freedom74 is an unemployed pre-op MTF tranny in his mid thirties with a persecution complex who posts on the Australian raver forum inthemix (ITM). All of freedom74's posts are long Marxist diatribes about The Man's exploitation of the underclasses that prevents him from getting a job. Many otherwise worthwhile threads have been ruined by freedom74 somehow linking the original topic with his own oppression by society, inevitably derailing the thread into a flamewar until everyone gets bored or the thread gets locked.
Many people wonder why he posts on ITM at all, since he has only once ever made a post that had anything to do with music, and even then it wasn't relevant to ITM since it wasn't electronic music. freedom74 was long assumed to be an elaborate troll, until court documents showed that he seems to be a real person. Despite all his shit posts, he has not been permabanned, while others have been banned for trolling him, from which some have hypothesised that he is fucking one of the moderators.
freedom74's main claim of persecution is that people are prejudiced against him because he wants a doctor to cut off his dick and make him a woman. In general most ITMers don't care about his sexuality or gender identity, and some of his harshest critics are fags themselves, but given his other behaviour it makes the easiest angle for trolling him. This has sparked several debates amongst the other forumers, with some arguing that, given the amount of other crazy shit, there's no need to make fun of his sexuality. Despite this, many still refer to him as "he" or even "it" rather than "she". This only serves to strengthen his persecution complex, however, making him even worse.
He also uses this persecution complex to justify not looking for work, taking it as a foregone conclusion that nobody would employ him when in reality he hasn't even tried and is just too lazy to work. In a thread entitled "What jobs couldn't you do?" he posted:
—freedom74, unwilling to do any job ever
Besides government welfare cheques, he used to (or still does???) work as a prostitute (due to a forum glitch the first 2 posts in that thread are swapped). Much of this money would no doubt go to maintaining his heroin addiction.
—"Australiagirl" on alt.drugs.hard
DEY TOOK OUR JERBS
freedom74 has since also taken to blaming immigrants for his continued unemployment.
While some debate flowed on the merits of accepting immigrant laborers, the other forumers were unanimous in realising this had nothing to do with f74's unemployment.
OMG I hate my parents :(
In March 2008 f74 posted a thread asking how he can find out if he was adopted, because he thinks he lacks any resemblance to his family.
He then went on to outline how unfriendly his parents had turned out towards their batshit insane son. As an example he cited "A charming example of their friendliness was our battle in the legal case of Wadsworth&Wadsworth" - because obviously if he wasn't adopted his parents would be all too happy to be sued in a frivolous lawsuit by their deranged offspring. ITMers looked up the ruling on the case and were amazed at what they found.
—The Hon Judge Lindsay
As a 33-year-old having been estranged from his parents for years, freedom74 was trying to claim dependence and milk them for hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Federal Magistrates Court. Obviously the judge did the only logical thing and summarily dismissed the case.
The other ITMers responded with amazement at this new revelation, not only to see a new low in f74's insanity, but also to finally have confirmation that he was a real person and not a well-planned troll. (also that he had once been married, lol)
This was also the closest freedom74 came to being banned from ITM.
freedom74 then announced that he planned to appeal a case that had been summarily dismissed.
Family Court Appeal
Months passed without updates on his appeal, until in October his story broke in the old media. Ever the bastion of journalistic integrity, the article came almost two months after his appeal had been heard in court. Many on ITM were speechless.
Not only was the case once again dismissed, freedom74 was also ordered to pay A$3,500 of his parents' court costs. For extra lulz, the newspaper article referred to f74 as a man, despite all the court documents respectfully referring to him as a woman.
The ruling from the appeal can be read here: (PDF link)
Credit card debt
On top of that, freedom74 is, or was until recently, also on the run from credit card companies for non-payment of a $20,000 debt.
Reaction by other forumers
Not content with laughing at his stupid posts and continuing to milk him like the lol-cow he is, various forumers have at different times gotten fed up with his shit and created several different threads petitioning for him to be permabanned. The moderators have so far not given in to these requests, instead usually locking these threads (at least two more are known to have been deleted) as well as occasionally banning other users who troll freedom74 instead.
It's bad enough when freedom74 starts a thread of his own, but it's when he posts in other people's threads, turning a previously meaningful discussion around to talk about how persecuted he is, that generates the most rage. When this happens, there is never any possibility of it returning to the original discussion, instead descending into a flamewar, or simply with people spamming "THREAD IS NOW ABOUT F74"
- Extraordinary Transit Officer Experience, one of freedom74's first threads, about getting owned by transit cops after he "lost his ticket"
- Freedoms folks are? in the Exclusive Brethren, more clutching at straws, hypothesising that his parents could be in a wacky religious cult, when they're actually probably fairly normal people
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