Daniel Nassar and other amazing activists and bloggers who are actually living in totalitarian states think otherwise. Hoax-man Tom MacMaster kind of apologized for the lies, but in the end he feels as though he’s brought light to an issue near and dear to his heart. He’s even joked about writing a book about the entire process. Tom thinks he’s doing the world a great justice by speaking for a group of people, but I wonder if he’s ever spoken to Syrian LGBTQ folks about their needs.
Well said! Silencing those who are oppressed so that your own voice can be heard is not liberation. Rather, Tom has committed liberally-educated “do-good” work that he was only able to accomplish because he comes from a place of privilege. I hope he is held accountable for his actions, and if he decides to publish a book, it should primarily feature actual Syrian LGBTQ voices.