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Fredrick Brennan / Hotwheels / ctrlcctrlv / copypasteFredrick Brennan (archive), 27, is an infamous figure on the internet. To some, he is an ideologically zealous white supremacist enabler who has encouraged multiple domestic terror attacks. To others, he is a bored internet turncoat who leap frogs to any social circle in order to survive. For better or worse, this is a story about how such a small man can cause such a big twist in everyone's panties. The best kind of man imo
Born in New York with osteogenesis imperfecta, Fredrick is confined to a wheelchair with limited mobility and brittle bone syndrome. Fredrick had a troubled childhood with his family splitting when he was 5. His father placed him in the New York foster care system when he was 14, taking two years for his mother to regain custody of him at the age of 16. It was during this time in the foster care system that Brennan took a deep liking to 4Chan, finding freedom in the internet where he could not have it in real life.
Three years later the
Al Jazeera America The Other America 'Fredrick Brennan'
From this short episode you can see
Fredrick Brennan - On WizardChan
To summarize, Fredrick openly discussed his severe disabilities, which made everyone view him as unfuckable, AKA King of the Virgins. This led to Brennan buying the site and managing it as their GigaVirgin Overlord. What he did not see coming, however, was a woman with a fetish for his condition. After a weird roleplay session ol' Fredrick no longer had wizard status. What do when the Virgin King is no longer a virgin? You must turn in your wand and hand the site over to some Puerto Rican guy. The Puerto Rican guy wouldn't even pay Brennan because he was so ashamed that he lost his virginity.
I imagine the hoards of incels crying that hotwheels having lost his virginity is a sign of weakness, when it should be that if he lost his virginity then they have a chance too, but I digress.
Apparently this de-virginizing harlot was quite the drug user. She introduced him to psychedelics, particularly shrooms. But when you strike down the king, you had better not miss. She may have killed the King of Virgins, but Fredrick would go on to take shrooms and hallucinate an idea so powerful, so earth-shatteringly orgasmic that he would rise from his chair more powerful than anyone could ever imagine. That idea?
Anyways, you're doing drugs and you get this Olympian idea to make an 8Chan that won't fall to Moot's faggotry. It will be more equitable, more democratic, and more anonymous. It will be...Infinite
The year is 2014 and Brennan is chugging along nicely with his little altchan. He moves to the Philippines for better care and to more easily run the site. It has a small but dedicated community, until something unthinkable happened. Moot acted like a total bitch boy and banned Gamergate discussions on 4Chan. For being a site about free speech and no rules, this was the nuclear option. This thread is not about going into why Moot chose this option, but it caused a massive exodus from 4Chan to 8Chan. This caused Brennan to become the new Moot almost overnight, the torch bearer of free speech, cucker of the libs, and vanquisher of glows.
But when your site blows up because of something is stupid as Gaymergate, how bright can your future be? It all began here
Brennan does alright for the time being. But a few things are clear from the beginning:
1. He is not an ideological radical
2. He does not have an endgame
3. He does not have deep pockets and resources to keep this ever-growing project afloat
Despite these three things he manages to make some interesting moves, such as publishing (archive) an anti-natalist article on TheDailyStormer.
He stirred up some controversy (archive) for not being proactive in banning pedophilic images from his site because they were not explicitly against US laws. This leads to one of the first serious challenges to 8Chan remaining on the internet, and it's a catalyzing effect for the Watkins boys getting involved.
The last thing I will mention on the significant Gamergate period is an interview Brennan had on HuffPo Live featuring Brianna Wu during the peak of the conflict
Fast forward to 2016, some business intrigue that is beyond the scope of the thread happens and Brennan is no longer working with 8Chan, ceding full administrative control to Ron and Jim Watkins. For those who want to learn more, see Null's MATI Stream titled, "Goodbye, Jim" here. A couple years later in 2018 he steps away entirely from the imageboard world and decides to focus on designing fonts (archive). He grows up a little bit.
He goes from this...
To this. And that's pretty cool.
But as all great stories go, disaster strikes.
Christchurch (archive) happens. An undeniable tragedy. I don't need to tell anyone here how that went over for sites like Kiwifarms and 8Chan. This apparently radicalized Brennan. From this point forward he is not just ambivalent about imageboards, he is against them. He begins to speak out
Since then, Brennan has moved back to America. He did not move because the quality of life is better, but because he has a warrant out for his arrest and fled the country hours before it was signed. Since then he has moved from the West coast to the East, and his aggressive stance towards "those" kinds of websites has only intensified.
In conclusion, Fredrick Brennan is an exceptional man born in exceptional circumstances. He no doubt had a challenging life. Despite his circumstances, he has survived. That's what Hotwheels is, a survivor. He joined 4chan at a young age in a desperate period of his life. Three years after leaving foster care he is close to founding 8chan. He has gone from being a radical voice of free speech and anonymity for everyone, to being a voice of tolerance and order. Regardless of your political persuasion, the pendulum has swung. Hotwheels has been a stalwart defender of whatever community he finds himself in. And when he no longer aligns with said community, he will dust off his boots (treads?) and mozy on to the next town. Fredrick has become a lot of things in the last few years, but the worst thing he has become to me, is a furry.
He went from a rogue internet icon to a trad-crip with a wife, religion and a fursona. A lot has changed in five years for Fredrick Brennan. A lot of this post was spent ragging on him, but he has accomplished more than most of us with circumstances we'd find insurmountable. Here's to five more years, Fredrick; don't let the thread die
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