guess the commenters were smart enough to infer that I might have them, more or less, from my feminine name) and two racists statements about Hispanics (I am Hispanic, but I think the commenters were just being generally mean). I've also been called a cunt and you know, the usual stuff.

    They treated Rusty worse, if you go back in the archives. They even attacked his girlfriend, personally. Because of what had happened to him, I figured the best thing to do would be to not tolerate them at all.

    Besides, Why I Hate DC shouldn't be, "Why I hate EVERYONE ELSE" in D.C. Most of the people who are complaining the most about transplants ARE transplants. Most of the people complaining about tools at the bar are AT THE SAME BAR. Get over yourselves.

    Anyway, to sum up, I think you missed two important points:

    1) The commenters treated Rusty worse.

    2) A blog is not public property, and name-calling is not free speech. I don't owe the trolls a forum for racist, sexist and stupid remarks.

    Thanks,

    Liz

    On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 1:41 AM, whyihatedc .com wrote:
    Sure. I am curious, though.

    Is the story on this blog in particular? Or the problem of trolls in general?

    Liz

  • http://www.whyihatedc.blogspot.com whyih8dc@gmail.com

    Hi Andrew,

    I did email you several days ago, as you can see below.

    I deleted comments because the first day I had three inquiries about my boobs (I guess the commenters were smart enough to infer that I might have them, more or less, from my feminine name) and two racists statements about Hispanics (I am Hispanic, but I think the commenters were just being generally mean). I've also been called a cunt and you know, the usual stuff.

    They treated Rusty worse, if you go back in the archives. They even attacked his girlfriend, personally. Because of what had happened to him, I figured the best thing to do would be to not tolerate them at all.

    Besides, Why I Hate DC shouldn't be, "Why I hate EVERYONE ELSE" in D.C. Most of the people who are complaining the most about transplants ARE transplants. Most of the people complaining about tools at the bar are AT THE SAME BAR. Get over yourselves.

    Anyway, I think you missed two important points:

    1) The commenters treated Rusty worse.

    2) A blog is not public property, and name-calling is not free speech. I don't owe the trolls a forum for racist, sexist and stupid remarks.

    Thanks,

    Liz

    On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 1:41 AM, whyihatedc .com wrote:
    Sure. I am curious, though.

    Is the story on this blog in particular? Or the problem of trolls in general?

    Liz

  • http://www.whyihatedc.blogspot.com whyih8dc@gmail.com

    Sorry about the double post. For some reason my comment didn't show up after I clicked back to the site and hit refresh, to see if someone had responded (yes that's a little sad. What can I say :) So I posted it again.

  • http://mybrainsaysrage.blogspot.com Rae Carruth’s Trunk

    Actually, the commenters really aren't that much happier. Liz has actually just started hard deleting comments. In short, any comment that doesn't kiss her ass is just thrown into the ether, never to be seen unless you see it before she finds delete.

    Not good.

  • http://www.whyihatedc.blogspot.com whyih8dc@gmail.com

    Actually you were banned for your second c-word bomb. (Which I guess does count as "not kissing (my) ass.") Yet you continue to beg to be allowed back on the board?

  • J.

    Liz - just keep doing what your doing. Ignore the haters. City Paper would be screwed if they responded to every negative remark against the staff. Dc is full of self-loathing folks who feed off the destruction of others. Most are transplants or just stinking there way through from the upper Northeast.

    I personally look forward to what you have to say. Im hating the haters.

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