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The practice of using cyber threats, abusive language, and the ill-defined term "harassment" coming from a small number of internet trolls to distract from broader legitimate criticism of one's own poor behavior and to make oneself the victim.

It often includes the implication that non-abusive critics are somehow in-league with those sending death threats, using racial or sexual epithets, etc. as a way of smearing anyone who criticizes you. It also often involves mischaracterizing jokes and mean words as violent (see Anthony Rendon below). While trollwashing is a red herring used by a wide variety of political ideologies, it is most often associated with poorly conceived SJW talking points.

Prominent examples include:

Sky News anchor Cathy Newman after her disastrous interview with Jordan Peterson.
California Assemblyman Anthony Rendon after screwing over his progressive supporters.
Kathy Griffin after pretending to decapitate the President.
Hillary Clinton throughout the 2016 election.
Anti-GamerGaters like Anti Sarkeesian, Zoe Quinn, and Brianna Wu literally all the time.
Anita Sarkeesian: *makes incoherent, illogical horseshit video*
Entire internet: "This video was incoherent and illogical. Here are many legitimate reasons why."
Like, 2 guys: "She's a dumb bitch."
Anita: I AM THE VICTIM OF CYBER VIOLENCE ANYONE WHO CRITICIZES ME IS A RAPIST REEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Me: I'm so sick of this god damn trollwashing.
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by dbanyard February 20, 2018
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