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Former Harry Potter fan-podcaster does not take rejection well

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This was the weirdest blast from the past today. Mugglecast was like, the first podcast I ever subscribed to, and I was surprised to this story about one of the former hosts kind of going off the deep end, harassing this woman on Twitter.

Little more context:
Grace Spelman was minding her own business on Twitter when a man whom she'd Facebook-friended at age 14 during her Harry Potter fandom days decided that, after seven years, he wanted to interact with her. Ben Schoen had hosted a popular podcast called "MuggleCast," and is listed as a co-founder of the wildly popular Harry Potter fandom site MuggleNet. Spelman said she believes he saw her on the Daily Dot's list of funny women tweeters, and realized they were friends on Facebook.

A little over a week ago, he followed her and sent her a tweet initiating contact, which she politely favorited but did not respond to. He kept tweeting at her, and she didn't answer. But instead of taking the hint that she didn't want to talk to him, things escalated really, really quickly.

Is There Any Right Way to Reject a Guy?

Start with a couple tweets:


then move on to Facebook...
Get angry...

Then, apologize.

And finally, get angry again when you get called out (she's a writer for Buzzfeed)

Grace Spelman ‏@GraceSpelman Aug 17
The moral of the story is: When a guy starts to hit on you, never politely tell him you’re seeing someone else.
 

Strictly

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There's so much fish in the sea. What is wrong with guys like this?

Getting rejected is all in the game - why get mad? You're supposed to learn this when you're 16/17, smh.
 

Ninja Scooter

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There's so much fish in the sea. What is wrong with guys like this?

Getting rejected is all in the game - why get mad? You're supposed to learn this when you're 16/17, smh.

Entitlement complex and a complete lack of social skills.. They think simply being nice and complementary of girls means said girls have to like or love them back.
 

Kama_1082

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How cringe worthy, holy shit.


If this is how he acts, I couldn't imagine the outrage he had if he was spoiled by finding out Snape killed dumbledore.
 

DoktorEvil

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bet he owns a plethora of fedoras

His response to the Daily Dot:

I have done more for the cause of advancing women's rights than any of the people who are criticizing me. This so-called crisis is manufactured by Ms. Spelman as a way to increase her profile as a social justice warrior. I grew up without a father and I spent years protecting my mother from scummy men and dealing with all of the difficulties that come with not having a male role model. Am I rough around the edges? Sure. Am I a predator? Absolutely not. If you read the email I sent Ms. Spelman it was not threatening and was filled with apologies. I even offered to connect her with people who could help her career. I had no interest in continuing contact with her afterwards since I was offended by the manner in which she ended our interaction. I represent no threat to her and her painting me into a villain and sending all of her sycophants after me is incredibly disappointing and immature. My attorney tells me I have a case already but I'm not going to go that route unless Ms. Spelman continues to attempt to unjustly tarnish my image."

If the fedora fits...
 

LyleLanley

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She rejected him in possibly the nicest way possible and he still went absolutely crazy. There was no winning for her.
 

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This is just like when Ron asked Hermione to the dance but she was totally already going with Viktor Krum.
 

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Entitlement complex and a complete lack of social skills.. They think simply being nice and complementary of girls means said girls have to like or love them back.

Beware the "nice" guys...they are the scary ones

makes you almost prefer the guys who let you know up front how little they actually care about you ;)
 

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I would recomend he
masturbates
before sending any woman he likes a message. That should take the edge off I suppose.
 

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He's currently having a meltdown on Twitter.
He's currently at the "false flag" stage of said meltdown:

benschoen ‏@benschoen 2m2 minutes ago
What is happening is not real life. This was a manufactured crisis by @GraceSpelman to raise her profile. She succeeded, congrats!
 

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Entitlement complex and a complete lack of social skills.. They think simply being nice and complementary of girls means said girls have to like or love them back.

The best thing that happened to me and my friends at that age was the older college guys dropping knowledge that it is a numbers game. You say hello, she rebuffs, then you say have a nice day and walk away. Onto the next one.

Schools should start teaching a class for guys on this subject, lol
 
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