We admit we have been holding our tongues recently on a story so hilarious that everyone should hear — and with good reason, dear readers! Busta Troll, the infamous leader of the band of “paid liberal trolls” on Facebook that managed to infiltrate, seize, and cover with goat memes, a conservative page that posted a picture of President Obama’s lynching last year, was recently reported dead–well, dead in the “troll world,” anyway.
It was all over, according to conservatives. Busta Troll, the person responsible for the “goating” of dozens of conservative pages that regularly spew lies, bigotry, hatred, and fearmongering verbal smegma, had been “outed.” One right-wing super-sleuth named Kevin Kopper and his friends had managed to uncover Busta Troll’s personal information and post it on the interwebs.
…And then busta was gone.
“One of our friends had their pages taken and goated by Busta Troll and we decided to stop him,” Kevin Kopper told Examiner. “We posted a $1,000 reward for the real identity of Busta Troll so we could shut him down and stop him from stealing and goating any more conservative pages. We had no idea how many different people were working on it independently from our efforts and the leads started pouring in.”
The Examiner‘s David W. Thornton reported that:
[box type=”shadow”]”Eventually, Kopper said that several leads led to Christopher Lyman, a cabinet maker from a small town in Maine. When Lyman’s name and personal information were linked to Busta Troll in online postings, Busta/Lyman admitted that the information was accurate in a post on the Busta Troll Facebook page saying, “Posting my name is all well and good, I don’t really care, but when someone posts the name of my employer and the little league I umpire at so a bunch of teatarded [sic] gun nuts can show up and scare a bunch of kids, mine included, they’ve crossed the line.” Lyman continued, “My wife is absolutely mortified and I actually fear for the safety of my children.” Christopher Lyman’s Facebook page currently features a meme that announces “I am Busta Troll.” Examiner attempted to contact Lyman, but had received no response at press time.
Kopper says that Busta/Lyman “is lying about his family being threatened. Nothing could be further from the truth. We simply posted his correct ID. If anyone else has acted in a threatening manner we are unaware of those activities and certainly would not condone any threats of harm to him or his family.”[/box]
Since the hunt for Busta’s personal information began, there was an outpouring of support on the part of the beloved troll’s fans. Within hours, the #IamBustaTroll hashtag was booming, with a number of adorable memes posted in support of Busta.
Many supporters even changed their profile picture in camaraderie with the beloved sarcasm machine and goater-of-pages.
The Examiner secured an interview with “Christopher Lyman” with the stipulation that Busta’s words be repeated in their entirety.
[box type=”shadow”]How and why did you start goating pages?
I started goating pages because I can’t stand it when a page posts ridiculous rumors that can be easily debunked by five minutes of searching Google. When they post those things and won’t listen to reason, I feel it’s better for the general public to see a harmless picture of goats instead.
Goats became a staple of our [liberal troll] community before I became Busta Troll. I use them out of respect for those who started this movement.
How many pages were you responsible for goating?
I personally goated 17 pages.
Are you done with goating for good?
This is how my career will end. I don’t see a future in it or in Facebook for that matter. I plan to ride off into the sunset having accomplished my mission.
Now that you are out of the goating business, will you return control of the goated pages to their original owners, shut them down, or leave them in place?
The pages I was given were in turn given to others. I remained an admin on them until yesterday when I deleted myself. After the initial admin change, I very rarely post. The herd takes over from there. Those pages will always be for the goats.
Have you actually been harassed or contacted by anyone since your identity was revealed? Are you still concerned for your safety or your job?
The employment information given about me was old. I am no longer employed there. I have resigned my position as Little League umpire for the safety of the people in my town and my children. I am and always have been an advocate for responsible gun ownership, gun safety law, and reasonable restrictions on military grade equipment like most Americans. If these nut jobs think they’re going to show up at my house and threaten me or my family they have another think coming.
Are you concerned that the owners of the goated pages will take legal action against you (i.e. theft by fraud)?
I’m not at all concerned that the previous admins of goated pages will take legal action against me. Before you make someone an admin on your page, you have to enter your password after reading the disclaimer that they will have the same power as you. The pages are still there and I have never even been contacted by Facebook telling me I’ve violated their terms of service.
Is it true that you were a “paid liberal troll?” If so, who paid you?
No. I was not paid to troll.
Do you have anything to say to the owners of the pages that you goated?
To the original owners of the goated pages I say this: You posted pure hate and lies. You refused to talk about it, listen to reason, or even debate in a civil manner. Therefore, you got what you deserved.
~Busta Troll smiles and waves and walks off into the sunset.[/box]
Wow. Powerful stuff. The Examiner‘s report managed to “out” one of the most notorious Facebook trolls of the day! It was almost too good to be true. All the while, conservatives goated…err, gloated. The Examiner reported the glee of Jason Doolin, one of Busta’s victims:
[box type=”shadow”]”Jason Doolin, owner of the goated Citizens’ Post Facebook page, hailed the news of Busta’s retirement: “I’m happy about it. He deserves the agony of every person he terrorized and stole from” Doolin said that he hoped that Lyman would find something less harmful to replace “whatever was leaving that hole in his heart which he used hatred to fill.”
Doolin added, “There was a time when I would have gladly disseminated his personal information, whether or not anything negative came out of it. I would have been neutral or happy even. I’m ashamed of myself for that. In an effort to be more like [my friends who were calling for people not to be hateful] I want to share that same message: Love. Period.” Doolin says he has no plans to take legal action.”[/box]
Others, of course, joined in the celebration:
All the while no one considered who, exactly, was the source of Busta Troll’s information–not even the Examiner, who has been waging war on Busta Troll for quite some time now. The interest was in the fact that they had a story to push, rather than whether or not that story is actually…true.
So, where did the Examiner’s source get his information? Kevin Kopper, according to Busta, spent days checking the “informant’s” credentials–but in the end trusted the information without any evidence whatsoever. That’s right, kiddos–Busta Troll was the source of Kevin Kopper’s information.
Unfortunately, Busta Troll did not get the thousand bucks, but he told AATTP he totally would have given it to Planned Parenthood. We asked Busta to share his thoughts on the experience. He explained that he saw an opportunity to expose conservative media’s tendency to care more about the narrative than the facts in a story.
Busta explained that he is convinced that Kopper was another person trying to get someone’s ‘goat.’ He told AATTP, “I played along at first to see where it would go and the next thing I know examiner is in my inbox…That’s when I decided it didn’t matter who Kopper was, this was a bucketful of win…”
We checked Kopper’s Facebook page, and it seems Buster’s speculations are correct. Kopper’s page is now covered in goat memes.
Just to get conservatives’ goat, Busta has released a statement via YouTube: