The internet can be a disturbing, sad place. It takes a special kind of hero to remind us that its darkest corners can also be filled with joy. That hero is @dril, an embodiment of so-called “weird Twitter” who has — like some kind of joke-slinging caped crusader — remained an anonymous beacon of shining light.
Anonymous until yesterday, that is. That’s right, someone went ahead and doxxed him, and the internet is really bummed about it.
While we won’t reveal his name here, it turns out someone posted dril’s alleged identity to Tumblr, and the internet immediately facepalmed straight into a “this is why we can’t have nice things” spiral.
If dril’s real identity gets revealed, we will carry him through twitter, not look at his face, and then remask him like in Spider-Man 2
— Supreme Ayatollah Cumonme (@NormsRespecter) November 17, 2017
look just because we might have found the corporeal manifestation of dril at this point in history doesn’t mean we know who dril is
— Jortdred (@vestenet) November 17, 2017
i dont want to know who he is
i dont want to know what he looks like
i will not let you guys ruin the last good thing on this website
protect dril, respect dril, leave dril alone
— mag (@mag_tweets) November 17, 2017
i’m about to dox dril. okay here goes: the real dril is all the friends we made along the way
— andy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (@andymoney69) November 17, 2017
Essentially, people are OK with a little mystery in the world. And, shockingly, the kind of Twitter user that loves accounts like dril’s is also ready to defend them at a moment’s notice.
The entire ordeal calls to mind the big 2013 reveal that alleged Twitter bot Horse_ebooks was actually run by humans. That was a sad, sad day. Turns out some things are better left unsaid.
As it is, however, we can expect every last bit of joy and mystery to be wrung out of the internet before the sun explodes and takes us all with it. Everything happens so much, and all that.
“Tumblr doxxed dril” wasn’t even a discernibly English sentence a decade ago. Today, it signals the end of Western civilization
— John Chrostek (@JohnChrostek) November 17, 2017
revealing dril’s identity is like forcing me to stare into the ark of the covenant
— incredibly jacked karl marx (@BeersNTrumpets) November 17, 2017
Internet: we found who dril is!
— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) November 17, 2017