It’s been a pretty shitty week. I don’t think I need to explain why. So here’s something to help take the edge off — a new meme featuring a phrase anyone who’s ever said anything critical of GamerGate has heard, again and again: “Actually, it’s about ethics in games journalism.”
This new meme, which started really taking off today on Twitter and Tumblr, seems to be becoming the new “not all men.” Which makes sense: “Not all men” is to mansplaining what “Actually … ” is to Gatersplaining.
Here are some of my favorites, taken from Twitter and from the new Tumblr blog titled, naturally, Actually … it’s about ethics in games journalism.
I made one myself out of an old #NotAllMen meme:
— David Futrelle (@DavidFutrelle) October 24, 2014
This blog, meanwhile, uses the phrase as a caption for New Yorker cartoons.
And then there’s this Tweet.
We're not really a terrorist organization. We're just very concerned about ethics in videogame journalism.
— Al-Qaeda (@alqaeda) October 22, 2014
Thank you, anonymous meme-makers, and whoever came up with this in the first place! We needed this.