By: Kidman J. Williams
It has all of the standard soap opera drama: betrayal, intrigue, a man and a woman, insane accusations, and crazed illusions of revenge. What else can you really say about the drama between Gonzo Today and a Hunter S. Thompson fanboy Facebook group? Some might say that it is just useless drama. Some might say that it is childish. This writer says that it is one camp making outrageous claims that can’t be backed up with facts.
The fallout happened swiftly between the leader of the fan group and former Gonzo Today member Leah Jay (as known on Facebook) and GT Editor-in Chief Clayton Luce. This prompted Jay to reach out to other writers at GT with the intent of taking them away. Writers like Josh Chambers, Donnie Casto, Eric Rubelmann, and even myself were contacted via Facebook IM trying to make claims that Clayton was a thief. This tactic of divide and conquer, worked…for a short time. Josh and Eric both came back to GT happier than ever.
Regardless of how quick and painless the break was it sent the fanboy leader into a focused rage that brought old enemies of Luce’s back from the dead, like Patrick Jordan. Who has made outlandish comments towards GT many times in the past with idle threats and saying things like,
“Yeah if Clayton hadn’t blocked me months ago I was gonna see if he wanted to go four rounds with me in the Octagon at gonzofest. but I guess not. I sure hope if anybody going to gonzofest if you see him give him a good pop… tell him its from me… he knows who I am…
He’s expecting it..haha”
As you can see, his grammar is impeccable. I can’t even imagine why Clayton Luce blocked him.
They made claims of Gonzo Today publishing Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s work, even going as far as making these claims to Anita Thompson (Hunter’s widow) and wasting her time and energy that just fed into the fanboy leader’s overactive id and vengeful mindset.
When Gonzo Today posted the private pictures and correspondence that were owned by Kevin Simonson, a longtime friend of Hunter’s, the proverbial shit truly hit the fan. This move sparked some serious heat that prompted Jay to send more messages to the Widow Thompson. Continue reading