Villains: Sophie Miriam Herold
No doubt vibrating at a high frequency, and lashing out like a frightened animal that has been cornered, a young woman called Sophie Miriam Herold has been hard at work through Tumblr and YouTube denouncing gay people as “wrong” on the grounds that most people are straight and “right”. There is no room for anything but binary oppositions in her endeavours. She has also, it would seem, been gathering information from cyberspace and outing gay people. I do not like to throw around words like sociopath but it seems that this disturbed young woman is exactly that.
There is so much to choose from in one choice diatribe, as hosted on Tumblr by Brianna Lee. Miss Herold explains that LGBT people should not be afforded equal rights on the grounds that “there isn’t an endless amount of human rights available, we have to deploy our resources carefully and wisely. Eventually you will understand this one day.” She’s a conservationist, you see, and she’s protecting normal people from people who would redefine normal. Or something like that. Her argument bounces around like a strait-jacketed man in a padded cell, and so it could mean anything.
This self-professed “peaceful blogger”’ had her Tumblr and YouTube accounts deleted. But she soldiers on. “I’m not afraid of you gay people. I will fight you as long as I can. I know that by putting me out there I will be harassed and threatened. That is the price I have to pay for telling the truth about gay people. But I am not afraid of being physically harmed or killed. You may break my bones, but you can’t change the facts: that homosexuality is abnormal and disgusting.” And in a rhetorical move that astounds, she follows that LGBters should repent and return to a state she calls normal: “Discipline, self control, rational thoughts should always dominate your mind.” Your mind, you see, LGBT people, not hers. So be rational, return to normal, and renounce your lifestyle!
There is no rational thought in this, and certainly no self-control. This is the reactionary mind lashing out. And so, she continues, “because only 10% of all people are LGBTQ, we can abandon them. The world population is already large enough, why should we keep the gays alive.” The final solution? It’s the only logical conclusion to her offbeat argument: kill or be killed. She does not even thank gay couples for not reproducing and therefore further increasing the population. How ungrateful! You see, dubbing her a sociopath was in no way extreme.
The fun thing is that the brave solider wants to hear from you. She’s not afraid! “My name is Sophie Miriam Herold, I’m a 21-year-old female undergraduate student from Germany. You also know me as smartypants. You can contact me by sending a message to: email@example.com.” Let’s prove how polite we are, and answer her call! (UPDATE: that email no longer works, and so I assume she did not want to hear from people …)