• Fri, Nov 16 2012

Women’s Rights Campaigner Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir Banned From Facebook For Posting Death Threat

Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir

How do you handle your death threats?

I mean, we all get them, right? Because the Internet is kind of a lawless wasteland? I mean, I didn’t like Facebook Couple’s pages and someone replied:

“Jesus Christ. Go kill yourself; problem solved for all parties.”

So, yes, we all get idle death threats from people who want us to die. There isn’t usually much logic behind them, and they’re not to be taken seriously.

Women’s right campaigner Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir certainly does, because anyone who is a women’s right campaigner is probably going to get some death threats, and she puts them into a folder called “men who hate women” on her Facebook page. I mean, that seems like a more mature response than retweeting them, and is definitely one way to do that, so, fine, Hildur, good plan. Someone wrote on their status:

‘If I ‘accidentally’ ran over Hildur, she is probably the only person on earth that I would back up over, and leave the car on top of her with the hand brake on!!!;)

First of all, the winky face may be the creepiest part of this. The winky face really elevates it from normal crazy raving to deranged, American Horror Story stuff. They also followed up by saying ” ‘Put this in your ‘men who hate Hildur’ folder, Hildur Lilliendahl.”

And then, according to The Reykjavik Grapevine, she got banned from facebook. You’re not allowed to screencap other people’s statuses. Even when they tell you to. This seems absurd to me, as it just seems like good common sense to be able to share people who might want to kill you. If nothing else, it will help the police if they decide to back a car up over you. A petition has been started supporting Hildur that remarks (I think quite rightly):

This policy opens a gateway for political harassment on behalf of those who want to silence their opponents and must be reconsidered.

Picture via Facebook

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  • http://helloalle.com/ Alle

    So how DO we deal with our death threats? I have an email folder called “threats” and I rank them from scariest to least scary. Scariest = “I’m going to find out where you live and slit your throat in your sleep.” Least scary = “You fucking slut, I hope you get fucked to death by a giraffe.” Because WHAT.

    • http://twitter.com/JenAshleyWright Jennifer Wright

      Oh, God, I’m going to use the giraffe one just in a friendly, conversational way. I’m going to start saying “I hope a giraffe makes love to you” to people when I disagree with them.

    • http://helloalle.com/ Alle

      “You’re entitled to your opinion, but I hope a giraffe makes love to you.”

    • Renee

      I endorse this highly.

    • Stella L.

      The person who sent the giraffe one deserves some points for comedy value, at least.

  • vvv

    “The man who hated women” is the original swedish name of “Girl with a dragon tattoo”
    parallels?

    • http://twitter.com/snilldur Hildur Lilliendahl

      It’s not a coincidence, I can tell you.

    • http://twitter.com/snilldur Hildur Lilliendahl

      And actually, to be precise, the original title in Swedish means “Men who hate women”. Exactly like the album :)