Fans of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle have threatened to rape and kill former RT anchor Abby Martin for criticizing the deceased Navy SEAL and creating a T-shirt they find offensive.
"Some psychotic Chris Kyle fan just doxxed me & my family's personal information on a bunch of sniper forums. If anything happens to me or them you know who to blame. These are the real f*cking terrorists," she wrote on her Facebook page.
Martin had criticized Kyle in the past for describing Iraqis as "savages" in his book. She also described the American Sniper movie as "dangerous propaganda that sanitizes a mass murdering psycho." But it was her shirt that appears to have set off a campaign of harassment against her.
This week, conservative websites posted a picture of Martin wearing a "F*ck Chris Kyle" shirt. She had uploaded a photo of the shirt to her Instagram account last week. One website, which incorrectly identified her as a "liberal artist," called on readers to "publicly shame" her for her "treasonous actions."
Another such website complained: "Chris Kyle is an American hero who is an easy target because he is no longer alive. Abbey Martin [sic], is just a coward hiding behind the freedoms that our military has granted her when she was born on this great land that we call the United States of America."
The reaction on social media was even more visceral. Users of Twitter and Facebook have mentioned raping and beheading her, threatened to murder her, told her to kill herself, and bombarded her with misogynistic insults. Addicting Info reported that one person called on American Sniper fans to "put on our raping shoes and find this b*tch."
"F*cking c*nt. How dare you disgrace his name like that. He gave his life so you can have yours. F*cking b*tch. Don't worry I know where you live thanks to your ip address. And don't worry I'm a Marine," said Jamie Lugo in a message shared by Martin. "So u won't see me coming. I'm going to cause you pain beyond your imagination." He later added: "Tic toc times running out."
Other journalists, including Rania Khalek and Max Blumenthal, have been subjected to death threats and online harassment for their criticism the film American Sniper.
"Very telling that the #ChrisKyle fans who tell me he 'died for my freedom' to wear clothes are threatening to rape & kill me for free speech," Martin wrote on Twitter.