Glenn Beck is continuing his crusade against the young hooligans he met at a harrowing movie night at Bryant Park. On Monday night, the conservative talk radio host went to see an Alfred Hitchcock film with his family, where someone sitting nearby spilled wine on his wife. Beck then pent ten tearful minutes scolding the "hateful people" on his Tuesday show. He likened the crowd's harassment to a near-lynching, and said he felt really sorry for an unnamed, "lost" and "arrogant" 25-year-old.
It turns out there were other people at that screening with different versions of the story. One woman, 26-year-old Lindsey Piscitell, says she was sitting behind Beck at the screening, and she wrote a letter to New York Magazine about it. The letter, posted in full below, claims that the wine-spilling was "a complete accident." Piscitell details, "A happy one, to be sure, but nonetheless a complete and utter accident." She says they rushed to clean up the wine, apologized, and left Beck and his family alone. Piscitell closes out the letter noting "the hypocrisy in Glen's (sic) statements that we were being hateful."
Beck's fans do not buy this. In fact, the editor-in-chief of Beck's website, The Blaze, launched a full investigation into Piscitell, her friends, and her account of what happened in the park. "Is it possible that the wine spill really was accidental?" writes Scott Baker on The Blaze. "Oh, maybe. But Twitter tells us a few things that may call her account and her motives into question." Baker's post continues by detailing how a Twitter account attributed to someone named Lindsey Piscitell showed a Foursquare check-in with a profanity-laced comment about sitting next to Beck at the park that was followed by a tweet from a friend who suggests the spill. Baker has updated his post twice (so far) and points to a Gawker commenting account that matches the Twitter account attributed to Piscitell. Another update points to tweets from someone named Sara Romanoski, who bragged about spilling wine on Beck's American flag blanket, even tipping off The Daily Show about the incident. She used the hashtag #makemefamous.
With their investigation, Beck and his staff at The Blaze have effectively aimed a cannon of vitriol right at Piscitell and Romanoski. Their unrelenting pursuit of the young girls who dared bother Beck has resulted in a steady stream of nasty name-calling in the comments of Baker's post on The Blaze: "Loser," "bimbo," "lying jackass," "lefty loon." Hecklers found her Facebook page, her email address and presumably all of presumably all of the other social media accounts Baker mentioned. She's since either locked or deleted her entire social media presence. Piscitell says she's receiving a stream of hate-filled emails, and from this vantage point, it seems like the response from Beck's fans as a whole makes her statement about hypocrisy especially prescient.
"I don't hate Glenn Beck," Piscitell told Gawker. "I don't care enough about Glenn Beck to hate him. I hate the way he portrayed us. I hate that he lied about us. Frankly, if I hated Glenn Beck that much I would have gotten up and left the movie."
Beck read the letter from Piscitell to New York on his radio show Wednesday and said about the hypocrisy line, "You're still going to get my prayers, because I still love you."
Here's Piscitell's letter in full:
To Whom It May Concern:
Just a quick FYI -saw your article on Mr. Beck and his numerous FALSE claims about the way that he was treated at Bryant Park last night. Myself and several of my friends were seated immediately behind Mr. Beck & co (have pictures) and I can tell you that while the crowd was certainly not *thrilled* that he had shown up, his family was left completely alone, and for the most part he was too. Conversely, it was his security detail (two body guards) that seemed to be unnecessarily prickly with the crowd, scolding myself and my friends for acrobatics and other harmless activities taking place well before the movie started, and contributing to a considerably less relaxed atmosphere than is typically experienced during BPMN (I've been going for about six years now).
It was my friend that spilled the glass of wine on Tanya -and I can assure you that it was a complete accident. A happy one, to be sure, but nonetheless a complete and utter accident. As soon as the wine spilled (and I question how Tanya became soaked from a half glass of wine) apologies were made and my friends pretty much scrambled to give Tanya & co napkins -no doubt aware that it would look terrible and that their actions could be perceived as purposeful. No words were exchanged after that, as I think that it became pretty clear to Beck & co that my friends and I were doing everything in our capacity to help clean the "mess".
I'm sure it's unnecessary to point out the hypocrisy in Glen's statements that we were being hateful. I can assure him that we don't need his sympathy. Incidentally, none of us have made a career of "spewing hate" on the radio, or any other media platform. We live our lives intolerant only of those who don't tolerate: We have chosen New York as our city for that very reason. We do things like go to Bryant Park Movie Night, and vote to legalize gay marriage. We don't taunt Glen, or his family. And we certainly don't waste our wine, even on Tanya.
Thanks, and please let me know if you have further questions.
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