Ruben Sim

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I unironically hate furries. they're disgusting porn addicts, they're annoying and they groom children. if i were president i'd establish FEMA camps to have them all rounded up and ground up into dog food and they'd probably like it.
—Simon being his normal self on Twitter[1]

Benjamin Robert "Ben" Simon (May 12, 1997–), better known by his online alias Ruben Sim, is a former Roblox Forum troll[note 1] and YouTuber. Simon holds something of an everlasting grudge against Roblox ever since they banned his account in 2014. He was sued by the company in 2021 and ultimately ordered by a court not to visit the website or go near Roblox's offices (though he seems to have continued making videos about them). Simon was perhaps best known for exposing predators on the Roblox platform, though he's since faced criticism for conflating being a member of certain communities (especially furries) with predatory behavior. By his own retelling in a 2023 Kiwi Farms post, these comments against furries and LGBT people have been part of an effort to purge his fanbase of anyone he perceives as "sexual degenerates and hyper-sensitive social justice warriors" since about 2020–2021.

Roblox lawsuit[edit]

On 23 November 2021, Roblox filed a $1.65 million lawsuit against Simon for "posting false and misleading terrorist threats", breach of user contract, and "cyber-bullying and harassing Roblox employees and executives".[4] In the lawsuit, Roblox claimed they had banned his account for allegedly: "engaging in sexual conversation with users, discussing sex acts, engaging in sexual harassment, singling out users and groups for ridicule or abuse, attempting to upload a nude image of himself with only a lampshade covering his genitals, using racial and homophobic slurs, creating and using inappropriate accounts with sexual names, attempting to upload a sex game, attempting to upload images of Adolf Hitler, ... using prolific profanity; and cyber-bullying and harassing Roblox employees and executives, including through libelous personal accusations." They alleged that he repeatedly evaded bans.[5]

The lawsuit concluded on 16 January 2022; Simon was court-ordered to pay $150,000 in damages and stay away from Roblox's website and real-life offices.[6] Simon created a GoFundMe to cover his legal costs.

Personal beliefs[edit]

LGBT community[edit]

Simon has liked tweets from the all-around bigot Matt Walsh on the subject of transphobia,[7] and also follows several notable anti-LGBT personalities, including the alt-right comic artist Hans Kristian Graebener (a.k.a. StoneToss), former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, and anti-trans activist Katie Herzog.[8]

Furry fandom[edit]

f*rries/coomers blocked on sight
—One of Simon's Twitter bios

Simon venomously hates the furry fandom, so much so that they are virtually all he ever talks about. In December 2022, he changed his Twitter bio to include the line "f*rries/coomers blocked on sight".

During that time, Simon posted a bunch of anti-furry tweets, including one stating that if he were president, he would establish FEMA camps to round up furries and have them "ground up into dog food". He also created a poll receiving a majority of support from his fanbase where he asked if hospitals should deny furries access to medical care, with the implication that anyone disagreeing must support zoophiles.[9] In another poll, he asked whether his followers would rather be sued for $1.6 million or be a furry, in reference to his 2021 Roblox lawsuit.[10]

Even with the predictable backlash from the furry fandom, it got to the point that even some of his own fans would criticize Simon for his actions as he had created a hoax that Arizona was planning to make it illegal to be a furry.[11][12]

In multiple cases, Simon directly linked to tweets made by people he didn't like[13][14][15] (often those who are openly supportive of furries), knowing full-well that his personal army fans would go over to their profile and harass them,[16] oftentimes to such an extent that anyone affected leaves the site entirely. He also allegedly doxxed people in the fandom[citation needed] and sent an abusive email attaching an animal abuse video in response to someone writing a complaint to him via email about his actions towards the developer of Roblox game Thunder Scientific Corporation.[17]

Unsurprisingly, he also showed support for an Oklahoma bill proposed by Justin HumphreyWikipedia which aims to ban furries from attending public schools,[18] urging his followers in Oklahoma to back the bill as it would "protect the children", despite students being specifically named and targeted by the bill under proposal.[19]

