Cyberpig Paulie Frankel removed a tribute set up on IPR’s January 2017 Open Thread to honor blogger and LGBT activist Marlon Areola, who died Sunday after suffering a ruptured artery in his lower abdomen. The tribute, left at IPR by a user with the name “Lobster Miner” read as follows:
Rest in Peace
Blogger & LGBT activist Marlon Areola
1981 – 2017
It followed with a link to Wikipedia’s list of 2017 deaths, which current lists Areola for January 1.
There was no reason given for the Cyberpig’s removal of the tribute. It could possibly be the result of homophobia or maybe for unknown personal reasons. Areola claims on his blog that he and the Cyberpig were supposed to meet at a gay bathhouse in Chicago, but the Cyberpig no-showed.
In place of the tribute to Areola, the Cyberpig posted a note asking readers to throw a pity party for him because he is too lazy to obtain a driver’s license and irrationally fears he will be deported as a result.