Justified's Nick Searcy Goes Rage-Nuts On Twitter

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Justified's Nick Searcy Goes Rage-Nuts On Twitter

Veteran character actor Nick Searcy of Justified went into a full-blown Twitter rage over the weekend, firing off a stream of anger and invective that eventually ensnared a number of high-profile game journalists.

Nick Searcy, for those unfamiliar with his work, is a character actor who has appeared in a considerable number of movies and television shows, most recently the ongoing FX series Justified, in which he portrays Deputy Marshal Art Mullen. He also has a web series on YouTube entitled Nick Searcy's Acting School. But for a lot of Twitter users, especially those who don't get FX, he will likely now be known best for his very long, very virulent blowup on Twitter.

This evening's entertainment actually began on Saturday, when Adam Baldwin, best known as Firefly's hulking Jayne Cobb, took to Twitter to equate same-sex marriage with incest. Writer Tim Peacock called him on it and the two went back and forth a bit, but the situation didn't really go off the rails until Nick Searcy leapt in to Baldwin's defense, calling Peacock "a lying tub of lard."

It went on like that - and on, and on - but didn't come to our attention until he rounded on Susan Arendt, late of The Escapist - you may remember her - who tweeted this afternoon that she didn't think she'd be able to continue watching Justified because of Searcy's behavior on Twitter. That led to all sorts of name-calling, fat jokes, cracks about ignorance and chest-puffery that dragged on for hours and eventually pulled a number of game journalists into its swirl, including Russ Pitts, Chris Carter, Ben Kuchera, Janelle Bonanno, Mike Thompson and even me - although I only rated being called "pathetically ignorant" and a link to an old LA Times article.

It didn't take long after that for the targets of his venom to bring the matter to the attention of the JustifiedFX Twitter account, although there's so far been no response from anyone on the other end. Searcy himself appears to have no worries about possible repercussions arising from his appalling behavior, sending many of his insulting replies to that same account, indicating that he has either supreme confidence in, or utter ignorance of, the security of his position. Either way, he's very quickly and very firmly established a remarkably unpleasant reputation on Twitter, and I can't imagine that his show won't suffer a black eye for it.

Source: Twitter, Peacock Panache

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Yes, but was it justifiable?

Yes, I went there.

Is it just me, or is Twitter equating with insanity recently?

Reed Spacer:
Yes, but was it justifiable?

Yes, I went there.

Is it just me, or is Twitter equating with insanity recently?

Anyone defending Adam Baldwin is always justified.

Jadak:

Reed Spacer:
Yes, but was it justifiable?

Yes, I went there.

Is it just me, or is Twitter equating with insanity recently?

Anyone defending Adam Baldwin is always justified.

But when Adam Baldwin is using an rather stupid slippery slope fallacy it gets a little murky.

Wow, his carrer died in a matter of a weekend. It took Phil Fish a year for him to quit.

He's a charmer, all right.

I haven't heard "well, you're FAT" used as a default return in years. Like... junior high school.

I don't even know what "Jusitified" is, and I'm not really begging to learn more about it.

On a scale of 1 to FUN Creators, I give this an 8.

EDIT: Today, while reading relevant Tweets, I learned that Russ Pitts and Susan Arendt are married.

Huh.

To be perfectly blunt, Nick Searcy's comments do not hold a candle to the other ignorant and asinine things random people are tweeting at him. He stood up for a friend and colleague, and in return, was attacked by a mob mentality that can only be found and nurtured on the Internet. Now he is simply having fun while everyone gets their panties in a twist.

A petty Twitter argument makes headlines only because game journos got involved with two personalities known quite well for their political stances.

Still watching Justified, though. If I refused to see the work of anyone I saw was unpleasant in real life, I'd have nothing left to watch.

At least this is the most polite Rage I've seen on the internet. It could have been worse, he could have been cursing like a sailor, abandoning twitter, abandoning his career or literally crying at his computer. The worst, it seems, is that he was calling people fat.

He was a very professional rager if such a thing can exist.

I don't think he can loose his job simply by calling random people "Fat".

GarouxBloodline:
To be perfectly blunt, Nick Searcy's comments do not hold a candle to the other ignorant and asinine things random people are tweeting at him. He stood up for a friend and colleague, and in return, was attacked by a mob mentality that can only be found and nurtured on the Internet. Now he is simply having fun while everyone gets their panties in a twist.

