Pando Daily’s Paul Carr falsely accused me of sexism and racism in a fact free hit piece he wrote but has hired a violent misogynist.
The purpose of the post is to malign Uber CEO Travis Kalanick for supposedly associating with a racist and a sexist because he replied to my tweet.
But Carr has actually hired Mark Ames, an admitted and violent misogynist, who writes about browbeating a woman into getting an abortion, raping Russian girls, and assaulting women.
Carr’s decision to bring Ames with him from Carr’s failed venture, NSFW, to Pando shows just how hollow and ridiculous all the concern about anti-tax company Uber’s “safety” record is.
Carr’s decision to hire Ames repeatedly shows that his claims of worrying about the physical safety of another Pando editor-in-chief — Sarah Lacy — are disingenuous. Mathematically Lacy’s far more likely to be sexually assaulted or harmed by a co-worker than she would be in an Uber car.
Blogger Freddie DeBoer has already exposed how disgusting Ames is.
Here’s Ames on raping Russian girls.
Russian women, especially on the first date, expect you to rape them. They’ll go back home with you and say, ‘No, no, no,’ and if you’re an American, you’ve been trained to respect the ‘No,’ because you’re afraid of sexual harassment or date rape, and so you fail over and over. But it took me a while to learn you really have to force Russian girls, and that’s what they want.
Here’s Ames talking about sexually assaulting women and pressuring a girl into getting an abortion.
And this is the work environment Ames created for women at The Exile.
[Paul] started off by trying to charm [Yulia], and she led him on with her inviting laugh, one hand on her chin, big green eyes looking up…. Within a month, he was literally chasing Yulia down the hallway to try to get her to kiss him…. Kara and Marcus had to watch this every day: eXile guys chasing women in the office up the walls, into stalls…. Paul fucked the first sales girl he hired, Lyuba, a silicon-lipped 19-year-old blonde. She quit a few weeks later. He fucked [everyone] but his ex, Kara. With her you just asked for money.
We have been pretty rough on our girls. We’d ask our Russian staff to flash their asses or breasts for us. We’d tell them that if they wanted to keep their jobs, they’d have to perform unprotected anal sex with us. Nearly every day, we asked our female staff if they approved of anal sex. That was a fixation of ours. “Can I fuck you in the ass? Huh? I mean, without a rubber? Is that okay?” It was all part of the fun
Page 153, written from Ames’s perspective:
..Katya sat on my lap and told me she had some exciting news: she was pregnant, and I was the father!
I panicked. Children are my worst nightmare–worse than worst…
“No, Katya, you don’t understand. I cannot have a child. I do not like children. I hatethem. They disgust me, physically.”
“But I can’t have an abortion,” she pleaded. “I was told that if I did, I’d never be able to have a child.”
I knew she was bluffing, so I countered with the RU-486 pill. I offered to fly to France, pick one up, and bring it back for her. “It’s totally safe,” I cheerily offered.
“I can’t do that,” she said. ‘I can’t kill our child.”
Right then, I stared at Katya with a look–I’m not sure how it appeared to her, but in my mind, I was starting to contemplate two courses of action: murder, or AWOL.
“What will you do, kill me?” she said, laughing nervously.
“Maybe, yeah,” I replied. “I’ll throw you off my balcony. I’ll make it look like an accident.”
She started to cry, but I was relentless. I told her that if she had the child, she would be killing me, so it was an act of self-defense. And if I didn’t kill her, then I would flee Moscow and she’d never find me….I was relentless. I attacked her the Russian way: I wore her down for hours during the KGB interrogation-style…
At 5:30 the next morning, Katya, acting the martyr, quietly slipped out of my apartment, made a beeline to the abortion clinic, and sucked the little fucker out.”
I would call all of this a hostile work environment, personally.
In case you think this is all just from one text, I would point you in the direction of this blog post, which aptly summarizes both the journalistic value and reeking misogyny of the old Exile.For example:
A columnist for the Moscow Times (a rival expat paper) who wrote about lifestyle and domestic issues came under frequent attack from Taibbi and Ames. She was certainly guilty of the false piety and moralizing that infected so much of the American attitude toward Russia at the time, but The eXile’s reaction to her was telling. The columnist was derided for being unattractive, not sufficiently feminine, with added speculation about her malformed teeth and malodorous vagina.
Ames actually works at the company lecturing Uber about mistreating women even though there’s no evidence that riding in an Uber car is actually less safe than riding in a taxi.
Paul Carr’s response when confronted with all of this? Meditations on Misogyny is a “satire.”
Could you get any more dishonest?
I admire Travis Kalanick and think what he’s doing is making the world a better place.
I frankly think it’s saved lives by reducing the numbers of people driving drunk.
Gotnews.com and I make a commitment to crushing these assholes who make the world a worse place.
You might even say, as others have, that Gotnews.com is the Uber of journalism.