During Commencement Week at Columbia University earlier this month, someone hung posters on the Columbia campus and on Broadway with a photo of activist Emma Sulkowicz and the words “Pretty Little Liar.” At the same time, someone created a Twitter account: @fakerape, and according to Anna Merlan’s article linked above, one of the first people to follow that account was infamous cyberstalker Chuck C. Johnson.
More than a few people suspected Johnson was behind this stunt, and there’s a substantial amount of evidence for that suspicion. For one thing, Chuck tweeted this ugly comment on May 1st:
For another, as we pointed out at LGF a week ago, Chuck Johnson recently registered the domain names FakeRapeRegistry.com and RapeFraud.com, listing his photographer friend Peter Duke (who took the photographs of Chuck stalking me at my former apartment) as the registrant organization. Chuck has made it very obvious that he’s obsessed with rape and smearing rape victims as “frauds,” with or without evidence. And he was particularly nasty and obsessive about Emma Sulkowicz.
Well, now there’s another interesting development that strongly suggests Chuck Johnson was indeed involved in this ugly stunt at Columbia: shortly after all of Johnson’s accounts were permanently suspended by Twitter, that @fakerape account set up to promote the posters was also suspended — raising the possibility that it was identified by Twitter as being either registered by Chuck Johnson himself, or by someone closely associated with him.
Obviously this isn’t absolute proof Chuck was involved, and he probably didn’t hang the posters himself even if he was. Note that he was in New York a few days before Columbia’s commencement, however, in time to prepare the posters and arrange to have someone hang them.
We may never know the truth, and Johnson will lie about it, of course, because that’s what he does. But there are an awful lot of coincidences here, and Johnson explicitly mentioned “planning something big.” So draw your own conclusions, dear readers.
UPDATE at 5/28/15 3:11:22 pm by Charles Johnson
And here’s even more circumstantial evidence that Chuck was behind the posters. Check out the design and the font used in this illustration from Johnson’s website:
Yes — that’s the exact same “stressed” typewriter font used in the “Pretty Little Liar” poster. (h/t: @rothschildmd.)
UPDATE at 5/28/15 3:25:49 pm by Charles Johnson
Chuck Johnson also used the same font in an illustration for a bogus post about Lester Holt:
UPDATE at 5/28/15 4:05:30 pm by Charles Johnson
In my opinion, the font evidence is conclusive. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of similar — but not identical — typewriter fonts out there; it’s very, very improbable that a random person unconnected to Johnson in any way would have picked exactly the same font for the Liar poster that Johnson had used at least twice before — and that definitely is the exact same font. You can tell by looking closely at the shapes of the letters used in common on all the illustrations.
UPDATE at 5/28/15 4:38:03 pm by Charles Johnson
Just to seal this one for good, here’s a better closeup of the “Pretty Little Liar” poster:
All the letters in common with Chuck Johnson’s Brian Williams illustration are exactly identical. There’s no doubt whatsoever; it’s the same font.
UPDATE at 5/28/15 5:35:16 pm by Charles Johnson
LGF reader “WhatEVs” put together this side-by-side comparison of the fonts — there’s really no doubt at all that these are the same typefaces.