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All of the following has been cribbed from David Futrelle’s We Hunted the Mammoth – Thank you David for doing the heavy lifting on this one.

“The Honey Badgers — a mostly female A Voice for Men spinoff group known for its unlistenable internet “radio” shows — was sent packing after conventioneers complained about their connections to #GamerGate — a nine-month-long orgy of harassment targeting outspoken women in gaming and their supporters — and their alleged disruption of a panel devoted to women in comics.

According to Calgary Expo officials, the group was kicked out for “actively disregarding” the Expo’s efforts to provide “a positive and safe event” for attendees.

The Calgary Expo has a clear policy when it comes to who it admits to its show and the standards that must be followed.

“The Comic & Entertainment Expo Committee does not tolerate harassment of any type at any of its events. Harassment can take many forms. It may be, but is not limited to, words, signs, offensive jokes, cartoons, pictures, posters, e-mail jokes or statements, pranks, intimidation, physical assaults or contact, or violence.”

What did these people do? Let’s look at a sample of their work:

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David Futrelle continues:

“I’m no lawyer, but it seems to me that this in itself would be enough to get the Honey Badgers booted from the Calgary Expo. A group that literally sells rape joke t-shirts and coffee mugs to raise money for itself is a group that doesn’t belong at a convention that’s trying to be “positive and safe” for its attendees.

Add to this their connection to #GamerGate — a hate movement — and A Voice for Men — a hate group — and it’s pretty clear that Calgary Expo officials had more than enough justification for their decision to send the Honey Badgers on their way.”

 

And there is the news from the land of reason. If we head over to the other side inhabited by privileged members of the oppressed majority, we see a much different picture being painted. I’ve already done a post on how amazing cogent Lucian Maverick is, but the fun-house version of reality and desperate seriousness of his words begs for reproduction (from Free Speech Doesn’t Mean Much to SJW’s – A response to the Calgary Expo):

“Who knew that Canadians were cool with fascism?  Neato.  Let’s not beat around the bush here.  This wasn’t done for equality or because people felt unsafe or anything like that.  Anyone who says otherwise is either ignorant or has an agenda.  Or both.  Those things aren’t mutually exclusive.”

LolcopterI’m calling the LoLcopter in early on this one.  Lucy Maverick is excels at making shit up.  The reason the Honey badgers were expelled from the Calgary expo was because they violated the rules and terms they agreed to when they set up a booth there.  See David Futrelle’s piece on as to exactly why they were given the boot.

“Let’s put all our cards on the table – this is censorship.  What Calgary Expo has done is censor opinions that, professionally, disagreed with someone else.  Seriously, did you all listen to that audio that was taken in Mundane Matt’s video?  Did that sounds like someone being threatening and hateful?  Did that sound even remotely like a person who was waving a gun around or wanting to hurt anyone?  No, it didn’t.  It was a reasonable discourse between two people.  Yet, because they were associated with GamerGate, the Authoritarian, McCarthy wannabes in the SJW clique had to get them thrown out.  And, what’s more, banned from any future attendance of such expos.  Something that is going to hurt the career of Alison Tieman, since she now cannot promote her artwork.  She drew the comics that Honey Badger Brigade had at her booth.  It’s nice to see that Calgary Expo is also in favor of destroying women’s careers.  #EqualityExpo my ass!”

LoL.  When you go against your booth rental agreement – you get booted.  Maybe LM should read the Calgary Expo Faq, it would stop the raging stupid.

“As for you, Calgary Expo, you kowtow to these people too, and you better believe that there is such a thing as bad press.  I’m going to make sure it gets out.  I’m going to make sure that people know that you are an organization that promotes censorship and has no problem ruining the careers of women.  Which is what you’ve done.  You’ve destroyed a woman’s ability to promote her artwork at comic book expos.  Honey Badger Brigade raised over $10,000 to get to your bigoted expo.  I hope you don’t give them their money back, so they can sue your asses.  You people make me sick.”

Lolcopter Sadly this is the more cogent of the two whiny-pissbabies we’ll be observing today.  From the more unhinged column we have the frothy commentator the Right Vidya.  From his post: Time to Take the Gloves Off, #gamergate! :

“Likewise, there is the very recent event at the Calgary Expo, where a group of pro-#GamerGate women were forcibly asked to leave, because their booth sold #GamerGate merchandise. It doesn’t matter if they’re a threat or not: the end goal for SJWs is the complete and utter annihilation of #GamerGate and anyone who supports #GamerGate. From there, they can proceed to push their “convert or perish” doctrine onto gaming unopposed.”

Again, full marks for making shit up but lets make this about me and my supposed right to be misogynistic asshole while gaming.  Whiny man-babies be pissed about having to treat women like people after all.

“These are not rational, reasonable human beings. There is no “negotiations” with them. They demand nothing short of total compliance. They do not want peace, they do not want compromise, they do not want coexistence. They want the systemic silencing and marginalization of everyone who is not on their side. Everything is filtered through their worldview: their compassion and empathy is purposefully crippled in order to maximize their effectiveness. Their perception of events is dictated through ideology. Their reactions to events are only based on dogma. They have surrendered their individuality to the greater good.”

You can’t make this stuff up.  RV is having a tantrum because the old shit won’t fly anymore and nothing shall stand in his way to preserve the status quo.

