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|>>|| No. 4521
I believe him.
I expect the reputation management crew to be here any minute.
|>>|| No. 4589
Came here to post this, very glad to see someone beat me to it.
|>>|| No. 4590
"I'm really confused, man." - Brian Harvey
Seriously, I feel sorry for the bloke. He's clearly not in a good place mentally and he's got caught up in an internet shit pit that's just making everything worse. He's stuck in a cycle of paranoia -> feeding the trolls -> getting trolled -> paranoia and he has no obvious route out. The whole situation is just very sad.
|>>|| No. 4591
I wouldn't hesitate to believe Tom Watkins molested bands. I mean look at him. Doesn't the narrator strongly imply it at 3:34 here?
|>>|| No. 4592
I keep wanting to call him Tom Watson though and thinking
>Tut tut. Tom Watson shouldn't have molested East 17.
|>>|| No. 4593
Speaking of which, why is "Stay Another Day" a Christmas song? The lyrics don't mention anything about Christmas at all.
|>>|| No. 4595
It was Christmas #1, has "Christmas bells" at the end and snow is falling in the video.
|>>|| No. 4598
Snow wasn't falling in the first version of the video and Eminem's Stan was Christmas number one too.
|>>|| No. 4600
Not seriously enough to avoid posting a completely contradictory article that mixes up the survey answers and the percentages they received.
|>>|| No. 4601
You must have not watched the videos. It's not paranoia when the cops come round and tell you your life is in danger.
|>>|| No. 4602
The assumption is this is someone who has seen his youtube videos and is messing about. How else would the coppers know about a death thread before him? If you genuinely intend to threaten someone you typically contact the victim.
|>>|| No. 4603
What, so they can take steps to avoid you killing them? That seems ill-advised.
|>>|| No. 4604
Wasting police time seems like a risky method of trolling. Would they have done a CrimeStoppers anonymous tip or something?
My other thought was what if Brian, or one of his friends, called the police so he could make that video and get more credibility, but he's an Oscar-worthy actor if so.
|>>|| No. 4605
It's a big jump "someone, somewhere has made a death threat against me" to "Rupert Murdoch is trying to kill me". Osman warnings are issued to all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons, but they're mostly in relation to stalking and drug gangs. The Met issue hundreds of such warnings every year. They're essentially an arse-covering measure, used when the police have some information that a threat has been made, but lack sufficient evidence to arrest or charge anyone.
I'm not much of a Bayesian, but what do you reckon the odds are of "a massive conspiracy to silence someone that has somehow completely failed to silence them" versus "a nutter on the internet has made a death threat against someone who used to be in a boy band"? How are those probabilities affected by the prior knowledge that the former boy band member in question spends a large proportion of their time talking to nutters on the internet?
|>>|| No. 4606
Less ill-advised than telling the police to tell the victim. Aren't death threats normally more about intimidation?
|>>|| No. 4607
He said he's on benefits for mental health issues on his newest video at 2:53.
|>>|| No. 4608
>Wasting police time seems like a risky method of trolling.
It's also an extremely popular method, as evidenced by the epidemic of swatting. If you stream on Twitch, having your house raided by armed police is practically a rite of passage.
If you have tens or hundreds of thousands of followers online, it's a near-certainty that some proportion of those followers are seriously mentally ill in a way that poses a danger to others. If your followers are disproportionately likely to hold eccentric or paranoid beliefs, those odds drastically increase.
Most public figures take certain steps to protect themselves. The world contains a surprisingly large number of people who think that the CIA is sending them secret messages via the football results, or that Emily Maitlis is being held hostage by the BBC and is asking to be rescued by blinking messages in morse code. The accessibility of social media erodes many of the barriers used by public figures to insulate themselves from the more disturbed and dangerous elements of the general public.
|>>|| No. 4609
Normally the problem is other people finding out and telling the police.
|>>|| No. 4610
I notice those coppers who showed up to tell him about the death threats never displayed their officer numbers.
|>>|| No. 4611
The one of the left definitely did and had his rank and surname embroidered on his chest.
|>>|| No. 4612
You can see Beardy's numbers there on his shoulder in literally the first two seconds of the video, and throughout the rest - you can't make them out though on camera because he's been made to stand two meters back behind a bin.
|>>|| No. 4613
What are you on about you mental. They were never asked to display their numbers.
|>>|| No. 4614
Anyone else find it funny that when the coppers came round to tell him of the death threat they also warned him he was not allowed to defend himself and would be dealt with "according with the law" if he even attempted to?
I suppose that's what they do for all of these kinds of things but it still seems funny. And not funny haha.
|>>|| No. 4615
They didn't do that. They explained at length that he has the legal right to defend himself. They said that he didn't have the right to do anything that would be illegal anyway, e.g. walking about in the street with a sword.
|>>|| No. 4616
Are people posting in this thread without watching the video?
|>>|| No. 4617
It's amazing that you had the exact same reaction as Harvey did, yet even he managed to understand what they were saying once they clarified it for him.
Try harder, mate.
|>>|| No. 4619
Do we know exactly what he tweeted to be charged with malicious communications?
|>>|| No. 4622
That's actually a really good track. It's a shame it's about this conspiracy shite.
|>>|| No. 4623
I think he has spent too many late nights smoking dope and reading conspiracy sites.
|>>|| No. 4624
> I think he has spent too many late nights smoking dope and reading conspiracy sites.
|>>|| No. 4662
Would it be unethical to feed him .gs memes to see if he talks about them in videos?
At the very least we should get him in touch with ARE emily.
|>>|| No. 4663
How? His twitter's gone and he seems to completely ignore the chat on his live videos and his comments are disabled.
|>>|| No. 4668
I'm pretty convinced this is a performance art piece at this point.
|>>|| No. 4669
He listens to the discussion on his channel page.
People wartned him about not using the computers he got back from the coppers (I believe someone brought him up to speed on air gapped malware) and he has listened and is doing exactly that as his latest videos show.
|>>|| No. 4670
You sound like you really believe the coppers are out to get him?
It must be nice to believe the Met are competent enough to be part of any sort of conspiracy. In my experience they just handcuff you to a wheely bin and kick the fuck out of you.
|>>|| No. 4705
He;s gone all quiet on youtube and disabled all ways to comment there (even on his account page). I think the frighteners might finally have been beaten into him.
|>>|| No. 4708
He first went very quiet in the run up to his court case, which got thrown out. I seem to remember him saying his solicitor told him to shut up and thought maybe Brian continued seeing that as good advice thereafter.
|>>|| No. 4709
> In my experience they just handcuff you to a wheely bin and kick the fuck out of you.
Paddington Green mob?
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