He stood up for his colleague (when he probably should have laid low) with the words "lying tub of lard", instantly losing all high ground.

The fact that some people are saying worse things doesn't excuse him for insulting people left right and center.

Also, I doubt he's having "fun". His tweets looked more like ruffled attempts to regain the upper hand than "fun".

I guess you could say I've been part of "social media" for quite a while, as I started having social exchanges with others on electronic BBSes about twenty-five years ago.

I'm wondering how much further we can go in accelerating the pace at which under-considered thoughts and opinions are delivered to those who are most likely to find them egregious.

Clearly, cellphone Internet access and 140 character limits are a start, but we can go further. Perhaps some sort of neural interface that immediately publishes half-formed screeds directly from the id. We could call it AutoTourette.

Isn't he the guy who was in Seven Days? *checks imdb* Yup, he was the guy who was in Seven Days. Damn, I miss Seven Days it was such a fun show . . . .

lacktheknack:

GarouxBloodline:
To be perfectly blunt, Nick Searcy's comments do not hold a candle to the other ignorant and asinine things random people are tweeting at him. He stood up for a friend and colleague, and in return, was attacked by a mob mentality that can only be found and nurtured on the Internet. Now he is simply having fun while everyone gets their panties in a twist.

He stood up for his colleague (when he probably should have laid low) with the words "lying tub of lard", instantly losing all high ground.

The fact that some people are saying worse things doesn't excuse him for insulting people left right and center.

Also, I doubt he's having "fun". His tweets looked more like ruffled attempts to regain the upper hand than "fun".

You are quoting me as if I was defending him even in the least. Ultimately, all my post meant is that in one comment, he was attacked by an Internet mob mentality, and how he is enjoying (he quite obviously is enjoying this) watching everyone get themselves up in a tizzy while he can. At this point, there is nothing else to do short of acting like a victim. And at least he gets brownie points for avoiding that option.

This is really bizarre... Not in the least because Nick Searcy isn't exactly the slimmest fellow around.

Maybe this is all part of a really weird joke we're all not getting, that would make more sense than this bizarre mess...

Oh, for god's sake, Escapist. It's obviously a troll. Do actors REALLY go around calling people fat, stupid, and ugly all the time if they want ever to retain anyone's commission? My guess would be an angry Ex-Escapist giving you the run-around.

jeesh, I actually didn't mind the tv show, but this is pretty...bold, to say the least.

Not that I agree with it in the slightest, the guy sounds like a drunk asshat, especially personally taking on so many people, but fuck it, if something like this ruins me watching a tv show, there would be very few tv shows left for me to watch.

GarouxBloodline:

lacktheknack:

GarouxBloodline:
To be perfectly blunt, Nick Searcy's comments do not hold a candle to the other ignorant and asinine things random people are tweeting at him. He stood up for a friend and colleague, and in return, was attacked by a mob mentality that can only be found and nurtured on the Internet. Now he is simply having fun while everyone gets their panties in a twist.

He stood up for his colleague (when he probably should have laid low) with the words "lying tub of lard", instantly losing all high ground.

The fact that some people are saying worse things doesn't excuse him for insulting people left right and center.

Also, I doubt he's having "fun". His tweets looked more like ruffled attempts to regain the upper hand than "fun".

You are quoting me as if I was defending him even in the least. Ultimately, all my post meant is that in one comment, he was attacked by an Internet mob mentality, and how he is enjoying (he quite obviously is enjoying this) watching everyone get themselves up in a tizzy while he can. At this point, there is nothing else to do short of acting like a victim. And at least he gets brownie points for avoiding that option.

That's the way I see it too. He's obviously got to everyone involved in this discussion.

While I'm not condoning internet trolling or childish slurs, everyone looks infantile here.

Wait...The main thing I'm taking away from this is that the guy who played Jayne on Firefly is homophobic.

I mean...that kinda sucks.

GarouxBloodline:
At this point, there is nothing else to do short of acting like a victim. And at least he gets brownie points for avoiding that option.

Or he could, you know, get off of Twitter.

OMG Nick Searcy is a troll!!! A MASTER TROLL.... I cant afford but admire this guy!!
Unless he sadly believes what he says, in which case he's so pathetic that i dont feel sorry for him... And Justified is not even good btw...

