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The Video Vigilante thinks we are exploitative hypocrites…

Back in November, we let you know that Brian “Mastur” Bates, the Video Vigilante, is a prolific Urban Spoon restaurant reviewer. We learned about this when an upset lady sent us a poorly written email complaining about a mean (and possibly accurate) review Bates left about her new restaurant Blu’s BBQ.

Apparently someone posted our article to the local message board OKC Talk. It received a few boring replies from their community members, but got interesting when the Video Vigilante chimed in to give his thoughts on the matter. Let’s just say I don’t think we’re going to get a Christmas card from him this year, which is fine, because I think Christmas cards are a waste of time unless they contain gift cards or money.

Here’s what the Vigilante wrote:

This is just par-for-the-course for The Lost Ogle. Their hypocrisy is laughable. Their criticisms of me are pretty funny considering THEY only exist to exploit, highlight, profit off of (anonymously no less) making fun of others. There is no ‘other’ side of TLO – the only awareness they spread is their own ignorance. But, I do get a pump in traffic when they go on their rants, so, whatever.

I actually don’t have an issue with TLO. You’re not going to find a bigger supporter of free speech than me. I just wish they’d put more effort into some of their articles. For the most part they’re pretty weak on content and big on just an overgrown bully, college type humor.

Yeah, our “hypocrisy is laughable.” Of course, it’s not as laughable as criticizing a blog for being “an overgrown bully” that simply profits off “making fun of others,” even though you once sent that blog an email with the hope that they’d bully someone and make fun of others. Check out this email the Video Vigilante sent to us in March of 2010:

Here’s the attachment:

Wow, thank Gary England the Video Vigilante doesn’t write for us. If that were the case, then our content would be really weak and exploitative! He’d spend the entire day poking fun at local celebrities for getting their Twitter accounts hacked. That’s only funny when it happens to the Governor.

Take Alex Cameron, for example. His twitter account got hacked and he sent the Video Vigilante a DM saying he was a horny 24-year-old girl. Yeah, that’s funny, but not as funny as wearing an HBO shirt and dramatically gazing into the distance while posed in front of the Golden Gate Bridge:

See, that’s much more entertaining.

Anyway, it’s quite obvious that The Video Vigilante, despite the weak content, at one time enjoyed reading The Lost Ogle. He probably liked our site for the “bullying” and “making fun of others” and who knows what else. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have tried to be a Mole and send us information to write about. I guess he’s just a thinned-skin guy who takes what he does too seriously. That’s kind of surprising. You would think that a guy who looks like Droopy and walks the streets crusading against prostitution while profiting from it would be able to laugh at himself from time to time.


  1. Exploitative? Like sneaking up to people and videotaping them having sex, then posting it on your website? Wait, TLO doesn’t do that.

  2. “But, I do get a pump in traffic when they go on their rants, so, whatever.”–isn’t that precisely the type of behavior he is trying to stop??

  3. “I do get a pump in traffic.” I realize he probably meant bump, but a pump in traffic sounds like a hand job during rush hour.

  4. Come gather around kids, and let me tell you what a dishonorable douchebag this guy is. Also my origin story.

  5. Well, Bates is totally wrong about Blu’s BBQ at NW 6th and Robinson. I saw him eating at Cafe Kacao last Sunday (NW 33rd and Classen). I hope he doesn’t slam them. I like that joint too. Weirdly Joe Wertz from NPR’s State Impact OK sat at the table next to Brian Bates. I was wondering how Guatemalan brunch might interest both Brian Bates and Joe Wertz. I hope there’s no naked Guatemalans impacting my breakfast and the state in some way.

  6. I’m sure this is no secret, but he also tries to blackmail people with the footage. When a company truck is filmed he calls the business demanding money in exchange for not releasing the tapes.

  7. I can’t imagine making a living like Mastur Bates and being critical of anyone other than meth manufacturers.

  8. He does profit from filming the johns and prostitutes.

    He also loves to announce any kind of charity/volunteer work he does. I think it is possible to help people without posting your good deeds on facebook. Or “hey I’m going to be on the news tonight” status updates. Leads me to believe he might not have gotten enough attention as a child.

    • Like I say below, he’s figured out a way to sell porn and look like a good guy! hahhaha

      The only worse is the stupid fucs that actually follow him and admire what he does. You know they are secretly sitting around just hoping a stoning or hanging will break out!

  9. Wait, Bates doesn’t exploit, bully, or, any of that, he is simply trying to help people realize the errors of their ways and make a clean start, that he films them while hiding, usually doing something no one really wants to see or (if they want they can always get porn) really cares about and then sells this footage, (wait isn’t that porn/exploitation?) just to show how serious he is about helping people. He even cares about rating restuarants for the general public……he’s such a gem….

    You see if he doens’t get the hypocrisy in himself he’s never gonna see. What would be really cool is when filming one of his pimps/hos clips, a John just whipped his ass up and down the street! I can’t quit laughing at his post……and I’d like a pump in traffic!!!

  10. Patrick posted a similar vid a year ago but this still makes me laugh out loud. Ryan Rates is only a product of his environment!

  11. Bates is a pervert. Know him from way back when he was in college. He made plaster cast molds of females breast/torso. In his apartment he had approx 50 of these molds

  12. Didn’t he get busted for paying prostitutes to have sex with the john’s so he would have something to video tape? He was on Montel Williams show once and thought he was going to make it big on the talk show circuit until he got busted. This happened about 15 years ago if I’m not mistaken. I can’t believe how all of these new reporters use him in their stories like he’s really a credible person.

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