...or more accurately, two stars!
First of all, Rudy Martinez, the 25 year old writer for Sybil, has climbed the ranks to become an overnight sensation at the young journal. His latest essay, Your DNA is an abomination, has sparked a firestorm online as it quickly became Sybil's most downloaded item.
Secondly, Sybil itself has been granted its first star ranking on the popular social networking website, Facebook, thanks in no small part to Martinez's contributions.
One Sybil writer had this to say: "It's weird, you know. It's like, I'm just publishing some writings in a zero star journal, hoping someone will come along and read them, and then, out of nowhere, not only have people been reading what we're putting out there, but someone liked it enough to give us our first star!"
Not all the feedback has been so positive though. Martinez's essay has proven to be quite controversial.
"Yeah, I have been keeping up with the comments," Sybil's Jake Buckholz answered. "It's pretty mindblowing. I mean, some of it is so far out there that I'm not completely convinced these aren't trolls hired by The New Yorker to slow down our rapid growth."
In some ways, it is a comforting thought to think these angry commenters could be trolls, but, in all likelihood, they are very real people.
"Rudy published his essay on whiteness a few days before I published my own on the same subject. Thus far, his has gotten far more attention, although it does have a flashier name. And, it seems to me, a lot of these people haven't read past the title," Buckholz continued.
Most of the hate has poured in from angry, white commenters and has focused around accusing Sybil of being racist while simultaneously spewing horribly racist shit against Martinez himself. In a word, the reactions have been disgraceful. In two: bitterly resentful/misguided lunacy/overtly defensive/completely confused. In a sentence: They offer a terrifying glimpse into the psychology of those who will inherit the reins to the future.
Below, some of the comments have been reproduced. Although Martinez was shown no respect, even having his personal phone number printed in a public comment, which led to him receiving at least one threatening text and over a dozen calls from numbers such as 666-666-0666 and others using variations of 14 and 88, both numbers made famous by Nazis, Sybil has taken the courtesy of blotting out the commenters' names and photos in (most likely naive) hopes that they will come to their senses:
On these remarks, I will make no further comment. Instead, we will let them stand for themselves just as Sybil stands firmly in solidarity with the views expressed in Mr. Martinez's paper. This is in no way an apology for having offended any of our *readers* (although, we here at Sybil are not fully convinced any of these people have actually read the essay). These comments have only renewed in us our reason for writing.
This dumpster fire will not burn out anytime soon.