Thursday, May 3, 2012

"Sarah Phillips," ESPN, and the HCwDB Connection

Many of you may have read yesterday about the strange story of “Sarah Phillips,” a mysterious online freelance columnist for ESPN who was investigated for hiding her real identity, or something to that effect.

And here’s a followup story on the strange construction of the online persona of “Sarah Phillips” from the Bleacher Report.

Sarah Phillips was subsequently let go by ESPN after the story broke.

Turns out she has a bizarre connection to HCwDB.

You see, “Sarah” was featured in one of the more hilarious pics from 2010, “Mandarin Orange,” pictured here. Allegedly, “Sarah” is the hottie on the right.

Things were bopping along smoothly, until, in mid April of 2011, the following email came in to me from an email account named “Sylvia Sanchez:”

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Hello,

I was recently informed by my employer that my image appears on your website in three locations:

(–links–)

I never authorized my image to be used on your website. I understand the purpose of the website is for comedy, however, I work for a very strict company and this type of publicity has me on the verge of losing my job.

Please remove the images immediately. I appreciate it.

Thank you,

SP

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When I asked which person she was in the pic, to confirm it wasn’t a prank, I got the following:

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I am on the far right. I am the rightful owner of this image. Whoever sent you this image stole it from my old MySpace page. It was not sent by any of the 3 of us in the image—if someone claimed to be one of us, then I would like their contact information and I will follow up legally with them.

(–links–)

Please remove the images. I don’t want to make this a legal battle for no reason.

Thanks.

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This was followed by various hysterical legal threats and three more followups over the next two days, until I finally cropped her out of the pic. I’m only posting it again since it’s already up at DeadSpin.

Here was the initial post with the edited pic (without “SP”) now in place. Here was Mandarin Orange competing for the 2010 Douchie Award for Orangest Orange (also with the pic replaced by the edited version). And here’s another hilarious pic of Mandarin Orange for no reason other than he’s really, really orange.

Not sure what to make of any of this, but for those investigating the bizarre online journey of one “Sarah Phillips,” this should make an interesting contribution to the conspiracy theory timeline.

# posted by douchebag1
11:39 am May, 3 Anonymous said...

How does he pull all the hotties?!? Either a very large schlong or very large bank account….take your pick.

11:46 am May, 3 Wheezer said...

@Anon, 11:39 a.m.: Bank account and PTP hotts. That’s my wager.

11:52 am May, 3 Wheezer said...

Yeah, she’s online in a few places…..

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Boss, if it becomes necessary, I’ll understand if you have to yank this post.

11:56 am May, 3 creature said...

yeah boss, saw the story yesterday, & immediately came to the conclusion that ‘sarah phillips’ was a coniving skank with no credibility or talent aside from convincing trusting twitter sports comics of ‘lending’ material to her ‘forthcoming’ website….scammer, with good looks & some possible charm. not surprised that there is a sleazy puppet master behind this empty headed blonde.

12:00 pm May, 3 jonezy said...

“It ain’t easy being Orange” – Mandarin Orange the Frog

12:03 pm May, 3 fatness said...

“I work for a very strict company”

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The Mouse does not take kindly to being scammed. She’d better be watching her back else she end up a the bottom of the Epcot Future World pool.

12:09 pm May, 3 The Reverend Chad Kroeger said...

I’m very confused.

12:43 pm May, 3 DarkSock said...

What is this “ESPN” of which she spoke?

12:47 pm May, 3 Vin Douchal said...

I think it’s cool that Deadspin mentioned HCwDB. That site kicks major ass and they get in legal trouble, too. .

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Why didn't they mention that Page 2 at ESPN.com was also where Bill Simmons lived until his excellent website, grantland.com was launched? Is there tension there?

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Boobs

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12:59 pm May, 3 Wheezer said...

(busy fwapping because of yet another Vin Douchal post…..)

1:01 pm May, 3 Dude McCrudeshoes said...

I won’t pretend to have read and understood the whole saga. It may not be an apt comparison, but there doesn’t appear to be much controversy surrounding Samuel Longhorn Clemens, and not many people accusing Mark Twain of being an imposter. There is a long list of writers, actors, and other famous and semi-famous individuals working under assumed names, sometimes of a different sex, religion, birthplace, history, etc.

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As long as the publisher, in this case ESPN, is satisfied with the writing AND is satisfied not necessarily knowing the personal details of the author, I’d say no harm no foul.

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This wouldn’t excuse email scamming or using another person’s image without permission… if indeed those things happened.

1:05 pm May, 3 Dude McCrudeshoes said...

@Vin, that gif is hypnotic. Looks like French news hottie Melissa Theuriau. Is it?

1:05 pm May, 3 Mr. Biggs said...

HA! The joys of karmic retribution.

Apparently this happens a lot, too. People construct entire profiles based on Google Image searches and thus conduct business, get into relationships, whathaveyou.

A lady friend of mine even found out some guy was “dating” an online profile which took one of her pictures off the internet. Good times.

