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05.10.2010

The site has been buzzing the past few days with news that a UK YouTube movie reviewer had been caught plagiarizing JoBlo.com movie reviews from our own Chris Bumbray and Jimmy O, and reading them like they were his own.

His name is Tom Perkins, and his web show was called FilmXTRA. On first glance he’s an energetic young Brit with a seeming passion for movies, but upon closer inspection, he’s a thieving bastard who has stolen nearly everything he’s ever posted from JoBlo.com and a few other film websites.

For a prime example of this, check out this video review of IRON MAN 2, and while you watch, read along with Jimmy O’s review posted days earlier. This is only one of dozens reviews stolen from us and other sources, but it’s the only video we could grab before he took them all down. Below that, check out "his" synopsis of the same film he sent out in an e-mail.

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It’s kind of eerie to see that, and personally, as a writer, I just don’t see A) why anyone would fake reviews, as most of us do what we do because we love giving OUR opinions on movies and B) how do you think you’re going to get away with that indefinitely?

There are many more details to this story as to who all this guy stole from and for how long, and the entire saga has been chronicled very well here at TheFollowingPreview, which you should check out for the full rundown. Also, we've just been sent this video from FuryoftheFilmFan which explains the whole scenario:

Days went by without any word from Perkins, other than a few frantic tweets, but he’s just sent us an apology letter which you can see below.

Firstly I would like to apologise for the lateness of this email. Unfortunately I've been away from a computer all weekend, which has also given me time think about what I've wanted to say.

Yes I have plagiarised many of your reviews (and other website reviewers) and even though there is no excuse for what I have done, I am deeply sorry for my actions. I was stupid to think that I could get away with it. Now I know you don't want to hear any excuses but my main reason for starting to plagiarise a while ago was mainly because YouTube has become so easily corruptible these days I kind of wanted to see how corruptible it can be. Which of course got way out of hand and I forgot that I was taking advantage of your hard work. I now want to thank you and everyone else involved for making me see the horrible errors of my ways. I love your site and didn't want to hurt anyone.

I also need to mention that the website HeyUGuys.co.uk (which was the website i was apart of) had no idea of my actions and were just in the dark as everyone else. I have apologised to them as well but I urge you to not hold them responsible for what I've done. They are victims of what I've done as much as my viewers and I hope you continue to see them as a valued movie blogging site.

Moving on from what I've done. I'd just like to say I love movies and will continue to do my own full video reviews whether or not anyone watches them. I understand that you are extremely angry with what I've done and it's up to you if you want to believe me but I will say that I'm very sorry and it will NEVER happen again. I have taken all my previous videos down and will be starting from scratch.

Thanks for your time

Tom

FilmXTRA

He wanted to “see how corruptible YouTube had become”? That’s like going out and robbing a bank to figure out why crime rates are so high.

Anyway, to all you writers out there, NEVER plagiarize, not even a little bit. It’s OK to be inspired by other critics and journalists, but copying is never OK, and is disrespectful to the hard work they put in when you try and pass it off for own. And you’ll likely be caught, and end up like this guy, internet douche of the year.

Extra Tidbit: Crime doesn't pay.
Source: JoBlo.com

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7:41PM on 05/11/2010
the douche is getting famous-
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the douche is getting famous-
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6:53PM on 05/11/2010

College

Plagiarism will get you expelled from pretty much any college on the planet. Whenever you take any kind of writing or english classes, most likely the instructor will inform you to definitely not plagiarize, because more likely than not, you will get caught!
Plagiarism will get you expelled from pretty much any college on the planet. Whenever you take any kind of writing or english classes, most likely the instructor will inform you to definitely not plagiarize, because more likely than not, you will get caught!
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5:39PM on 05/11/2010

Loserrrrrrrrr

I really can't begin to even describe what a loser this guy is..

The way he's acting, like it's really 'his' Iron man review in the video..

OMFG
I really can't begin to even describe what a loser this guy is..

The way he's acting, like it's really 'his' Iron man review in the video..

OMFG
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2:16PM on 05/11/2010

Jo Blo = AWESOME!

Honestly, this kid is a young douchebag, but it's also the ultimate compliment to Chris Bumbray and Joblo.com.
I think you guys can be proud to see just how popular and fantastic this site has become.

Kudos Fellas.
Honestly, this kid is a young douchebag, but it's also the ultimate compliment to Chris Bumbray and Joblo.com.
I think you guys can be proud to see just how popular and fantastic this site has become.

