Funnyjunk's Lawyer, Charles Carreon, Continues To Lash Out: Accuses Matt Inman Of 'Instigating Security Attacks'
from the stop-digging dept
We had already suggested that Funnyjunk’s lawyer, Charles Carreon, should stop digging after finding himself in quite the internet hole for threatening Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, over a scathing page mocking Funnyjunk. Inman’s response was over the top, but was also pretty clearly protected free speech, including either factual statements or opinion. You would think that Carreon, who styles himself as a protector of the First Amendment, would recognize that. Yet, in response, Carreon has said that he was going to seek to shut down Inman’s fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and National Wildlife Foundation.
And, now, it appears that Carreon is continuing to act petulantly after the internet suggested he stop digging. Lots of people pointed out that Carreon pulled down the “contact” page on his own website after the original story went viral, but as some have noticed he’s replaced it with a “temporarily unavailable” page that accuses Inman of instigating “security attacks”:
If you can’t read it, it says:
Due to security attacks instigated by Matt Inman, this function has been temporarily disabled.
Really? Security attacks? And “instigated by Matt Inman”? Inman didn’t instigate security attacks. He pointed out why he felt that your poorly thought out legal threat letter was, in fact, poorly thought out — and he turned that into a force for good by setting up a fundraiser for some very popular charities (which, again, you tried to shut down). Considering how freely Carreon tossed around the threat of “defamation” claims against Inman for what he wrote about Funnyjunk, you’d think that he would be more careful before accusing Inman of instigating “security attacks” on his own website. I doubt Inman would fire back with a defamation lawsuit — and you could argue which side of the defamation line this claim falls on — but if we were to weigh the two, it sure seems like this statement from Carreon is a lot closer to defamation than anything that Inman said about Funnyjunk.
By the way, it’s worth pointing out that the top blog post on Carreon’s site is actually all about Chris Dodd’s bad reaction to the internet rising up against him in the SOPA/PIPA fight. Carreon might want to read the first sentence of that post and figure out which character he’s playing in this drama (or is it farce?):
The kittens kicked ass on Hollywood, and Hollywood, like every frustrated bully, is sounding like a sore loser.