here’s what happened / is going on
I’ve created a website that has a timeline of everything that happened (with evidence) as well as every resource on what’s been going on. It also has websites/blogs that cover the Rockstar boycott and Facebook’s censorship. If you want to catch up on everything that happened this is the best place to go as it has all the information as I find it/people send to me: [VISIT HERE]
[This was written when the facebook group was “hijacked”]
As I sit here utterly tired from lack of sleep, anger, confusion, and other things, I’m trying to think of the best, clearest and most efficient way to tell you about what’s been going on the past several weeks and why I’ve decided to make this blog. I think the Facebook apology page might help explain more, but for now here’s a quick version/timeline of what’s happened:
Created the facebook group “Don’t Drink Hate. BOYCOTT ROCKSTAR” late April.
Group starts growing, quickly grows to 12,000+ people
I wake up on May 27th, to find my Facebook account disabled. I also find out that the group was suddenly deleted.
May 28th, I receive a threat of lawsuit from the lawyers representing ROCKSTAR.
I create a new group “Don’t Drink Hate. BOYCOTT ROCKSTAR* my apology” on June 2nd.
My friend uses her connections to get my original Facebook account reinstated
I come home from dinner on June 8th to find my new Facebook account disabled and because I created the group from it, I am no longer an admin of the “Don’t Drink Hate. BOYCOTT ROCKSTAR* my apology” group.
Still June 8th, at 1:52 am the group is changed by a sudden new admin “Jan Mikael Evertsson” to a new group name and description “LEGALIZE CHILD LABOR!” Then around 4:00 am the group is changed again to “ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK FANCLUB!”
Some of my status updates on Facebook:
1:38 am | Charles Tsai is confused, who is Jan Mikael Evertsson and why is he now the admin for the group I created … ?
1:49 am | Charles Tsai is fucking pissed off. AND, legalizing child labor is FUCKED UP.
3:11 am | Charles Tsai is now energized, more than ever, to fight the fuck out of this thing.
Now, here I am. Reading(and being sickened by) wall posts by the new admin such as “Yes, this is a cave-in. It was decided it was not worth any legal repercussions to we now FULLY endorse Rockstar Energy Drink in every way! GO ROCKSTAR! YAY!” and “Please let’s all focus on the AWESOMENESS that is ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK (as ordered by lawyers). Any past negative comments concerning ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK originatin from this group were WRONG, LIES and SLANDER! GO ROCKSTAR!” and “Once again, we APOLOGIZE publically for any slander towards ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and salute them as the world’s most powerful energy drink! Go Rockstar!”
And, apparently, when members e-mailed the new admin inquiring, some received this message: “Ownership was handed over to me by the previous owner after a deal was made to avoid going any further with a potential lawsuit.”
Excuse me? That is utter bullshit.
Just woke up from a nap (didn’t sleep all night) and it seems that group is completely gone now? Unfortunately for whoever it was, I have screenshots (something that’s grown into a habit since the original group and its 12,000+ members disappeared). I’ll start uploading them on a new images page soon (I need to get ready to work now though)!
I’ve copied and pasted the original group’s content on the “apology” page. Please read it. And be sure to join the newly posted “Don’t Drink Hate. BOYCOTT ROCKSTAR* (reposted)” Facebook group!
Just wanted to let everyone know about what’s going on and again, thank you so much for all the support. Let’s all keep it up!
We will not be silenced.
I know I fucking won’t,
Charles Chung-Chi Tsai
PS I’ve also copied and pasted the original apology below
As the creator of the original “Don’t Drink Hate. BOYCOTT ROCKSTAR” group, I’ve created this group to publish a public apology and retraction as forced by the law firm representing ROCKSTAR*.
But before I do, let me explain what led to this.
One month ago, my friend showed me a little article filled with quotations from Michael Savage Weiner and his son Russell Weiner. I was utterly disgusted. Then I read that Russell Weiner was the CEO of Rockstar* and his mom Janet Weiner was CFO . After more readings, I made a PERSONAL CHOICE to BOYCOTT all ROCKSTAR* products.
I made a group to let others know and be able to make a similar choice if they wanted; the group was formed and it quickly grew to over 12,000 members. In it, we put together a list of quotations from Michael Savage Weiner as well as his son that we strongly did not agree with.
We also put commonly known information such as the fact that they co-founded the extremely conservative Paul Revere society, which openly calls for actions such as “Eliminate bilingual education in all states” and “Traditional Marriage.” More easily proven information was included as well.
