Tommy Jordan, an IT consultant and ex-marine from Shelby County, North Carolina, is a bona fide YouTube celebrity at this point, after uploading a video last week that showed him firing nine hollow-point bullets into his fifteen-year-old daughter Hannah's laptop computer. Jordan had been driven to making his unorthodox point by a complaining letter his daughter had posted about her father and stepmother on her Facebook wall.
Jordan had been living with his daughter for only a little over six months (she had previously been living with her biological mother) at the time the video was posted. Hannah's main beef in her frustrated Facebook rant had to do with the abundance of chores she felt oppressed by, and she began her letter like this:
"To my parents: I'm not your damn slave. It's not my responsibility to clean up your shit. We have a cleaning lady for a reason. Her name is Linda, not Hannah."
Hannah had thought her father was locked out of her Facebook page but remember, he's an IT guy. It's safe to say that Jordan was not happy with his daughter's letter, which he re-reads in the video. The video has predictably provoked mixed reactions in the blogosphere. The whiny, unappreciative-brat angle can certainly be perceived, but others took exception to Jordan's unconventional parenting methods, and notified authorities.
As it turned out, police paid a visit to his home and ultimately found nothing worthy of punitive action. (As Jordan described it on his own Facebook page.) In fact, according to Jordan,
"The police by the way said 'Kudos, sir.' How's about those apples? Didn't expect THAT when you called the cops did you?"
So the road to over twenty-one-million YouTube views has not been without its bumps. And other than smoking a cigarette in the video, Jordan says he harbors no regrets about the whole thing. Oh yeah, except this:
"I'd have worn my Silverbelly Stetson, not my Tilley hat, if I'd known that image was going to follow me the rest of my life and I'd probably have cleaned my boots. That's it. I meant all the rest of it."