Bronze-level articleTheAmazingAtheist

From RationalWiki
(Redirected from Theamazingatheist)
Jump to: navigation, search
Someone is wrong on

The Internet

Icon internet.svg
Log in:
I think we should give the guy who raped you a medal. I hope you fucking drown in rape semen, you ugly, mean-spirited cow.
—The Amazing Atheist[1][2][3]

Terroja Lee Kincaid, otherwise known as Thomas "TJ" Kirk, The God of the Godless, or as TheAmazingAtheist, is a brain-burningly awful atheist vlogger from Louisiana (now settled in Ohio, not that it's an improvement) known for his loud bloviating, macho posturing, and content aimed at the lowest common denominator. He is the most embarrassing thing possible to appear on your browser history. Much of the skeptic community considers him a detriment to the cause and distance themselves; others, such as MRAs, NXers, and 13 year-old boys are more open-minded toward him.


[edit] YouTube history

Mr. T. A. Atheist, being amazing.

Kirk joined YouTube in November 2006. He also organized a group called The Atheist Scum United, whose purpose was to take the fight to Christianity's doorstep by making videos in a basement.

Many of his old videos were archived on the fan-run YouTube channels TheAmazingAtheism, TheAmazingArchivist, and the now-defunct TheAmazingTerroja. However, some of the videos have since been removed by YouTube for "repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines and/or claims of copyright infringement." His excessive use of profanity led to the temporary suspension of his account in early 2009.

He doubles as "The Distressed Watcher", host of a YouTube review show called Trailer Failure. As he's too corpulent and lazy to actually go watch a film, he instead trashes the previews.

[edit] Bullying

One controversial video is "Bullies," where he expressed the view that "being a bully doesn't make you a monster, and being bullied doesn't make you a victim," and called suicidal bullying victims "weak."[4] This led to a very mixed reaction amongst his audience; he responded to the intense criticism with a follow-up video, "Macho Trolling."[5]

This caring, empathetic attitude was again revealed in his treatment of the story of Amanda Todd, a teenage girl who committed suicide in October 2012, not long after posting a video on Youtube detailing her story of being subjected to a sustained campaign of blackmail, stalking and bullying.[6][7] Upon hearing of Amanda's suicide, Kirk posted a picture on his Tumblr blog of him holding a sign, similar to the manner in which Amanda Todd did in her video, saying "I am the other hundreds of thousands of people who died today other than Amanda fucking Todd."[8] A subsequent post had him dismissing her in light of unnamed people who died in "far worse" situations:[9]

And unlike Amanda, ... these people died against their will. They fought with their last ounce of courage to survive, and they still died. I find their deaths more worthy of tribute than some spoiled teenage girl that offed herself at the first sign of adversity.

[edit] Vegetarianism

There's almost too much irony in here to unpack, but here goes. Kirk has a hate-boner for vegetarianism, as well, having devoted several controversial Youtube videos to attacking it.[10] He has stated that a morality that does not account for human nature is flawed,[11] and has expressed annoyance at "the way that a simple dietary choice is elevated to this great moral decision".[12]

Punchline: He has gone as far as to accuse most vegans of feigning their ideology in order to appear unique and holier-than-thou.[13]

Contrary to his previous beliefs, by June 16, 2015 he had became a vegetarian, in his own words, "to impress a girl".[14][15]

[edit] E-begging and scams

Kirk is an e-beggar[16][17]; and some of his e-begging campaigns have been widely deemed scams.[18] A few of Kirk's most prominent supposed scams will be outlined in this section.

In 2008 Kirk made many YouTube videos in which he asked for money for a roadtrip during which he would meet and interview many famous atheists and creationists, and then edit the interviews into a documentary. He took thousands of dollars in donations over several months, yet the trip never materialized. Kirk has outright denied memory[19] of plans for this road-trip; however, a Myspace page still exists[20] which includes now-deleted embedded videos about the roadtrip, a manifesto, donation buttons, and a photoshoot and various banners.

