Cyberbullying, Fat-Shaming, and Homophobia on Hamptons "Douche Spotter"

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The New York Post had a promising story this morning about a Facebook group created by East Hampton locals dedicated to calling out the douchey behavior of the elitest weekenders invading their hometown.

"Facebook page nails Hamptons D-bags for their bad behavior and maddening antics" the headline blared. This is going to be good, we thought, rubbing our hands together in anticipation. (The Today show thought so too--hosts chatted about the Facebook group on the air this morning.)

Outrageous stories of "citidiots" running amok in the Hamptons are some of our favorites. Take the Twitter account @HamptonsBorn, for instance--where East Hampton local and self-described "house watcher" Joe Schwenk catalogs the bizarre requests he fields on a daily basis (ex: "Drive a poodle back to NYC while owners catch a copter ride w/rich friends"). Love it!

But if you were looking for an equally amusing glimpse into life as a Hampton local you'll be disappointed by "Douche spotter." The Facebook group at the center of the Post's story is half cyber-bullying forum, half creep-shot repository--with several dozen photos of legitimately frustrating parking jobs sprinkled in for good measure.

It's hard to tell in most cases what the person pictured did to deserve the brand "douche"--some are ridiculed for having sock tan-lines, others for wearing socks with sandals, and, in one case, for using a motorized scooter. A photo of an old lady walking down the street in the rain is captioned "nice wig douche."

Photos of overweight folks (at the beach, walking down the street, waiting be served at a deli counter) invoke snickering comments. "Break me off a piece of that!" one wrote about the lady at a deli counter. "That was just gross that day...lol," read the caption of the man at the beach. "Back breasts!" howled one person who posted a photo of a heavyset woman's back.

There's some good old-fashioned homophobia, too! "You know your in the hamptons when you see two faggots riding a tandem bike to the beach," wrote one member who posted a cell phone shot of two men on a bike. Another photograph of two men sitting side-by-side carries the comments, "How does he have a gf when he looks like a flammer?!" and "He looks like a fudge packer hahaha fuck this ppl."

Really, New York Post? Really, Today? This is what we're celebrating?

Even members of the group (there were close to 1,000 of them when the Post's story went live, but that number had almost tripled a few hours later) are starting to complain--not that the page's administrator has any time for that.

"This isnt for sensitive, dramatic little crybabies and everybody is free to express themselves so be gone if you cant handle it," James Cuomo wrote on Monday. On Wednesday he added: "This site was to have fun pointing out assholes that think they are better than everyone and can do what they want if you have a problem with it then leave nobody wants to hear you complain."

So, who are the douchebags--the people in the pictures, or the people snapping the photographs surreptitiously from a distance, then posting them on the Internet? Decide for yourself: Facebook.com/groups/douchespotter.



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Paperback

Absolutely -- this article nails it. I went up a few days ago and I was expecting photos of ridiculous antics -- instead what I saw were a bunch of cyber bullies -- posting pictures of people doing normal things and everyone making fun of them. I objected and a bunch of people came after me -- like a little clan who all know each other -- all like a bunch of bullies, saying I'd be removed from the site. I had a war with them.

Examples -- someone took a picture of a guy with yellow sunglasses on; the woman poster wrote the picture 'didn't need a caption'; and then everyone made fun of him for wearing yellow sunglasses. This guy has no idea some weird woman came up to him took a picture of him with her cell phone and posted it to a site where he could be made fun of. 

Another woman took a picture of a car club of Dodge Vipers -- a bunch of car enthusiasts parking their cars in a lot (Dodge Viper is not an expensive car you can get a good one used starting at $25k but I guess she thought they were) and made fun of them and then everyone made fun of them. 

LOTS of pictures of people who had parked their car with a tire on one of the white lines in a parking lot. 

A picture of a guy riding his bike in the middle of the lane on a country road -- the person who took the picture said "Thinks he's a car" and everyone made fun of the person for not riding on the side of the road. 

