How to Fight the Cancel-Culture Thugs

Blaine Pardoe

by Blaine Pardoe

I am an established, bestselling, award-winning, Virginia author. When my latest book was announced, a conservative political thriller titled, “Blue Dawn,” I brought down the wrath of the leftist cancel culture. A very small but vocal group of ‘fans’ tried to get one of my publishers of 36+ years to cancel its contracts with me and pull my books from publication.

Their leader claimed that I had hidden secret racist messages in the subtext of my novels, as crazy as that sounds. These people confronted me online and went after my publishers issuing demands for my purging from the publishing world. This over a book that they had not even read yet!

I did what you would do, I blocked these people. I thought they would get tired and go away. I was wrong.

One of them, using a fake online persona, contacted a fellow author/friend of mine and threatened my life. Other threats were emailed to me or sent as comments to my blog from this person.

I learned a lot through this process. I worked with law enforcement, hired lawyers, worked with security professionals in the field, and I fought back. These woke-warriors came after me as they had with hundreds, if not thousands of other conservatives. Our crime is one of not capitulating, not folding, not voluntarily censoring our thoughts or work.

I also learned how to fight these individuals, which is what I’d like to share with you.

The following are not hard and fast rules, but things you should consider if/when you become a target of these social justice warriors:

You are being watched. You may think silencing yourself on social media will help. It doesn’t. These people will not let up on you if you’re silent. They like the fact you refuse to comment or respond almost as much as if you did reply. Be yourself, but be aware that people are watching every word you type, every photo you post.

Don’t argue with your harassers online. They don’t care about your opinion or perspective. Their goal is to censor you or ruin your reputation. Logic doesn’t work with these social justice warriors because they equate their emotions with your facts and reality. You will never convince them they were wrong because they have already determined your guilt for whatever perceived injustice you represent.

Be prepared for labels. I was called things online that, frankly, I had to Google to figure out what they meant. These individuals love slapping labels on you, the more offensive, the better.

Don’t submit. If you do what they demand of you, they will only demand more. If you capitulate to their demands, you have essentially put them in the driver’s seat to your life.

Don’t assume your accusers are  who they say they are. My primary harasser claimed to be a lesbian nurse who was going to adopt children in November. It was pure identity theft on the part of this woke-warrior; he used someone’s photos to craft this fake persona. He wasn’t a female at all, nor a nurse. He didn’t just use this fake persona against me, but against hundreds of my fans, misleading them as to who he really was. Even when confronted with the truth, he refused to admit he had done anything wrong or apologize to people for misleading them. This tells you about the moral center of the people waging war online.

Takes threats seriously. It is tempting to say, “This is just internet banter.” I heard this a lot when all of this first started, almost two years ago. You must treat such threats as serious and dangerous. Ultimately, when I learned the identify of the person making my threat, I also learned he had been charged with harassment and had plead guilty to making terroristic threats at his last place of employment. Some players in the cancel culture are genuinely bad people who have committed crimes. Don’t blow off what you might think is an idle threat.

Document threats or intimidating messages. I have thick files of the things people have posted about me online, emailed me, or sent to my publishers. Friendly fans sent me tweets and posts from a number of other forums about what my harasser was saying about me online – and I kept it all. Print this stuff out and keep it because the moment law enforcement reaches out to them, online tormenters tend to purge the horrific things they said.

Get local law enforcement involved. One thing I did after getting the threat was to report it. This led to law enforcement helping identify the individual who was harassing me. Even the smaller police forces in Virginia have officers that are specialists in cybercrimes. They are invaluable allies in this process. Do what they recommend.

Understand Virginia’s a cyber-harassment law. It is illegal to harass individuals in our state — a Class One Misdemeanor with fines and jail time.

Consider procuring a PPO (Permanent Protective Order). In some states it is called a restraining order, but in Virginia it is a PPO. In Virginia, you start the process with either a Preliminary Protective Order or an Emergency one. These are short term and followed by a court date where you can make it permanent. I went through this process against my harasser with the assistance of a legal team, but that is not required in Virginia, nor is there a cost associated with securing them. For me, the PPO provided some peace of mind. While court orders will not stop someone from attacking or physically confronting you, it does make the courts aware of the issue and gives you remedies if the person violates the conditions of the order. Virginia has a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to violating protecting orders.

