TL;DR: Blockstream CSO Samson Mow condemned notorious sh*tposter karbonbased’s juxtaposition of Mow embracing a toy while his lady friend posed with a muscular man very much not Mow, a take on the You vs the Guy She Tells You Not to Worry About meme. Mow raged how “this post crosses a line,” and implored, “If you want things to be better, stop enabling sexist garbage like this.”
Blockstream CSO Rages Over “Sexist Garbage,” “Misogynistic Spin” of Meme Involving Himself
“At first glance this looks funny,” Mow admitted reluctantly. “Lots of likes. But it’s actually very sexist & creepy AF. This guy Davis has been harassing Lina for months & stalks her social media. I don’t mind getting memed & poked fun at (after r/btc, this is nothing), but this post crosses a line.”
Lina is the woman posing in a photograph taken while evidently at a gym. Mow, holding a child’s toy (L), has for months posted about their friendship, which included canoodling, reveling in his self-proclaimed advocacy of being a “toxic maximalist,” and various conference appearances around the world. She works in some capacity within the ecosystem, and has posted her own polemical takes on crypto hot-button issues.
Davis is known online as karbonbased, and is a shitposter — someone who says what others cannot, makes fun of those deemed above it all, and generally trashes everything and everyone in the cryptosphere. No one and no project is safe. From Bitcoin Cash enthusiasts being sensitive over the use of “bcash” to the well-documented thin skin of BTC maximalists, karbonbased brings them down a few notches, and sometimes brutally.
Sad to See Some of the Responses
The offending post, now protected by Davis presumably to head-off an already BTC maximalist mounted censorship campaign against him, karbonbased explained, “was sent to me by an anon and I posted a joke about it.” To the charges of stalking, he challenged, “Would love to see any evidence whatsoever of these harassment claims. Never been to any of these people’s other social media.”
Lina also took issue with the meme as applied to Mow. “Sad to see some of the responses,” she lamented and Mow retweeted. “There’s no misunderstanding the original tweet. It’s intentionally sexist. If you find that funny, so be it. But if you think it’s funny to attack or ridicule Samson for calling out the tweet’s sexist nature, you’re just as bad, if not worse,” she scolded.
Indeed, Jason Smith observed of Mow’s sudden line drawing, “Headline: – Man who proclaimed pride in being ‘toxic’ complains about internet jokes.” Another comment to Mow’s concern thread added, “with all respect, you should reflect on this. your twitter content is plagued with snarky memes and you brag about being toxic. *this is how toxicity feels in the receiving end* ps: there’s nothing sexist in a joke like that, only poking fun on a nerd.” Mow blocked the commenter.
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