Cameron Slater’s WhaleOil blog has been down for a few days:
Blogger Cameron Slater has handed over a stack of death threats to the police after angering hundreds by calling a dead man “feral”.
His website has been hacked and he wants a police investigation, while the grieving family of Judd Hall say they want a face-to-face meeting with him.
Clutching pages of evidence, Mr Slater claims he’s the victim of cyber bullying.
The blogger is known for the often inflammatory posts on his Whale Oil website, but this time the reaction has been extreme.
“Yes I might say offensive things, but I’m allowed to say offensive things. What you are not allowed to do is threaten people with death threats and rape against your daughters,” he says.
The threats were incited after he labelled West Coast man Judd Hall, who died in a high-speed car crash, as “feral”.
It’s not like the ‘feral’ remark was a first offense. Making fun of the recently deceased and their families is one of Cameron Slater’s favorite things in the whole world. He finds it especially hilarious when young children who have non-traditional names die horribly, the big joke being that funny names correlate with violent death.
So here’s Slater laughing at a six week old baby who died in Titahi Bay. Here’s Slater laughing at a fifteen month old baby who was savaged by a pitbull. Here’s Slater mocking a two year old accidentally crushed by a car and killed. Search his site and you’ll find dozens of ‘Silly First Name’ posts, most of them laughing about the death or serious injury of very young children. There’s other horrible stuff of a similar nature on a pretty constant basis. If you’re reading WhaleOil regularly you’re reading a lot of content that mocks the victims and families of horrible tragedies.
I can’t really get past this. To me this material marks Slater out as an obvious sociopath, someone so horribly damaged that all you can do is pity them and ignore them. Right? So I find it a little weird that so many other people read Slater’s site and don’t have a problem with how deranged it is. The Justice Minister Judith Collins is a huge fan; the Prime Minister’s office supply him with content. He’s a regular guest on various talk-back radio shows. Duncan Garner and Sean Plunket appear to be WhaleOil fans. The Herald’s media columnist John Drinnan routinely links to his site.
People generally defend him by saying, ‘He’s controversial’, or ‘I don’t agree with everything he says.’ Fair enough. I can’t tell people what they should and shouldn’t read. But I sometimes feel like a character in a horror movie who can’t convince the rest of the villagers that the mysterious stranger is obviously the monster responsible for all those disappearing cattle. I just don’t get how people read this site and simply think ‘Hey! That’s controversial! Let’s put this guy on the radio’ and not, ‘Hey! What a vile hateful animal!’ Or am I crazy here?