A California man was arrested and charged with allegedly threatening to bomb the headquarters of famous dictionary publishers Merriam Webster over what he claimed was their ‘anti-science’ definition of the words ‘girl’ and woman.’ 

Jeremy David Hanson, 34, of Rossmoor, California, faces a federal charge of interstate communication of threats to commit violence. He could face up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. 

In October 2021, Hanson is alleged to have sent threatening messages to the Massachusetts-based Merriam Webster headquarters over specific gender identity definitions through the site’s ‘Contact Us’ page, as well as in the comment sections for various words.

Hanson was particularly corresponding with the entries for the words ‘girl’ and ‘woman’, it is alleged. Authorities identified Hanson as the user sending the threats. 

And on October 2, 2021, Hanson allegedly used the handle ‘@anonYmous’ to write on the page for the word ‘female’: ‘It is absolutely sickening that Merriam-Webster now tells blatant lies and promotes anti-science propaganda. There is no such thing as ‘gender identity.’ The imbecile who wrote this entry should be hunted down and shot.’ 

Jeremy David Hanson, 34, of Rossmoor, California, faces a federal charge of interstate communication of threats to commit violence. In October 2021, Hanson is alleged to have sent threatening messages to the Massachusetts-based Merriam Webster headquarters over specific gender identity definitions through the site’s ‘Contact Us’ page

Hanson was particularly corresponding with the entries for the words 'girl' and 'woman'. Authorities identified Hanson as the user sending the threats

Hanson was particularly corresponding with the entries for the words ‘girl’ and ‘woman’. Authorities identified Hanson as the user sending the threats

'It is absolutely sickening that Merriam-Webster now tells blatant lies and promotes anti-science propaganda. There is no such thing as 'gender identity.' The imbecile who wrote this entry should be hunted down and shot,' he wrote

‘It is absolutely sickening that Merriam-Webster now tells blatant lies and promotes anti-science propaganda. There is no such thing as ‘gender identity.’ The imbecile who wrote this entry should be hunted down and shot,’ he wrote

Hanson is also accused of sending the following message to the ‘Contact Us’ page: ‘You [sic] headquarters should be shot up and bombed. It is sickening that you have caved to the cultural Marxist, anti-science tranny [sic] agenda and altered the definition of ‘female’ as part of the Left’s efforts to corrupt and degrade the English language and deny reality. You evil Marxists should all be killed. It would be poetic justice to have someone storm your offices and shoot up the place, leaving none of you commies alive.’

On October 8, 2021, Hanson sent another message to the ‘Contact Us’ page saying he wanted to ‘bomb your offices for lying and creating fake…’. 

His words come during a heated debate over transgender issues in federal and state governments and boards of education, including Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, which bans teaching kids in kindergarten through third grade about transgender issues. 

As a result of the threats, Merriam-Webster closed its offices in Springfield and New York City for approximately five business days. 

The Department of Justice’s investigation found numerous targets for Hanson’s invectives, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Land O’ Lakes, Hasbro, Inc., IGN Entertainment, the President of the University of North Texas, two professors at Loyola Marymount University and a New York City rabbi.

Another of his complaints was sent to Land O' Lakes over their removal of a depiction of a Native American woman from its packaging, which Hanson called 'a cultural marxist company that bows to political correctness'

Another of his complaints was sent to Land O’ Lakes over their removal of a depiction of a Native American woman from its packaging, which Hanson called ‘a cultural marxist company that bows to political correctness’

He also allegedly sent a threat to USA Today over naming Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Rachel Lavine, a transgender woman, one of their 'Women of the Year'

He also allegedly sent a threat to USA Today over naming Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Rachel Lavine, a transgender woman, one of their ‘Women of the Year’

He also once emailed the gaming website IGN decrying their positive review for Superman coming out as bisexual in a comic book and Hasbro over dropping the 'Mr.' from 'Mr. Potato Head'

He also once emailed the gaming website IGN decrying their positive review for Superman coming out as bisexual in a comic book and Hasbro over dropping the ‘Mr.’ from ‘Mr. Potato Head’

He also allegedly sent a threat to USA Today over naming Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Rachel Lavine, a transgender woman, one of their ‘Women of the Year.’

Hanson wrote that he would ‘shoot up and bomb’ their offices and then ‘assassinate’ Lavine, whom he called a ‘freak.’ 

Another of his complaints was sent to Land O’ Lakes over their removal of a depiction of a Native American woman from its packaging, which Hanson called ‘a cultural marxist company that bows to political correctness.’ 

He also once emailed the gaming website IGN decrying their positive review for Superman coming out as bisexual in a comic book and Hasbro over dropping the ‘Mr.’ from ‘Mr. Potato Head.’ He similarly threatened to bomb both companies.

‘Hate-filled threats and intimidations have no place in our society,’ said United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins in a statement. ‘We believe Hanson sent a multitude of anonymous threatening and despicable messages related to the LGBTQ community that were intended to evoke fear and division. My office and our law enforcement partners will not tolerate threats against members of our communities, no matter what corner of the internet they’re sent from. Perpetrators will be identified, arrested, and held accountable in federal court.’ 

Hanson was released on conditions and his next appearance will be in federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts on April 29.  



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