Kudos Fellas.
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2:13PM on 05/11/2010

All I can say about Young Brits...

If you've played Fifa 10 online, then you've undoubtedly played with young British teens. That being said, it is shockingly amazing the doushbaggery that goes on in a game that is so fanatic about a sport. You would think they would play online like the stars they see in their culture. The terms: Twat and wankers come to mind.

However, to be fair.. ALL TEENS these days are young douchbags! Honestly, i don't remember being that much of a douchebag when I was a teen. NHL 10, has its Canadian
If you've played Fifa 10 online, then you've undoubtedly played with young British teens. That being said, it is shockingly amazing the doushbaggery that goes on in a game that is so fanatic about a sport. You would think they would play online like the stars they see in their culture. The terms: Twat and wankers come to mind.

However, to be fair.. ALL TEENS these days are young douchbags! Honestly, i don't remember being that much of a douchebag when I was a teen. NHL 10, has its Canadian and American douchebags, and so does Madden 10, etc.

Online games have to come with a "Online play not rated" tag with games because the douchebaggery level is immeasurable.

I hate teenagers, it wasn't that long ago that i was one. Come to think of it, i do remember a lot of douchebags...
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1:29PM on 05/11/2010

This is unfortunate....

I can't believe something like this happened. What Fury said was so right. Reviews take time and energy and to have someone come along and take your words is beyond asinine. I dont care if your review is as simple and short as, "Movie good. Me Like." NO ONE should ever take your exact words and pretend like its theirs. This guy should have his site taken down and he should be fined for doing this.
I can't believe something like this happened. What Fury said was so right. Reviews take time and energy and to have someone come along and take your words is beyond asinine. I dont care if your review is as simple and short as, "Movie good. Me Like." NO ONE should ever take your exact words and pretend like its theirs. This guy should have his site taken down and he should be fined for doing this.
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1:01PM on 05/11/2010
what a fucking twat
what a fucking twat
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9:19AM on 05/11/2010

Fury and Joblo?

A perfect team.
A perfect team.
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9:18AM on 05/11/2010
"YouTube has become so easily corruptible these days I kind of wanted to see how corruptible it can be." = "I am a corrupted piece of shit and in the depths of YouTube is where I belong."
Anyways, I'm glad he apologized but that excuse was lame. Yeah buddy, and I wanted to see what syphillis was all about so I went balls deep in one of the JV league Tuesday morning strippers at my local club.
"YouTube has become so easily corruptible these days I kind of wanted to see how corruptible it can be." = "I am a corrupted piece of shit and in the depths of YouTube is where I belong."
Anyways, I'm glad he apologized but that excuse was lame. Yeah buddy, and I wanted to see what syphillis was all about so I went balls deep in one of the JV league Tuesday morning strippers at my local club.
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8:43AM on 05/11/2010
Even though I hate stealing, lying f*cknuts like Tom Perkins, I love it when stupid people are caught and their conniving ways exposed. It gives me something to laugh about and it also reminds me of how utterly idiotic some people can be. Stealing a review = stealing an opinion. Way to go, genius. You really thought that one through, dintcha'?

Oh and his excuse is effin' priceless! Testing the corruptibility of YouTube? He sounds like a sappy-ass, lonely lil' dumbass that gets off on
Even though I hate stealing, lying f*cknuts like Tom Perkins, I love it when stupid people are caught and their conniving ways exposed. It gives me something to laugh about and it also reminds me of how utterly idiotic some people can be. Stealing a review = stealing an opinion. Way to go, genius. You really thought that one through, dintcha'?

Oh and his excuse is effin' priceless! Testing the corruptibility of YouTube? He sounds like a sappy-ass, lonely lil' dumbass that gets off on attention.
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6:29AM on 05/11/2010

Borrowed from Kubrick

Okay. Here's the plan. We all charter a plane to Britain. Don't worry, JoBlo's paying. I'll provide beer. Then, once there, we pull a blanket and wrapped soapbars from our luggage. And then. . . . Later, we post it on YouTube.
Okay. Here's the plan. We all charter a plane to Britain. Don't worry, JoBlo's paying. I'll provide beer. Then, once there, we pull a blanket and wrapped soapbars from our luggage. And then. . . . Later, we post it on YouTube.
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6:19AM on 05/11/2010

Retard

It's always hilarious when people feel the need to plgiarise OPINION peices. They really can't come up with one reason why they did or didn't like something?!

