With respect to this Buzzfeed item just posted, my comment via Facebook is no showing up there. I will ask friends to direct readers here.
There's a lot of misinformation about this already (what a surprise?). Joy-Ann never claimed the archive was "hacked." She simply said it was under investigation and they were examining all possible causes. Pundits and trolls simply transformed that into "I was hacked." Nonsense.
I am the one who found the posts in the archive back in December and brought them to Joy's attention. She was absolutely stunned by every word in them. We read them aloud together. She'd obviously never seen any of them, and had no idea what else there was to see until I pointed each item out. Though she was obviously upset, we were laughing at what a terrible job they had done trying to sound like her. We both felt no one would take such poor forgeries seriously.
Even so, I was in favor of her immediately outing the story herself (as it was shortly after the Crist apology), but she said contractually, NBC would have to make that decision. She could not.
Since the blog was also the source of the Charlie Crist comments, obviously she would have rushed to expunge anything so toxic if she could. That I had to bring them to her attention is all the proof I needed to know that none of these words were hers.
But just for my own edification, I spent hours trying to find a single ping-back, reblog, or pull-quote with any part of this material in them. There was nothing. There is still nothing. No a trace of these words anywhere but the Internet Archive.
My own theory is that one of those "other entities" the Wayback machine people discussed was actually the bad actor who had been inside her original blogger.com site all along, and was feeding material through it to her WordPress blog (which was set up to do that for herself but she stopped using it, but never disconnected the pass-thru). She never considered that perhaps she had an unwelcome editor in her blog until I suggested it.
Note: I do not mean here the Archive.org browser plugin used to submit new material to the archive in normal archive usage. I mean that the bad actor simply insured that their latest changes made into he archive (in case Joy caught on to the errant posts). Only detailed analysis of a lot of information that neither blogger.com, nor archive.org seems willing to provide.
We may never know the full story, or catch this culprit. But I was there. These words were as new to Joy as they were to everyone else. The person who published these things has been trolling Joy for years. I strongly suspect he's known they were there all along, and was just playing them out over time to inflict maximum damage.
I am confident that Joy's millions of fans will support her, once all these facts are known. Homophobic personalities don't just post a few blog items and call it a day. They have a lifetime of breadcrumbs that can be found. I am quite sure none can or ever will be found that can be credibly—or even plausibly—attributed to her.
This was just a setup from one of her many enemies, most of whom have very good reasons to fear her powerful voice.Tweet