reposted because I expect my other account to be deleted
Good evening, G+tham. I come to you this evening with a confession. I am afraid I have not been entirely honest with you. While there is never a good
reason for lying, I have my reasons, which I will get into in a moment, but I want to start by saying that I am truly sorry for deceiving you.
My name is not Bruce Wayne. My name is +Bryon Leggett.
As I said before, I have my reasons for this deception.
>First of all, most people call me Bruce Wayne, because of my (possibly unhealthy) obsession with Batman. I decided to use this name on Google+ because I had need to protect my real name. When I first joined Google+, I was a local business owner as part of a partnership. My views and opinions are generally unpopular with fundamental Christians, and I live in the middle of the bible belt. I have seen what Christians in my area do to people who disagree with their views. I have seen my friends homes burned to the ground by religious zealots, simply because they were openly pagan. As part of the partnership I was in, I had to play politics constantly in order to maintain my position, or risk being bought out, and having nothing. Also, I generally do not like to involve business in my personal affairs. As a highly public figure in my community, I did not feel that it was a good idea to expose my real identity, as it would have been frowned upon by the community, and my partners (who are also outspoken Christians mostly) and would have put my business, and therefore my family at risk. Well, most people call me Bruce, and the "rules" of Google's "real name policy" state that you may use the name by which you are commonly known, so it only makes sense to create a new account under the name Bruce Wayne.
>Next, my original #ReleaseBruceWayne tirade was just my way of throwing a childish temper tantrum. I openly admit, I was butthurt, and angry. I had no intention of lying to anyone, or even making a big deal of it. I just wanted to get a tag to the top of the trending list BECAUSE I COULD.
Some friends and I found that we had the power to manipulate the trending list simply by spamming a hashtag. I used that to my advantage. At one point, a few people started complaining about the spam, and a friend came to my defense, stating that my real name WAS in fact Bruce Wayne. I know I shouldn't have, but I ran with it. As time went on, I realized that my temper tantrum had polarized people all over Google+. People were talking about something important: Censorship. Whether you were for me or against me, almost everyone knew me. People were talking ABOUT me, even if they weren't talking TO me. They were talking about the censorship that was occurring. I honestly wanted to come clean, but it had grown bigger than me and my tantrum at that point. It had become a topic WORTHY of debate. I had actually made a difference. I had made an impact. I had taught people that they could fight for what they believe in.
I want to apologize to anyone who had their friendships stressed by my deception. Please know that those who stuck up for me did so truly believing my name was Bruce Wayne. They were not being deceitful...they were being deceived. Please do not hold this against them. If you want to be angry with anyone, I ask that you direct your anger toward me.
Having said all of that, there was one thing I was not lying about: My real name WAS verified using false credentials. During the days of invite-only beta, when you got popped for a fake name, you had to verify your name to continue to use Google+. I used to post under the name "Brother b" when I was nailed for the pseudonym. I was forced to prove my real name. I had no interest in sending Google, the world leader in cataloging every human being on the planet, my drivers license, but I wanted to keep using Google+. What did I do? I created a fake website with my real face and real name. I used a server that seemed legitimate enough, and had a friend create a sub-domain for me with a real enough sounding web-address. I would imagine this is why +Vic Gundotra, +Natalie Villalobos, and other +Google+ people didn't just come out and tell you all I was lying. At any moment, +Vic Gundotra could have PROVEN my name wasn't Bruce Wayne. He knew FOR A FACT that I was lying, yet he chose to let me run amok, so he wouldn't have to explain why my account was verified based solely on a web site.
I invite you, +Vic Gundotra to do a whois on my web-domain www.waynetec.com
because it's registered to Bruce Wayne. My real name
was verified by a website, why not verify my real identity
by a website?
I realize that I will likely have to send Google my drivers license, and perhaps even more information to keep my new +Bryon Leggett account, but considering my recent decision to run for senate, I think my identity will become public knowledge rather quickly, so I'm not as concerned at this point with such issues.
I would also like to add that I have been taking steps (since before I created the first Bruce Wayne account) to have my name legally changed to Bruce Alexander Wayne, primarily due to the fact that most people know me as such, and partially due to my dream business. As the founder of WayneTec, it would be a very positive thing for my name to actually be
Bruce Wayne. Obviously, I have not completed the process yet, primarily due to financial issues, but I will hopefully have the process complete in the near future, and will be getting my new "real name" verified on Google+.
Again, I'm very sorry for my deception, and I hope that you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and understand my reasons for doing so.
I will be reposting this from my +Bryon Leggett account, because I fully expect this account to be banned immediately when +Vic Gundotra and +Natalie Villalobos see their notifications. I hope that you will be able to see this post before this account is deleted, and those who have interest can find me.
Thank you for your time, and have a good night, G+tham.
[TL;DR - I'm not Bruce Wayne (yet) and I'm sorry I lied to you. Please follow me over to my new "real name" account at +Bryon Leggett]"
Let the flaming begin.