“We need to treat them like enemies. We have to be more aggressive, more brutal, more vicious. Stop yelling at each other over petty stuff like someone calling @srhbutts a dude- he’s the enemy, he doesn’t matter, whatever helps push him out of the picture is good. Leave your perceptions of “right” and “wrong” at the door. This is a culture WAR, not a culture disagreement. War is an ugly, brutal thing, and we must take an ugly, brutal approach in handling our enemy. We cannot stop until we are entirely certain that fandom will be safe from the SJW menace.”

Give me fandom or give me death!!!  :)   Male entitlement, written large by Gamer Gate, and individuals such as Lucy Maverick and RV is a large toxic pool of quarter baked ideas, straw versions of opposing arguments and great deal of “waaaaaaaa”.

Adults are watching, and adults are laughing. :)

Another great run down on this drama is available from House Mouse Queen on her Blog Mancheeze.

 

 

It is amazing the amount of turgid self serving drivel that gets posted these days about Gamer Gate.  We’ll investigate today, one individual along with the trusty RPOJ (Red Pen of Justice), embattled gamer -“Maverick”- and his quest to achieve victory over Anita Sarkeessian and the evil wimmenz gamers in general.   This post is about Anita’s recent appearance on the Colbert Report and what a crafty manipulator she is.    Let’s look at the video first just to get some context of what is going on here.

“I have watched the interview of Anita Sarkeesian on The Colbert Report.  I called it, the interview was all about how Anita is a victim and we gamers are bad people.  I am not surprised by this in the least.  When you have a battle where it is the people who take in journalism vs. the journalists, this is how it goes. “

You mean the person who has been the subject of online harassment, rape and death threats for years gets to speak about her experience then *you* get to use victim in a pejorative sense?  What fucking planet are you from dude?

“Journalists side with their own, and because mainstream culture is out of touch with the issues that sparked GamerGate, on the heels of some BRILLIANT marketing by women like Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian, we are being singled out as the enemy.”

Woah, slow down their Mr. Tinfoil hat.  Professional journalists follow a code of ethics and ‘siding with their own’ would happen only if the facts of the matter dictated thus.  You see my gamergater friend if this was actually about ethics, the focus would be on the collusion that does take place between game production companies and game journalists.  Strangely though, most the focus seems to be on how amazingly “reprehensible” these damn woman are – Anita Sarkeesian, Zoe Quinn and Brianna Wu.   Your analysis, Maverick does not deviate from the usual misogyny and victim blaming that gamergate is known for.

” You are the single-greatest professional victim I have ever seen.  You have branded your name and gotten fame all on the coattails of you being a victim.  Your audience doesn’t care about why of who.  They only care that you are upset, and they are upset.  You know how easy it is to exploit your audience, so you do.  That is impressive.”

  Wow Maverick your brazen victim-blaming makes you eligible for high-douchlord status.  Congratulations?  

“And so, a zealot by the name of McIntosh got ahold of you, and thus began your rise to fame.  For McIntosh, I believe that it is genuine.  I’ve read some of his older stuff, and that guy is a Looney Tune.”

Ah, because a woman couldn’t possibly do this herself.  I’m guessing that Maverick, the noble defender of the status-quo, is also a firm believer in ‘equality’ too. 

“But you, you are too smart for that.  You’ve come to realize how easy it is to sell your cause.  After all, you got your cause to get you $160,000.

And don’t tell me how far that money went.  Come on.  You made videos that were of the same caliber as your old ones.  Your ‘research’ was using people’s Let’s Play footage.  You never show any context in your videos, because you don’t know any”

Wow, these dudes never forget the butthurt.  Maverick, hates….just hates that fact that a Kickstarter project started by Anita was resoundingly well funded by people seeing the need for the feminist analysis of video games.  Despite that fact that this was known upfront, and people made the donations of their own free will we still get shit like this.

    Furthermore, making general claims based on zilch means nothing outside of your toxic community.  So this is just your baseless opinion. 

“You didn’t even do the bare minimum of research.  This was just finding clips and using the right rhetoric to get your audience to get all huffed-up and angry.  It was a calculated decision.”

  You’re making that claim of “no research” based on what?  It would seem that there in the Feminist Frequency videos there is a list of sources consulted.  I imagine feminist theory does sound like rhetoric to you, but like instead of adult behaviour of actually addressing the points brought up by Anita and her video’s you engage in name calling and attacks on Anita’s credibility.  It’s almost like you know that if you actually addressed the issues, you’d lose.  

“You are now famous because of the threats.  You are famous because of the anger, which you are able to hold up.  That recent threat that you got when you were going to speak at USU, you couldn’t have asked for better timing.  It elevated you to mainstream acceptance.  Now, I bet raising another $160,000 would be child’s play.  Hell, I bet that you are going to get a lot of money from here.”

Exposing the misogynistic undercurrent of our culture – who would have thunk that would be a popular topic?   Anita is famous because douche-lords like yourself can’t handle criticism.  And you get nasty when you’re called on fact that your treasured status-quo is shite. 

“You are a con artist, Anita.  A very, very good con artist.”

   No, actually she’s a woman whom, despite the huge threat to her, continues to call out and expose the misogyny in “gamer-culture” despite the toxic backlash she has to endure. 

 

Today is not that day

Confused about the who Gaming Gate fiasco?  Go to the Ace of Geek for a comprehensive run down on how badly this “movement” fails.

 

 

 

 

 

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