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:
people showed up to the women online panel at #VidCon just so they could FILM THEMSELVES asking trolling questions. pathetic.
— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) June 23, 2017
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.
Holy crap Anita just called Sargon a garbage human.
— Skutch (@Skutchdraws) June 23, 2017
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.
A clip HAS come out, and it’s even more glorious than I could have expected. YESSSS!!!!
— Payton Pines 🔮 (@PaytonQuinn) June 23, 2017