Jessi Slaughter is Now A Boy Named Damien: Is Internet to Blame? [INTERVIEW]

Damn internet, you crazy!

So the long, sad story of “Jessi Slaughter” (an internet handle, not her real name) has taken an interesting turn lately with the reveal of a new character in the drama: a boy named “Damien.”

Admittedly, I am at a crossroads after having now talked with the internet pariah, who is back living with her mom deep in the reaches of Florida. She’s allegedly had several suicide attempts, did a tour of duty in foster care and has nude photos of her circulating the internet, forever being shared in chat rooms by perverts and sickos. She’s been the subject of national news, internet smear campaigns, and at one point was the poster child for online bullying. Now at the battle-hardened age of 14, she’s decided she’s more comfortable living life as a boy named Damien.

On the one hand, to talk to him over Skype, I get the notion that Damien is sharp and thoughtful — he accepts his life as “not so bad” because he “knows no other way.” He even takes a “whaddaya gonna do” approach to those child pornography images and handles drama better than most adults I know, saying he does not “blame the internet.” And yet, he is 14, sold on elective surgery, and as he terms it, is “in a relationship with a 39-year-old man.” And so, sanguine disposition notwithstanding, I have to wonder: Is the internet to blame for all this?

For those of you who weren’t into that whole “media thing” in 2010, Jessi Slaughter became a viral sensation after a video surfaced of the 11-year-old lashing out at her online peers over some salacious (and untrue) web gossip. A cautionary tale for letting your children become exposed to too much too soon in the Digital Era, Slaughter threatens, in the expletive-laden video, to put a Glock in her enemies’ mouths and turn their heads into “brain-slushees.” Posted to YouTube, that response video quickly bounced around the internet and wound up in the hands of the notoriously toxic 4chan forum.

  • http://alalalyson.deviantart.com Allyson Mack

    not even surprised to see this transphobic trash from you

  • http://alalalyson.deviantart.com Allyson Mack

    how the fuck does the AUTHOR know that it’s just the internet’s doing? show me the facts on that one, you hypocrite.

  • http://alalalyson.deviantart.com Allyson Mack

    I am, a), disturbed that no one has an issue with Damien allegedly “dating” a 39 year old. And aside from that, a Christian one? Doubtful. Age differences like that put a power imbalance into the relationship right from the get-go, and it makes me wonder why he can’t find someone his own age, if he even exists/is involved with Damien at all.
    b), what the fuck, you asshole? If you have a problem with stoning rape victims, don’t leave Christians out of it, they technically support that shit too. Also, modern muslims don’t fucking do that either. Literally every religion supported dark shit way back when, but modernized religions do not, you actual racists fucks. The words you’re looking for is “terrorist” not “muslim,” it is 20-fucking-15.

  • Anon

    Other nations and cultures are unimportant and irrelevant? How, why? You think U.S. laws own THE world? lol.

  • Rayne Summers

    Other nations and cultures are unimportant and irrelevant. And let’s not even bring the filthy muslims into it. They cut people’s heads off and stone rape victims to death. Not exactly a group of people who should be held as a moral compass.

  • Misty

    I love how you guys are using the fact that he was involved with a 39-year-old man as an excuse for wanting attention and saying that he was a transgender, but that doesn’t dictate if you are transgender or not.

  • Samantha Derrick

    Graduating Yale or any school doesn’t make one smart!!! You’re right! Since when does a degree or diploma define us? You should watch tommy sotomayor a video about educated doesn’t mean intelligent

  • Samantha Derrick

    You do know the age a girl can get married is different worldwide? In other nations and cultures this is common! A 14 yr old isn’t a child. Even in America not so long ago it was common. You are seeing things thru American eyes. IN Europe a 16 yr old is allowed to date any age. Not telling u what to think but to think. It’s common in America for a girl to lose her virginity before marriage but in Saudi Arabia and other Islamic nations its shameful and haram

  • nike

    Finishing high school makes someone smart now? It’s incredibly easy to judge a child considering she’s fucking a 39 y/o.

  • Anon

    So basically she’s just being an attention whore like always. I doubt she’s transgender at all.

  • Jimmy T

    I’m really glad you’re not my mother.

  • Rayne Summers

    “having seen what they can do to a potty-mouthed little girl, I can’t imagine what 4chan and its ilk would do to a pregnant boy.”

    As if that’s even an issue. She’s not a boy. Changing your name doesn’t change your gender. And her mother SHOULD call her “my daughter”, because she is her daughter.

  • Rayne Summers

    She was a punk then, and she’s still a punk. Still, nobody seems to have a problem with this 14-year-old girl being involved with a 39-year-old man?

  • Leezy

    A lot of transgender people figure their gender out as teens, but when you said “39 year old man” I was like “okay honey hang on”

  • person

    how the fuck do you know that? You don’t know Damien. How do you know without a doubt that the internet didn’t have a profound effect on how he sees himself and his gender? Show me the peer-reviewed research studies that say extreme environments (obviously like Jessi’s) do not affect someone’s view of their gender.

  • Reese

    okay i gotta correct you on thing here though, “this is a little girl bullied into believing life is easier as a guy”. nope. incorrect. ding dong you are wrong. this is a TRANSGENDER person that has come out and understood their own gender to be male, and he wants to transition and do things to make himself more comfortable. do not erase him being trans by saying things like that, it’s transphobic (albeit hopefully unintentionally on your part) and also very damaging.

  • Raylene

    I believe it is amazing to be able to see so far into others lives thanks to the Internet. We have watched Jessi form into Damien. This isn’t some television show with paid actors, it’s the real deal. He’s smart, having already finished high school! Rad! I think he has grown into a great and very thoughtful person, but how could anyone judge a child? He’s very mature. I’m impressed and wish nothing but peace and love <3 rock on Damien!

  • Smm2571

    Sure, she was obnoxious. But, so are plenty of adults. This kid was failed by her parents.

  • Jill

    Darn internet! Forcing her to take naked pictures of herself and post them online. She was so sweet and innocent before the internet got ahold of her, and now consequences will never be the same.

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  • anonymouse

    Buuuuut they weren’t untrue, she did everything that was rumored, everybody knows that.

    Don’t post naked pictures on the internet and you won’t have things like this happen.

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