In 2009 Kirk ran a donation campaign for a planned website called FreeSpeechVids, which was to compete with YouTube and its supposed tight regulations. This site did materalize, although only briefly, and well below the capacity that was promised. A BlogTV session was held in order to campaign for money for the site. In this session people were kicked out of the room for donating but not quite donating an amount Kirk deemed enough; and one of Kirk's friends threatened to cut himself with a knife (shortly after threatening to shoot himself, holding a gun to Kirk's head, and shortly before actually cutting himself on camera) unless more donations were given[21]. Upon the closure of the site, Kirk called all its members "fags"[22] and made no attempt to refund donation money. In fact, a developer of the site, LodeRunner, accused Kirk of misappropriating the donation money[23]. Kirk's best friend at the time also declared that he had misappropriated the donations[24].

In August 2011 Kirk reported he had started work on a project called Not Productive, funded by various "contributers" and that it was due to launch later that month.[25] In early 2012 Kirk started a big donation drive, explaining that the idea was to bring to light quality videomakers that get "buried under all the YouTube crap".[26]. The site was to host its videos on Blip or YouTube, and the comments on Facebook. Kirk set a donation goal of $20,000, in the end taking over $17,000. In January 2013, one year and a half from the site's planned launch date, the site became publicly accessible for approximately two weeks. However, it was plagued with various glitches, was very basic in design, and Kirk had not acquired any dedicated "talent". As of June 2013, almost two years past the site's initial planned launch date, the site is not up in any capacity. However, it is said to be launching soon as a YouTube channel[27], although no "talent" has yet been drafted. Many ask where the $17+ thousand from the main donation drive (in addition to the unknown amount received from initial contributers) has gone and why it has taken Kirk so long to show anything.

[edit] Personality and viewpoints

[edit] Nope, nothing creepy about that

The "Sex" segment of the Kirk's book closes with the chapter "Tits vs. Ass: The Final Showdown," which features a helpful comparison chart of pros and cons, with such charming observations as tits being "hard to stare at without the girl noticing," while "you can take a picture [of her ass] and she won't be any the wiser."[28]

TAA thinks that everybody should have the right to do anything they want within the realm of consent, as long as it doesn't infringe upon the freedoms of anyone else. This includes ogling at women. He derides "feminists" and "sex positive" as being anti-sex for daring to dictate when or where he may stare at women. This is dizzy but at least a cohesive thought. However, he really, really hates uppity feminist women, and he finds threats of rape to be an appropriate response to them.[29]

[edit] Rape? Bitch deserved it

As an example of his respect and care for his fellow humans, in his pompous and self-indulgent e-book Scumbag: Musings of a Subhuman (2007), Kirk writes:[30]

Rape isn't fatal. So imagine my indignation when I saw a chatroom called "Rape Survivors." Is this supposed to impress me? Someone fucked you when you didn't want to be fucked and you're amazed that you survived? Unless he used a chainsaw instead of his dick, what's the big deal? I don’t mean to be horrendously offensive and insensitive here, but everyone survives rape. The word survivor applies to people who are alive after being stabbed 73 times with an ice pick or mauled by rabid wolverines, not to a woman who gets dick when she doesn't want it. Just because you got raped, you have to rape the English language? You vindictive bitch! Also, don't you ever get tired of being the victim? How many failed relationships are you going to blame on a single violation of your personal space?

In his video "Rape, Feminism, and the Amazing Atheist" Kirk attempts to explain his rationale behind writing this:[31]

This was a piece designed to motivate rape victims to not allow their victimhood to oppress them - to encourage them not to dwell on past events and move on with their lives. Why is it worded so offensively? Because when I wrote it I was a stupid twenty-two year old who had at this point only ever socialized with other people on online message boards, where this was simply how we talked. Not to mention it's supposed to be a humorous piece, in the same vein of shock humor as Bill Maher's party costume. In retrospect, I too find the piece overly callous and I would not write it today. But I did write it, and I don't apologize for it. It was how I felt at the time, and I really don't think the message of moving on from trauma is a negative one. I've been told by several rape victims that this piece actually motivated them to move on with their lives. I have yet to be told by one victim that it increased their trauma.

