Everyone is special, some are just more special than others.

If you're not prepared to hear a sad sad story stay away from this episode of Special People Club,
because it is a real tear-jerker.
Welcome Matt the Traitor.

When this all first went down more than 2 months ago I was so sickened by it I just wanted to forget it even happened. But for some unknown reason I remembered it today and decided that the story had to be shared so that it wouldn't happen again to someone else.
It all began with an email from an excited fan named Matt and the video he received in his mailbox the week prior.

Matt's letters are in yellow, mine are in black & white, and the maroon sidebar on the right is me trying to sort my way through the agony of it all.

Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Dear Bob,

We were very pleased with your website! We found much humor in your website! I really enjoyed your art too! We do not push our belief system on others and respect others way of religion and spirituality. (NOT PUSHY CHRISTIANS) We do not tolerate and despise solicitors that knock on our door with pamphlets and such.

To make a long story short... In the past week, there has been a large Christian Religious movement based out of California that has raised literally, "Millions" to distribute a LIFE OF JESUS Video to EVERY SINGLE HOME on the Islands of Hawaii. Eventually every home in the US.(Imagine how many people you could feed or house in these tough times!!!???) The organization is, WWW.JESUSHAWAIIPROJECT.ORG By the end of this month, EVERY HOME will have one of these grossly appalling and exaggerated videos in their mail-box. (We received ours yesterday). I went to the website (On The Video) mentioned above and read about the project they have planed with the pushy-used car salesman approach to preaching their belief and viewed some of the feedback. Then to find out that only 10% of the videos have been distributed the other 90% at the end of this month. They are planning to send out almost 500,000 tapes just in Hawaii. So furious, I purchased THEIR domain name, WWW.JESUSHAWAIIPROJECT.COM. As you are aware, this is the standard on the web and many accidentally type the extension, ".COM" instead of ORG I would like to forward it to your site! Please let me know ASAP if this is ok with you as I really appreciate your websites approach.

(500,000 hits wont hurt you either???) The purpose of this email is the principle that the, "JHP" violates others rights of privacy and others right of religious freedom by delivering a, "JESUS VIDEO" it to every households mailbox and not in person. They are simply negating the right of refusal. Please let me know ASAP if you would like to assist me in this endeavor as of now it is linked! I look forward in hearing back from you!

Regards,
Matt
fashionturn@hawaii.rr.com

The Jesus Hawaii Project
This first letter from Matt was wonderful! Inspired and stubborn,

I love seeing others making an effort and sacrificing (even if it's just a little) to make a difference.

Matt had a wonderful idea: Hijack the ".com" option for some religious site that uses .org or .net and make a mockery of it there.

•Venessa's art teacher told her that "most people are only going to have one or two great ideas in their whole life time, but as an artist you'll have hundreds".

Something tells me that this was Matt's one good idea... and he's going to blow it big time.

Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Yes, do it! Sounds like a working plan to say the least!

I see you've already done it to Jesus Dress Up. Thank you very much. Do you suppose that's better than linking it to NormalBobSmith.com? If I get a lot of response in regards to the tape I may even create an inviting intro page specifically for the Hawaii Project guests.

Thank you.
That was a very good idea.
Bob

It was such a thrill to see Jesus Dress Up at this URL!
I was already
counting my chickens.
I envisioned a site sculpted and designed exactly like the Hawaii Project's except with my own devious twist. It would have been fantastic.

Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 18:42:44
Dear Bob,

I think linking to NormalBobSmith is too intrusive at this time but the Crucifix is SO FUNNY I JUST HAD TO!!! I think I may switch the forwarding to your GOD prayer site in a few days!

I want it to be subtle at first... when they click YOUR "NBS" link at the bottom and see your site in its entirely, Shit will hit the fan!!! Esp... You playing the devil!

Please keep me informed as this may stir up much controversy and possibly news. (I have friends in media) I will do the same in return.

