Libel

"a homosexual social media website called reddit"

A mayoral candidate, a supposed Aryan bicyclist, a video, a newspaper story, and a libel lawsuit.

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From the Complaint (written by a self-represented litigant) in Lopes v. Reddit, Inc.:

The defendants posted in the san jose mercury news and on a homosexual social media website called reddit. The Defendants defamatory and intentional inflection of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional address; as well as slander and libel upon the plaintiff.

The San Jose Mercury News story seems to be the one here, and includes video; here's an excerpt:

Thompsen said he had been riding home from work Thursday on Second Street near the intersection of San Salvador Street in downtown San Jose when he came across Lopes' Nissan 350Z, parked with both back tires inside the green-and-white-striped bike lane, although there was still room for a single cyclist to pass between the car and the curb.

Thompsen apparently complained to Lopes, who complained back, culminating with telling Thompsen,

You're an Aryan. You'll get over it…. You're a fag…. All Aryans are fags, motherfucker. Am I wrong? … Your god's a fag, you're a fag, your father's a fag.

Earlier this month, Mr. Lopes got over 4000 votes for mayor of Newark, California, though this only amounted to about 23% of the vote. For more on Mr. Lopes and bicycles, see this earlier story; the stories suggest that he seems to like neither Aryans nor Jews.

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  1. Cornelius looks and sounds like a real prize. CA can have him.

  2. “…Nissan 350Z”

    That explains EVERYTHING…

    1. Is your objection specific to the 350Z or is it any Z sold over the model’s 50 year life span? I’m also curious what it is you can glean from someone’s ownership of same, seems an awfully broad brush ya got there.

  3. The driver, Cornelius Lopes, IS in California and must be a democrat or democrat/progressive leaning since he ran for the mayor of San Jose so he should have known that that language that makes someone feel hate or just to feel bad is not legal to use. So there is a hate speech charge that he should be prosecuted for.

  4. Reddit is actually pretty brazenly partisan. Even more than most platforms and up there with Twitter. The smaller subs are okay but in the larger ones they’ll ban you for being a McCain republican and openly tell you so. And of course they always try to drive off subs they don’t like.

  5. “For more on Mr. Lopes and bicycles, see this earlier story; the stories suggest that he seems to like neither Aryans nor Jews.”

    Not to mention how he feels about bicycles. (There’s a bike-curious joke floating around, waiting to be used.)

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