A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Focuses on people's work and dedication to stop Hunter Moore. It sends a clear message about the way the internet can be used to ruin people's lives. The potentially devastating consequences of putting personal or inappropriate information online is discussed, as is blaming and shaming victims for doing so.
Positive Role Models
Charlotte Law committed herself to stopping Hunter Moore -- who delighted in causing, and helping other people cause, harm to others online -- thereby helping all women.
While women are prominently featured, there are also some male victims shown. Most of the characters are White.
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Violence & Scariness
Cyberbulling and cyberrape are major themes. Threats made against those challenging Hunter Moore are revealed. There is a description of an attempted suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual pictures and video clips showing people in various stages of undress, and committing lewd acts, are shown. The now defunct Is Anyone Up? site was recreated for the documentary, and blurs people's faces and private parts. There's lots of crude references to sexual acts. The context of the images and videos being posted without consent and the reactions to them are what makes them shocking and disturbing.
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Slurs like "whore," "slut," and "c--t," strong words like "hell," "d--k," "bitch," "pissed," "ass," and curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are audible throughout. A few printed versions of these words are blurred. Rude gestures are also shown.
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Products & Purchases
Social media like Facebook, Google, Skype, and Twitter are featured, and clips of an episode of The Anderson Cooper Show are shown, in context. A book written by Charlotte Laws is briefly discussed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are images of people drinking and engaged in drunken behavior. Using drugs is referenced, and on occasion drugs and drug paraphernalia is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Most Hated Man on the Internet tells the story of a woman's successful efforts to stop porn site owner Hunter Moore from hacking and exploiting personal and explicit content from people's digital media accounts. Cyberbulling, cyberrape, and other violent online activities are discussed, often with the help of recorded (and crude) conversations about sexual acts, sexist slurs, and sexual images (some of which were recreated for the series and partially blurred). In addition, there's lots of cursing, and conversations about threatening behaviors and suicide are had. Alcohol consumption and drunken behavior is visible in archived footage, and drugs are visible on occasion. Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and video chat sites like Skype are also featured, but within context.
Is It Any Good?
The docuseries offers a cursory narrative of Hunter Moore's public efforts to exploit people's private digital content, and the lengths to which one woman went to stop him. It discusses how Is Anyone Up? evolved from an edgy site without a sense of consequence that was closely associated with the metalcore music scene to a massively popular blog dedicated to revenge porn, most of which was obtained illegally with the help of hacker Charlie Evans. It also underscores the public attitudes that allowed the men to successfully commit these crimes for two years, including victim blaming and shaming, and the unwillingness of law enforcement to view cyberbullying and cyberrape as violent or illegal acts. Charlotte Laws' efforts to stop them, which led to the men's eventual incarceration, are celebrated. But The Most Hated Man on the Internet doesn't raise enough questions about the impact these events have had (or not had) on society's digital behavior, or about whether people's attitudes about cyberbullying and cybersex crimes have really changed. Nonetheless, The Most Hated Man on the Internet still serves as a cautionary tale about how a single unguarded decision to post or distribute something personal online can be easily be turned against you.
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