Take appropriate security precautions. I have tightened security at home and have other precautions in place to protect my home and family.

Pursue defamation lawsuits. Civil lawsuits are expensive, but if you feel your reputation has been damaged, there are remedies. When someone tries to interfere with your legal contracts, it may be construed as a conspiracy to restrict trade – which has legal implications as well. Talking to a lawyer with experience in defamation is a big step and highly useful. My own legal team did an outstanding job, and continues to do so, to protect me.

Make no mistake, this is going to cost you money and time. Likewise, it costs those that have gone after you considerable time and money as well, once you take a stand. Isn’t your reputation and peace of mind worth it? The cancel-culture thugs are counting on you capitulating, bowing to their demands, or outright surrendering. Sometimes what make you feel best during this kind of digital harassment is being defiant and taking a stand for what is right. This is about your values and your beliefs.

Blaine Pardoe is an author living in the Fredericksburg area. Find out more about him at his blog, Notes from the Bunker. His book, “Blue Dawn,” is available at

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68 responses to “How to Fight the Cancel-Culture Thugs”

  1. Peter Galuszka Avatar
    Peter Galuszka

    Sounds like contributing to Bacon’s Rebellion 🙂

    Who is Pardoe’s publisher? I can’t say I doubt what he says because I don’t know. It seems hard to imagine that lefties can hold that much influence.My publisher is St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan. They publish works of all political stripes (even Bill O-Reilly).

    1. vicnicholls Avatar

      Peter I disagree with you on issues, but there are 3 people on here that need to be investigated. You are not one of them. There is a difference between discourse, disagreement and downright unredeemable temper tantrums.

      1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        Oh…?? Do tell….

        1. LarrytheG Avatar

          “investigated” – by who , for what?


          1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            Vic wants to pursue a temper tantrum restraining order (aka TTPPO) maybe…?

          2. Stephen Haner Avatar
            Stephen Haner

            Could be me she means… 🙂

            I too would find this more credible with the name of the publisher. But no question this schist happens. Ha: Got it, but he did indicate he has more than one:

          3. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Ah, MPD. There are comment boards where people use multiple accounts to pile on and create really mutual adoration societies. There’s one guy here who compliments and agrees with you an awful lot. You ain’t he too, are you?

      2. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        Vic, prove you are he. Publish your SSN, and a credit card number.

      3. I do not think there is anyone posting here at BR who operates at a level even close to that of the stalker/harasser described in the article. The [alleged] actions of that person and his cohorts are in a completely different league from even the most disagreeable things posted here.

        Compared to a genuine campaign of harassment and threats, the comments people address to each other here are like love letters…

        1. Nancy Naive Avatar
          Nancy Naive

          Hey! Wait a minute. Let me finish my coffee. Dork! I added that just to be menacing.

          1. Okay. You have ten minutes to start providing some REAL harassment around here or I’m going to talk to Jim B about having you suspended until you prove you can up your game…


            PS – Very menacing…

    2. Eric the half a troll Avatar
      Eric the half a troll

      My take… somebody is trying to gin up controversy to sell his book…. nothing else.

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        I live in the same county and I have heard nothing about this on local news or other social media though I admit I don’t frequent those “social justice” groups…..

        1. Blaine Lee Pardoe Avatar
          Blaine Lee Pardoe

          The person leading this was not from Virginia. And Eric, your comment borders on crazy. I didn’t seek this out – these people came at me.

          1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
            Eric the half a troll

            It would only be considered crazy if it weren’t a regular thing these days. Just color me cynical… but with good reason…

          2. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Yeah, but how can we tell? BR readers are mostly old skeptics. Or, is that sceptics? Dyspeptic, maybe?

          3. All of the above?

          4. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Well, for the most part, they ARE gas filled buffoons, er, um, balloons.

