in Kulturkampf

Robert Stacy McCain Versus Rock And Roll


Robert Stacy McCain (pictured) began blogging about Brett Kimberlin in 2012 at the instigation of Ali Akbar of National Bloggers Club “fame.” At Akbar’s ViralRead website, McCain uses a 1996 quote of Brett Kimberlin in the Washington City Paper to accuse him of pedophilia:

Not all the songs on his album … have political overtones … others, like “Waiting to Meet” and “Teen Dream” (both about having sex with teenage girls) are lacking in subtlety and tend to make one squirm. But this is exactly what Kimberlin wants.

“I say things a lot of people are afraid to say. Yeah, ‘Teen Dream’ is about f–king a teenage girl. Every guy who’s seen a good-looking teenage girl has thought about it. I’m talking about that lecherous quality that every man, though he won’t act on it, has.”

I don’t think the essential problem with McCain’s reportage could be distilled any better than his unspoken assumption that the theme of attraction to, and even bad intentions toward, younger members of the opposite sex is unique to Brett Kimberlin’s rock lyrics. Not only is this wrong, the category isn’t even limited to male artists. Examples include NRA cheerleader and birther Ted Nugent, who appears in the following video slideshow. You will note a spectrum of styles and sounds. I have more to say below the fold:

At his own blog, McCain has written an extremely long blog post to accuse me of being a tool of Brett Kimberlin. Seth Allen, a certified lunatic who lost a libel suit to Kimberlin, is his “smoking gun.” However, by invoking Mr. Allen, McCain puts the reputational murder-weapon in the hand of Aaron Walker, with John Patrick Frey supervising the character assassination remotely. I suspect McCain will decide this was an error.

McCain also has a lot to say about a social media affinity group from 2010. His history of revising the confederacy makes him the perfect blogger to refute Adrian Chen’s definitive investigation of “Twittergate” — mainly by wondering out loud about “beandog” avatars, which are hardly the first inexplicable Japanese pop culture phenomenon to appear all over an affinity group.

In a new permutation of some archival blogstupid, McCain seems to think those Twitter avatars are proof! that Neal Rauhauser is somehow involved in Brett Kimberlin’s international sex ring. Or something. Worse, I am somehow personally at fault for this entire situation. You can read his blowout screed yourself; I’ve made a copy here.

All of this is inspired by incendiary charges that Tetyana Kimberlin made last Monday about her estranged husband. This happened just two weeks after she told a judge that he had never abused her in any way. So what changed? Well, Tetyana appears to have struck up a friendship with Ali Akbar’s comrades W.J.J. Hoge and Aaron Walker. Maybe that explains why she was suddenly using all of Walker’s usual courtroom talking points last week?

It is self-evident that Robert Stacy McCain’s longtime, personal mission of regressive politics has rendered him incapable of dealing with popular culture on an adult level, much less a juvenile one. Cognitively, McCain’s mind is simply not set up to accept a world in which random groups of people form on Twitter, and music is sometimes edgy. Nay, only a criminal conspiracy can possibly explain it all, and only McCain can possibly understand the whole grand design in all its sinister complexity. As the strangest star in Ali Akbar’s online media properties, R.S. McCain is fully invested in one of the dumbest conspiracy theories in the short history of social media — one whose proponents seem precariously close to committing a crime themselves.

Has McCain perhaps realized that Tetyana’s mental health issues are a problem for the whole enterprise of taking down Kimberlin? Is he worried that Walker and Hoge have suborned perjury? The length of McCain’s epistle smacks of desperation to me. Yet in his estimation, I am the desperate one:

Developments in the Kimberlin v. Kimberlin case, especially Tetyana’s claim that Brett illegally had sex with her when she was 15, are newsworthy enough that it’s getting more difficult for mainstream journalists or left-wing bloggers to keep ignoring it. There are people on the Left, as you know, who can’t stand Neal Rauhauser, and Osborne has his enemies, too. Whereas that little crew (including Karoli) were able to keep a lid on it before, so that the whole thing could be dismissed as just a “right wing nut job” story, now it might start getting a bit of traction.

It is true that I am unafraid to make enemies. But this list of “Kimberlin supporters” is the same list I’ve been on for a while. And how did we earn our places on it? Why, in the last year we have blogged about silly people who were trying to hold us responsible for Brett Kimberlin, and we couldn’t understand why. After all, none of us is employed by Kimberlin, or Velvet Revolution, or Justice Through Music, or any other Kimberlin concern. None of us was even blogging about him.

Until a few days ago, only Rauhauser had ever even talked to him. Rauhauser is hardly involved in any “little crew” with Karoli, who does not know Mr. Kimberlin and has never communicated with him. So this has been a very strange time, and it began when Ali Akbar put McCain on the story, but the butthurts and faildoxes behind the conspiracy theory go much further back. That is reflected in McCain’s writing.

I will have more to say about McCain’s “developments” during the week, but for now here is one key fact to know: Mr. Kimberlin has an original Russian document showing Tetyana turned 18 in 1996, when she now suddenly claims to have been incredibly young. These details will take time to unravel and research, so I am taking my time on the fact-checking before I weigh in. That is something McCain ought to try — along with a modern music appreciation class.

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