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Rebel Pundit has received the following threatening letter via our YouTube account message inbox, from a YouTube user known as stephaniepinta.

Concerning one of your videos
You have a video of a gentleman at the tea party rally in Chicago this past tax day (Monday). I am requesting that you please remove it from Youtube as well as your website “rebelpundit.com“. If nothing is to be done on your side to remove this material from the internet, actions will be taken to make sure this video is removed and negative repercussions may follow.  It is quite evident that you were harassing this man, and there is no evidence of a video/photo release statement. If this video is not taken down in a timely manner, please be aware that you will be contacted again quite soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please send them to my email account: stephaniepinta@gmail.com.

On Tuesday April 19th, 2011 we posted a video on YouTube.com and RebelPundit.com of an interview with a counter protester at the Chicago Tax Day Tea Party, a public event held at Daley Plaza, a public square in downtown Chicago. We noticed the “gentleman” in the interview prominently and proudly displaying a very large poster board sign with the words “TEA PARTY SUCKS” in large black letters written in black marker. So we decided to ask him some questions about why he thinks the “TEA PARTY SUCKS”. We approached the “gentleman” seen in the video below, with a video camera in plain sight and began to question him. He engaged in the conversation, answering our questions, although hardly making any sense, and called Tea Party members as well as myself, names like “idiots” and “a**holes”.

**Update** Youtube has removed our original upload of this video. The video below has been uploaded on other channels and sites on the internet, and will remain embedded here. We believe this is outrageous behavior and a giant mistake on the part of Youtube. More developing… (4/30/2011)

Please allow us to be very clear. At Rebel Pundit we do not appreciate threats against our First Amendment rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution or our right to publish freely under section 4 of the  Illinois Constitution. Perhaps the “gentleman” in the interview should have thought a little bit harder about his own personal choice to show up at a public protest on public property with a large sign publicly voicing his opposition to the event. Perhaps that “gentleman” also should have considered a different method or approach to contacting us, such as a friendly note, explaining his embarrassment and sincere regrets over his comments toward us, and the way the interview went. Rather than have “someone” send such a threatening letter. Had that been the case, we would have given very serious consideration to that request.

However, due to the nature of this threatening letter, Rebel Pundit has no intention of removing the video from YouTube.com or our site www.rebelpundit.com. This is newsworthy and yet another substantial case pointing to an important link we have noticed, indicating that people who don’t like the Tea Party also appear to be mentally imbalanced. We recommend you refrain from further poor judgement. We also kindly request you cease and desist from any further threats or actions against us and our right to publish freely.

13 Responses

  1. HLong

    Did we elect a “Stephanie Pinta” as the internet police and someone failed to tell me?

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  2. Dustin

    If she was making a legal threat, wouldn’t she have been more specific? As in, saying what legal theory she is operating under, and how she will proceed in the legal system if her demand isn’t met?

    The vagueness of her claims is pretty ominous, and it appears she meant for it to be. Maybe she is just an idiot who wanted some deniability about a legal threat, or maybe she wants to play thug. Either way, I have downloaded the video just in case it’s removed by youtube. It’s going to be on the internet 100 years from not. Steph has made that a certainty.

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  3. Steve

    Could Stephanie Pinta answer the question of whether the unhinged lefty in the video was a government worker protesting while being payed by the taxpayers?

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  4. Chip Bennett

    Here are some “actions” to be taken, Stephanie Pinta: go pound sand; and when you’re done with that, go take a long walk off of a short pier.

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  5. AMURRRICA

    “‎There comes a time in your life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all life is too short to be anything but happy.”
    — Karl Marx

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  6. Jenny

    Apparently Stephanie puta Pinta deleted her youtube account. Good for you for not bowing to her blind threats. You have every right to video record public events.

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  7. Stop Shouting!

    Good for you for standing your ground.

    It’s important that people actually SEE and HEAR just how unhinged these lunatics are — and understand just how toothless their “threats” are.

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  8. hispanicmom

    Rebelpundit, stay strong. Continue to be courageous and respectful. The truth will show the deranged liberals for what they are: bizarre. Keep up the good work!

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  9. JOE BLOW

    Hey man GOD BLESS OUR PRESIDENT your a Commie from USSR. GO BACK TO RUSSIA

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