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Mountain of Molten Lust
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Jace Connors and 4/4 Male Internet Reporters Agree; He Was Just Kidding About The Death Threats

Nearly a month after I reported on the manic YouTube personality "Jace Connors" wrecking his car en route to Brianna Wu's house, the self-declared Commander and Former Future Marine famous for making delusional videos now claims he really is Jan Rankowski, and that his numerous deranged YouTube videos were some kind of sleeper-cell sketch comedy routine to prank #gamergate. Also, Rankowski says he just happened to wreck his Prius and film a screeching meltdown about it; and his persecutory delusion that Brianna Wu had sent snipers after him was like, satire, or something.

As Rankowski claimed to Buzzfeed, his comedic intent was to satirize “the over-the-top, super-hyper-macho armed GamerGater” by posting countless delusional videos with knives, starting a year and a half before #gamergate was even conceived of. Rankowski went on to claim he's a part of Million Dollar Extreme, a shoestring, millenial YouTube production company which shares Rankowski's 'mature' sense of humor.

Now, facing harassment from #gamergate and legal consequences from Brianna Wu, Rankowski claims it was just a prank that got out of hand, and that #gamergate knew he was kidding:

“They realized I was making fun of them with those videos,” Rankowski said. “I started it as a joke, but it’s become far too real and I wish I could take it all back.”

According to Rankowsky/Connors, he ad-libbed the screeching meltdown next to his wrecked car, and also the subsequent interview he did with #gamergate talking heads King of Pol and The Ralph Retort; and also anything else he said or did which could be perceived as a threat to Wu's life.

We're actually supposed to believe that Rankowsky was was doing some kind of comedy long con, like an episode of "Punk'd", except that instead of misleading someone for an hour you do it for two years running, without Ashton Kutcher ever letting the audience in on the joke.

Essentially, Rankowsky pretended to be a mentally-ill gamer dude, and it was up to the audience to discern that he was an over-the-top troll whose weapons were Airsoft and whose knives were "plastic-looking". Joseph Bernstein, reporting for Buzzfeed, basically gave Rankowsky a pass with regards to his 'comedy'; spending about half his article length tsk-tsking anyone who took this fellow seriously.

It was as if every shitty thing on the internet — every crummy and déclassé opinion, hobby, and identity — converged on one man. It was almost too bad to be true.
And of course, in our age of the viral hoax, it was. Connors/Rankowsky claimed to Buzzfeed that this sociopathic game of his stopped being funny when real #gamergate vigilantes from 8chan and Kiwi Farm traced the Jace Connors "character" back to his actual identity and started sending pizzas to his house and calling his high school (i.e. the standard baphomet treatment.)
Joesph Bernstein, ate Rankowski's story up uncritically.

However, I can't find any evidence that Rankowski/Connors/"The Commander" worked for Million Dollar Extreme. He doesn't seem to appear in any of their 100+ uploads or appear on their Facebook or Youtube About pages under any name. They've linked to Rankowsky's live stream since the story broke on Buzzfeed, but never explictly state Rankoswky was working for them or take responsibility for this project/prank/long con of his. Since MDE has no contact email I tweeted them for a clarification. At press time, MDE wrote back:

Buzzfeed, The Verge, Ars Technica and several other sites have picked up the story, seemingly agreeing Rankowski is a "gamergate troll", "parody character", or "trolling sketch comedian", whose actions amounted to nothing more than a "terrible hoax." The Portland Press Herald simply called it a "controversial gamergate video", before sympathetically seguing to Rankowski's history of Asperger's Syndrome and childhood desire to be a filmmaker.

4/5 of the articles I just mentioned were written by men, by the way. The Sams, Josephs, Chrises, and Rays of the world seem eager to tell me that this Jan Rankowski guy is just not a big deal.

Brianna Wu, the means to the end of Rankowski's alleged "prank" on #gamergate, commented to Jezebel yesterday:

"If this person thinks they can throw up their hands and say, 'Woah, woah this is just a joke, people, I'm sorry,' this isn't Grand Theft Auto. You can't threaten to murder people and think there are no consequences and you can take it back. My suggestion to him is to lawyer up." Edit: MDE responded to my tweet just after I went to press. Their comments were enlightening, by which I mean they told me to mind my own business.
Edit 2: The good folks on Reddit have found MDE videos in which Jan appears (skip to 4:28) and mentions of him on the MDE Facebook. How this legitimizes Jace as some kind of troll prankster is still unclear.
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Mountain of Molten Lust
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Thanks for forcing me to log in to that cesspool for the first time in years.

If you actually add up the negative and noncommittal answers versus zOMG he's a crazed menace it's a very slim majority.
It's a technical majority, which is the best kind of majority!

edit: Good point though, I edited my post to include the whole article so people don't have to bother clicking over.
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DailyPoS said:
Connors/Rankowsky claimed to Buzzfeed that this sociopathic game of his stopped being funny when real #gamergate vigilantes from 8chan and Kiwi Farm traced the Jace Connors "character" back to his actual identity and started sending pizzas to his house and calling his high school (i.e. the standard baphomet treatment.)
Did anyone from here seriously advocate harassing @THE WRITER ? What I saw was an almost universal standing ovation.


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Oh come on, Jan is an entertainer. He's a comedian! Comic types like him aren't really dangerous all things told. Even Jace was pretty harmless at the end of the day. Weird, sure, but much more overly confident and boisterous than dangerous.


"He who dies with the most stories, wins."
I didn't follow Jace & crew too closely, but the impression I got was that they were too dumb, immature, and pathetic to be a "threat" to anyone besides themselves. The Eli-in-Israel saga alone pointed up what ignorant, incompetent, ineffectual fools the various characters seemed to be.
If I was Brianna Wu, I'd be worried about the people she's not hearing from/about -- the Elliot Rodger-type who might be out there, taking the whole #GamerGate brouhaha way too seriously and personally...quietly, privately plotting some sort of personal Gotterdammerung. If such a person exists, I hope he's stopped before he hurts anyone, or wises up and realizes the whole thing isn't worth taking into real-life.