Anyway, do not let this utter retard change your opinion of British movie fans. We are a kind bunch
It's always hilarious when people feel the need to plgiarise OPINION peices. They really can't come up with one reason why they did or didn't like something?!

Anyway, do not let this utter retard change your opinion of British movie fans. We are a kind bunch
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5:02AM on 05/11/2010
Just checked his twitter page and the douche is already boasting about new video reviews coming soon!
Just checked his twitter page and the douche is already boasting about new video reviews coming soon!
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4:10AM on 05/11/2010
I love how he was allegedly "testing" the corruptibility of youtube...what a douche. The Queen should be proud.
I love how he was allegedly "testing" the corruptibility of youtube...what a douche. The Queen should be proud.
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2:59AM on 05/11/2010

WHAT A DOUCHEBAG ...

... JoBlo.com rules, FilmXTRA sucks ...
... JoBlo.com rules, FilmXTRA sucks ...
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2:52AM on 05/11/2010
some people aren't too bright! how do you think your gonna get away with it if you post it on the internet? LOL! Well I guess it's kinda flattering to have something someone wants to plagiarize.
some people aren't too bright! how do you think your gonna get away with it if you post it on the internet? LOL! Well I guess it's kinda flattering to have something someone wants to plagiarize.
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11:38PM on 05/10/2010
Super glad he got caught! What a douche! His apology seemed very insincere, and he's just sorry he got caught.
Super glad he got caught! What a douche! His apology seemed very insincere, and he's just sorry he got caught.
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11:00PM on 05/10/2010
As James Bond once said "Your a bloody idiot." whats wrong with this guy is it really hard to come up with his own review for movies. I mean this guy has a good set place to do his own reviews but insted he thinks I put effort into the background but im going to steal joblo's reviews and half ass it. The only reason I see this guy doing this is just to be a internet star and probally didnt even watch the movies but insted just take the reviews so he can get fans and views.
As James Bond once said "Your a bloody idiot." whats wrong with this guy is it really hard to come up with his own review for movies. I mean this guy has a good set place to do his own reviews but insted he thinks I put effort into the background but im going to steal joblo's reviews and half ass it. The only reason I see this guy doing this is just to be a internet star and probally didnt even watch the movies but insted just take the reviews so he can get fans and views.
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10:21PM on 05/10/2010
Well, bravo Fred Lozano and JoBlo.com for putting a stop to this, and for TheFollowingPreview for successfully investigating and posting his history of plagiarism. The only reason I would think that his apology is for real, is I can't think the man is stupid enough to falsely claim he wanted to corrupt YouTube. As far as apologies go, that is too crazy to make up. But if this guy ever had a shred of credibility to his name, unless he starts using an online alias, my guess is it's all gone now.
Well, bravo Fred Lozano and JoBlo.com for putting a stop to this, and for TheFollowingPreview for successfully investigating and posting his history of plagiarism. The only reason I would think that his apology is for real, is I can't think the man is stupid enough to falsely claim he wanted to corrupt YouTube. As far as apologies go, that is too crazy to make up. But if this guy ever had a shred of credibility to his name, unless he starts using an online alias, my guess is it's all gone now.
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9:49PM on 05/10/2010
Good call, Joblo team! I think this is the first time in my life to see there IS plagiarism in movie reviews. That apology wouldn't be out from him unless you guys actually caught him like what you're doing now. Honestly you guys need to circulate this article to other movie websites and let them know what this guy has done. Lesson learnt. Now I have this "Total eclipse of the heart" literal music video's lyrics in my head: "Drinking wine, doucheba*". Hahaha.
Good call, Joblo team! I think this is the first time in my life to see there IS plagiarism in movie reviews. That apology wouldn't be out from him unless you guys actually caught him like what you're doing now. Honestly you guys need to circulate this article to other movie websites and let them know what this guy has done. Lesson learnt. Now I have this "Total eclipse of the heart" literal music video's lyrics in my head: "Drinking wine, doucheba*". Hahaha.
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8:31PM on 05/10/2010
Fuck you Tom. Why don't you take your apology, turn it sideways and shove it up your candy ass! That is the Rock's saying by the way, see that Tom how I give credit to my source and just don't steal it. OH and DAYS went by before you responded? OH well I was away from uh my computer. Bullshit. Be a man step up immediately instead of hiding for days. Pussy.
Fuck you Tom. Why don't you take your apology, turn it sideways and shove it up your candy ass! That is the Rock's saying by the way, see that Tom how I give credit to my source and just don't steal it. OH and DAYS went by before you responded? OH well I was away from uh my computer. Bullshit. Be a man step up immediately instead of hiding for days. Pussy.
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7:30PM on 05/10/2010
Are we sure he didn't steal that apology?
Are we sure he didn't steal that apology?
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9:52PM on 05/10/2010
Hahaha. I like that!
Hahaha. I like that!
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7:20PM on 05/10/2010
tell em ey... tell em...
tell em ey... tell em...
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7:17PM on 05/10/2010
fuck this kid. and i just watched "his" iron man 2 review posted above. who the fuck was watching this kid give stupid ass reviews in the first place? he sounds like a 17 year old, sugared up, twatbag talking about his LOLOMFG FAV MOVIES EVER! maybe that's the reason it took so long to find his plagiarism, his first viewer wasn't until the other day.
fuck this kid. and i just watched "his" iron man 2 review posted above. who the fuck was watching this kid give stupid ass reviews in the first place? he sounds like a 17 year old, sugared up, twatbag talking about his LOLOMFG FAV MOVIES EVER! maybe that's the reason it took so long to find his plagiarism, his first viewer wasn't until the other day.
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6:54PM on 05/10/2010