1:16 pm May, 3 creature said...

dude mc c…the broad was ‘borrowing’ material from others blogs & twitter acts for supposed ‘use’ on her web page & ‘rewriting’ the material for a national sports reporting co…she even went so far as to ‘adopting’ peoples twitter acts, including tens of thousands, of followers & collected revenue attributed to hits…

hardly a just comparision to Clemens or any other bonafied author!

…jus’ sayin’

1:20 pm May, 3 creature said...

however, I would still ‘christen’ her face & chest ‘Sarah Phillips in honour of my favorite nom de plume authors!

1:23 pm May, 3 The Dude said...

Good God Vin! Have you gone completely boobies? Not that I have a parablum with that, or bobbies. What?

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Bonkers

1:24 pm May, 3 Steve said...

Eh, the one on the left is cuter anyway.

1:26 pm May, 3 The Dude said...

Largeman sighting in Vin’s vid. Wearing a white t-shirt that only a Largeman could wear. And by wear, I mean get your fat ass out of my fantasy!

1:26 pm May, 3 Doucheywallnuts said...

This post is longer than one of my stories.

1:29 pm May, 3 Dude McCrudeshoes said...

@creature, I might have missed it, but I didn’t see any allegations of plagiarism? That’s normally easy to prove, and the mystery would have lasted all of about 10 minutes.

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I did see some allegations of soliciting money for an upcoming web site which then never materialized. If this was a scam, then you are right. But the info was thin enough where I could imagine there is another side to the story. Whether it’s true or not, I’d be willing to bet she describes it as looking for investments for a real business venture, which unfortunately never took off.

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I don’t have a dog in this race, though. I’m just putting another possibility out there while we wait for the next orange Julius mishap.

1:31 pm May, 3 Wheezer said...

More bouncing boobies…..so it may be NSFW, but I guess that’s obvious, huh?

2:16 pm May, 3 The Dude said...

wallnuts, your stories are great! Not like, Umberto Eco great, but hey, know what I’m sayin?

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That was an excellent short story @1.26 – one for the short bus.

2:18 pm May, 3 DarkSock said...

^ Well, now I know what the “T” in “T-Mobile” stands for.

2:34 pm May, 3 Nancy Dreuche said...

This sounds like a case for…somebody else!

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Using Google is too much work for me.

2:47 pm May, 3 The Reverend Chad Kroeger said...

I’m hypnotized by boobs.

2:53 pm May, 3 Magnum Douche P.I. said...

You guys mean to tell me there is deception and fraud on the internet ? No way, can’t believe it. I’m devastated.

3:01 pm May, 3 Nancy Dreuche said...

How can we live in a world where I very well may be a 260 pound man yet on the internet I’m The World’s Sassiest and Laziest female detective?! Who would like to hire me to do absolutely nothing for them, sight unseen?

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I do windows but not Windows.

3:15 pm May, 3 The Dude said...

Nancé, you gave your gender away by not requesting the second ée.

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That’s French, je pense!

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Mademoiseille

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smiles, and guffaws at today’s issue of HCwDuckBags

7:02 pm May, 3 Douche Bagalow said...

@ Vin. Please. Stop. Can’t. Take. Eyes. Off. Winnebagos…

7:03 pm May, 3 Douche Bagalow said...

Never mind… I came.

7:28 pm May, 3 Sofa King said...

That post was Sofa King pointless. Nobody cares.

8:48 pm May, 3 Stephanie said...

Mexican jumping boobs. Is she sitting on a massage bed in the middle of the beach? Sara,just don’t tell anyone your photos are on the net. Most people just Google themselves anyways.

8:49 pm May, 3 Stephanie said...

“I understand that this is a website for comedy”

She’s being extra nice.

9:31 pm May, 3 The Dude said...

hey Stephanie, mind if I call you … Stephannae? 😉

1:15 am May, 4 The Dude said...

Are these alpacas? http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama

4:06 am May, 4 Guid is Good said...

I’m confused. I got the chick in the yellow bikini if that helps.

7:16 am May, 4 CB Popped said...

Vin and Wheezer,

Fuckin A.

Oh, and whatever Cretaure’s first posting was.

7:18 am May, 4 CB Popped said...

I cant really think/type straight at the moment….I used to be an Ass man,,,,but,,,I mean,,,that was such a nice cross section of Natural Breasts.

7:26 am May, 4 Dry said...

You know, this guy could very easily be that colour because he’s had a common asian reaction to alcohol – flushing red. If so, then this post has gone wrong on more levels than you might have thought.

Just saying…

8:11 am May, 4 Dude McCrudeshoes said...

More lessons in cultural sensitivity. Thanks, Dry. Now let’s get back to directing constructive criticism toward beautiful women who, as far as we know are also highly intelligent and fine people, with men engaging in understandable, if unfortunately awkward, displays of machismo (who are also as far as we know highly intelligent and fine people).

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Shall I register the new domain name, boss??

9:26 pm May, 4 Stephanie said...

@ The Dude: hey Stephanie, mind if I call you … Stephannae? 😉

Yes,I do mind. Thank you.

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