It’s time to break out the self-loathing part of the Topless Robot mantra again; turns out Jay Maynard, a.k.a. the Tron Guy, was on America’s Got Talent last night, and the whole debacle was just a horrifying nightmare of pitiful sadnes. What was Tron Guy’s talent, you ask? Well, that seems to be the problem; Tron Guy was under the impression that being Tron Guy was a talent unto itself, but the judges and crowd disagreed, mocking and booing the large, bespandexed nerd in a way that might have been hilarious if it weren’t so incredibly depressing. Tron Guy, if you’re reading this, please don’t let the fuckers get you down. I’ve seen an episode of The Osbournes as well as a Howie Mandel stand-up comedy set, and I assure you have more talent than either of them. Still, it’s okay if you want to get a job now. Really. The internet will understand. I promise. (Via Warming Glow)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.