A comment left today by someone who works for…Next Door Studios.
His commenter name is “Nude Gringrich” (hence the photo–sorry), and he’s been commenting here for a long time, always in defense of Next Door Studios. But it wasn’t until last week—when fellow Next Door employee Tucker Scott admitted that several of his co-workers have been leaving comments on The Sword from the same Next Door computer and the same IP address—that I was able to confirm that “Nude” (who had the same IP as Tucker) was actually a Next Door troll (though I had always had suspicions). Anyway, the headline above is from a comment he left today, and I apologize to any of you who have been duped into debating him in that post and/or previous posts throughout the year.
The Next Door employee’s comments have included defending the decision to not re-sign Mason Wyler (“an HIV-positive model” who “compromise[d] their strongest business ethnic”), picking fights with other commenters (“You’re an idiot. Sorry, but you are a complete idiot”), clarifying the sexuality of his studio’s performers (“James Jamesson is BI, bro”), and, perhaps most disturbingly, repeatedly praising himself and his employer–usually while writing in the third person:
—Gimme a break. Austin, Mojo, Torque, Sammy, and Rod Daily are some of the best, most passionate performers in the biz. When you have the array of content Next Door does, you’re probably going to run into a few scenes that aren’t packed with emotion the whole way through. But actually think about it for a second.
It’s not exactly shocking that a studio rep would take to the internet using a pseudonym to defend his or her product, but the egregiousness with which this was done is worth calling out. In addition to “Nude,” other commenters from the Next Door Studios office using the same IP address in Santa Rosa, California (18.104.22.168) include “The Man” and “Urethra Franklin,” and all of them have been banned from future commenting–unless or until they decide to identify themselves as Next Door employees before they start talking about how amazing Next Door is while calling other commenters “idiots.”