A regular Den of Geek contributor here...

I'm completely behind any zero tolerance stance on plagiarism. The note in the apology where he tried to pass it off as exposing Youtube corruption was doubly weak. The guy needs to get his head screwed on right before offering up any more videos, because his reputation is in tatters now.
To commenters though- don't make this about the fact that he's British. He's a douche, not the villain in Die Hard 5- nationality is not the operative part.
I'm completely behind any zero tolerance stance on plagiarism. The note in the apology where he tried to pass it off as exposing Youtube corruption was doubly weak. The guy needs to get his head screwed on right before offering up any more videos, because his reputation is in tatters now.
To commenters though- don't make this about the fact that he's British. He's a douche, not the villain in Die Hard 5- nationality is not the operative part.
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6:42PM on 05/10/2010
joblo needs to put together a flash of this and upload it to youtube with his name in the tags.
that way anyone browsing his reviews will have this available too.
+ it would be awesome to make him eat his shit in front of his fans.

green = this douche going down.
joblo needs to put together a flash of this and upload it to youtube with his name in the tags.
that way anyone browsing his reviews will have this available too.
+ it would be awesome to make him eat his shit in front of his fans.

green = this douche going down.
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6:39PM on 05/10/2010
I hate this fucking idiot more and more with each passing second, seriously. It's one dick move after another. First the actual plagiarism, then the DENIALS of the plagiarism, now this ridiculous, half-assed, barely coherent apology!
I hate this fucking idiot more and more with each passing second, seriously. It's one dick move after another. First the actual plagiarism, then the DENIALS of the plagiarism, now this ridiculous, half-assed, barely coherent apology!
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6:18PM on 05/10/2010
What a lame excuse. I would rather he said it was part of an elaborate performance art piece, and that he was merely playing a "character" who was a thieving douche. Kinda like what Shatner did in his recreation of "The Enemy Within" episode.
What a lame excuse. I would rather he said it was part of an elaborate performance art piece, and that he was merely playing a "character" who was a thieving douche. Kinda like what Shatner did in his recreation of "The Enemy Within" episode.
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6:14PM on 05/10/2010

DOUCHEBAG!!

This guys sucks!!! LONG LIVE JOBLO!!!
This guys sucks!!! LONG LIVE JOBLO!!!
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6:10PM on 05/10/2010
I hate video reviews like that too. The ones where the person talks talks fast with stupid facial movements and not showing any thought process. What a fucking asshole.
I hate video reviews like that too. The ones where the person talks talks fast with stupid facial movements and not showing any thought process. What a fucking asshole.
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6:02PM on 05/10/2010
this guy is dumb and stupid
this guy is dumb and stupid
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5:57PM on 05/10/2010
I'm still shocked that this guy managed to get away with this for so long - almost 2 years - before any one of his relatively large following noticed that he was plagiarizing. His apology was pathetic and I still think that a public apology is in order, but on the bright side, at least we can be safe to assume that he will never find success in this line of work again - I mean, the guy got invited to film premieres and shit, but I think it's safe to say that all that is over. At least he was
I'm still shocked that this guy managed to get away with this for so long - almost 2 years - before any one of his relatively large following noticed that he was plagiarizing. His apology was pathetic and I still think that a public apology is in order, but on the bright side, at least we can be safe to assume that he will never find success in this line of work again - I mean, the guy got invited to film premieres and shit, but I think it's safe to say that all that is over. At least he was exposed, at least the truth is out, and now it's time we all move on and leave him in the dust to pick up the pieces of the mess he left himself in.
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5:56PM on 05/10/2010
FAIL...what an idiot. What was he thinking?
FAIL...what an idiot. What was he thinking?
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5:38PM on 05/10/2010

what a lazy C**T!

