Per­haps the fun­ni­est troll ever

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOSH JACKMAN

IN­TER­NET TROLLS have a bad name. But while they are best known for abuse and threats, one Is­raeli woman shows they can have a good side.

With her tongue firmly in her cheek, Tel Aviv co­me­dian Dafni Gafni (not her real name) has wreaked havoc on the Face­book pages of the fa­mous and the in­fa­mous alike.

Her tar­gets have in­cluded the Pope, Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Rece pT ayyip Er dog an, the Boy­cott, Divestment and Sanc­tions (BDS) move­ment, Santa Klaus, Green­peace and for­mer Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Wa­ters, on whose web pages she has left faux-sin­cere mes­sages de­signed to rile their fans.

When it came to the BDS move­ment, she pre­tended to con­fuse the group with sex­ual fetish cat­e­gory BDSM, writ­ing: “I bought my boyfriend a top of the line BDS f***ing ma­chine for his birth­day, and we just tried it out for the very first time.

“We made a prom­ise that I won’t un­tie him un­less he uses our safe word ‘Please stop’. I think he may have for­got­ten it, be­cause he’s been scream­ing and cry­ing for three hours al­ready! What should I do now?”

And on the Face­book page for Roger Wa­ters, who has com­pared Is­rael to Nazi Ger­many, she asked the mu­si­cian to per­form in the Jewish state, say­ing: “Our agency has re­served a unique space near the border which used to be a peace­ful Pales­tinian vil­lage. We have co-or­di­nated the re­moval of the sur­round­ing olive trees to ex­pand the venue so ev­ery­one can enjoy!”

Ms Gafni said this mes­sage was one of her favourites, “be­cause I had the feel­ing that I was do­ing some­thing on be­half of the greater good — al­though that sounds a bit pre­ten­tious.

“I was in­spired by peo­ple’s stu­pid­ity, the se­ri­ous­ness with which they take al­most ev­ery­thing, and my will to pro­voke them. I started do­ing it four months ago as a joke for me and my friends, but I couldn’t have guessed that it would go vi­ral like this.”

When asked whether she con­sid­ered her­self a co­me­dian, she re­sponded: “Co­me­dian; Mus­solini… it doesn’t really mat­ter, as long as it touches peo­ple and makes them smile.”

She has needed a thick skin, with re­sponses from fans of those she trolls rang­ing from as­ton­ish­ment to anger and even an­ti­semitism. One sup­porter of Mr Rogers called her “Stupid Kike”.

But the abuse has not put off the ex­pert troll. “More and more peo­ple are now curious about who Dafni is, and when I’m ex­posed and re­ceive the ap­pro­pri­ate recog­ni­tion, it might bring new and ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

When asked if she wanted to add any­thing, she said: “God save the Queen. Please tell her that I’m a big fan of her lin­gerie.”

Dafni Gafni as she ap­pears on her Face­book page, and her mes­sage to Roger Wa­ters

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