Ignorant people who are giving Long Island a bad name. I was thinking of going on vacation out to Montauk in August with the family but will not go now out of principle. 

LiamL
LiamL

I don't give a rats ass what a pack of children think. They can all drown in lava for all I care. The fact Indiana made it a federal offense with 18 months in prison and 10,000 dollar fine to declare yourself married if you're same-sex seems a bit more important to me than these morons. Any half-wit with a camera can take pictures and bitch about these people behind their backs from the safety of their monitor screens, where nobody can backhand the little brats. Try doing it to their faces though - See how badass you are then. But babies can't do it can they? Oh no no, princesses need to be safe when they're making fun of other people. :< Aww. Poor Oogies. Try being poor you sons of bitches. Like, ACTUALLY poor. It's cute making fun of entitled people, but it's even worse when you're from the fucking middle class. Look at the creators picture. This guys a fucking tool. 

gespin3549
gespin3549

Don't be sooooooooooooooooo douchey!

mom42bee
mom42bee

Most of the pictures are legitimate depictions of self entitled Hampton invaders being douches. It's just a matter of time until someone (maybe a writer or editor for a New York newspaper) sees a picture of themself on the page.

Ryan MacBride
Ryan MacBride

But in all seriousness, the fastest route to complete utter atheism and denial in any possibility of the existence of a God(compassionate or otherwise) is to be around these Range Rover driving subhuman creatures that infest the beautiful South Fork of Long Island in the summer. Many of these "people" are just empty vessels, totally vacant and soulless. You look into their eyes and realize there is nothing there. It is much like staring into the infinite void.

Leopold Bloom
Leopold Bloom

now i didn't want to share this on the groups facebook page because they will probably /ban me but there is a grand irony at play. the moderator of the group seems to be the ultimate douche based on his facebook user pic.

localgirl1976
localgirl1976

I am from the Hamptons born and raised.  We have all been raised in this small town and over the past decade or so it's been taken over by entitled people, who to be fair do generate a majority of our income. However! That being said, their behavior is what we deem douchey. And the sock tans, I hate to tell you that's US! We are the only ones who will have a sock tan! We are the construction people, gardeners, pool cleaners who need to wear socks and boots a majority of the day thus causing sock tans.  I know I posted a picture of my own husband, so some of these posts are us teasing one another... and to be honest, we know who we are and we can laugh at ourselves.  As for you saying there is a post of 2 men riding a bike with a caption using the word faggot. Please. Please! get your facts right, it is not said anywhere on that photo. We are even posting pictures of ourselves for being douchey when we know we are wearing a ridiculous outfit.  It is a way for us to vent at some of the obnoxious behavior we live with from May to September.  Just sayin' don't get your panties in such a twist.  Before the NYPost and Today show, this was a little local secret that allowed us to quietly vent to one another. All of the mean people seem to be coming from far and away, and to be fair, I don't appreciate them at all.

smidbeach
smidbeach

@villagevoice Thanks for being the voice of reason on this. Most of these shots are below the belt, no pun intended.

mommadillo
mommadillo

@LiamLThe fact Indiana made it a federal offense with 18 months in prison and 10,000 dollar fine to declare yourself married if you're same-sex

Really now?  So a state made something a federal offense?  How?

pineapple_frapple
pineapple_frapple

@Ryan MacBride  Oh god.  The soulless zombies are coming and supporting the local economy.  Its the end of the world.  Quick.  Get in the lifeboats and head to Riverhead before its too late.  : /

pineapple_frapple
pineapple_frapple

@localgirl1976

 "We have all been raised in this small town and over the past decade or so it's been taken over by entitled people, who to be fair do generate a majority of our income"


So which is it?  Either you put up with is as long as they aren't breaking the law (Which by the way if you see somebody parking in a handicapped spot call the ($%^ing cops before taking a photo) or you give em hell and chase away the douchebags and their money.


Can't have it both ways.  

arianelange
arianelange

@tessastuart Tessa, no joke, sometimes there's a person who says "hello" in a deeply weird way in the hallway and I think it's you

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