Breitbart reporter Milo Yiannopoulos has been the victim of “doxxing,” a harassment method in which personal information (in this case, his cell phone) was released on the internet, resulting in hours of continuous abusive texts and even pictures of genitalia sent to his phone. Shanley Kane, founder of Model View Culture, was the perpetrator of this crime, and released his information on Twitter in an explicit attempt to incite harassment toward him.
Who is Shanley Kane?
Shanley Kane is the founder of Model View Culture, a website dedicated, in their own words, to the following:
Model View Culture publishes the original work of technologists, activists, writers, educators and artists. It aims to present compelling cultural and social critique, highlight the work and achievement of diverse communities in tech, and explore the use of technology for social justice.
Ms. Kane is herself, a “a cultural critic, organizer, writer and feminist.” Based on my past experience writing on and listening to people who identify in a similar manner, I can already tell where this will lead.
Would it surprise you to know that Ms. Kane has been accused of acting unethically in the past? In 2012, while working for Basho Technologies, Ms. Kane was nominated for the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors. For those of you who are unaware, Basho works in the field of cloud-based digital object storage. The OpenStack Foundation also works in cloud-based digital object storage, and though open source, can be seen as a direct competitor to Basho. To most, this would be a clear conflict of interest, but Ms. Kane needed to be told this. In her own words:
A few hours after finding out I was nominated for the #openstack board of directors to be elected by the Individual Members last night… I was contacted by an executive at one of the #openstack corporate member companies who asked ‘why the fuck I was running’… And proceeded to suggest I should publicly discuss my conflicts of interest (my employer also makes an object storage product). Before ‘a certain someone points that out.’
Unsurprisingly, the article concerning this incident takes Ms. Kane’s side and considers corporate partners protecting their interest by disclosing a conflict of interest as “abusive.”
Shortly after this incident, Ms. Kane left Basho and created her website.
A history of bad behavior on Twitter…
Since then, she has become well known on Twitter for her creative and exploratory work in the use of profanity. Here is Ms. Kane dealing with the traumatic news that a profile article was being written about her:
Ms. Kane also spends time creating illogical statements for Twitter when she isn’t writing illogical statements for her website. Here is her (admittedly moderate) views on the patriarchy:
…And online harassment of journalists
Before we discuss Milo’s plight, it’s worth pointing out that Ms. Kane has done this to a journalist before.
In an article for Medium, writer Elizabeth Spiers, who was actually writing a sympathetic piece about Ms. Kane, learned the hard way that radical feminists have a habit of turning on allies. From her article:
The last time I heard directly from Shanley Kane, it was by email.
“Leave me the fuck alone and don’t ever contact me again,” she wrote, before launching into a two-day Twitter barrage demanding that I stop harassing her, her friends, and her family, and calling me a stalker. It might have been fair, or at least accurate, if I were doing any of the above…
The negative side of the third only became apparent when the subject in question, Shanley Kane, alerted anyone who was following her that my story was in the works, and attributed all manner of bad faith—and a few colorful adjectives—to me, my journalistic process, and my ethics.
The irony is that the rest of the article is largely sympathetic to Ms. Kane. This is how she treated a journalist writing a puff piece about her. How she treated Milo, who wrote a scathing article on Ms. Kane in December, should surprise no one.
Milo’s evening of gay porn and harassment
Yesterday afternoon, a full month after Milo’s last article and in response to a request for comment for this article published today, Ms. Kane used her Twitter to strike out at Milo:
Almost immediately, Milo began receiving harassing texts on his cell phone, and hilariously, a number of those texts were of black, male genitalia. It’s not secret that Milo is a homosexual, in fact, he wrote a whole article about it. But if we’ve learned anything in the last five months in which #GamerGate has existed, it’s that by and large, social justice warriors and their supporters cannot be bothered to do basic research. This is why Intel, a company with close ties to Israel, partnered with Feminist Frequency despite Jon McIntosh’s anti-Israel rants. This is why ABC and ESPN aired segments on #GamerGate which were woefully under-researched. And this is why Ms. Kane’s supporters thought the best way to harass a gay man was to send him pictures of cock.
Despite the unintentional humor of the situation, Ms. Kane has been reported for her actions.
Like many other feminist shills, Ms. Kane has a Patreon, and doxxing is definitely against their Community Guidelines. Here is just one of the responses Patreon Staff issued in response to Ms. Kane’s actions:
Waiting for justice
We’ll see if anything comes of the criminal complaint, Twitter report or Patreon report, but too often the charges against SJW’s and radical feminists seem to evaporate, leaving the perpetrators to conduct even more abuse. A quick examination of Ms. Kane’s Twitter feed shows a cycle of screaming expletives at anyone who doesn’t agree with her, showing she has the emotional range of a two-year-old.
More than prosecution, Ms. Kane might need psychiatric help. I would be content with her issues being confined to her, however, instead of being foisted onto the rest of the world. Kudos to Milo for holding up under pressure—knowing SJW’s, this probably won’t be the last time it happens.