Several people who have “crossed the line” in expressing their hatred of Kate Gosselin on Twitter have had their real names publicly released today and their employers will be contacted, says the man in charge of the anti-bullying group BullyVille.
“We are releasing names today of the worst of the worst (offenders),” James McGibney told RadarOnline.com in an interview Monday. McGibney heads www.bullyville.com and also delivered his message on Twitter, via @BullyVille.
True to his word, shortly after speaking with Radar, McGibney began releasing what he says are the identities of some of the most vicious Kate haters – people he says who have crossed the line into bullying the mom of eight.
He released names, addresses and more onto a popular repository website, complete with a nearly step-by-step narrative of how he turned an email address into a real address and more through cyber sleuthing.
“We are also contacting all their employers with their tweets,” McGibney said, explaining that he is only trying to stop the worst offenders who he believes have crossed the line in bullying Kate.
And he has some powerful support. The group Anonymous tweeted supported for Bullyville a few days ago, writing: “We openly support any operation that @bullyville launches. Any attack on them is a direct attack on us. #expectus”
Many people on Twitter have called Kate a child abuser and one particularly disturbing tweet told her to “remember Selena.” (The president of her fan club murdered Selena.)
And this disturbing image of Kate impaled on a stick was tweeted to her recently, say several people:
But members of the anti-Kate faction are not going away quietly and that has created a raucous, vitriolic environment that continued to grow worse on Monday.
“Talk to other non-fans; there are criminal investigations and likely upcoming lawsuits,” one anti-Kate Twitter user messaged Radar’s managing editor without giving any specifics.
McGibney, who told Radar he is a former Marine, says he is not doing this to protect a celebrity but that he is dedicated to stopping the worst forms of bullying anywhere he can.
“We go after notorious bullies,” he told Radar. “They are absolutely vicious to Kate. One person sent over 72,000 tweets to Kate and they are all absolutely vicious.” (UPDATE: It appears that person sent thousands of tweet to or about Kate, but not all 70,000 + were related to the reality star.)
People who have gone too far, McGibney says, are the ones who call Kate a child abuser, curse her and attack anyone who supports her.
“It’s going to get messy,” he says of his new initiative to expose the identities of Kate haters.
“Sometimes you have to be a bully to get a bully,” he says, acknowledging that’s a controversial stance, but adding it is necessary and his group is dedicated to stopping bullying outside of the celebrity realm.
“Kids are driven to suicide by bullies and we go after those bullies every day,” he said.
“The names we are releasing today (regarding Kate) are the worst of the worst. The vicious. The ones who tell her she’s a child abuser, a (censored), that she should go kill herself. We are also contacting all their employers with their tweets. It’s 100% factual.”
McGibney has tangled with some of the Web’s biggest bullies before, going after revenge porn web sites and the notorious Hunter Moore. And he has had much success.
But many members of the anti-Kate faction are not giving up.
Robert Hoffman, the author of an anti-Kate e-book, is a pal of Jon Gosselin and previously told RadarOnline.com that he reported Kate to Child Protective Services (which took no action against her.) Hoffman told RadarOnline.com exclusively in an email interview:
“First let me say that nobody should ever be bullied, for any reason and I support anyone who stands up for and protects people who can’t protect themselves.
“I think the reason so many people are arguing on Twitter is because of the irony of Kate Gosselin of all people, crying that she’s being bullied. Forget about her vicious email threats and chilling first-person accounts of her beating her own babies in diapers that she paid lawyers to cover up; all anyone needs to do is watch her in action during seven seasons of reality television. In my opinion, Kate Gosselin is the biggest bully on television and she’s doing everything she can to try to rewrite history.
“In Kate’s mind and in her daily Tweeting, if you don’t agree with her unconditionally and support everything she says or does, that makes you a ‘Hater’ and a bully.
“Remember her quote to her ex-husband during one of their shows. “Stand with me or stand against me!!!!!!”
There are no shades of gray with Kate Gosselin.
“April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.”
But for Hoffman and other Kate detractors, Bullyville promises that the war has just begun.
“We are getting ready to release a bombshell about the true intentions of Kate’s bullies,” McGibney told Radar, promising more details this week.