Jace Connors

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Aliases ParkourDude91, Jan Rankowski
Occupation Million Dollar Extreme satirist
Affiliations Million Dollar Extreme


Jace Connors, or ParkourDude91, is a fake internet personality run by Jan Rankowski who came to prominence in the media regarding GamerGate coverage when he sent threats to Brianna Wu and posted a video in which he wrecked his car, blaming it on Wu. At first he was thought to be mentally ill and delusional, but it was eventually discovered after a torrent of media articles that Jace Connors was not in fact a real person. During #GamerGate, the media had reported on what is known as the "Wu-pocalypse" hoax due to misinformation from both Jace, as part of the personality, and Brianna Wu, in lying about the restraining order, pretending that one was filed against "Jace" and then further extended in mid-February.

Before GamerGate

Jace Conners was a character that became internet famous in October of 2012 when his Deagle Nation videos and website were discovered by 4chan's /k/ board. The character Jace described himself as a "Retired US Marine" despite having never served in any real-world military. He was obsessed with Parkour, martial arts, and the Desert Eagle handgun, of which he owned a $20 plastic airsoft "replica" that he used to practice "gun kata." He was the "commander" of a self-professed "nation of gamers" consisting of parkour enthusiasts, stoners, and juggalos known as Deagle Nation. While many people believed him not to be a troll, just a daranged individual on the scale of Chris-chan, in early 2015 it was discovered that Jace was in fact a troll, ran by the satirist of a comedy group known as Million Dollar Extreme.[1]

"Wu-pocalypse"

On January 30th, 2015, a video was uploaded to the 'ParkourDude91' Youtube account titled 'Brianna Wu tried to assassinate me via street racing'

On Friday, January 30 2015 I nearly died in a rollover after borrowing my mother's Prius to drive to Boston and make a video exposing Brianna Wu for her treachery in the games industry. While on the highway I was "Street Racing" by driving very quickly and challening other drivers, in order to sneak up on Wu un-noticed... Unfortinately she saw me coming and sabotaged my vehicle.

Website Author Article
Gawker Sam Biddle The Psychopaths of GamerGate Are All That's Left, and They're Terrifying
Jezebel Anna Merlan A Man Is Making Bizarre, Terrifying YouTube Videos About Brianna Wu
The Daily Dot Aja Romano Gamergate member threatens Brianna Wu with apparent parody video
Tech Times Nicole Arce Unstable #GamerGate Proponent Posts Weird, Threatening YouTube Video Against Brianna Wu
Patch Kasandra Brabaw Arlington Video Game Developer Victim of Death Threats, Harassment Online
Daily Kos "idledelitante" YT: Armed Gamergate-r Crashes Mother's Prius en route to Brianna Wu's House
Bustle Chris Tognotti Threats Against Brianna Wu By GamerGate Proponents Are Truly Out Of Control
Bustle Brianna Wu I'm Brianna Wu, And I'm Risking My Life Standing Up To Gamergate

Hoax Revealed

On February 14th, Null posted a tweet with an image showing a direct message with Jace's twitter account, in the screenshots it shows Jace claiming that he never went to court, and that her claiming otherwise was just for attention.[2] On February 23rd, the Kiwi Farms forums found Jace Connors to be probably a hoax, and therefore he did not truly exist as a person, so no restraining order could be filed against him. [3] After the Kiwi Farms thread, 8chan members began to look into who Jace Conners actually was, leading Jan Rankowski to come clean about his character. Later that day, the video "Faking Bad" was uploaded to the ParkourDude91 YouTube channel, revealing that "Deagle Nation" was over, and the final livestream would occur on February 25th at 6PM EST

On February 24th 2015, BuzzFeed's Joseph Bernstein interviewed Jan Rankowski about the Jace Character, after Rankowski felt that GamerGate supporters who were looking into the possibility it was a hoax the week prior got too close for comfort. It was also revealed that the restraining order against "Jace" by Brianna Wu was never filed, as the authorities could not locate the man given that he did not exist. Despite the fact that it was never approved, she implied that it was active in both interviews and on social media. [4] [5]

Website Author Article
BuzzFeed News Joseph Bernstein GamerGate’s Archvillain Is Really A Trolling Sketch Comedian
The Verge Adi Robertson A violent, delusional Gamergate psychopath is actually a comedian's terrible hoax
PCGamesN Jeremy Peel GamerGate figurehead turns out to be satirist, becomes harassment target
Ars Technica Sam Machkovech GamerGate troll turns tail after receiving harassment of his own
New York Post Michael Blaustein ‘It was all a joke': Gamergate villain says online threats were satire
MCV Ben Parfitt Gamergate figurehead outed as spoof, becomes harassment target
Int. Business Times Ben Skipper GamerGate harasser Jace Connors is a parody character and his creator is scared for his life
Int. Business Times Edward Smith GamerGate abuse is rooted in insecurity
Gawker Sam Biddle Psychopath Who Harassed Brianna Wu: Just Kidding!
Jezebel Anna Merlan Man Who Terrorized Brianna Wu For Months Says He Was Just Kiddin Around
Huffington Post Repost from Bustle I'm Brianna Wu, and I'm Risking My Life Standing Up to Gamergate
Flavorwire Alison Herman The Jace Connors Fiasco Shows That Gamergate Is Beyond Satire
The Mary Sue Victoria McNally Gamergate Supporter Who Threatened Brianna Wu Revealed To Be A Parody Character, Is Still An Asshole
Bustle Chris Tognotti GamerGate YouTuber Who Threatened Brianna Wu Says He Was Joking, & Now "Jace Connors" Is In Trouble
Portland Press Herald Ray Routhier Mainer Jan Rankowski says in interview he was in controversial GamerGate video

References


  1. Lolcow Wiki - Jace Conners (archive)

  2. Tweetsave - Null on Twitter: Jace claims that Brianna Wu did not file... (archive)

  3. Kiwi Farms Forums - Archive of 'Jace Connors is probably a hoax' (No archive given)

  4. Bustle - I'm Brianna Wu, And I'm Risking My Life Standing Up To Gamergate - Brianna Wu (No archive given)

  5. TweetSave - TweetSave of Giant SpaceKat 'We're happy to say, the restraining order has been continued...' (archive)
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