Just in case you have been confused by recent buzz about TamTamPamela and the resulting YouTube flamewars, I thought I would summarize the events here.  For the past year, a girl calling herself TamTamPamela has been posting videos to YouTube which echo some extremely fundamentalist Christian views.  Several atheists had been adding harsh comments to her channel, but she seemed rather unfazed and continued to upload videos of the same format.

            After the March 11th earthquake in Japan, TamTamPamela posted a video in which she rather charismatically thanked god for grabbing the atheist nation of Japan by the shoulders and giving them a good shake to show them the error of their heathen ways.  Her glassy eyed joy at the Japanese tragedy sparked greater outrage than her previous videos, grabbing the attention of an atheist YouTube vlogger who goes by the moniker Thunderf00t.

            Thunderf00t posted a video that contrasted science based reasoning with fundamentalist Christian unreasoning and compared TamTamPamela’s condemnation of Japan with that of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson’s rants about other natural disasters being directed upon the sinful by a vengeful god.  Thunderf00t's subscriber base is in the six digits, and this led to TamTamPamela’s video going viral.

            The comments began to stream down TamTamPamela’s page, hurling voracious threats of every kind.  The search for the real TamTamPamela began and quickly yielded all of her personal contact information.  Some people went as far as to credit the revelation of these details to Anonymous.  Regardless of who first dug up her personal information, it rapidly spread and the threats against TamTamPamela began to include her home address and phone number.  These actual details will NOT be revealed in this article because such inclusion would only increase the potential of violence against her.

            By midnight on March 14th, several dozen pizzas had been ordered for delivery to TamTamPamela’s home address to ensure she would know that her address had been compromised - just in case she wasn’t keeping up with the rapidly scrolling comments on her YouTube channel.  Shortly after midnight, in the wee morning hours of March 15th, TamTamPamela posted her final video, ‘coming clean’, which now only exists as a mirror.  In it, she said that her fundamentalist Christian videos had been nothing more than a ruse.  She admitted to being a troll, indicated she was tired of pizza, and acknowledged that things had gone a bit further than she had anticipated.

            The streaming hatred shifted from her video condemning Japanese heathens to her ‘coming clean’ video.  The death threats escalated, and within a few hours TamTamPamela terminated her YouTube account.  Regardless of the credibility of her recantation, the anger over TamTamPamela now continues on message boards all over the internet.

            There are those who hate her for her glassy eyed praise of god bringing death and destruction to the Japanese.  There are those who hate her more for being a troll.  There are Christians who hate her for satirizing their beliefs and, finally, there are atheists who hate her for the potential backlash her actions could create if it turns out she was motivated by some sort of misguided atheist agenda.

            Whether she really was a troll or just made that claim in an attempt to cool the flames, TamTampamela is definitely the best illustration to date of Poe’s Law; "Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won't mistake for the real thing."

            Who is TamTamPamela?  In my opinion she is what is known, in forum parlance, as a 'Poe'.

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Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 15, 2011 at 12:59pm
Furthermore, I have never revealed her name, or any other personal details.  In fact, I only had them in a notepad document for the duration of the flame war and never saved them to disk.  I didn't want to possess any tangible copy of that data because I thought of it as uranium.  So don't worry, not only do I not want to reveal her/your details, I couldn't if I wanted to.
Comment by Albert Bakker on March 15, 2011 at 1:03pm
I wish no one any harm. I don't actually care whether she meant what she said in those vids or not, because if she does she's hilarious and if she doesn't she's hilarious. But now you got a whole new dynamic going and harassment is maybe the least of my fears right now. People might actually get injured or killed. It wouldn't be a novelty.
Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 15, 2011 at 1:04pm
Well, there has been no attempt to disclose her personal details here, nor will there ever be. I only disclosed what I witnessed because this is going to be a hot topic. I did not disclose, nor do I maintain any record of her personal details. You would be best to focus on persuading Thunderf00t to do the same. Dropping her dox was over the line, regardless of her authentic beliefs or her trolling efforts, whichever may be true.
Comment by Albert Bakker on March 15, 2011 at 1:07pm
I mean regardless whether I find it hilarious or someone else might find it disgusting, it is her right.
Comment by Jason Daro on March 15, 2011 at 1:08pm

I understand that Albert and I agree with you. The post with the picture and the myspace and real name were quickly posted and removed. It was just to set forth that I wasn't here trolling. I just want to set the facts straight.  I do know who the person is and I wouldn't post how to find them, even though i could walk right to their front door right now, I just wanted to make sure that people understood that this person is not an Athiest and is an actual Christian, hell, not even agnostic and one to quote the bible from front to back and pretty much goes to every church function where she goes to church.

 

It's easy to say "Oh hey guys, I was kidding." after everyone is already mad and just try to slink away.

Comment by Jason Daro on March 15, 2011 at 1:12pm

and I have to correct myself again, they profess to be an actual hardcore Christian Conservative. The only thing I really have against her is that she tried to dress me in a pastel shirt at one point.

 

That is all.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 15, 2011 at 1:16pm
I posted my blog here to try to set the facts, as I observed them, straight. I feel I gave her a fair review that strongly masked my personal bias against her. You have done more to reveal her location (if you are in fact telling the truth) than I every will, or even can do. No one on this board wishes her any harm, even if plenty would like to give her a good shake (no reference to the original video intended). Spend your time cooling down Thunderf00t. You can message me directly in chat if you like - apparently you don't realize it's there. Look down.
Comment by Albert Bakker on March 15, 2011 at 1:26pm
Thanks Heather, several posts crossed each other. I appreciate your explanation and your efforts to get to the facts.
Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 15, 2011 at 1:30pm
This thing has really flown off the hook.  I saw this coming last night and just thought that the facts, at least as well as I knew them, might keep things a little closer to reality.
Comment by isibella antionette on March 15, 2011 at 2:59pm

Hello I just joined to throw out some info to shed some light on her actual status. Tam unforuntaley for better or worse is really who she displays to be on her videos. She doesn't live in florida at all, but in california. If you don't believe me you can look here: http://www.landoverbaptist.net/showthread.php?t=61115 she is listed on the thread under "Sister Pamela Thompson"And you can click on her profile details to see her location.

She only claimed she was a troll in an attempt to stop the harassment. At the end of the day she ran and hid rather than sticking with her beliefs. I don't think anyone should be harassed to such a degree for their beliefs, but she certainly did make some stupid videos. I almost would of felt better if she were just a troll ;p

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