There are moments when you see someone saying something so idiotic online that it makes you want to face-palm so hard that it might break your wrist.
It’s those precious moments of clarity that’ll put a smile on your face while simultaneously dumbfounding you to the point of sheer disbelief.
And one of those moments just happened when a hipster threatened a lawsuit against a magazine he claims used a photo of his without permission, but there’s one big problem.
A Marvel fan just got schooled recently on Twitter that seemed like a seminal moment of the website’s history that might single-handedly burn the Internet to the ground because it was one of the most embarrassing scenes you’ve ever witnessed.
Gail Simone is a famous American writer that’s known for writing comic books like Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, The All-New Atom, Deadpool and Wonder Woman. Oh, and she writes The Punisher as well. She’s seasoned.
Simone recently made a playful joke about her own work saying, “The Punisher would be a lot prettier if he smiled more.” That’s when a clueless Twitter user responded, “…the jab doesn’t work due to his backstory and personality. He actually has a huge plot point as to why he doesn’t smile a lot. Try harder.”
Someone pointed out to him that she was a comic book author and Simone also showed him a bookshelf picture of all the comics she’s written with her name on the binds.
To which he audaciously noted, “That literally has nothing to do with my comment, nor the topic under discussion.” He even argued with others saying it doesn’t matter whether she’s a “comic book author” or not; his argument still stands and she “she should know better.”
And Simone eventually nipped it in the bud with, “Dude, between the two of us, which one has actually written the Punisher, do you think?” That’s so embarrassing, it’ll make you want to delete your account, move to Montana and spend out the rest of your days.
Which brings us to the hipster who threatened to sue the MIT Technology Review for an article they posted called The Hipster Effect with a photo of himself on the cover.
He bloviated about “journalistic ethics,” accused them of slander and his anger basically evolved into threatening a lawsuit against them.
There’s just one problem; it’s not him.
The Hipster Effect explored the reasons why most anti-conformists end up looking nearly identical. The irony, huh?
You probably already know what the image looks like just from the word “hipster” but it’s a guy with a more-than-stubble beard, a blue thick beanie and a checkered long-sleeve buttoned up shirt.
The Review’s editor-in-chief, Gideon Lichfield, called the art department to find out if the accusations were true and the department adamantly denied it wasn’t.
Lichfield told CBC Radio that it was a stock Getty image photo and the way it works is you pay for the picture so you can legally use it – which they did.
Then Getty reviewed their archives and they said the model in the photo didn’t have the same name as the man who threatened legal action.
So they reached out to him with this newfound information and he simply responded, “Oh, I guess you’re right. It’s not.”