On Internet Harassment & Vidcon

It’s been over a week since Vidcon has come and gone, and the discussion on one of its highlights (for lack of a better word) is still ongoing, as I discussed in a previous post.

Everyone knows it by now, that Sargon of A Cad attended a panel Anita Sarkessian was on alongside other content creators such as Franchesca Ramsey and Kat Blaque, taking along with him several of his cronies friends circlejerk back patters like-minded companions to sit and occupy the first two to three rows.

Alexandra Erin had this wonderful thread on what went down that I invite everyone to read and think about, especially if you think that there was nothing wrong in what Sargon did.

Anita herself recounted what went down as well as sharing her thoughts on the matter on the Feminist Frequency website.

On Vidcon, Harassment, and Garbage Humans

And Polygon has an excellent article talking about the situation that I also highly recommend.

Anita Sarkessian’s Astounding Garbage Human Moment 

Now, as for the other side, those on the side of Sargon and his ilk, one thing I’ve been hearing said is the sarcastic reply of;

“Oh, sitting at a panel is harassment?!”

“Attending a con is harassment now?!”

And a friend on Facebook pointed out what this line of argument is, which is to take a single action out of context of what’s happening around it, making the person they’re debating against appear to be overly sensitive. By doing this, they hope to appeal to a lot of ‘centrists’ and other middle to left leaning folk and get them to listen to their side.

Except, attending a con and sitting in at a panel is harassment, because it’s part of a pattern of abuse that Sargon and his ilk have partaken in for years now. Heck, with this little stunt at Vidcon, I believe we can add stalking to Sargon’s list of actions taken against Anita.

This is someone who engages in targeted harassment while winking at his fans not to harass others, and it reminds me entirely too much of the actions taken by Anti-Abortion, Anti-women protesters who publish the private information of doctors and patients at Abortion clinics and take pictures of the license plates of their cars.

“Someone should really go and talk to them!” they shout from the front lines to their supporters. “Here’s how to contact them! This is where they live! Not that you should do anything violent or anything, but well, we can’t control how others might react or think or do!”

And then clinics are bombed, doctors are shot, patients are harassed.

It’s the same line of thinking not just with professional harassers like Sargon, Thunderfoot, and Davis Aurini, but with the hate movement Gamergate, when they’re not trying to derail the conversation with cries of virtue signalling or talking about how it’s really about ethics in video game journalism.

They may not tell their followers to harass and attack, stalk and send death and rape threats to basically anyone who they deem a threat to their hobby, but they sure as hell aren’t doing anything to prevent it either.

And what I find worse, and yes there is a whole other level of garbage to garbage humans like Sargon, is that they get paid for this.

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This is a screengrab right from Carl’s patreon page. Over 6300 dollars a month he gets for him to rant on about how feminism is a cancer, make false accusations over articles he can’t even be bothered to read from beginning to end, and cherry pick from debates to support his own side.

And people happily give him the money for it.

I mean, look at that tagline: creating arguments. If that’s not a tacit admission of constructing drama rather than further intellectual discussions, I don’t know what is.

No, not all the harassment comes from Sargon and his followers, and this started LONG before Anita Sarkessian ever created Feminist Frequency or its huge, successful Kickstarter on Tropes Vs Women in Video Games. Heck, harassing women has long been a thing in our society and is online and offline. Ask any woman, and more than likely they’ll tell you about the harassment they face in every day life, from the simplest “Hey, smile for me!” to being followed in cars and into coffee shops, being begged and threatened for phone numbers and dates.

So it certainly struck me when someone on Twitter pointed out that Anita did was to confront her harasser in person, to call him out in public and point out what he does. That is a hard thing to do for some, because they’re very aware of their physical safety, and I can only commend Anita on her bravery and restraint.

Lord knows if it was me, I might have jumped over the table and started a riot, seeing the face of my harasser smirking at me.

But then again, I’m a guy, and my privilege is that if I were to do that, I’d be praised and celebrated. As a woman, Anita Sarkessian, and women everywhere when confronting the sexist and misogynistic bullshit that permeates their lives, has been called any number of names based on the sexism that calls such women screeching, irrational, and overly emotional, to name a few.

Of course, Hank Green, one of the founders of Vidcon, has his share of the blame to shoulder. He should have been aware of who was attending Vidcon, both as attendees and panelists, and not put Anita Sarkessian, Kat Blaque, and Franchesca Ramsey in danger.

And while that might seem like an overly dramatic reach, partly because I doubt Sargon himself would ever want to face the consequences of taking any physical action against Anita (or that he would want to personally, seeing as how responses to feminists are his bread and butter) , one has to take into account the kinds of people that Sargon and his ilk cater to.

In short, much like the fiasco at SXSW back in 2015, Vidcon shows us that online harassment is a very real thing, and that women are REALLY fucking sick of telling everyone it is.

 

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Introducing the new Doctor Who Companion… BILL!

