Bear Love, the Streisand Effect, and Charles Carreon's Self-

Bear Love, the Streisand Effect, and Charles Carreon's Self-

Postby admin » Sat Dec 14, 2013 8:43 pm

Bear Love, the Streisand Effect, and Charles Carreon's Self-Inflicted Demise

Monday, June 18, 2012

UPDATE: For the latest on the Bear Love Campaign and to find out how you can help protest Charles Carreon's despicable lawsuit, go here.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia. Hilarious My Daily Lie Meme courtesy of The Oatmeal.

For the last several days, epic PR fails, clueless z-list weblebrities, astounding abuses of First Amendment rights, copyright mayhem, all converged into the most delicious Ann Sandwich that the Internet Gods could have ever piled together and topped with a slab of bacon for me.

Great holy mother of scumbag douche fountains.

What a week.

If you have presumably been trapped in a well for the past week, you need to fill yourself in on The Oatmeal versus Charles Carreon versus Funny Junk versus Bears versus Cancer versus the entire Internet scandal.

Here it is in a nutshell:

Hilarious web comic, The Oatmeal, tells content aggregating pit of despair FunnyJunk to stop allowing users to post his comics without attribution or back links, while FunnyJunk rakes in advertising dollars from those posts. Pretty please with a cherry on top.

FunnyJunk acts afool, but The Oatmeal drops the issue because it's not worth the legal hassle.

A year later, FunnyJunk says "YOU WILL HAVE LEGAL HASSLE ANYWAY!!!!" and hires the attorney who successfully litigated the domain name fraud case, Charles Carreon, to send Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) a letter, wherein he accuses Inman of defamation, false advertising, and commits extortion demands that he submit a check for $20,000 OR ELSE.

The Oatmeal decides to raise the $20,000, take a picture of it, send the picture along with a picture of FunnyJunk's mother seducing a Kodiak bear, and donate the money to the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society.

The Oatmeal raises $20,000 in 64 minutes and has since raised over $180,000.

Shamed and ridiculed scumbag lawyer gets butthurt and sues Inman, the charity fundraising site, and wait for it.... ALSO SUES THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION AND THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY.

Take a minute while all of that sinks in. I'll wait.


I know, right???!!!

Let's just go ahead and get the blatant ridiculousness out of the way. To summarize why the initial legal threat is absurd, I turn to my legal/common sense correspondent, Frassy, my six year old niece. Here is a transcript of my exclusive interview with her on why FunnyJunk's case and their attorney's general point of view on life are disgusting, litigious, greedy, and deserving of an unbridled shame fest:

Aunt Ann: How old are you?

Frassy: Six

Aunt Ann: And what grade are you going to be in this year?

Frassy: First grade.

Aunt Ann: First grade. Do you like to color pictures? Draw things?

Frassy: Yes.

Aunt Ann: What kinds of things do you like to draw pictures of?

Frassy: Fireflies.

Aunt Ann: Fireflies? Those are good. Now, Frassy, what would you do if there was a kid at school and they took your pictures and they hung them up and didn't tell the teacher that you were the one who drew them and they let everyone think they were the one who drew them? How would that make you feel?

Frassy: Sad.

Aunt Ann: Sad?

Frassy: Yes.

Aunt Ann: Do you think the other kids at school would think they had drawn the pictures instead of you?

Frassy: Yeah.

Aunt Ann: Yeah. What if you asked them to stop hanging up the pictures without your permission? What do you think they would say?

Frassy: Uh....I don't know.

Aunt Ann: What if they said, "You're mean to say that I stole your pictures, so you have to give me $20 or I'll tell the teacher that you called me a thief?" What would you say then?

Frassy: I would tell the teacher, and then the teacher would put them in time out!

Aunt Ann: Frassy, do you know what a lawyer is?

Frassy: No.

Aunt Ann: No. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Frassy: A teacher.

I think that pretty well sums it up, but if you insist on having a member of the bar's assessment of their threats, read Inman's attorney's response. Had I been on the receiving end of this letter, I would be pooping my proverbial pants.

So, naturally, the angry villagers descended on Carreon and FunnyJunk like a school of piranha on bath salts. The internet, in general, does not take kindly to censorship and bullying. Carreon is the bottom of the loathsome barrel for taking the case and advising FunnyJunk to sue, let alone demand $20,000 in exchange for not pursuing the lawsuit. All of the ire and indignation and various incarnations of douche [random noun] name-calling, were justly deserved.

As with any internet shit storm, there were the gratuitous twitter impersonations, contact form spamming, e-mail porn bombing, and adolescent threats of bodily harm from the safe harbor of a bean bag chair in Mommy's basement. All of these activities are as abhorrent as what Carreon and FunnyJunk are trying to pull, and should be condemned, if for no other reason, than for the fact that they distract from the real issues and lend sympathy to the real asshats in the situation.

Had I been advising Carreon or FunnyJunk in a PR capacity it would be to drop the issue, give no comments, and stay off the radar. The whole thing would be over in a week. So I was a little surprised when the self described "Internet Lawyer" actually gave a response to Inman's comic and posting of his letter and seemed to be genuinely surprised that his violating an artist's first amendment rights had made people angry. I thought, "Huh. Not what I would have done. Oh well. Maybe this is a shrewd legal tactic. Act offended to make Inman look like the barbarian. Nobody really believes that the lawyer who litigated the case is actually offended by what some internet comedian thinks about him."


Charles Carreon wrote a rap about Matthew Inman.

A rap.