Kiwi Farms[edit]

In December 2023, he announced that he had joined Kiwi Farms,[20] seemingly to share his efforts to improve the Roblox moderation system. However, he also threw in an ask-me-anything, which led to a couple sort-of political asides. In one, he stated: "Kiwifarms has been an invaluable resource in uncovering and combating child molestation, grooming, animal abuse, sex pests, domestic violence, parental neglect, and political hysteria."[21] Left out of his post was any direct description of the site's facilitation of doxing and harassment,[22][23][24][25] a characterization which Sim appears to dismiss as merely "a disinfo campaign".[21] Later in the same post, he said: "I've spent the last 2-3 years culling my fanbase of sexual degenerates and hyper-sensitive social justice warriors. All of the anti-furry posting I've been doing is designed to keep these types of people from working their way into my support base."[21]

Other attention grabs[edit]

Fake car crash[edit]

Imagine being so desperate for clout that you fake a car crash by taking some random pic on rrddit[sic]
—@ImagesHumanity on Twitter

In March 2023, Simon posted an image of a wrecked car on his Twitter account, claiming he had lost traction and slid into a curb.[26] The image was actually from a 2 year old Reddit post and was lifted with no alterations.[27]

BDSM porn[edit]

Simon, when he was 16, created and published torture BDSM[28][note 2] porn of an (at the time) 13-year-old's nude Roblox avatar,[29][30] then repeatedly advertised it on the official Roblox Forum.[31][32] He repeatedly sent mentions to her in the replies to the porn post for up to 2–3 years afterward.[29] In 2014, he uploaded a now-unavailable video to "expose" her "trying to create a following and deceiving people".[33][34][35] At the time, he compared the situation to Gamergate (which doesn't at all help his case); he stated: "If you let these kinds of people slip by then everyone will think they can do it. Same reason why Zoe Quinn is getting all the attention from the chans."[36] This particular "dispute" started because she wouldn't draw his Roblox avatar for free.

And then he wondered why Roblox would rather kick him out than continue being associated with this kind of shit.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. See: the Roblox Wiki's page about the site's forums,[2] and the old revision of Ben Simon's ROBLOX Talk Wiki article (according to which, he created over one hundred Roblox accounts).[3]
  2. Word of God says it's BDSM.

References[edit]

  1. Ruben Sim (December 28, 2022). "i unironically hate furries. they're disgusting porn addicts, they're annoying and they groom children. if i were president i'd establish FEMA camps to have them all rounded up and ground up into dog food and they'd probably like it." Twitter, via the Wayback Machine.
  2. "Forums". Roblox Wiki.
  3. (July 23, 2021). "Ben Simon". ROBLOX Talk Wiki.
  4. Adi Robertson (November 24, 2021). Roblox sues YouTuber for temporarily shutting down conference with fake terrorist threat. The Verge.
  5. Roblox v. Simon (11/23/21) Document Cloud.
  6. Court orders persistent 'Roblox' troll to stay off the platform: Other penalties include paying $150,000 in damages. by Igor Bonifacic (January 21, 2022 2:10 PM) engadget.
  7. Tweets liked by Ruben Sim. Twitter, via archive.today.
  8. Users Ruben Sim is following. Twitter
  9. "should hospitals deny furries access to medical care?" - @realRubenSim on Twitter - via archive.ph
  10. "would you rather" - @realRubenSim on Twitter - via archive.ph
  11. "Next week I will be appearing before my state's legislature to argue in favor of criminalizing being a furry." -@realRubenSim on Twitter - via archive.is
  12. "starting in April, publicly declaring yourself a furry in Arizona will be classified as a misdemeanor. thank you to everyone who supported me in making this happen" -@realRubenSim on Twitter - via archive.is
  13. @FallingTowers01 on Twitter
  14. "Do not look at this guy's followed accounts" - @realRubenSim on Twitter - via archive.ph
  15. Image - @realRubenSim on Twitter - via archive.ph
  16. "quote tweet-to-private account speedrun any%, go get it! fetch!" - @realRubenSim on Twitter - via web.archive.org
  17. "I was using a burner email in order to contact him. (Also the video he sent alongside his response is of animal abuse, it isn't shown, but is directly implied.)" - @IamtheRizzard on Twitter
  18. "Oklahoma is making the anti-furry bill a real thing. If you're an Oklahoma resident, it is your civic duty to protect the children of your state by contacting your representative and letting them know you support this bill." - Ruben Sim on YouTube - via archive.ph
  19. Bill Text: OK HB3084 | 2024 | Regular Session | Introduced | LegiScan Legiscan
  20. Ruben Sim (December 11, 2023). "i now have an account on kiwifarms". Twitter, via archive.today.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Ruben Sim (December 11, 2023). Post #1,218 on "Roblox Community General Thread", Kiwi Farms (via GhostArchive).
  22. Alia E. Dastagir (July 23, 2021). "'The internet is not a game. ... This stuff really hurts.' Respected developer who was bullied online dies by suicide.". USA Today.
  23. (September 4, 2022). "Citing imminent danger Cloudflare drops hate site Kiwi Farms". The Associated Press.

