Return of Kings is a great site. It has mostly good articles and I’ve been a regular commenter for about 2 years, give or take. It may have been a little less, but I can’t think of any quick way to check. After an estimated 12k of comments I left there (and about 9500 upvotes I got), I think it’s fair to call myself a regular there. I wasn’t a top dog by any means, as you can guess if you know my content. But I got to knew the other regulars there and they got to know me and I have had many interesting conversations with them, I think that’s a fair assessment. I also would say that I was mostly supportive of the general content and by no means a total troll, as I am sure most other commenters would agree.
The more disappointed was I when I got banned from commenting on ROK yesterday.
Here’s what happened.
There have been many articles about Trump on ROK, predictably. I like Trump, I really do. But I don’t think he is a messiah and I think we should wait and see if he delivers what he promised.
I got banned for a comment I left on the post “Men are Binded by Their Shared Realization of Truth” 3 days ago. This was the comment:
“We are the future?” Is that not a little narcissistic? Come on. It’s just an political bullshit game in the end. Why should any of us identify strongly with it?
Seriously, I get that its funny to make “God Emperor Trump” videos, but to really believe he is some kind of messiah … comparable to the moon landing … actually, why would anyone identify with the moon landing either? Who the fuck cares? Doesn’t anybody have a life beyond what the TV tells them?
We are neither exalted nor chosen by God. We are also just playing a part in the game. Surely a little humility can give a more realistic perspective.
Sometimes I wonder whether Trump is paying writers to write articles on ROK recently or whether this kind of political naivety is real.
Now, I didn’t think much of that last paragraph and it was partly a humorous statement and I figured that after ROK published an article called “3 Reasons Why You Should Apply For A Job In The Trump Administration“, it was at most a little provocative. I also got a few replies from others who understood the message I was trying to convey. But hey, I take responsibility for what I wrote.
Anyhow, two days later I suddenly cannot comment anymore, because I was banned. I had forgotten about that comment and my first intuition was that it was actually for another comment I had left on the newer article “The Path Men Took To Trump“:
Aaand another Trump article.
Hey, you know, maybe historians will write about the internet. But just wait 20 more years. I think we are right now enjoying the peak of freedom and versatility on the internet. From a purely technical standpoint, nothing keeps the authorities from censoring and perfectly controlling the internet. But they won’t do that yet, because they first need us to become dependent on the internet entirely. ROK is a great example. Yes, we profit from this possibility. But, we also become dependent on a global system that can be taken away from us with the snap of a finger. Let’s face it; everyone who is making their money through the internet is at the mercy of the governments/elites/whatever. And they will use that power sooner or later, take my word for it.
The second half of the comment isn’t really relevant, but I want to post it for sake of completeness.
Anyhow, I got pissed. There was no explanation, no warning, no notice as to why I was banned. So, being impulsive as I tend to be, I left the following comment with a second account:
After over a year of commenting, I get banned? And you do not even have the decency to tell me why? Fuck you, Roosh, or whomever banned me. You’re a cunt.
A moderator replied with:
Please make sure it was intentional and not an error before going ham.
To which I replied with:
That is why I wrote this comment, to give a chance to the possibility it was an error. I did not receive any info from anyone about being banned, I just was. If it was an error, I am ready to apologize for my rudeness.
An hour or so later, that account was banned too.
So I wrote an email to ROK over the contact form, simply asking: Why was I banned?
Roosh personally replied, relatively quickly:
Accusing ROK writers of being paid shills. False accusations against ROK writers are never tolerated.
To which I replied, again angry and impulsive:
My comment was: “Sometimes I wonder whether Trump is paying writers to write articles on ROK recently or whether this kind of political naivety is real.”
Sure, you can interpret it as a false accusation, ignoring the ‘I wonder’. Whatever. You gotta admit the recent articles were a little flowery in their language about Trump, but my comment perfectly allowed for this to be due to ‘political naivety’. I guess it’s a little disrespectful at most.
But banning me after some 10k comments I left without forewarning? That’s weak, man. You could have warned me or something. Wouldn’t have thought you to be this sensitive. Come think of it, you do act exactly like the MSM you so despise. Instead of addressing my comment, you ban me for daring to say such an ‘outrageous thing’.
I’ll make sure to be spreading the message about how you treat your readers, Roosh.
Anyway, thanks for the reply.
Anyhow, that’s what happened. I’ll leave it to you to make up your own judgment, but my personal opinion here is that Roosh does not give much of a fuck about his commenters. I think it’s really bad form on his part, and that’s me being polite.
Of course it is his site and his absolute right to make that decision. I would never challenge that or demand to be allowed to comment again. And of course he doesn’t have to care about me.
Still, I think it says something about the person Roosh V. What does it say? Well, I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
Should I have tried to be diplomatic and have apologized and asked him to forgive me? Maybe that’d have been the smarter way, but I’m too childishly prideful for that. I don’t wanna be begging to participate on a site I am clearly no longer welcome on.