          5. Hey, NN –

            Starting in about 5 minutes I’m going to be off the grid for a week or so.

            You take care of yourself and don’t hurt too many people’s feelings while I’m gone – unless you have to, of course…

          6. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Shoot! Missed a chance to say, “Buh-Bye.” Have a good time, I hope.

          7. I have no idea what this is or what it is supposed to mean, but it came up when I did a search for “dysceptic”.


          8. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            I LIKE IT. Reminiscent of the end of “Holy Grail”.

      2. DJRippert Avatar

        If so, it worked. I am now interested in reading Mr. Pardoe’s books! Prior to this post I had never heard of him.

        1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
          Eric the half a troll

          You know the old saying… “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”

    3. Blaine’s a prolific writer in the military history, science fiction, and true crime genres. His publication list and publishers are public knowledge.

  2. Steve Gillispie Avatar
    Steve Gillispie

    Very valuable and informative post.

    Not the least, you point out the intractability of the viciousness of these people, the folly of direct engagement, and the importance of doing everything possible to strip away their cherished anonymity and impoverish them as they are trying to do to others.

    We have 3 – 4 wannabes as consistent commenters here at BR who provide constant reminders of the their nastiness and the truths of this posting.

    1. Blaine Lee Pardoe Avatar
      Blaine Lee Pardoe

      I am used to the detractors. None of this is about being thin-skinned. It’s about targeted harassment.

      1. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        Google SLAPP. While the appoach is usually associated with trying to silence legitimate detractors, it can be used to uncover identities and recover losses.

        FWIW, in the early 2000s, a Yahoo! commenter using an alias actually sued another anonymous poster after threats and harassment. I considered that pushing the envelope, but hey…

  3. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Might I suggest a nom de plume? Elouise Naive, pehaps?

  4. LarrytheG Avatar

    thug·ger·y and REAL “cancel culture” – if you don’t like online harassment, you’ll love this even less

    1. Publius Avatar

      Where? What is going on? How is what is being shown “thuggery?” Is anyone being beaten up? Threatened? Or is fighting a school board thuggery? (Which I am guessing this is what the picture is about, but who knows?)
      I would call mostly peaceful protests thuggery. Pulling down statues. Burning things. Trying to incinerate police stations. Using laser pointers to try to blind people. Blocking roads to force a “dilemma action.”

    2. DJRippert Avatar

      What a ridiculous comparison. A loud but apparently non-violent protest at what appears to be a public school board meeting vs. death threats against an individual author.

      Larry, you’ve lost it more than usual with this one.

      1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        Plenty of school board members have received violence and death threats in recent weeks.

      2. LarrytheG Avatar

        You and JAB are apparently blissfully unaware of the dozens of physical beatings that have occurred across the country.

        These “protests” involve physical confrontations and beatings both in school board meetings and at the schools themselves. Teachers are being attacked and beaten by these some of these idiots.

        And ya’l are not only not condemning it, you’re denying it happening!

        1. Publius Avatar

          Larry – “dozens of physical beatings?” Source?
          Did you read this article on BR?

          Unruly school board meeting = murder, burnings, statues toppling, trying to kill cops, random violence?
          Seems like in Larry science world, only Leftists are allowed to protest.
          The government can do no wrong, so shut up peasants?

          1. LarrytheG Avatar

            It’s more than “unruly”. School Board members and teachers, as well as voting officials and other public officials are being physically attacked – across the country.

            And the excuse is that other prior attacks have taken place.

            No excuses.

            It’s unacceptable – period.

            It’s not “protests” when people, individuals – are being physically attacked because of their role – as a teacher or elected official.

            take their sorry asses to court and then to jail – and no I don’t care what their political persuasion or complaint is, left or right.

            And yes, this behavior is being promoted and encouraged by social media and blogs and the like.

