(UPDATE) Douchebag ‘Bro Sends Me An E-mail To Mansplain How I Don’t Understand The Rape Culture Of Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs Rape Case Victim Blaming



As a writer on the Internet I get a lot of e-mails. A lot. Back in the day when I used to write for print I rarely got letters, but writing on the Internet is a totally different medium, and all our readers have to do is fire off an e-mail giving me their opinion on something I’ve written. I really love this part of my job, and even when someone disagrees with me I appreciate someone taking the time to do so in a polite, articulate manner. Plus, sometimes people send me placenta drawings.

This weekend I received an e-mail from one of our readers, a 19-year-old named Dylan Fanelli who took issue with an article I wrote about an alleged rape that has occurred in Tarpon Springs Florida and the rape culture social media aspect surrounding the case. I have included Dylan’s e-mail in bold, and my response on what he has written below:

I recently looked at an article in the tampa bay times concerning jared and noticed a very rude article title on mommyish.com that caught my interest so I decided to read it,

Hey Dylan ! Thanks for reading. I always appreciate when people read my work, especially concerning rape and rape culture and how alarmed I am at how teens are discussing rapes and alleged rape cases on social media.

being a 2012 graduate from tarpon high and being the man accused of rape last year when I did not commit that crime nor was i punished due to me telling the police the true story and them using evidence to find out i told the truth, while the girl who accused me lied to them.

Wait.. whaaaaaaat? So Dylan, you were also accused of rape but all you had to do was tell the police your side of the story and they decided all was cool and you didn’t really rape the girl who said you raped her because the girl was a “liar?” Mmmm – kay. I’m not 100 percent sure that a guy previously accused of rape is someone who fully understands rape culture — but if you say you didn’t really rape that girl and the police fully investigated this then I will take your word for it. But just so you know, I turned on my Google machine and Internet creeped you anyway.

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  • russie

    Eve, I haven’t even read past page one yet, but, already, I’m thinking that you’re friggin AWESOME!
    i LOVE that you did the research and posted the tweet because that, in itself, just shows what a fu*king idiot (and embarrassment to the Italian culture) this ass-wipe is.
    i’ll continue reading, however, during the entire time (and probably long after – and I hope he’s reading this), I will wish that, for some reason, this kid gets himself into a situation where he’s surrounded by angry people wielding long, hard objects that easily (although with some pain), fit into his rectum. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/greerelizabethphillips Greer Phillips

    Holy shit. Eve, you are my hero.

  • nada

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! Thank you thank you thank you. This is simply wonderful, great to read.

  • Douglas Mario Enriquez

    LOL this kid is such a douche I hope they give him the super extra slippery soap in jailz

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  • Jenny :)

    Just would like to let everyone know that ALL the charges got DROPPED! Have a nice day :D

    • whiteroses

      And that in no way, shape, form or fashion changes the fact that he is symptomatic of a larger problem that needs to be addressed.

  • thisarticlesucks

    This is the most one sided article i have ever seen Fox News does a better job of reporting, you show twitter statuses that are completely irrelevant and a photo of him passed out…. i don’t understand the joy you get of putting a 19 year old on blast like this over the internet the only real douchbag is the writer of this shit excuse for a article and if you really think girls haven’t falsely accused guys of rape you need a brain check . Fanelli is a good friend of mine and to see you guys make a mockery of him is pathetic

    • Very Cold Dude x10

      You mad brah?

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