In the wake of Anas Abdin’s tragic loss in his lawsuit against CBS, a lot has happened.
A GoFundMe campaign set up by Gary Buechler, successfully raised $20,000 for an appeal.
While that news was quite welcome, Mr. Abdin has since received heinous death threats in the days following.
In the original lawsuit, the judge ruled in favor of CBS.
Anas Abdin Plans to Appeal
The original suit was based on the grounds that Star Trek: Discovery directly used images and story concepts from Abdin’s point-and-click video game, Tardigrades.
As of October 11th, Abdin posted on his blog that he was going to appeal.
He also Tweeted:
I have filed an appeal. Thanks to my dear friend @Nerdrotics for helping me set up a fundraiser to continue my legal fight #justiceForAnas #Tardigrades #independentCreator https://t.co/LbL3104wWY pic.twitter.com/axg1OfOZTV
— ˹Anas Abdin˼ 🌿💦🐛 (@AnasAbdin) October 12, 2019
In the responses, the pro CBS trolls came out:
You're being set up for a fall. Please don't listen to these hateful YouTubers, they don't care if you crash and burn over this.
— Ben Berwick (@darth_timon) October 16, 2019
What is tragic is that these outrage merchants who convinced you to take this on wont be there to bail you out when CBS asks you to pay their legal fees
— DrAxa Queen (@DrAxaQueen) October 12, 2019
The disparaging remarks and tweets would continue a few days later:
You’re wrong, you know you’re wrong, and instead of addressing it, all you can do is lash out against your critics. CBS didn’t copy your lame ass EGA game… get over yourself dude!
— DrAxa Queen (@DrAxaQueen) October 16, 2019
They even tried to say Anas stole music:
Something tells me you need some meds refilled you have started with crazy talk. Dude YOU ARE STEALING stuff from other franchises and claiming it was your own! You had your day in court give it up! You could finish your game with the following you have. Dont throw it away!
— Justin Burton (@XTheSepX) October 15, 2019
It would not take long for the snide comments to escalate.
On October 18th, they started to take a darker turn:
— ˹Anas Abdin˼ 🌿💦🐛 (@AnasAbdin) October 18, 2019
Two days later, the full on death threats started:
A very lovely "Good Night" email from a #StarTrekDiscovery fan. Sorry for the disturbing image. Not sure if I can sleep now. Not from the threat itself, but from the image #JusticeForAnas #IndependentCreator pic.twitter.com/itGeDXDO4C
— ˹Anas Abdin˼ 🌿💦🐛 (@AnasAbdin) October 20, 2019
As you can see, pretty despicable stuff here.
Even before and during the lawsuit, Mr. Abdin was bullied and threatened by unhinged Discovery fans:
Many of you asked for samples of the hate mail I am getting from #StarTrekDiscovery fans attacking me -not because of my opinion- just because I'm trying to defend my intellectual rights.#gamedev #indiegamedev #Tardigrades pic.twitter.com/nMamgGwLGS
— ˹Anas Abdin˼ 🌿💦🐛 (@AnasAbdin) May 27, 2019
No One Deserves This
Here you have a man standing up for his livelihood and family, and in return, he gets the worst kind of human depravity.
I spoke to Anas Abdin this morning. He’s in good spirits and steadfast in his resolve. He told me that he sometimes receives up to 10 emails a day threatening harm to him or his entire family.
No human being should have to get used to this type of treatment. While the fervor of Star Trek: Discovery fans is understandable, this type of hatred toward another human being is not.
Maybe it’s recency bias, but this new generation of fans have forgotten one of the tenets of Star Trek, and that is to better ourselves.
On a personal note, I’ve befriended this man and I know Anas Abdin’s character. He and I share many of the same struggles in life. I can truly say that Anas Abdin is a genuine inspiration.
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