One victim, Progenex CEO Darren Meade, claimed that a business competitor hired a “professional” troll to defame him. Sure enough, if you Google Meade’s name, the dominant results point to all sorts of very personal sounding attacks.
Michael also touched base with 21-year-old Orlando based entertainer Ashley Carey, infamous for a parody YouTube video posted in response to being trolled. “The Internet is making people more and more and more egocentric,” Carey tells Michael. “That always comes at a price. And that price is the complete disregard for empathy and sympathy.”
Predictably, trolls have shown up in the comments to the MyFoxLA.com piece. At press time, there are a number of offensive and spam-like remarks, including some faint fan praise for self-proclaimed Queen of the Trolls “Boxxy.”