When I first wrote a blog entry warning people not to believe everything on they saw on the Internets and that fake hookers walked among us, I didn’t mean to start a firestorm. But that’s just what happened. Who knew that so many legit, well reviewed, long time activists and respected members of the escort community also thought that the emperor wore no clothes, I know i didn’t.
Soon after my article went up I was contacted and interviewed by Monica Shores for a story she was writing for Carnal Nation about sex workers who write about their lives and work and the accountability of bloggers. What happened after that, has taken on a life of its own.
I never mentioned who I thought the most egregious of the impostors was (there are a few) leaving the reader to think about reality versus fantasy, fact verses fiction. The whole point of the blog post was to encourage people to question and think for themselves. Giving away who the usurper was, would be counterproductive to my goal of trying to get people to use their noggins and THINK!
but to my surprise.. just like a terrorist bomber, she claimed responsibility.
My blog, twitter and brochure site were linked to her site, along with all kinds of nutty convoluted, backasswords babble, coupled with her responding to the quotes of mine that were published in the Carnal Nation story. Oh goody… web hits! Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth I welcomed my new twitter followers and crossed my fingers that the click-overs would bookmark me and come back and read again another day. Though I was pretty disappointed in the numbers. Having heard “Princess Cariboo” brag for so long about how many hits she was getting to her blog and how popular she was, I really had hoped for more traffic then I got. It was rather paltry compared to say the people linking my story about the bust in Houston (thanks fellas!)
I did however get a flurry of emails from people sharing their personal experiences of interactions with “Dr Charlotte Bach” and how they thought she was a fraud, man, cop, reporter, failed screen writer. It was pretty entertaining as these people never would have found me had Zelig not linked me and created an online scene. As I said before, I never said who I believe to be the biggest faker in the land, just that there was one.
Some have even tried to devise schemes like Mistress Matisse, she suggests that miss-fake-alot call in to Dan Savage – to what, umm prove shes got a female voice I suppose. Well hot damn! I wanna call into Dan Savage too, I’ve always been a huge fan of him and his work and If he hears my voice he will have to show the world that I am really Cinderella. We all know that Cinderella was female. Besides it’s not like there any record of my previous work as a sexy voice over artist or podcaster to compare my voice or anyone who will recognise me as someone other than who I say I am. What a wonderful Idea. Where’s his number!
Then I started getting the links… ahhh the links, truly golden. This story had legs and it was taking a walk. Let me share them with you now.
Kat Stories: This faux ho’s life as a stripper doesn’t ring true to real live working strippers.
There’s a whole stripper forum discussion about her fake-a-bility
Seattle writer/professional dominatrix Mistress Matisse has her own take on why someone would pretend to be a sex worker… “for the attention.”
Tasty Trixie: who brings up the most compelling argument pointing out Fakey McFakerson’s position as a blatant unrepentant content thief. Acting much like a trick who thinks he’s entitled to a freebie.
Amber Rhea re-posted a quote from the Carnal Nation story to her tumbler
The first person to publicly question her and the most damaging accusation, bringing up her self proclaimed inappropriate behavior with minors
It just keeps going and i’d be surprised if this was the end of it. People have been discussing this Pierre Plantard in their private circles for a while and its just bubbling to the surface now. Is this the only fake hooker out there running around the innertubes screaming “look at me, look at me”? Naw, but she is the one that got the furthest in the charade in a long time.
Writing the truth of sex work is hard. It’s not all fun and games until someone loses an eye. It’s a roller coaster of emotions, it’s complex and challenging. It’s not a flat one trick pony of nymphomaniac fantasies… no matter what some wanna be Michael Sabo would lead you to believe.