In the following section, Kirk recalls a female acquaintance who rejected and mocked a guy for his small penis size. The anecdote culminates in Kirk's hilarious punchline:[32]

I told her, "You’re lucky it wasn't me. I’d have busted your fucking nose and raped you."

[edit] On sexuality

He believes that sexuality is a "noble" aspect of the human condition, and that it should not be treated with fear. According to Kirk, true variety of human sexual experiences includes consensual polygamy, incest (when children are not produced), and cannibalism [!], and asserts that prohibitions against these acts stems from religious dogma; as a result of evolutionary pressures since polygamy and incest decrease the gene pool.[33]

[edit] Feeeeeemales!!

Yet another Kirk-related obsession is female supremacy,[34] which he thinks is feminism's real agenda, while also claiming to believe in equal rights for all humans, etc etc. He once compared feminism to the KKK, also suggesting that it had regressed into something pitiable, much like the KKK, and then proceeded to apologize... to the KKK.[35] In this, he falls into the predictable MRA trap of decrying feminism as a big, scary movement which is simultaneously (and paradoxically) ineffectual and lame.

The usual talking points are regurgitated: He characterizes the modern feminist movement as being overly politically correct, insensitive to men, and seems to believe that Tumblr represents some gigantic central hub of the feminist hivemind.[36] He has made numerous videos claiming society is biased against men via tenuous-at-best examples.[37][38] Regardless of context, if his videos involves any women at all, his language is drenched in misogynistic slurs (especially the old country matters).

Kirk was a frequent commenter on the MensRights subreddit for years and was lined up to speak at A Voice for Men's 2014 conference, though it fell through at the last moment.[39] Kirk's anti-feminist videos market a strawman to the numerous ignorant teenagers and other illiterate drones who dominate the Internet, rack up hundreds of thousands of views each, and are highly-shared favorites amongst the like-minded imbeciles.

As late as October 2013, he still maintains his willful ignorance of entry-level feminist topics. On the 25th, he uploaded a video called "There's No Rape Culture"[40], where he did a point-by-point "rebuttal" of RationalWiki's rape culture article that consisted entirely of gross misinterpretation, personal anecdotes, insults against feminists as a group, ad hominem, and the MRA favorite straw(wo)men of false rape accusers and the angry feminist mob seeking to jail everybody without trial. Ironically, he described how rape culture actually works almost perfectly in his follow-up video, but damn if he's ever going to let those hairy feminists ever be right about anything.[41]

He also does exact duplicates of Thunderf00t's criticisms of Anita Sarkeesian, complete with the same underlying tone of "women really are weak".[42]

It should be noted, going hand in hand with his otherwise hostile tone, most of the titles to his videos are intentionally incendiary and seem to carry the theme of destroying that nasty Sarkeesian.

[edit] Further controversies

[edit] World's Most Punchable Man?

TheAmazingAtheist is perceived as the walking embodiment of a impacted tooth, both by the atheist community and by religious conservatives looking for convenient examples of famous atheists being assholes.[43][44] In addition to the gaffes quoted above, he is equally tactless toward his debate opponents: other notable cases include his attacks on DonExodus2, a then-Christian who defended the theory of evolution, and Coughlan666, who said the atheists might "come around" to NightVisionPhantom while he was having a difficult time of his life, which Kirk misinterpreted as an attempt to use NightVisionPhantom's vulnerability to deconvert him to atheism.[citation needed]

For a while, Kirk made videos on Internet commentary site That Guy With the Glasses under the name of "Distressed Watcher." He wasn't exactly welcomed by the community with open arms, who petitioned to have him removed as soon as he was announced. He caused some in-fighting over the promotion of his videos, where he publicly claimed that his videos were usually at the bottom of the new videos list if even listed at all. After his video "The Top Ten Gayest Music Videos" was rejected for publication on the site, he half-assed his content and missed a couple deadlines until he was ultimately let go[45]. The site has since erased all his content and none of its contributors have maintained any ties with him.

