As many of you know, I’ll be traveling to China next week to give one talk in Hong Kong on 20 November and another over on the mainland in Dongguan on 21 November. I’m very excited, as it’s the first time I’ll have visited the country and my hosts have thus far been incredibly attentive and helpful.
This sort of thing happens to me fairly regularly, and I always think it’s quite funny that someone goes out of their way to tell someone that they are boycotting some event or podcast or blog because of my evil presence, apparently on the assumption that the organizer will immediately feel extreme regret over having me and cancel everything.
In response to my joke about this situation, @ShenzhenTony escalated things considerably:
When Tim Minchin asked him if that was a threat, Tony responded:
As is standard for me when someone makes a credible threat on my life, I started researching to figure out who this guy was. His Twitter linked to his blog, Tony Does Asia, which linked to his girlfriend’s blog, Dolly Does Asia. Googling “tony and dolly shenzhen” led me to his profile on shenzhenstuff.com where Tony mentions having just left the police force and also references his WeChat username tpryan007.
That username sounded familiar, so I searched my inbox. Sure enough, I realized that this was Tony Ryan, aka Coffee Loving Skeptic, who got upset because I blocked him on Twitter for constantly trying to pick a fight with me (I mistakenly Tweeted to PZ that Tony Ryan had called me a cunt, when in fact the word he had used in one of his now-deleted blog posts was “feminazi.” This was seen as a great mistruth the likes of which point to my severe untrustworthiness.)
Ryan was, at the time, a police officer in England, but was eventually disciplined by his superiors for his relentless online harassment of women and rape victims. This led to him blogging about plans to commit “suicide by cop.”
Obviously, he is no longer a police officer in England, and instead is now teaching English as a second language in China. I wonder if the school he teaches at, or for that matter the Chinese authorities, know about his past and, apparently, his present habit of trying to intimidate women he hates.
I post all this because shortly after I retweeted Tony’s threats, he made his account private and then deleted the worst of them before making his account public again. He seems to have a habit of deleting his most horrible posts.
If something were to happen next week in China, and if Tony were to show up and physically threaten, hurt, or kill me, I think it’s important to have documentation of what he has promised to do.
If you live in or around Hong Kong or Dongguan and are not interested in murdering me, I invite you to come out and see me. I plan for this to be a fun, positive trip, regardless of one of the many men who hope to silence me through threats and intimidation.