akuma_river (akuma_river) wrote in ontd_political,

Gay is still a slur in Hollywood

Ron Livingston: 'Office Space' Star Battles 'Malicious' Gay Rumors Online

Wikipedia doesn't always get it right.

At least, that's what actor Ron Livingston wants you to believe. The star, who played is a disgruntled employee in the movie "Office Space," is suing an unnamed Internet mischief-maker for spreading 'malicious' rumors online that the actor is gay.

According to TMZ, the online prankster has repeatedly hacked into Ron Livingston's Wikipedia page and edited the entry to say that the Livingston is homosexual, and involved in a relationship with a man named Lee Dennison.

TMZ reports:

According to the lawsuit, filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, the Wiki-hacking began back in May -- and every time Ron's reps remove the false info from his Wiki page ... the bandit "changes them back almost immediately."

The same hacker is believed to have gone so far as to create fake Facebook profiles for Livingston and Dennison that list the two men as "in a relationship" with one another.

Livingston, who is married Standoff co-star Rosemarie Dewitt, filed a suit at the Los Angeles County Superior Court on December 5 2009. He is suing for libel, invasion of privacy and for using his name and likeness without permission.

Although Livingston's current Wikipedia entry contains no reference of Lee Dennison, a previous entry included this line:

Ron lives in Los Angeles with Casting Director Lee Dennison and is currently starring in Defying Gravity.

commenter explains what is going on:
If you know much about Wikipedia, go to Ron Livingston's page and look under the History and Discussion tabs. A flurry of vandalism and reverts. Increased page security. Discussions of the geographical origins of the IPs making the changes, as the 'editors' were anonymous.

As a Wikipedian, this is less about at-large gay issues, and more about vandalism on Wikipedia. Repeat edits vandalize info about Livingston's November 2009 marriage to Rosemarie DeWitt. For each of those edits, there is a reversion or a correction.

It goes something like this:

Sourced Biographical Info
"Ron and wife, actress Rosemarie Dewitt were married on November 2nd, 2009. The couple resides in Los Angeles."

Unsourced and Anonymous Vandalism:
"Ron lives in Los Angeles with (male) Casting Director Lee Dennison."

And back and forth and back and forth. I'm not dissing Wikipedia when I say it's the Wikipedia way. Constant vigilance and security is required by the Wikipedia community.

I used to get a kick out of watching and correcting vandalism on Olbermann's page, but it lost its charm pretty quickly.

Comment on the mothership puts things into perspective of this bandit being a creepy stalker.
Yeah, this was not just a wikipedia edit, it was full-on incredibly detailed fabrication. I mean, his "relationship" with Lee Dennison also shows up on IMDB, comments on random gossip sites, Lee Dennison's alleged "personal website", all over the place. Someone has put a LOT of time and effort into trying to make the whole thing seem true, to the point where it was hard to tell it wasn't. I've seen the facebook too and he is DEFINITELY not overreacting--the made-up "article" about the two of them is like a huge feature-length story, thousands of words long. It is all the work of what seems like a very obsessive and creepy person.

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