          2. Publius Avatar

            Sources Larry. Who has been attacked? Where? I am not approving of violence anywhere, but show me where it is happening?
            And the lamestream media didn’t promote actual, real, physical violence and property destruction? And you complain about mad parents? All those scary Moms protecting their kids?
            Was it OK for Jesus to overturn the moneychangers’ tables?
            There is a place for righteous anger – being mad at school boards is SCARY only if you hate having the truth about what you are “teaching” being exposed.
            And I guess you’re good with the FBI investigating all those dangerous Moms…

          3. LarrytheG Avatar

            It don’t take much to see the violence now going on – across the country teachers and other public officials are being physically attacked.

            This is not “protest” – it’s criminal behavior that deserves criminal charges and civil suits for monetary damages.

            Folks that do this need to go to jail and pay civil damages.

            It’s one thing to “protest” – even “unruly” protests, but it’s quite another to physically attack individuals – not over some personal disagreement but instead because of their roles as a teacher or elected officials.

            It’s basically hate crimes.

          4. Publius Avatar

            Sources? Where?
            Assault and battery should be charged as assault and battery…equally, under the law, everywhere.
            Where are these assaults taking place, Larry?
            Larry – if somebody was screwing with your family, your kids, your wife, your brother or sister, would you be angry? Or just shut up and take it because they’re from the government and here to help?
            From what I can tell on BR Larry – all the people on the “Right” side agree that protests should be kept peaceful and that lawbreakers should be charged with law breaking. Waiting to hear equal condemnation from the “Left”…
            But it seems like saying “BLM” but not actually meaning it with respect to crappy education, black on black murder, fatherlessness is the truth about Leftist good intentions. The Left prefers the slogan and having vote farms as opposed to caring about the people living in the hellholes… School choice anyone? Cross the teacher unions? Nah…let’s defund the police so black on black murder can increase!

          5. LarrytheG Avatar

            You’re confused when you equate an institution like public education with individual teachers and school board members.

            You do not attack individual people over their role or employment.

            You folks have lost your frigging minds and don’t seem to know the difference or care.

            You can – and should, show up at a meeting and other venues to give your view – but you are NOT entitled to disrupt the meeting nor threaten specific individuals or physically attack them.

            And the cure for that is the law both criminal and civil.

            You can pretend all you want that these attacks are not happening but
            these folks are going to end up in jail and on the back end of civil suits just like those idiots on Jan 6 are.

          6. Publius Avatar

            Sources Lar.
            Did you hear about the FBI involvement in “the insurrection?” The NYT finally caught up to that last Saturday…
            Not entitled to “disrupt” the meeting…Interesting. So you now disavow all Leftist BS astroturf activity? Sorry, Lar – you Leftists have been doing the Alinsky thing my whole life and when it is done back to you, peacefully and non-violently, you can’t stand it.
            How come all the “hate crimes” turn out to be hoaxes? Just not enough white supremacy supply to meet the fake demand…

          7. LarrytheG Avatar

            You don’t target individuals that you don’t even know over some supposed or made-up political grievance that has nothing to do with them personally.

            If you do that, you will rightly end up in jail and defending a civil suit and outted to your employer and likely lose your job – as should happen to you.

            If you don’t like government – then exercise your vote. When you cross the line and attack other people that you don’t even know – you’ve become a common criminal, no better than a street thug.

            The FBI had an informant in the Proud Boys, the heck you say… shades of Ruby Ridge! Isn’t that the job of the FBI to infiltrate these far right wackos to start with?

          8. Publius Avatar

            Nonsense – still no sources. Who has attacked anybody Larry?
            How come the FBI doesn’t use the same zeal for the Summer of Love as it has for January 6?
            How come 12 of the 18 Gretchen Whitmer plotters were FBIs?
            Obviously Lar – your MSNBC news feed hasn’t filled you in on the “insurrection” not being an insurrection and the legal PERSECUTIONS are falling apart. You’re good with political prosecutions?
            How come the IG came out with another report of 137 abusive FISA investigations? All OK when it’s your team doing it?
            How come the support wasn’t called in?
            Let’s try again Larry – should the laws be enforced equally? Should the same standards apply to all people? Come on…you can do it…denounce violence by the Left’s shock troops. Insist on prosecution.
            Oh, and is it OK for DementiaJoe to violate court orders? To not enforce existing laws he is sworn to uphold? Do you have a list of which laws don’t apply and which do?
            How come illegals don’t require the vax?
            Obviously, you don’t have any facts, just Dem talking points, otherwise known as lies, but you do you, Larry!

