10.11.01

I have taken down the "Bert is Evil!"site from my server. I would like to thank Sesame Workshop for their patience and restraint all these years. I implore all fans and mirror site hosts of "Bert is Evil" to stop the spread of this site too.

This is not selling out. I was not bullied. I am not being a pussy.

I am doing this because I feel this has gotten too close to reality and I choose to be responsible enough to stop it right here.

I want to thank all the fans who laughed with me all these years. Thank you to the mirror sites who continued the legacy beyond what I started. Thanks to Victor J. Zuylen, N. Ross Gilbert, Wout Reinders and Jasper Hulshoff Pol who helped me build the site back in the early days. Thank you to Tiffany Schlain and the Webby Awards team for believing in me. Many thanks to the press who have helped me get my site noticed (specifically the now defunct magazines Internet Underground and The Web). Thank you to Lloyd Kaufman and the Tromaville.com staff who brought Fractal Cow back to life.

I hope my other projects will receive an ounce of the appreciation you all showed "Bert is Evil!".

Thank you very much.

Dino Ignacio
www.fractalcow.com


=update:

In response to all of you who have emailed me criticizing my desision to kill the site, I post this email I wrote to one of you:

i really appreciate you writing to me. in all honesty. it was a very hard decision to make.

i literally killed a part of myself today. if fractalcow represents different parts of my psyche. i just killed the rebellious part of my soul today in lieu of the part that dictates to be responsible.

my main motivation in killing the site is that i hope it helps stop the idea from germinating anymore into the mainstream. i fear that it may destroy the character's credibility with children. i cannot allow that to happen. i myself grew up on sesame street and it was an important part of my childhood.

"bert is evil!" and its following has always been contained and distanced from big media. this issue throws it out in the open, with articles, emails and news websites referring to it, children are bound to hear about it. i think i had to draw the line there.

it really sucks. i hate part of mysef right now. you actually are giving voice to that rebellious punk in me. i appreciate you doing that. but the punk boy has to succumb for the moment.

don't worry, there's more where it came from.

dino


 

 

To lighten the load on my mailbox, I have set up a dicussion forum for this topic. Please leave me comments here. Thank you very much.



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