[edit] Reddit meltdown

On February 2012, in a thread on the MensRights subreddit about a distasteful username on a feminist board, he made a "joke" about how he wanted to violently rape one of its users. When he was informed the person in question was an actual rape victim and called out by said person for his abusive language and lack of respect for people with post-traumatic stress disorder, he complained about the very concept of trigger warnings and posted further graphic descriptions of how he would rape her again in a deliberate attempt to make her relive her trauma. Choice statements include "I will make you a rape victim if you don't fuck off." and "I think we should give the guy who raped you a medal. I hope you fucking drown in rape semen, you ugly, mean-spirited cow."[1] Supposedly this was some sort of clever satire of... something.[46] This "Amazing" guy was taken to task by PZ Myers and others for his misogyny.[47][48][49] He did eventually apologize.[50][51]

[edit] Stopped clock moments

It took the death of his father in January 2008 (and the queue of sick people waiting for the emergency room) to stop him blathering on about personal responsibility, and he admitted that social programs are sometimes necessary to help the needy. He has also deleted some of the older videos from his libertarian period, because he feels that they no longer accurately represent him.

In 2012, Kirk launched a campaign to raise funds for an organization that works to bring clean water to those who need it. [52]He set out to reach a goal of $10,000; in total, the campaign raised $12,765.[53]

In June 2013, he posted a video[54] in defense of Coy Mathis, a transgender girl who was being bullied online by conservative websites for having won a court case giving her the right to use the girl's bathroom.

He has also produced several videos criticizing misogynists such as Jefferson Bethke[55], Jesse Peterson [56], and Todd Akin[57].

Kirk also made a video denouncing Paul Broun for his views on evolution [58]

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

[edit] Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 I love how the whiny feminist morality brigade upvotes a user named "ICumWhenIKillMen." Screencap
  2. WHTM: The Amazing Atheist's Meltdown
  3. Scratch the Amazing Atheist Off Your List Too
  4. Bullies
  5. Macho Trolling
  10. [1] playlist of TAA's vids on vegetarianism
  11. [2] Tumblr post on the morality of vegetarianism
  12. [3]
  13. [4] Tumblr post on vegans
  14. [5]
  15. [6]
  16. [7] a video on his e-begging
  17. [8] another video on Kirk's e-begging
  18. [9] a video declaring him a scam artist
  19. [10]
  20. [11]; now defunct, but old version still viewable through Wayback Machine
  21. [12]
  22. [13]
  23. [14]
  24. [15]
  25. [16]
  26. [17]
  27. [18]
  28. Scumbag: Musings of a Subhuman, page 96.
  29. PZ Myers, "Not-So-Amazing Atheist Implodes"
  30. Scumbag: Musings of a Subhuman, page 90.
  31. [19]
  32. Scumbag: Musings of a Subhuman, page 93.
  33. Atheist Libertarian Defends Incest, Polygamy and Cannibalism!
  34. Some criticism of Kirk's views on feminism
  35. TheAmazingAtheist compares feminists to the Ku Klux Klan
  36. A Q&A video from November 28th, 2013, where he explains his views on feminism. Further in, he talks a bit about misandry.
  37. Sexism Against Men DOES Exist!, which is just an example of a legal oversight without specific oppressive intent.
  38. It's Only Sexist When Men Do It, where he claims men are not allowed to joke about violence against women while ignoring that men like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck say way more horrifying things without even a token attempt at dark comedy. Context is important for any incident.
  39. [20]; screenshot.
  40. There's No Rape Culture
  41. The End of Rape
  42. "Who's the Damsel Now?", where he somehow thinks YouTube comments count as reasoned debate, and "REFUTING ANITA SARKEESIAN's "Damsel in Distress: Part 2", where he even trots out ye olde "be thankful us MEN rescue your ungrateful ass".
  43. The “Amazing” Atheist Suicide Bombs Himself
  44. The Amazing Rape-Celebrating Atheist
  45. His video and this Tumblr post, which goes to show how much of a non-event this all was.
  46. "PZ Liars", by that Fat Atheist.
  47. The not-so-Amazing Atheist self-immolates
  48. Horrible people don’t realize they’re horrible. This includes links to screen-caps of material that has been taken down in many places.
  49. TheAmazingAtheist’s Misogynist Meltdown
  50. Youtube apology.]
  51. We Don’t Need You as an Atheist Spokesperson, TJ,
Personal tools