          9. LarrytheG Avatar

            How come? How come? How come?
            geeze guy… talk about what-about!

            You’re conflating again – out the wazoo and suggesting that as a justification to engage in anti-social, even illegal behaviors.

            You don’t get to decide that. That’s what we have the law for.

            If everyone used your reasoning, we’d have anarchy with every Tom, Dick and Harry running amok over some perceived wrong by the govt or similar.

          10. Publius Avatar

            Still waiting for sources Larry. Still waiting for you to affirm equal protection under the law. Still waiting for you to disavow violence by Leftists. Still waiting for you to disavow government abuse of power. Still waiting for you to acknowledge why it’s ok for Dems to not enforce some laws while insisting on throw the book law and order at people you disagree with politically. You are a partisan hack. You profess a deep uncritical belief in SCIENCE! except for when it contradicts the Left’s narratives.

          11. LarrytheG Avatar

            You can google for content and sources, guy. What’s harder is if you don’t believe them or worse, just pick and choose depending on which confirm your own biases.

            I’ve repeatedly disavowed all violence – and said so if you read – but I also reject justifying violence by conflating issues and using prior acts of groups as justification for personal attacks on individuals as now ongoing as well as other illegal acts justified as a response to early acts.

            That’s just plain old lawlessness and anarchy, which I realize is popular for some folks these days, but none-the-less a loser for most normal folks.

            ON science – on the contrary – there is no “left” or “right” to science except for the ignorant who do not understand nor want to understand science.

            Science at it’s essence is the simple effort to collect evidence, report it, and try to understand it collectively, with the proviso that even science will disagree and not achieve consensus on issues. That does not mean that science is wrong or incompetent, and it certainly does not mean to abandon people with academic background and credentials to then go believe “smart” people who have little or no academic background/credentials in the field under discussion.

            Some folks are unable to understand that or simply don’t want to if it doesn’t provide them what they want it to right now and on specifics.

            Science, for instance, does NOT “understand” cancer enough to defeat it entirely but over the years, they have learned more and more and are able to deal with some types of it while still not able to successfully deal with all types.

            This does not mean that science “fails” or is incompetent or wrong, and it certainly does not mean folks should go to the frauds and grifters selling laetrile and other “cures”.

          12. Publius Avatar

            Larry – you Google your non-existent stories. You were caught. And then you started changing the subject, asserting things have been said or implied which have not been, just like all the non-existent school board violence.

          13. LarrytheG Avatar

            All you need to do is GOOGLE ” teachers attacked” or “election officials threatened” and you’ll get this:

            ” Teachers reportedly endure physical assault, verbal attack by … › local › 2021/08/19
            Aug 19, 2021 — According to KPRC 2′s sister-station KSAT, one teacher at an Eanes Independent School District campus was physically assaulted by a parent and …

            Parent attacks teacher after mask dispute on first day of school › news › us-news › parent-at…
            Aug 13, 2021 — A parent attacked a teacher following a mask dispute on the first day of school, a California superintendent said.

            Parent attacks teacher over school mask mandate | TheHill › homenews › state-watch › 567891-…
            Aug 14, 2021 — A parent allegedly attacked a teacher Friday at a California elementary school over a dispute about wearing masks on the first day,

            Teacher attacked, hospitalized over mask dispute at California …”

            or “school board threatened over masking and CRT”

            and you’ll get a plethora of articles.

            It’s going on across the country and is promoted and encouraged on social media and by Conservative political groups and blogs – right here in BR.

          14. Publius Avatar

            Wow. Two stories! When did election officials attacked become part of the conversation? You know there were lots of people attacked for saying the stolen election was stolen…right?
            You believe in free speech as long as it doesn’t contradict your silly views?
            Why don’t you Google shootings in Dem cities every weekend? That’s thuggery. Parents objecting to their kids being taught lies, to hate, to be confused about sexuality is common sense and overdue.
            Also, all your stories were over masks. 330 million people and that’s it. And you know masks don’t work, right? The CDC study which VA follows says they don’t work…that maybe if you do everything right maybe they could help, but the only double blind study the CDC has from 2015 concluded they don’t work, but trust the experts!

