Normally I would never be happy that someone lost their job (especially a total stranger), but I’m making an exception for Michael Brutsch, a.k.a. violentacrez, formerly Reddit’s biggest troll. After an exposé by Gawker’s Adrian Chen, the 49-year-old man behind questionable forums, such as r/creepshots (a space dedicated to pictures of women unaware that their photographs were being taken) lost his job less than 24 hours after the unmasking.
Before the article was published, Brutsch pleaded with Chen not to reveal his identity, correctly predicting that he would lose his job and his ability to provide for his family:
My wife is disabled. I got a home and a mortgage, and if this hits the fan, I believe this will affect negatively on my employment. I do my job, go home watch TV, and go on the internet. I just like riling people up in my spare time.
In a phone conversation, Brutsch admitted to being Violentacrez, who created and moderated sections dedicated to pornographic and violent images, including subreddits called r/rapebait, r/incest, r/picsofdeadkids, r/jailbait, r/incest and r/chokeabitch, just to name a few. You’re welcome to look these up on Reddit, if you’d like to have your day ruined. He also insisted that he is not a pedophile but was unapologetic about r/jailbait, comparing the photos to Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time” video. He claims that he only reposted the photos that he’d found elsewhere, mostly on 4chan, and that he removed any outright child porn that was posted. “I’ve always been upfront about the sorts of things that I find attractive,” he said. So. Creepy.
“Nothing like living in the US with a disabled wife and no health insurance,” Brutsch wrote on Reddit after he lost his job. (Yeah, cry me a river, dude.)
Way to take responsibility for your actions. I have no idea why your former employer wouldn’t want someone distributing child pornography working for them, either! It’s not like it’s possible you could have been doing this at work or anything. Or that the stuff you posted was so awful and heinous that they don’t want to look like they’re advocating your actions by keeping you employed there.
What do you think about the company’s decision to fire Brutsch? Do you think it’s well-deserved or are people just too sensitive about things they see on the Internet?