Ultimately, this will be an interesting venture... I am simply the middle man directing the traffic. There are 3 different sites that I will be rotating on a bi-weekly basis... "YOUR SITES", http://teachingsofthebuddha.com and http://bismikaallahuma.org/Jesus/deny.htm

Glad to know you! Keep in touch any time and LIVE LIFE!

Matt
fashionturn@hawaii.rr.com


Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 18:26:37
Nice!

P.S. I was going to ask what your Magnetic Fridge Labels would cost in volume? let me know, I think I would like to sell them! (We have a couple of web sites)

P.S. Your art is in the same realm as Tim Burton with your OWN FLAVOR! Good Stuff! (Danny Elfman was an old friend of mine)

Regards, Matt
fashionturn@hawaii.rr.com

P.S. Post all you want related to the subject, but Please keep my name confidential as Hawaii is a small town.

You can call me "John Jones...."

LOL


Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 10:04:12
I know that I'm a bit partial but I think Jesus Dress Up is clearly the funniest of the links. Did you consider linking this version? Now that'd be funny!

Thanks, Bob

Christ, he's making me look like such a putz here. He lays it on so thick.

Who wouldn't be into this whole prank?

He's getting me all worked up here with all the name dropping, "friends in the media" shit, and over-the-top friendly banter, I should have seen this coming. He sounds like a tool, I just couldn't see it yet.

Oh, and so many cute P.S.'s now that we're partners in crime! Maybe it's possible to make best friends in less than a day!

Finally someone to share the load! The friend / accomplice / idea man I always wanted on the NET!

Wow, and just yesterday I didn't even know him! He makes me look like such a tool. How could I have been so gullible?

"LIVE LIFE" my ass.
Tim Burton would be so disappointed.

I especially hate it when I have a good idea and it's taken away from me. I mean, can you imagine people typing in the address and pulling up Evil Jesus Dress Up?

Matt, you took that idea away from me. Now you must pay.

Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 09:01:04
Oh Bob... You are one sick one! NAMBLA?!?! LOL
I have linked it as of now! Thanks!

P.S. It may come down soon as they are making me an offer to me.

Matt
fashionturn@hawaii.rr.com

Here's where the sledge hammer hit me right in the stomach.

Including it as a "P.S." just adds insult to injury. Reading this now kinda makes me sick.

Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 14:42:51
You sold it to them?

I was as dumbfounded as the email looks. I couldn't believe

someone could change directions so abruptly.

Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 14:58:00
They offered initially $150. then $200. Have not turned it over yet...

Matt
fashionturn@hawaii.rr.com


Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 14:59:51
Don't sell it!
Remember how pissed you were? What happened? $200? You should hold out for at least $2,000. They'll pay if you post Evil Jesus Dress Up there.

As you can see I sent this email out as fast as humanly possible!

I thought I could reason with the man. Try and talk sense into him. Little did I know it was already too late. $200 is all it was going to take.

Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 15:16:51
I had it posted to your other dress up... You want it??? I will sell it to you for 199.99 You can do whatever you want with it!!! LOL

I think that It may loose value and hits in a couple of months is why I am bailing it....

Matt
fashionturn@hawaii.rr.com


Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 20:58:54
We've got hand! They want it because it's worth more! Don't sell out!


Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 21:00:53
Reread my hate mail! Don't forget where your roots are!


Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 21:08:35
Aw man! What about the cause? Is it hits you were after? It's not about hits it's about right and wrong! Are you repenting too?


Your comments and feelings are welcome.

And that did it. I went to the URL and it directed me to their main site (.org).

The game was over and he was laughing at me (LOL). There was nothing I could do, nothing more I could say.

I think I was most irked by the fact that this fan of mine who felt the cause and related to my purpose had no problem selling out.

Yes, that's what it is; selling out. Now do you see how ugly it can be? I suppose you just have to feel it first hand like I did to really know how wrong it is.


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