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“Rally for Resignations” Social Media Hacked

The September 15 “Rally for Resignations” materialized due to an incredible grassroots effort by event organizers, which largely relied on social media to publicize the rally. However, soon after the rally began on Saturday morning at Old Main, the group’s Facebook and Twitter accounts were compromised by someone who clearly won’t be wearing Joe Paterno t-shirts anytime soon.

The hacker first made his presence known by way of the Facebook page to a picture of pedo bear and the Joe Paterno statue.

It only went downhill from there…

The hacker went on to post several more offensive Penn State photoshop jobs, accompanied by equally reprehensible messages, including these two examples:

“Seriously, for a such a smug, self-righteous cult, you people are too fucking easy. That’s what happens when you don’t think for yourself and put all your self-worth into the fraudulent image of a power hungry, image obsessed and venal old man.

He was exposed for what he was and is now the national disgrace he always deserved to be. End the denial and move on. Rodney Erickson and your Board of Trustees are, under very trying circumstances, doing their best to restore some semblance of decency in your university. Support them or get out of the way.”

There are many more examples of this drivel that you can read on the group’s Facebook page, but if anything, this is just another example at the general lack of middle ground people express when talking about the Penn State scandal.

On one hand, you have a group of alumni who want every key decision maker at Penn State to resign. They believe that President Erickson should have rolled the dice and risked the death penalty, and that Joe Paterno shares no responsibility in allowing Sandusky to roam free for a decade. They wear “We Are Because You Were T-Shirts” and think that mindlessly commenting on internet message boards will somehow change people’s opinions on Penn State.

On the other hand, you have people like the person who hacked this Facebook page, who believe Joe Paterno was a sick, demented man and that Penn Staters enabled pedophilia. They believe that Penn State is a bad school, look poorly at anyone with a Penn State degree because of the acts of a few, and won’t be satisfied until Penn State’s football program receives the death penalty. The sight of someone wearing Penn State hear enrages them, and they’ll never miss a chance to make the always-original “Pedo-State” joke.

Of course, neither of these divisions are correct, but the more stuff like this happens, the longer it will take for Penn State to recover.

The @resignpsubot Twitter account was also compromised, sporting the new description “09-15-2012 at 10am: The Rally For Resignations! Because WE ARE…..JUST. THAT. STUPID.”

Good one, dude.

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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