Michael B. Duff

Lubbock's answer to a question no one asked

Suicide blog was a hoax

The author of the 90 Day Jane blog posted an explanation and an apology on the site, right before she took it down.

Here's the good news. It's not a corporate publicity stunt and nobody is actually planning to kill themselves. The author's apology isn't as direct as I'd like, but it is an apology. Most impressive, she has (so far) turned down book, film and publicity offers.

Here's the author's explanation:

90DayJane is a personal art piece about me. It was meant for me and (what I ignorantly thought would be) a small number of people who might find it on BlogSpot. It is the result of me tapping into the darkest part of myself and seeing where it led.

What I have written and filmed, at its core, is from a place of truth. I am the girl in the videos. I have great disappointment with my generation and its obvious obsession with celebrity culture rather than their fellow man, thus the former Chuck Palahniuk reference.

I wanted this blog to be about personal discovery and truth. But the correspondences I have received have taught me more about those qualities than I could ever express. 90DayJane has become its own entity and has influenced me. In fact, it has changed my perspective as a human being.

I feel a massive sense of responsibility to my art, but more importantly the readers of this blog. My closeness to this project must have made art seem like reality to many people. That is not a reaction that I expected nor can I morally justify.

This is why my project, 90DayJane, will be taken down in the next few hours.

90DayJane was meant to mirror the tragic figure, Christine Chubbuck. Newscaster Christine Chubbuck committed suicide in 1974 by shooting herself in the head live on air. She was very vocal about her depression to those around her and gave every indication of her exact intentions leading up to the event. Sadly, no one reacted or helped Christine and those left behind could only ask

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Written by Michael B. Duff

February 13, 2008 at 10:20

Posted in Culture

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