I was pleasantly surprised to see Buzzfeed throwing its weight into investigating the identity of Examiner.com's notorious “Angela Cheng,” a figure who has written some of the most vitriolic (and untrue) garbage about celebrities that I've ever read.
“She” is unfairly mischaracterized as “anti-Gaga,” however. “Angela Cheng” and her ilk at Examiner.com are not anti-Gaga, they are pro-click. In fact, as I wrote last year, Cheng was previously a rabidly pro-Gaga fan who was hellbent on defaming Madonna. She was, you may recall, the person who popularized the sentiment that Madonna “helped spread AIDS.”
I wanted Madonna to sue “her” back then. Madonna is not litigious—ain't nobody got no time for that—but if she'd sued over Cheng's wildly libelous statements, the suit may have at least forced Examiner.com to admit that it has very little control over what its uniformly untalented, incurious “writers” post. I was most shocked, in Buzzfeed's piece, to discover that Examiner.com even has a policy against defaming people. That would seem to directly contradict its business model of the past few years. It took high-profile goading from Buzzfeed for Examiner.com to finally remove Cheng's entire oeuvre...but, of course, the damage has already been done.
It should be embarrassing for Perez Hilton that he congratulated “Cheng” on a job well done. I think the theory that “Cheng” = Hilton is not without merit, though he has flatly denied it.
The Internet is already rife with idiots malevolently and anonymously slurring anyone and everyone, we don't need a massive Web site encouraging and profiting from it.
I wish anyone defamed by Examiner.com (Bill Werde of Billboard is an individual unjustly maligned) would unite and sue it back into the Stone Ages. Or at least back to the print days, when people were held accountable for the information and misinformation they chose to put out into the world.
Bottom line: Lady Gaga's biggest troll is actually just a click-happy hack...and one who's probably making a living, albeit somewhat meagerly, off of your outrage.