Since Inman's post, not only has the full force of Charles Carreon's cray and hypocrisy come screaming into view, but also that of his family members, via rambling conspiracy theory posts on various news article comment sections and Twitter arguments with Carreon's many critics. Carreon and his wife Tara's website American-Buddha is a cacophony of hate speech, stolen artwork, books copied and pasted in their entirety, and disgusting photoshopped pictures of various politicians and government figures that they believe were sent here from outer space to kill us all disagree with. Yet, Carreon and his family have the stugots to act butthurt over Inman's response? Even to the point of Godwin's law, comparing Inman's comics to Walt Disney's racist charactures of Japanese people and alluding to that being the reason the bomb was dropped?

This is where it stopped being funny.

Charles Carreon is suing Matthew Inman for making fun of him, IndieGoGo for letting someone raise money for bears and cancer research, the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society for not having a crystal ball and policing every dollar that is raised for their organizations without their knowledge, and Does 1-Infinity (people that have yet to be identified, but no doubt encompass every reader of The Oatmeal) for also making fun of him and pointing out what an awe-inspiring horse's ass he really is. This herp on the ball sack of humanity went so far as to DONATE TO THE FUNDRAISER HIMSELF just so he could sue it.

I am simultaneously fascinated by his astounding levels of stupidity and ignorance of a technology he claims to specialize in, and equally repulsed by his absolute embodiment of narcissistic personality disorder, with a side of paranoid delusions. Not only is he now robbing cancer patients of funds needed to cure cancer, and bears of whatever bear funds pay for, by forcing these two completely innocent and probably unaware charitable organizations to pay for legal representation, but he is pissing in the face of every blogger on the web with his litigious fear urine.

I am an attorney.

If you say something I don't like, I will sue you.

Even though I might (will probably) lose, you will still have to pay someone to respond to my threats.

Suck it.

That is what I have gleaned from this scenario. This crazy, greedy bastard:

need only write and mail me a letter, and I will have to dig into my wallet and shell out money to an attorney to tell him about the constitution that I would like to think he had read before passing the bar exam.

What kind of a system is that? And what can we do about it?

I am reading all I can about this case, and you should too. Here are some action items that everyone should do, TODAY.

1. Donate to Matthew Inman's campaign to raise money for these charitable organizations. If The Oatmeal is not your style, then just donate directly to the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society. They need our help now more than ever, to deal with this moron's threats expediently and thoroughly.

2. Read up on the legal aspects of this case. Pope Hat and Lowering the Bar are too awesome sites that I have been following as a result of this case. It is funny, but very informative ongoing commentary on this case and others like it. Go. Now.

3. DO NOT THREATEN THE CARREONS. It is your First Amendment right to give your opinion, even if that opinion is that this guy is an ego-maniacal donkey fart. That does not give you the right to commit criminal acts or make threats. That only helps his cause and feeds into his conspiracy addled brain.

The only way I can stomach living in a world where this man is allowed to practice law, is if every writer, blogger, artist, and person with an opinion is able to share their thoughts without fear of costly, empty threats and frivolous litigation. Share your opinion on this and show Mr. Carreon, Esq that he can't get away with censorship and bullying just because he has a license to practice law.

For now.
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Danger Boy said...
Well written, I truly enjoyed a little girl's honest take on the situation.
Seriously, the guy's a flaming out assbag.

June 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM
Katie said...
Nicely done.

June 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM
Odin! said...
It's funny the advice you would have given is the exact advice I gave Mr. Carreon.

June 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM
Javin said...
Man. After reading this .PDF, I have a theory. Perhaps Mr. Carreon doesn't exist AT ALL. Perhaps he's a conjuration of TheOatmeal used to raise money for the charities. That makes a hell of a lot more sense than the idea that an ass-snorkler like this could legally practice law.

June 19, 2012 at 8:46 AM
Ann Bransom said...
I think the part that is responsible for most of my brain bleed is the sheer level of hypocrisy (mental instability?) that it takes for Charles Carreon and Tara Carreon to post the ocean of foul, libel, and stolen material on their collection of websites, and then sue Matthew Inman and others for those very offenses.

From the Washing Post Article:

"Carreon also says he found the drawing to be disgusting. 'I think satirical content is fine,' Carreon tells The Post, 'but him accusing my mother of bestiality is revolting, and I will not forgive it.'"

Here are just a couple of examples of his own revolting content:


I mean, how can he defend that, not only to the Internet masses, but to himself?

June 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM said...
Please delete your post and surrender your domain name to me, or else you will be party to a defamation suit along with the Children's Hospital of your choice. You are clearly using my trademark and my picture in this post, causing me great repetitional harm in damages of excess of 1 trillion USD.

Charles Carreon Esq

June 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM
Ann Bransom said...
How did you find this blog, Sir!? I have filed numerous lawsuits against Google to ensure that this blog is indexed and therefore completely private.

I can only conclude that you have maliciously attacked my website. Thankfully, my superior technical skills have enabled me to read my own e-mail, where I was alerted to your brute force attack on my comments section only moments ago. Consider yourself caught in the act of doing no damage to my website, or its contents, whatsoever.

Regrettably, it is taking my attorney longer than I would hope to crunch the numbers, since she is only old enough to add single digits. But she assures me that the damages are in the ballpark of 1 trillion times a million times infinity.

You will rue this day, Carreon.

June 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Anonymous said...
I was that little fat kid in the grounds that was bullied by a group. I know exactly what a bully is and I can absoutely say that Carreon is that - a bully.

And the only way that I know how to defeat bullies is to stand up against them.

After seeing those hateful comments that Tara plastered all over you, I want to say Ann, that you are handling this infinitely better than they are. Thank you for standing up against the bullies with you head held high and rallying up the bloggers and writers out there. You have my respect.

Its time to take a stand against bullies like the Carreons.

June 30, 2012 at 6:12 AM
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