An interesting disclaimer at the beginning of “The Most Hated Man on the Internet” reveals that all footage in the series that follows Is anyone up? is fake/recreated which was a smart move by the creators to avoid repeated exploitation. Raw TV, creators of the Netflix hits “Don’t F**k with Cats” and “The Tinder Swindler,” also cleverly centers the real-life heroes of this tale early on by introducing viewers to Charlotte and Kayla Laws from the beginning. Kayla talks about taking a topless photo and emailing it to herself because her phone storage was full. Before she knew it, the photo was on Moore’s website. She never sent it to anyone else. She gave no permission to post it. Not only was the post an invasion of privacy, but Kayla rightly suspected it was the product of hacking. Charlotte began an intense investigation, contacting dozens of women who had also been hacked. Faced with threats from Moore and his associates, Laws had all the evidence the FBI needed when they came knocking.
Is anyone up? launched in 2010 and had fallen apart to such an extent that it was sold to the owner of an anti-bullying website – himself a fascinating interview subject in this series, after trying to take Moore down from within – just 16 months later at the beginning of 2012. Moore would plead guilty to identity theft and other charges in 2015 and serve less than two years behind bars. And that’s it. In the grand scheme of the internet, the most hated man on the internet burned out quickly. And that’s the crux of the flaw in Rob Miller’s docuseries—a failure to place what Moore did in the larger context of what came before, and more importantly, what came after. The truth is, there are other Hunter Moores out there right now, and the attitude of his fan base, which was enabled by Moore to bully and threaten people, has not gone away online at all. Moore didn’t create online toxicity, he tapped into a vein that was already there. Where did it go now? How do we stop the next Moore before he starts?
And why did SO many people choose to follow the internet’s self-proclaimed Charles Manson? Miller interviews some of his former colleagues, including a lawyer, girlfriend and one of his viral stars, a woman known as ‘Butthole Girl’ for reasons I couldn’t possibly explain in a review. They all seem almost shocked by their experiences, like they escaped a cult. Maybe they don’t even know why they chose to stay in the first place. It feels like Miller is intentionally and understandably picking the most disgusting interview clips with Moore, but that makes it hard to understand how he became the king of the Incels. How could everyone not see through him at once?