I am starting to think Paula Muran is more than a mere asshat. I am starting to believe Paula Muran may be a full-blow nutcase as well. Paula Muran has been sending threatening emails to people claiming she will sue them because – get this – they re-tweeted unfavorable comments about her!
Yeah, we all know how strong those anti-re-tweet laws are.
I was further mystified why Paula Muran was hassling complete strangers about my blog whilst avoiding communication with the one person who has control over the content of my blog, namely ME. Finally, she contacted me. Not via email as I supposed she would. Nope. She commented publically on my blog, to wit:
“You published false statements about me. Because of your allegations published in April 2014 and again September 21-22, 23rd, 2014 I have been severely defamed by your words and actions and suffered severe financial damages including my reputation damaged.
Pursuant to Arizona law §12-653.02 I demand you retract any and all statements about me and publish an apology to Sedona Yoga Festival for falsely accusing me of supporting rapists, domestic violence, bully and mocking women and woman hatter. I’m fully prepared to pursue legal action against you and your followers if all statements about Paula Muran aren’t retracted by October 3, 2014.”
First, and I want to make this perfectly clear, I have never accused her of being a woman hatter. I have never suggested that she was a milliner of any kind. I have not even suggested she has done haberdashery. I called her an asshat, which is another way of saying her metaphorical head was up her metaphorical ass. There were no actual hats involved.
Secondly, there are not enough words in the English language to describe the level of non-applicable that Arizona law §12-653.02 is to this particular situation. I am beginning to think she isn’t up to date on her defamation laws, y’all.
Finally, Paula Muran needs to grasp that her reputation was not damaged by my opinions of her comment to a rape victim. No sirree Bob. Her reputation was damaged because of the horrible rape shaming comment she made to a rape victim. People looked at this tweet:
and were disgusted by her comment. After shuddering in revulsion, they decided of their own free will that rape shaming and enlightenment were not compatible and perhaps Paula Muran was a horrible charlatan. They didn’t need my opinion to convince them. Her words and her words alone were enough to ‘damage her reputation’.
Paula Muran also eradicated any hope she had of convincing people that she had just badly phrased a sincere attempt to help Panayiota Bertzikis when she insisted that Panayiots Bertzikis was “proud” of being raped.
Even if she could find a lawyer who would take her case, she would not win because I have made no false statements. Moreover, I would countersue and make her responsible for my legal fees. There would also be the delightful Streisand Effect wherein “an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet”.
In fact, if she had either 1) apologized for the initial tweet in a public forum or 2) at least had the sense not to engage in a debate about it then she wouldn’t have helped these posts spread so far and wide.
Paula Muran needs to learn that she is her own worst enemy.