Makes me ashamed this guy is a brit. Fooking lazy ass bitch.
Joblo is by far the best movie site around, so he was going to get caught out sooner or later.
I'm dead against hacking, but someone should hack his fooking youtube shit.
Makes me ashamed this guy is a brit. Fooking lazy ass bitch.
Joblo is by far the best movie site around, so he was going to get caught out sooner or later.
I'm dead against hacking, but someone should hack his fooking youtube shit.
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5:34PM on 05/10/2010
like 'shattered glass' - it is not... are we going to start lying about which movies we have watched too!
like 'shattered glass' - it is not... are we going to start lying about which movies we have watched too!
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5:26PM on 05/10/2010
I liked to pause his Youtube vids in the middle of his enthusiastic "reviews", just to laugh at the amazingly dumb faces he was making. And that's gotta be the most ridiculous apology in the history of ridiculous apologies. It's pretty much the equivalent of saying "I tripped & I fell dick-1st into your wife... sorry..."
I liked to pause his Youtube vids in the middle of his enthusiastic "reviews", just to laugh at the amazingly dumb faces he was making. And that's gotta be the most ridiculous apology in the history of ridiculous apologies. It's pretty much the equivalent of saying "I tripped & I fell dick-1st into your wife... sorry..."
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5:18PM on 05/10/2010

PMSL

Just like the film Shattered Glass, well done Joblo.com and a bigger thumbs up to the poster who pointed it out.
This guy got what he deserved in the end.
Just like the film Shattered Glass, well done Joblo.com and a bigger thumbs up to the poster who pointed it out.
This guy got what he deserved in the end.
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5:08PM on 05/10/2010
Burn in hell, you witless ass clown. Choke on that pompous Brit accent you got -- unless you stole that, too.
Burn in hell, you witless ass clown. Choke on that pompous Brit accent you got -- unless you stole that, too.
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5:08PM on 05/10/2010
To quote Hit Girl, "Whatta douche!"
To quote Hit Girl, "Whatta douche!"
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5:06PM on 05/10/2010
Tom Perkins is a C*nty McTwat. He even stole this apology letter!!! I WROTE THAT!!
Tom Perkins is a C*nty McTwat. He even stole this apology letter!!! I WROTE THAT!!
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5:01PM on 05/10/2010
Love the little PSA at the end, Paul.

"NOW YOU KNOW!!!"
Love the little PSA at the end, Paul.

"NOW YOU KNOW!!!"
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5:18PM on 05/10/2010
AND KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE!
AND KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE!
5:20PM on 05/10/2010
J.O. BLO!!!
J.O. BLO!!!
4:59PM on 05/10/2010
Joblo - 1, this guy - (-1,000). Idiot.
Joblo - 1, this guy - (-1,000). Idiot.
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4:58PM on 05/10/2010

Douche Chill

It just boggles the mind that someone could be sooooo dumb, what a tool. F this guy.

It looks like Matthew Turner got the rawest deal of all (looking at the list on the blog).
It just boggles the mind that someone could be sooooo dumb, what a tool. F this guy.

It looks like Matthew Turner got the rawest deal of all (looking at the list on the blog).
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4:57PM on 05/10/2010
this kid SUCKS!!!!
this kid SUCKS!!!!
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4:56PM on 05/10/2010

Idiot

Like he wouldn't get caught... Just wow.
Like he wouldn't get caught... Just wow.
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4:42PM on 05/10/2010

Douche!

No one fucks with our reviews and lives!
No one fucks with our reviews and lives!
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4:41PM on 05/10/2010

heh

not only was it plagiarism but this guy didn't even try to hide who he was or anything which is incredibly easy on the internet.
not only was it plagiarism but this guy didn't even try to hide who he was or anything which is incredibly easy on the internet.
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4:34PM on 05/10/2010

lol

fag
fag
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