Simon & Schuster’s Facebook page has been sabotaged by the furious Internet vigilantes who believed a (false) rumor that S&S had signed a book deal with Casey Anthony. The rabid internet watchdogs have filled S&S’s comments section with calls to boycott the publishing house.
One commenter, a blond named Rina Hartman, showed particular dedication.
On a post about a reading by Jennifer Weiner on July 12:
“YOU KNOW WHAT I CAN’T WAIT FOR? TO START BOYCOTTING YOU,,, THERE ARE LOTS OF OTHER GREAT CHOICES OUT THERE WHO WILL NOT GIVE A DEAL TO BABY KILLERS LIAR MOM.”
On a post about Rick Springfield’s memoir Late, Late at Night:
“LATE LATE AT NIGHT THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS LOOKING FOR LITTLE CAYLEE”
On a post for the unfortunately-titled mystery novel No Rest for the Dead:
“TOO BAD THERE IS NO REST FOR THE DEAD LIKE THAT PRECIOUS LITTLE GIRL CAYLEE….. SHAME ON YOU SIMON AND SHISTER”
On Jana Harris’s Horses Never Lie About Love:
“I WISH A HORSE WOULD WISK BABY KILLERS FAMILY FAR FAR AWAY AND MAKE THEM FALL OFF THE HORSE AND DIE”
The hundreds of furious comments forced S&S to post “An update to our fans regarding rumors about Simon & Schuster: we are not publishing, and have never intended to publish, any book by Casey Anthony, her family, or any member of her team.” This got 377 “likes.”
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