CAPTCHA: I love deadlines....WTF ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL ME YOU SICK FUCK CAPTCHA?? ME??!! OF ALL THE PEOPLE THAT.... oh whatever....

Robot Number V:
Wait...The main thing I'm taking away from this is that the guy who played Jayne on Firefly is homophobic.

I mean...that kinda sucks.

GarouxBloodline:
At this point, there is nothing else to do short of acting like a victim. And at least he gets brownie points for avoiding that option.

Or he could, you know, get off of Twitter.

i know what you mean. guess ill be skipping anything he does or is involved in from now on

Robot Number V:
Wait...The main thing I'm taking away from this is that the guy who played Jayne on Firefly is homophobic.

I mean...that kinda sucks.

GarouxBloodline:
At this point, there is nothing else to do short of acting like a victim. And at least he gets brownie points for avoiding that option.

Or he could, you know, get off of Twitter.

That falls under the same category as watching everyone work themselves into a tizzy. Unless you are new to the Internet, you already know this. ;)

wombat_of_war:

Robot Number V:
Wait...The main thing I'm taking away from this is that the guy who played Jayne on Firefly is homophobic.

I mean...that kinda sucks.

GarouxBloodline:
At this point, there is nothing else to do short of acting like a victim. And at least he gets brownie points for avoiding that option.

Or he could, you know, get off of Twitter.

i know what you mean. guess ill be skipping anything he does or is involved in from now on

Because that is not being sanctimonious at all. :P

Well, that settles it. Guess I'm buying Justified on DVD. Amazon here I come, because despite The Escapist being my favorite gaming site (for the time being), it's not every day that people are willing to stand up for their friends, right or wrong, and will not back down. But I think we all know that Searcy will be fired because if there's one thing that gets you blacklisted in Hollywood (using it as a catchall for TV, music, etc.), it's having an anti-gay marriage stance or defending someone who does.

I get why people are mad at what he said, but what I don't understand is why people think the management over at Justified should do anything about it. He was on his own time, his own twitter account, and didn't name drop the show...

Sarge034:
I get why people are mad at what he said, but what I don't understand is why people think the management over at Justified should do anything about it. He was on his own time, his own twitter account, and didn't name drop the show...

Because people are typically egocentic busy-bodies on the Internet. Nothing new there, unfortunately.

LysanderNemoinis:
Well, that settles it. Guess I'm buying Justified on DVD. Amazon here I come, because despite The Escapist being my favorite gaming site (for the time being), it's not every day that people are willing to stand up for their friends, right or wrong, and will not back down. But I think we all know that Searcy will be fired because if there's one thing that gets you blacklisted in Hollywood (using it as a catchall for TV, music, etc.), it's having an anti-gay marriage stance or defending someone who does.

Im all for standing by your mates, but "right or wrong" is a bit silly.

Yeah, don't turn on them when they are under fire, but don't stand by their side no matter what. If a friend is being a tool, isn't it better to help them realize that then provide them with an echo chamber?

Before this gets all out of hand I'd like to link a tweet Mr.Searcy at the start of this all and one I just got from him.
@yesnicksearcy Feb 20
You come to Twitter for interesting arguments? I come here to make jokes and insult fat asses. @SChristianson @MatthewWaite @AdamBaldwin
and this one he just posted in response to questions I asked him about how this all started
@yesnicksearcy 4m
It happened because libs think it's OK to call me racist/KKK/teabagger all day long, but whine &scream when I call them fat. @CrazyCJ123456

It's trolling, pure HIGH level trolling, even the Adam Baldwin tweets that started it,were jokes (I think) after he tweeted
@AdamBaldwin Feb 20
THIS! --> "Gay marriage should lead to child-parent marriage." - http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/198860-mcconnell-primary-challenger-same-sex-marriage-could-lead-to ~ #PolymorphousPerversity

(Sorry I didn't link to the tweets and expanded the twitter shortening in the Baldwin tweet, Idon;t do stuff likethis much and admit to being a complete noob, but when i did digging into how this started I saw how this all (may be) a large misunderstanding. I also admit this really only clarifies what Searcy is doing and Baldwin may actually think what he said about gay marriage redefining what marriage can mean, but someone else can ask him that.)

