Frank Taaffe admits he uses Trayvon Martin’s death for fame: An Email
Hi Nothing! I mean…Reader. Hi Reader. As you know, the post I wrote about Frank Taaffe was supposed to be a one-off which received little or no attention due to being outside of the normal subject area of this blog. However, in the comments section of that post, a storm brewed for weeks, and Frank Taaffe himself has decided to come out from under his rock and post at my little ol’ blog. Before you run over to the post to read the comments, you should know that I deleted the ones from Taaffe as well as from a person who knew him well. They were slinging some serious mud and I had some very real concerns about the welfare of those involved. I did ask Frank Taaffe in an email why, instead of addressing the content of my blog, he instead chose to attack a commenter in a classic diversion tactic. F.Taaffe emailed me with a few choice words in response. Just one sentence. Just 34 words. And yet, I think it says quite a bit about F. Taaffe. Here is the email in full:
Yes u run a excrement filled site of nothings who will never be able to even imagine the noteriety [sic] I have enjoyed with plenty more to come stay tuned mr yearbook editor wanna be
Dashed off from a mobile device, it looks like F. Taaffe just couldn’t control himself. As my reader probably has some science background, he or she is probably wondering if this is really an email from Frank Taaffe, and I don’t blame you. I wondered the same myself. While I was able to confirm the email address from two separate sources, there remains a tiny sliver of possibility that it was not him. But at this point, it seems pretty darned likely that either F. Taaffe sent this to me himself or someone hacked his account. I’m going with the former, with the potential that someone *coughTaaffe* may try to claim the latter.
Let’s do a little pop psych* on this missive from the Sunshine State. First, we have the author pulling out the big guns with the use of the word “excrement”, which I know my reader is aware is merely a two-dollar word for shit. I doubt that F. Taaffe, real or fake, has spent more than 5 minutes reading this blog so I’ll take that with a grain of salt. But as several of us have discussed here, F. Taaffe likes to use big words (usually incorrectly) to puff himself up. It doesn’t work, Frank, JSYK. In the last part of the email, I am called a yearbook editor wannabe. Is this an insult? I’m not entirely sure. To all of the yearbook editors out there, keep at it (while fully realizing that print media is in serious jeopardy and that you should seriously consider scrapping that journalism major)**. The email indicates that my reader and I are both “nothings”, which is not strictly accurate, either. The blog is here. You are reading it. Therefore, by definition this blog and my reader cannot be the absence of something.
Anyway, as my reader is undoubtedly aware, and as with an oreo, it’s what is in the middle that really counts. And this is where I have to get serious. Frank Taaffe is crowing about the “noteriety” he has enjoyed over the death of a 17-year-old child. When I read this part of the email, it actually hit me like a punch. Countless commenters here and elsewhere have asserted that F. Taaffe was on his media tour for shameless self-promotion, but I have to admit I was on the fence. I felt there was a chance that F. Taaffe was acting as a hero in his own mind; that he was not necessarily out there to promote himself but to support his friend, George Zimmerman. This email indicates otherwise.
I find it nothing short of disgusting that F. Taaffe is proud of his “noteriety”. One definition of notoriety is “the state of being known for some unfavorable act or quality“. I’d say that sums up F. Taaffe pretty darned well–and it’s not something that a normal human being would want to put on his resumé. Not only does this email leave the impression that the F. Taaffe is blissfully unaware of and/or unrepentant about his racist beliefs, he also seems to be proud of the fact that a large portion of the United States views him as ignorance personified. This pride in notoriety would indicate quite strongly that this is a man who never achieved much in life, so all he has to hang his hood on is the fact that newscasters call him when they need someone to kick around. The author of the email thinks that this makes him “something”. It makes him “something” all right. Perhaps a piece of excrement. And it certainly gives us an excellent picture of the type of people with whom George Zimmerman surrounds himself. Not the type of people who would regret the killing of a young man; but rather, people who would in the most vile way imaginable use that killing for their own ill-gotten gains.
One thing Taaffe was right about: there was more notoriety to come, in the form of his DUI arrest on July 28th, 2012.
*I am not a psychologist, psychiatrist, astrologist, or homeopath; therefore, I do not claim to have expertise in the diagnosis or treatment of mental disorders.
**This should be interpreted as sympathy for the plight of journalists, whom I admire greatly.