I'm going to try and be as calm as I can with this. If I rant or say something out of line, I apologize in advance. Please read this from a Neutral Standpoint, so put aside any negative or positive views. If you feel you can't do it, then I suggest clicking that back button, or click something else.
So, while visiting Snuff's page only to find more hate messages, I came across one that said that the Awareness Blog has been taken down, asking to now stop the war. I clicked on the link to be sure, and like all the other URL links that have been removed so there's no evidence to back up any claim, sure enough it was gone. But here's the thing: just because you remove something doesn't mean the damage hasn't already been done. The hate (and probably the war itself) is going to carry on until something is said and/or done.
Do you really think that by taking down the blog that was put up without rational thought is going to stop everything? Sorry but, it isn't. The hate has been out there for nearly a week, and it isn't going to stop just because that blog was taken down. It's going to keep on going until either side says something.
Now, I'm sure a lot of us have seen the blog by now; those that have not will probably get lost here. But I've done my own research keeping a very neutral mindset, and neither of those claims made any sense. Seriously, all of them state that Snuff did all that stuff while being 21. Here's the thing: he turned 21 last month!
Doing all that damage in a month and a half would be quite a feat on his part considering he's got a life: college, a job, and various projects, alongside anything else that may be going on. And some of them use very similar, if not the exact same snippets
, from other posts. So it doesn't add up at all.
Some claims state (well, maybe only one or two) said that "I joined DA as I turned 11..."...you can just stop right there. DeviantArt's Policy states that you must be 13 or older to create an account
here; lying about your age to join this site will get you kicked out once the Admins find out. So how is it possible that someone was underage, on DA and he was 21? Do you see a timeframe issue here? If someone was 11 then, then that means they would have aged since then, and Snuff would not be 21 right now; he'd be older.
Another thing as well, when I read all those claims (including the "Who Is Snuffbomb?" thing), it didn't make any sense. When I read Madame Macabre's story of her rough patch with Snuff, she showed a screencap of her Skype Chat with him; he used "Snuffbomb" as his name. In the screencap I saw on the blog, it had an avatar of Rainbow Jack, and the name in the chat was "Stephen Aikins", not "Steve Aikins", which is Snuff's actual name. See the other issue here? His first name isn't spelled the same way. That alone was fishy enough, aside from the suicide claim. If that's true, why has nothing been reported? Another thing, if you Google the name, chances are you'll get more than just Snuffbomb; there are multiple people with the same name, even if the first is slightly different (like "Michael" or "Mike").
Now I'm not trying to belittle or insult anybody here, victim or teller of tall tales, but you see how little sense all these claims make? The time frames don't add up, the stories sound far off, and a lot of the claims were vague and gave little detail on what was going on. Just "I was 10 when he did this to me" or something similar. But there's one story in particular that has me quite suspicious about the whole thing, and considering the behavior in how things were handled. We all should know by now that ComicKit started the blog. We know she took over Snuff's URL when he deleted his Tumblr page. It's also her story that has me thinking my theory here.
In her story of how her date with Snuff was (granted this was only posted on Tumblr and appears nowhere in her Journals; just a huge gap between then and now), she did in fact say she dated him once. Looking at her journals, it looks like the two had mutual feelings for each other. But something happens that makes her dump him. From what I can recall, he had asked her if she wanted to have sex with him, which is a normal question if you're a couple; it's gonna pop up eventually. She said she wasn't sure about it, and he got annoyed and was insensitive when she had said she wasn't on the pill. Okay fine, but nowhere does it say he assaulted her or anything. She came under stress from other things and couldn't keep up the relationship and dumps him. Naturally, he throws a fit; anyone would throw a fit if they got dumped. I was pretty upset when I was dumped near the end of my Freshman Year in high school. I had come back from a week of suffering from a stomach bug, only to hear "I think we should only be friends, it'll help our relationship." What does he do later? Go for my best friend at the time, who clearly didn't know the Golden Rule, and screws up our friendship. I haven't spoken to her since then.
