Oh, dude, I have. Got screencaps of all the other journalists and shit who favorited and retweeted it, too. It was fucking disgusting and he just kept making it worse and worse with him and the Editor-in-Chief at Gawker moving onto making fun of Autistic teens/kids and shit.
But then today they both go “WE WERE ONLY JOKING, IT WAS JUST MEANT AS HUMOR, WHY ARE YOU TAKING IT SERIOUSLY”
And then the editor at Jezebel with her “I’ll pay 10,000 dollars for a picture of a Gamergate participant we’d fuck” and another one of them responding with “How much for a photo of a female Gamergate participant who isn’t ugly, fat and mentally unstable?”
All of this on the fucking day for Anti-Bullying Awareness
Though god fucking damn do I really wish that Biddle ends up accepting that one Attorney’s challenge to box. Did you see that?
Disclaimer: I don’t consider myself a “gamergater”; not because they’re terrorists or whatever the shit but because I’m seeing too much poor organization and naivety for me to just jump in and say “GO GAMERGATE GO”. THAT SAID.
This man works for Gawker Media. The same Gawker that owns Kotaku and Jezebel. None of these people will receive any amount of punishment for this garbage. They won’t lose their jobs and there will be no media coverage, because the media is on their side.
When I was younger, I wanted to believe left-wingers couldn’t be as scummy as this. That if people who identify as ‘progressives’ got more control of the news, things would get better. Instead, all I got out of this was an important lesson: if a special interest group is given significant power by the news media, they WILL manipulate the narrative. That power will always be abused, and it will be abused in repulsive ways.
Sam Biddle’s half-hearted apology (after all the bullshit you talked about, including other journalists joining in and agreeing with him) doesn’t matter. He’s not the only e-celeb who’s publicly justified bullying:
We’ve seen what lies behind their veneer of progressiveness, so what’s the point in pretending otherwise? These people are not just bullies, they are also the Jack Thompsons of today; the “Doom a murder simulator” doomsayers and the “Pokemon is Satanic brainwashing” fundies of the 2010s.
No one but a tiny minority of redpill crazies would shit blood at the idea of a more woman-friendly video game industry; the issue here is, these people do not simply want a more varied industry and an open-minded discussion that could facilitate such a change. They want to point fingers, speak for entire genders and races and be the morality police.
If they act this way over something as silly as fucking video games, just imagine how they tackle more serious issues (and certainly, I do have examples of similarly slanted or outright consciously untrue coverage regarding matters of life and death, not just popular entertainment).
The idea of shit like this becoming the default for ‘progressive journalists’ is fucking terrifying to me. This garbage not represent the views and matters of the people in the slightest and if it keeps going in this direction, America will start moving towards the far-right and nationalism just to get away from this stuff. It’s not a stretch, as it’s basically what’s happening to Sweden now if a Swedish friend of mine is to be believed.
I don’t agree with “keep politics out of nerd media” but I can definitely understand it hugely. It’s certainly depressing to see one of my only remaining corners of escapism get overrun with this stuff. I understand why some people just want to shut it all off.