Hey everyone, in this video I talk about my excitement over the new companion of Doctor Who, Bill, as well as a bit of speculation  over WHEN she might come from, who else they might meet…

… and my fears over how white fangirls will bring the hate, because we’ve seen that happen time and time again, haven’t we?

Not Your Asian Sidekick, Hollywood

With the release of the first image of Scarlet Johannson from Ghost in the Shell and the teaser trailer of Dr Strange, it’s time to take a look at just what these two are doing to continue the Hollywood tradition of cultural appropriation and whitewashing of Asian roles.

From The Angry Asian Man blog, comes the image of ScarJo from Ghost in the Shell, which recently started filming.

Oh look! Six other Japanese actresses Hollywood could have picked from instead of whitewashing the Majour.

And a great article on The Hollywood reporter summarizing a number of responses to the white washing, yellow face, and cultural appropriation in both Dr Strange and Ghost in the Shell.

Solidarity Is For Straight White People Only

Hello everyone, it’s another video, this time going into the bad writing surrounding Nicole Beharie leaving Sleepy Hollow as well as the death of Lexa in The 100.

I would also highly recommend people read this article by Head Over Feels, which goes further into depth about Nicole leaving Sleepy Hollow, and the death of her character, Abbie Mills.

“What is there for me in a world without you?” The sad implosion of Sleepy Hollow.

There’s also this article by Nichole Perkins as to why Sleepy Hollow lost the good faith from fans.

Why Sleepy Hollow Just Lost Any Faith its Fans had in it.

And this tumblr post as to the situation with Arden Cho will shed more light on her situation.

Overall, it feels like a bad time for diversity in television as of late, and I don’t think it’s going to change until all levels of production have a level of diversity where straight, white people are in the minority.

The Toxicity of Gamer Culture

Hey everyone, here’s a video I did on the toxicity of gamer culture and why I believe it came to become a thing.

TRIGGER WARNING: In the video, I highlight some material that may be triggering to those of us who may have experienced sexual abuse and harassment. Take care when watching this.

Now, for further clarification, I don’t want GAMES to die off, I want gamer culture to die. It’s one of the biggest cesspools of ignorance, hatred, and bigotry for straight white dudebros I’ve ever seen and the subjects I talk about are but one of many that have happened over the years that does nothing but reinforce that.

More often than not, it’s the exception rather than the rule that women and other people are accepted, encouraged, and welcomed in gaming groups be it online or tabletop, and for them I’m happy. Gaming can be a lot of fun, but like any medium of entertainment it can only grow from critical thought and evaluation, and that can’t happen if the gatekeepers, dudebros, and gamergaters do everything they can to push, threaten, and scare away critics.

Here are the links I drew images from in the creation of this video. Please check them out for a more comprehensive view of the facts surrounding the subjects I talked about.

Nintendo Firing A Female Gamer Only Makes The Trolls More Rabid 

Nintendo Employee Terminated After Smear Campaign Over Censorshi, Company Denies Harassment Was Factor

Gamers Flood Baldur’s Gate Expansion With Negative Reviews After It Introduces Transgender Character

Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear Expansion Earns Ire Of Gamers Angry At “SJW” Issues and Trans Inclusion

Tabletop Gaming Has A White Male Terrorism Problem

Davis Auriri Admits He Never Actually Watched Any Of Anita Sarkeesian’s Videos

Back When People Thought Dungeons And Dragons Was Satanic

Mortal Kombat – Violent game that changed video game industry

The Walking Dead – A Case of Ableism

I love the Walking Dead Talltale games because to me, they represent better characters and writing than the show did until its third and fourth seasons.

All of a sudden, we have a story that focused on a black male protagonist doing what he can to keep a young, black girl safe from this world that has become even more dangerous for them. 

In various mediums of entertainment, not to mention the real world, and especially in light of recent events, we’re told that the lives of black people, let alone other people of colour, do not matter, and here was this Walking Dead game that said otherwise.

However, it’s not without its flaws, and season 2 has shown us this in an incredibly horrific way with the death of Sarah, a mentally challenged latina.

And what’s worse than the fandom calling for her death?

When the creators agree with them as well, as discussed in this excellent post.

It’s disturbing and disgusting, and you can watch it here.Trigger warning as a bunch of asshats describe how happy they are that a disabled young girl of colour is killed off.

There are hardly any disabled characters that I can think of as of late, what with DC Comics getting rid of Oracle, and almost next to none that are people of colour to boot. While the Walking Dead has killed off plenty of characters, creating one simply to be fridged is nothing short of disgusting. 

So follow the link that the tumblr poster made and let Telltale games know that this is unacceptable.

Fandom Sickness – Episode 2

Hello everyone, and welcome to another episode of Fandom Sickness, wherein I call out the silent enablers who do nothing, say nothing, to help women who are sexually harassed at conventions.

This came about after hearing of yet another groping done at the SDCC this year, which you can read here.

As for some of the things I talk about in the video?

Lucille Ball SAVED Star Trek before it was ever on the air.

The Scarlet Pimpernel.