Then, on May 27th, I woke up unable to log into my personal Facebook account. It was disabled. I lost all my photos, friends and priceless memories. I sent multiple e-mails to Facebook without any response. And then upon inquiring, I found out that the “Don’t Drink Hate. BOYCOTT ROCKSTAR” facebook group was coincidentally also suddenly taken down without my or any of the administrators’ knowledge (As an update, as of early June, after my friend’s hard work with connections at Facebook they suddenly reinstated my old account. However, as happy as I am, I find this very troubling on many levels especially because I still have not yet received a satisfactory explanation — the original group is still nonexistent.)
A few days later, I received a lawsuit threat from the law offices of Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro, LLP — Robert Shapiro was one of the attorneys who successfully defended OJ Simpson.
I researched, and apparently other individuals — primarily bloggers and reporters (e.g. SF Examiner’s Kelvin, wiqaable.com, gaywired.com) had received threats of legal action as well.
Now here I am.
And I’ve been forced to make this apology.
I’ve been forced to make “an immediate public retraction…” and “apologize for the business libel you committed against ROCKSTAR.”
I’ve been “advised that ROCKSTAR will pursue all necessary legal action to redress the violations of its rights, including, without limitation, an action for general, special and exemplary damages and equitable relief.”
To THE ATTN OF: ROCKSTAR* / Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro, LLP
Let this group and this statement stand as evidence of an apology. As Facebook disabled the original group without my knowledge, I suggest you contact them if you want me to be able to message all the members of the original group:
I, Charles C. C. Tsai, hereby apologize for the alleged business libel that I committed against ROCKSTAR* and publicly retract, through Facebook’s own unexplained deletion, the statements from the original Facebook group.
Now, I personally also apologize for the following:
I apologize for having an opinion.
I apologize that I created a group as a means to explore my FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
I apologize that the over 12,000+ individuals in that group were SILENCED WITHOUT EXPLANATION.
I apologize for STANDING UP for my communities and the communities that I consider myself an ally to.
I apologize for being DISGUSTED by the statements, beliefs, thoughts and actions of two INDIVIDUALS: ROCKSTAR* CEO Russell Weiner and his father, Michael Savage Weiner. Let me repeat, two INDIVIDUALS.
I apologize that you feel the need to THREATEN and SILENCE individuals & organizations that you know are POWERLESS in comparison to your various forms of capital.
I apologize that you seem to be confused by the semantics of the word “co-founder” in the sense that Michael Savage Weiner and his wife Janet Weiner IRREFUTABLY CO-CREATED / CO-INVENTED / CO-FOUNDED the ROCKSTAR drink alongside current CEO RUSSELL WEINER.
From ROCKSTAR*’s OWN archived WEBSITE:
“I was very fortunate to have been raised by two of the leading herbalists in the world, Dr. and Mrs. MICHAEL WEINER, Ph.D. … From my earliest walking days, I remember exploring the jungles of the South Pacific on expeditions WITH MY PARENTS. … MY FAMILY HAS taken that spirit and experience – their lifetime journey – and DEVELOPED the most complete, most unique, most powerful, and most honest energy beverage ever created: ROCKSTAR.” – CEO RUSSELL GOLDENCLOUD WEINER
After reading the above, I apologize that you, Michael Weiner Savage, feel the need to LIE, as you told the SF Chronicle in May 2009 that “I had NOTHING to do with the founding or CREATION of Rockstar.”
I apologize that legal threats WILL NOT FORCE me into SUBMISSION.
I apologize that I will not be silenced.
I apologize that the incredibly smart, strong willed and amazing individuals and communities that dislike your CEO Russell Weiner, his dad Michael Savage Weiner and his mom CFO Janet Weiner will NOT go quietly into the night and will too NOT BE SILENCED.
I apologize that I will, WITHOUT ANY DOUBT, continue to BOYCOTT ROCKSTAR* as it is MY OWN PERSONAL CHOICE TO DO SO.
And, lastly, I apologize for any additional semantically puzzling words this note may have presented. Please realize that I have sensitively taken this into consideration through capitalization and repetition.
Charles C. C. Tsai
*DISCLAIMER: This group is in no way, shape or form calling for a boycott on ROCKSTAR, the original group name is being used for identification purposes only. The ROCKSTAR* trade name, company, its employees and beyond are not affiliated with this group. Everything said/written is either my OPINION or straight quotations from other individuals apart of, represent, or are family members to the CEO of ROCKSTAR.
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