    They gang up on victims and pool their personal details such as addresses and phone numbers in a practice called 'doxxing,' spreading vile rumors and targeting workplaces, friends, families and homes. Another favorite tactic has been 'swatting' — making false emergency calls to provoke an armed police response at a target’s home. Some people subjected to the group’s abuse have died by suicide.

  24. Margaret Pless (July 19, 2016). "Kiwi Farms, the Web’s Biggest Community of Stalkers". Intelligencer.
  25. Ali Breland (March–April 2023). "The Website That Wants You to Kill Yourself—and Won’t Die". Mother Jones.

    Its victims reportedly include Julie Terryberry, who in 2016 took her life after being targeted by users of the site. Two years later, after years of harassment from Kiwi Farms trolls, Chloe Sagal lit herself on fire in a public park. In June 2021, an American video game developer based in Japan, named David Ginder, took their life amid a campaign of Kiwi Farms abuse. ... Users of the innocuously named forum prey on the vulnerable and marginalized — people who are transgender, neurodivergent, disabled, financially struggling—with persistent and twisted harassment campaigns. ... The group made its purpose clear on its Twitter page before it was taken down: 'Gossip and exploitation of mentally handicapped for amusement purposes.'

  26. Are you fucking happy? You all got what you were wishing for. I lost traction and slid into a curb. I hope you're happy. You people are evil.
  27. 2013 Nissan Altima Coupe/ Hey guys, so I clearly crashed my car and trying to find other cars for salvage that are destroyed from the back so I can basically just move the new cars parts into my own. Any idea what websites there are to find a car similar to mine but for salvage? Thank you.
  28. Ruben Sim (January 19, 2024). "When I was in the 10th grade a girl from the Roblox forums was drawing and sharing porn of her Roblox avatar, so to troll her I made a really shitty MS Paint drawing of her avatar in a BDSM scenario. 11 years later, zoophiles upset about my advocacy against fetishizing animals are reposting this drawing to claim that I draw 'torture porn of minors.'" Twitter, via archive.today.
  29. 29.0 29.1 Ruben Sim (September 1, 2013). "@appie1777 @spicycoldkitty done here u go lel". Twitter, via the Wayback Machine.
  30. (December 29, 2022). "He made it because a artist wouldn't give him free art - And kept harassing her with it until 2016". Twitter.
  31. (September 1, 2013). "i did a drawing of spicycoldkitty and appie". Roblox Forum Archive.
  32. (September 16, 2013). "Spicycoldkitty is overrated". Roblox Forum Archive.
  33. (August 24, 2014). "The next big Spicycoldkitty thread: Stop it edition". Roblox Forum Archive.
  34. (August 29, 2014). "Who should I do a video on next?". Roblox Forum Archive.
  35. (August 24, 2014). Post 144406489. Roblox Forum Archive.
  36. (August 24, 2014). Post 144404068. Roblox Forum Archive.