Prank email or real wingnuttery? You decide.

By Amanda Marcotte
Thursday, April 1, 2010 19:49 EDT
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Despite the recent surge in emails and tweets from completely off-the-hook wingnuts that I and other bloggers have been receiving lately, I was surprised to find this in my email today:


Dear Amanda

and your environmentally correct commuter bicycle anti-carbon frankly means anti-life. Media prostitution is a wasted venture and in years to come will be treasonist. Why do your live in a box with no walls? Please dont do any research, download only presubservient material in to your amazing brain, drink only fluoridated water make sure you diet is full of GM food, line up for you vaccines don’t worry about Gates recent speach. Your seem to be a good slave very subserivent to the eliteist agenda do you bleed blue?


I think it was that it was so paranoid, so thorough in hitting all these different haterade notes that I was taken aback, and felt this urge to share it, instead of just delete it as usual. I’m used to wingnuts crowing to me as if they won some victory when one of theirs is the object of ridicule on TV and screeching, “Where’s the birth certificate?!” at me, so I’m open to the idea that there’s no bottom rung of stupid wingnuttery. But this was just too much, and sent on April Fool’s Day, so I have to ask: Is this a prank?

Here’s what we know. The email says it’s from Bob Lloyd, and his address is hobnob55@hotmail.co.uk. However, he didn’t send this to me from the UK. In fact, the IP address was, which puts him in Chonburi, a city in Thailand. Which seems like a lovely place, of course. However, there are questions. Why would a man emailing under the name “Bob Lloyd” call himself “Sam” in his email to me? If this is a British man kicking back in Thailand for what are no doubt 100% ethical reasons, why does he care so much about some American blogger, and why does he cough up words like “treasonist”, which seems to be not much of a concern to British readers of all political persuasions?

Is this a prank or is this authentic wingnuttery? I thought I’d let y’all argue it out, and of course, vote.

Bob Lloyd/Sam
Prank or wingnut?

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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