Who is Jesse Slaughter and What Does She Have to Do with Video Games?
Posted by DukeSkath on Friday, 17th December, 2010
Jessi Slaughter was an 11-year-old girl when she first rose to internet fame through the following video, which she posted on a fansite for the band Blood on the Dancefloor. Note the vulgar language and violent bravado.
When the video became widely known, some of the internet’s more troll-like individuals decided to challenge her claim that people “can’t faze me” and threats of “brain slushie”. So they started posting nasty messages to her and making hostile videos of their own.
Things escalated, and eventually some unscrupulous jerks released her personal info including home phone number, address, etc. The full details are here. These people obviously crossed the line, but given the violent and inflammatory nature of her earlier video, it would be silly for Jessi to play the victim, right?
Well, her dad did step in, and he didn’t hold back on the bizarre threats: People leaving nasty comments will be “backtraced” by the “cyber-police”, whatever that is. He ended by assuring that, if he catches anyone else trying to annoy his daughter, “consequences will never be the same”.
What this Has to Do with Video Games: Parents! Pay attention to what your kid’s doing online! I hear kids talking like Jessi Slaughter on XBox Live all the time. The time to get involved is before little Timmy or Susie starts threatening strangers with the brain slushie!
I feel bad for Mr. Slaughter, because he’s obviously trying to protect his daughter, and doesn’t know how to deal with trolls like the creeps on 4Chan. But he also didn’t know about the earlier video, and he also didn’t realize that the best thing to do would be to just disconnect the freaking webcam!
Oh, and there’s another way that this all connects to video games, too, but I’ll let you figure that one out for yourself.