I can't help but feel that everyone involved in this argument is a completely stupid. If you didn't want that moron taking pot shots at you like he was... why would you Tweet something that would alert him to your stance? And then act like he is the criminal when you did something you knew would provoke him. I used to work with behaviorally disturbed kids and we had one common rule of interaction with them: You are not allowed to do something that would knowing provoke one of the kids. Sure, they'll get in trouble, but you got in trouble as well, as you should. You drew fire from a moron because you were acting like idiots. When someone is shooting, you don't run out in front of the gun and then act surprised when you get shot. Jesus... it's like dealing with 6 year olds.

No one is saying that what he did or what he is defending is right. But where are your senses of self preservation. Believe it or not, you aren't changing the world by saying you won't watch a show he's in. You always have to choose your fights and chose poorly.

GarouxBloodline:

Robot Number V:
Wait...The main thing I'm taking away from this is that the guy who played Jayne on Firefly is homophobic.

I mean...that kinda sucks.

GarouxBloodline:
At this point, there is nothing else to do short of acting like a victim. And at least he gets brownie points for avoiding that option.

Or he could, you know, get off of Twitter.

That falls under the same category as watching everyone work themselves into a tizzy. Unless you are new to the Internet, you already know this. ;)

Well, that definitely isn't true. If he's not there, he's not watching anything. Sure, people will still be fighting on Twitter, but separating himself from it would still be miles better than actively contributing to it, especially in such a childishly aggressive manner.

OR he could, you know, make the slightest attempt at acting like a grown-ass adult. I'm sure people are being equally horrible to him, but he could just ignore those people and only respond to the civil people, in an equally civilized manner.

Right now, he's just lashing out at everyone with childish nonsense. Are you really going to try to say that this is best possible option?

I bet it comes out that his Twitter account was amazingly "hacked" by someone.

Ahyes... Twitter... aka the career graveyard.

I mean cmon... how many more people will sacrifice their careers on the twitter altair because they think no one cares what they say online?

Newsflash: Doing this on twitter is the same as saying this crap at a live interview on TV... alot more people will have watched it then you think and it is recorded and will be reported about.

Reed Spacer:
Is it just me, or is Twitter equating with insanity recently?

The great/horrible thing about Twitter is that it presents no barriers to someone being stupid before an audience of unprecedented size. And I'll admit, I'm entirely in favor of that. The more (metaphorical) rope we give to idiots to hang themselves, the better.

I'm as offended by the homophobia as I am by the laziness of the insults. He really pulls the "ur fat" card too often. I mean at least get creative with it. Invent new insults if you're going to go on a tirade. The insults are 98.3% of the reason I watch Zero Punctuation. The other 1.7% is the swears (of which the insults comprise an additional 1.2% share of the swears).

lacktheknack:

The fact that some people are saying worse things doesn't excuse him for insulting people left right and center.

But why is no one talking about them? Why are they excused?

This guy is grade A hilarious. I'm guessing he's trying to bring out the hypocrisy in people. I can't believe how many people he rustled with such elementary name-calling.

Baresark:
I can't help but feel that everyone involved in this argument is a completely stupid. If you didn't want that moron taking pot shots at you like he was... why would you Tweet something that would alert him to your stance? And then act like he is the criminal when you did something you knew would provoke him. I used to work with behaviorally disturbed kids and we had one common rule of interaction with them: You are not allowed to do something that would knowing provoke one of the kids. Sure, they'll get in trouble, but you got in trouble as well, as you should. You drew fire from a moron because you were acting like idiots. When someone is shooting, you don't run out in front of the gun and then act surprised when you get shot. Jesus... it's like dealing with 6 year olds.

No one is saying that what he did or what he is defending is right. But where are your senses of self preservation. Believe it or not, you aren't changing the world by saying you won't watch a show he's in. You always have to choose your fights and chose poorly.

Except this guy isn't mentally handicapped or disturbed, he should know better. Is it so weird to call someone out on their bullshit behavior?
Also, bad publicity is still publicity. I'd never heard of Searcy or Justified before this... now they're more famous.

And... was Baldwin being sincere about the whole SSM leads to in-family tax-evasion mariage thing or am I missing some subtext due to my non-native-speakerness?

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