Last week, the infamous internet “goat” leader, the identity of Busta Troll was revealed by a group of conservative activists (read the story here). Examiner contacted Christopher Lyman, Busta’s true identity, via Facebook messages on Monday. Lyman agreed to the email interview with the stipulation that his answers be repeated in their entirety. What follows are Busta’s own words with only minor grammatical editing for clarity. The conclusion is also Busta’s.
How and why did you start goating pages?
I started goating pages because I can’t stand it when a page posts ridiculous rumors that can be easily debunked by five minutes of searching Google. When they post those things and won’t listen to reason, I feel it’s better for the general public to see a harmless picture of goats instead.
Goats became a staple of our [liberal troll] community before I became Busta Troll. I use them out of respect for those who started this movement.
How many pages were you responsible for goating?
I personally goated 17 pages.
Are you done with goating for good?
This is how my career will end. I don’t see a future in it or in Facebook for that matter. I plan to ride off into the sunset having accomplished my mission.
Now that you are out of the goating business, will you return control of the goated pages to their original owners, shut them down, or leave them in place?
The pages I was given were in turn given to others. I remained an admin on them until yesterday when I deleted myself. After the initial admin change, I very rarely post. The herd takes over from there. Those pages will always be for the goats.
Have you actually been harassed or contacted by anyone since your identity was revealed? Are you still concerned for your safety or your job?
The employment information given about me was old. I am no longer employed there. I have resigned my position as Little League umpire for the safety of the people in my town and my children. I am and always have been an advocate for responsible gun ownership, gun safety law, and reasonable restrictions on military grade equipment like most Americans. If these nut jobs think they’re going to show up at my house and threaten me or my family they have another think coming.
Are you concerned that the owners of the goated pages will take legal action against you (i.e. theft by fraud)?
I’m not at all concerned that the previous admins of goated pages will take legal action against me. Before you make someone an admin on your page, you have to enter your password after reading the disclaimer that they will have the same power as you. The pages are still there and I have never even been contacted by Facebook telling me I’ve violated their terms of service.
Is it true that you were a “paid liberal troll?” If so, who paid you?
No. I was not paid to troll.
Do you have anything to say to the owners of the pages that you goated?
To the original owners of the goated pages I say this: You posted pure hate and lies. You refused to talk about it, listen to reason, or even debate in a civil manner. Therefore, you got what you deserved.
~Busta Troll smiles and waves and walks off into the sunset.
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