So my question is, where'd all these sexual abuse/rape cases come from? How'd those all begin? I'd like to visit one post that a guy was telling when he and his girlfriend first encountered Snuff that claims he's a cheater; this was apparently happening at the same time he was dating ComicKit, stating he was 21, which again the time frame makes no sense. He said that every time they talked to him, he'd be pleasuring himself each time (or horribly drunk), including on video chats, and did this to his girlfriend's friend. If this was true, where's the evidence backing that up? And if it were true, why was he not doing that in his YouTube Videos?
While looking through Snuff's DA page, there are those that claim they have audio evidence of things that went on. Well okay, where is it? If you can't provide this evidence, why say it? There's even someone that said that Laughing Jack was his/her sister's story and that Snuff stole it. Thing is, he wouldn't provide his/her sister's account because "it's classified". What account is classified?
Anyway, do you guys see where I'm getting at? All these stories claiming he's a certain age while they were a certain age doesn't add up. There was also little evidence that proved any claim. Not to mention the fact that everyone just attacked Snuff without doing any research, responding to fear and anger, and not even bothering to give him a chance to explain himself. However, SabrinaNightmaren, who is his Artist, states she knows about him, and that in her journal said those claims are fake. Also, if all the claims were true, I'm sure even she, who is 16 and is considered underage (17 is normally the age of consent, unless stated otherwise), would have said something.
So in my determination to figure things out and learn the truth, I only really have her to believe at this point. My neutrality towards this is null and void just like my research (since the blog no longer exists). So what is my conclusion? Well, whether I'm hated for this or not, I can only say this: it was done out of anger, without any rational thought or reason, by a really ticked off ex-girlfriend(s).
Let me explain before you guys start firing your guns. It isn't uncommon for an ex to fabricate stories about sexual assault on their partner if they indeed have done something sexual, and broken up (if anyone has watched Law & Order SVU, these things get bad quickly). Usually things like this would need the break up to be bad and not good, however, even if the break up is positive, the partner could still easily be very angry on the inside, bottling it up until it explodes like dropping a Mentos into a bottle of soda. Now, I've had one bad break up, but I wouldn't go so far as to make up stories like that. I also had one that was positive, and my reason was that I couldn't take the stress. But did I go and try to ruin reputations? No, of course not (not to mention I never got that far in either relationship anyway). Will I say "oh that guy was a douche"? If they were, then yes, and I'd give my reasons. But I wouldn't stoop so low to this.
Another thing as well: if you were going for his reputation being ruined (which would have been the case if this was handled better), then why did you not say sooner to not send death threats? Sorry, but it was announced far too late to not send death threats after the damage was done, and done deep. They not only went to Snuff, but it went to his family, and they went to Sabrina as well. So if there's a thought that deleting the blog will undo all this, you're sadly mistaken. The damage is done. You have successfully, whether intentional or not, destroyed not just one life, but several lives. So there is no turning back. There is no magic eraser. It's done.
Until someone says something, the hate is only going to continue. People will continue to side with Snuff, and people will continue the hate on him, and people will continue to go after each other's throats. This whole war has spread so badly, it's got to be the worst I've ever seen on DA for the 6 years I've been here. What should have remained a spark turned into such a wildfire that it's done damage similar to that of a nuclear bomb; everything was destroyed in its wake. And I've seen some nasty wildfires on the news that happen each summer, but this was, by far, the worst.
Before I go, please take a look at this journal I created previously, which has four journals giving their two scents on the matter creativitynotreality.deviantar…
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope those that have made it this far have kept a Neutral Mindset. You're free to have your own opinion and choose whichever side you want. I'm not trying to blow anyone off, only stating what I've researched and my own opinion on the matter. As of my side? Well, I would like to say it's still Mixed; not quite Neutral, not quite either side.