Grow Exeter | Apr 17, 2019 | 0
What Brett Kavanaugh Has Taught Us: The Importance Of Buying Your Domain Name
Grow Talk by Sofy Robertson
If you only visit one website today, make it this one: brettkavanaugh.com. On arriving on the site, you may be a little surprised to find out that this is not Brett Kavanaugh’s official website. Nor, arguably, would it be a website that he would endorse.
Following my recent Grow Talk article on Promoting Self-care Post-Kavanaugh, I have found visiting this website to be entirely therapeutic and therefore wanted to share its effects.
Kavanaugh may have won the supreme court seat but he just lost his own domain name. On arrival at the website, you will see a black and white image of a courthouse with the words ‘We believe survivors’ overlaid in bold, white type. Below is a short summary of Brett Kavanaugh’s ties with sexual assault, followed by three links to sexual abuse and violence helplines. Most significantly, ‘End rape on campus’ takes the centre spot which is entirely fitting as Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault during his time at University.
Branded as the ‘most millennial revenge ever’ (Some Cards), this is so much more than just an internet prank. So who is behind this genius move? you might be asking. The authors of this timely and powerful piece of activism are Fix the Court, an organisation that pushes for accountability and transparency in the Supreme Court. Their website proclaims:
“We’re the only group in the nation working to open up the most powerful, least accountable part of government – the Supreme Court – by advocating for a few simple “fixes.”
This ballsy move was not a recent one, however, as the organisation bought the URL three years ago. Tim Roth, the executive director of Fix the Court says:
“Three years ago, I bought a handful of URLs that I thought might be useful in any forthcoming Supreme Court confirmation battles. Included were BrettKavanaugh.com, .org and .net.” (Some Cards)
“I am directing those three [URLs] to a landing page with resources for victims of sexual assault. I believe Dr. Ford. I believe Prof. Hill. I also believe that asking for forgiveness is a sign of maturity and strength, not weakness.” (The Next Web)
Although the domain name was bought three years ago, the site was not launched until the day after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as a Supreme Court judge. Roth was inspired to activate the website after witnessing the testimony of Mr Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford before congress last week. He says:
“”Watching last night’s White House event and listening to the President again cast doubt on veracity of Dr Ford’s claims, while not hearing a word of contrition from the newest justice, was difficult for many Americans who have experienced sexual misconduct firsthand.” (The Independent)
Fix the Court are not the only ones who have taken action through clever use of URLs. Writer and comedian Dave Weasel redirected the HonnBrettKavanaugh.com domain to the RAINN website; America’s largest anti-sexual violence organisation.
Protestors of Kavanaugh’s appointment to the supreme court have vowed to continue fighting ahead of the midterm elections. Anna Galland, executive director of the advocacy group, Move On declares:
“If we organise, mobilise, and vote, we will win. We must all commit to action in coming weeks to take back control of our government from right-wing extremists.” (The Independent)
Fix the Court’s faux Kavanaugh site acknowledges the disappointing verdict and how it may look like a victory for a particular interest group but argues that it has put a “national focus on the issue of sexual assault”. In the wake of a process that has been undoubtedly traumatic to those involved and to the nation (and not just the American nation), a message of positivity and hope is certainly needed. And this is exactly what brettkavanaugh.com does:
“This past month, thousands of survivors came forward to tell their stories. We applaud your bravery. We believe you.”
It is unclear whether Kavanaugh has learned his lesson about the power of technology and the importance of purchasing your domain name as he has, as yet, been unavailable for comment. It seems only fitting that the figure who tried to make a laughing stock out of his alleged victims should himself face ridicule over his lack of technological prowess.