          15. In a quick web search, I found numerous articles with headlines like “teacher attacked by parent” or “parent hits teacher”. Most of the articles were from various dates over various past years, but about 20 of them carried an August, 2021, date.

            However, every single one of those articles was about the exact same incident. In California, on or about August 13, 2021, some jackass parent allegedly hit a male teacher at a school, allegedly because he did not want his child to have to wear a mask.

            If anyone has links to additional recent incidents which I might have missed, I’d appreciate you posting them here. Since these attacks are occurring “across the country” as one commenter here has claimed, I should think it would be quite easy to provide links to dozens of incidents. Until then, though, the “occurring across the country” claim appears to me to be nothing but alarmist, boogie-man, exaggeration.

            PS – If the parent in California really did hit a teacher over a stupid mask then the parent needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  5. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    BTW, as opposed to BLM, the word “thug” is a racially charged word in certain venues, online blogs being one such venue.

    1. DJRippert Avatar

      Racially charged? Against whom? The Indian Thuggees from which the word is derived? Please. Spare me.

      1. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        Don’t read it and consider yourself spared, or do and consider yourself enlightened, woke if need be.

    2. “Assassin” is as racially charged as “thug.” Let’s cancel that word, too!

      Why stop there? Let’s strip the English language of all the words it culturally appropriated from India, the Middle East, China, Japan, Africa, and native Americans! There are thousands of them. It’s a big job. Let’s get cracking!

      Meanwhile, let’s demand that other languages stop culturally appropriating English words!!!!

      1. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        Like the French?

      2. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        Is it? Ninja is. Derogatory to turtles. The quick way to determine is use Google (PC only). Google January 6 2021 “thug” -BLM and get number of results.

        Wow! Talk about not finishing a thought!

        THEN Google Portland Oregon “thug” “BLM” and get the number of results.

      3. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        You seem like an intelligent fella, so I’m sure you know damned well the difference between a word’s origin and it’s eventual use. If not, look up connotations.

        Pintle — the origin is amusing. It’s use is the pin on a hinge. One can only wonder at the origin of gudgeon then (the other part of the hinge).

    3. I was recently informed that calling someone an “asshat” is considered “health-shaming” because it is insensitive to people who suffer from Spontaneous Cranio-Rectal Insertion Disorder (SCRID).

  6. Alex Ardussi Avatar
    Alex Ardussi

    Blaine, thanks for writing this. Haven’t seen much on best practices for fighting these social (in)justice warriors which are basically cyber bullies hiding behind fake identities. These people can do real damage. I’m really glad you fought back and actually gained some traction. If the publisher had somehow cut ties over this I for sure would have stopped buying their stuff. Hopefully they were supportive.

  7. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    This is probably good advice for anyone being bullied over the internet. Conservative authors do not hold a monopoly on being subject to vile stuff over the internet. The LGBTQ community has been subjected to it to the extent that some commit suicide.

    Many public officials are facing similar threats.

    As a matter of curiosity, what award has Mr. Pardoe won? He consistently refers to himself as “award-winning”, but I cannot find a reference to a specific award during my Internet search.

    1. Fair point. Jerks on both sides of the ideological spectrum (usually the extremes in both cases) engage in reprehensible behavior.

    2. from his web-site:

      He was awarded the State History Award in 2011 by the Historical Society of Michigan and is a silver medal winner from the Military Writers Society of America in 2010. In 2013 Mr. Pardoe won the Harriet Quimby Award from the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame for his contributions to aviation history.

    3. “He was awarded the State History Award in 2011 by the Historical Society of Michigan and is a silver medal winner from the Military Writers Society of America in 2010. In 2013 Mr. Pardoe won the Harriet Quimby Award from the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame for his contributions to aviation history.” Impressive list of work at:

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