She said what to who at Vidcon 2017!?

Hello everyone, just a short article today on what I’ve been hearing semi-exploding on twitter with regards to a panel called Women Online that was tabled by Anita Sarkeesian and Franchesca Ramsey, Rosianna, and Alli Speed.

According to tweets I’ve been seeing from Franchesca, well, THIS happened:

Specifically, one Sargon of A Cad showed up. Anyone that knows him knows that one of his popular targets is Anita Sarkeesian, and in a discussion about harassment, she called him out on the part he plays in order to keep that Patreon Money coming in.

And you know what? If anyone deserves to be called a garbage human, it’s Sargon, a man who can’t read an article from beginning to end, cherry picks the information to support his own ignorant views like another of his ilk, Thunderfoot, and is more concerned with appearing to be right than to be informative.

And if anyone deserves to call him that, it’s Anita Sarkeesian.

Essentially, she, Brianna Wu, Zoe Quinn, and a few others are the scary bogeywomen that Sargon and his ilk have been targeting for years now, raking in the cash and all but telling their angry followers to harass them into submission, to say nothing of the death and rape threats that they have received.

Be it Gamergate, Gamers United (You know the ones complaining that white people are the bad guys in Far Cry 5), or the Rationals on youtube, it all feels the same to me; anger at times a changing and vying for some perceived golden past where they ruled all, instead of starting to share even the smallest space with people who aren’t straight, white, cisgender, and male.

Or heck, even just some guys looking to capitalize off that anger and make some money.

I try not to bother with Sargon, and the so-called ‘Rationals’ because every argument they present is without any kind of compassion, thought, or a more complete understanding of whatever situation they’re talking about. For them, hate and drama is what sells, not an honest discussion on matters ranging from sexism to online harassment and systemic racism.

And frankly, after all that Anita has gone through, from the bomb threats,  the harassment, and hell, even some of the comments on her Facebook page whenever she drops a link to anything, I’m amazed that Anita didn’t call Sargon even more colourful words in a speech that would have had Samuel L Jackson nodding approvingly.

He may not have done the bomb threats, but Sargon is representative of the harassment women, people of colour, LGBTQIA people and everyone whose identity crosses those identifiers face.

But of course, that’s a privilege Anita lacks. As a woman, saying anything with any kind of anger would mean having the shrill, angry, emotional accusations leveled against her, whereas if a man did the same, he’d be called passionate.

And this accusation gets worse the darker your skin gets.

So, in short, and if this has proven true, then Anita showcased a level of control that’s pretty bloody admirable. Hopefully, in the next day or so, either someone, or even Vidcon itself, will release a video of the panel showing all that has happened, if only to prove a counter point to Sargon’s inevitable whining video that’s carefully cut and edited to make himself look like a poor, defenseless victim.

Update:

A clip HAS come out, and it’s even more glorious than I could have expected. YESSSS!!!!

Calgary Expo – 2017

Hey everyone!

After a month of overtime, lack of sleep, too much work, some revamps, here it is! My music video for the Calgary Expo 2017… Enjoy!

Music came from NCS, which you can find here. Please check them out and the amazing talent there.

Smash Pages – A Comic Review and News website

Hey everyone!

In light of Comics Alliance closing the doors, a friend of mine, Stephanie Chan, is promoting and working on a comic news and review website called Smash Pages.

You can find them here.

And on Facebook.

The contributors come from a diverse background with people who have worked on Robot 6, Newsarama, and more. In short, they’re a well rounded bunch of journalists.

In fact, I managed to snag a bit of free time with Stephanie and conduct a short interview:

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No, JonTron Getting Dropped From a Game Is NOT Bigotry

So, SidAlpha, a game reviewer on Youtube I followed because I liked some of his reviews and because he was hit with DMCA takedowns unfairly like Jim Sterling was, made this video after JonTron was dropped from a game by Playtonic.

And my immediate response was… unsubscribe. Makes me wonder what kinda comments I’m going to get to the comment I left, if it’s going to be as toxic as any other Gamergater loving youtuber out there who thinks people calling them bigoted are the REAL bigots…

But I digress… and once again, from the top:

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Horizon Zero Dawn & The Dismissal of Cultural Appropriation

When I first saw the trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn, the amazing landscape, the robotic wildlife, and the cool gameplay took an immediate backseat to my first thought, which was:

“Why is a white woman playing at Cherokee princess?”

(Seriously, Aloy as a kid has fucking feathers stuck in her hair, what the hell…)

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