Gawker Identifies the Creepiest Troll on the Internet, and Reddit Rushes to His Defense

Under the username Violentacrez, 49-year-old Michael Brutsch of Arlington, Texas, anonymously created and maintained a multitude of racist, mysogynistic, and violent sections on the website Reddit. “Niggerjailbait” is one such example of his handiwork on Reddit, and it is as bad as it sounds – sexualized images of underage African American girls. In fact, underage girls was a specialty of Brutsch, and while he was careful to remove any content that was technically illegal, his many “jailbait” pages clearly pandered to pedophiles.

Brutsch/Violentacrez was also the moderator behind the infamous Reddit group “Creepshots,” which featured upskirt and other covert photos taken of unsuspecting women in public places. Though he was somewhat famous in the Reddit community, and had even been called out by Anderson Cooper, Brutsch’s true identity was unknown until Friday, when Gawker’s Adrian Chen published an article about him.

Shockingly, many in the Reddit community have rushed to defend Brutsch, and have even gone so far as to ban Gawker links and content from the website, which is owned by Condé Nast. They’re furious that Gawker revealed the identity of “Violentacrez,” calling it a violation of free speech.

It is astonishing that there are people who genuinely believe that freedom of speech means freedom from consequences, and that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is somehow meant to protect one’s anonymity while they are posting sexist, racist, and violent content online. Kudos to Gawker for calling this creep out. We suggest the indignant Redditors go take a high school Civics class.

Image of  Michael Brutsch via Facebook.