So you waited until the last minute to pull together your #GamerGate Halloween costume. And you’re lazy as crap.
Well, you’re in luck! Here are seven totally half-assed, no-effort #GamerGate costumes you can pull together in a few minutes with stuff you have around the house!
1) Milo Yiannopoulos, #GamerGate’s favorite “ethical” journalist
Download the pic at the top of this post, print it out (choose “fit picture to frame” so it’ll be the right size), cut it out and cut out the eyes, attach it to your face somehow, and ta da!
For added realism, pepper your conversation with complaints about feminist “bullies,” expound on why you think poor people are genetically programmed to steal things, declare Malala Yousafzai a frumpy bore, and explain to anyone who will listen why white middle-class men are the REAL persecuted minority these days.
2) An angry, hour-long YouTube video about Anita Sarkeesian
Cut a YouTube-video-shaped hole out of a piece of cardboard, draw some crap on the front of it with red and black markers to make it look like a YouTube page, hold it up in front of your face, and start droning on incoherently about how Anita is a scam artist who totally made up all those threats and when you played Hitman you didn’t make a pile out of dead strippers who would even do that anyway Anita no one that’s who what a liar I don’t condone the threats against her but she plugged her book on Twitter after that shooting ok it wasn’t her book but I bet she got a kickback because that’s just the sort of person she is also she’s trying to hypnotize me with adverbs.
3) A confusing infographic.
#GamerGaters love making ridiculously convoluted and confusing infographics, often featuring assorted screenshots carefully annotated with red arrows drawn in MS Paint. Now you can be one of these infographics! Just print out the pic above and tape it to the front of your shirt. (Thanks to @lindsay40k on Twitter for designing this lovely faux infographic.)
4) A sockpuppet
Take a sock from your laundry hamper, attach some googly eyes to it — or just draw some on with a sharpie — and ta da! Now you’re ready to post comments online as someone else — or win the costume contest at a Halloween party!
5) A Twitter account with three followers and a stock photo of a woman and/or person of color as the profile picture
Are you a straight white cis dude who’d like to do some #NotYourShield-ing on Twitter? Now you can! Find a stock photo of a woman and/or POC, print it out, and tape it to your shirt. Whenever anyone asks who that is in the picture, tell them it’s you!
6) A non-serious death threat
Everyone knows that death threats sent over the internet shouldn’t be taken seriously — everyone, that is, except the silly Social Justice Warriors who get them! This Halloween, you too can be a totally non-serious death threat! Just write “I am going to kill you” on an old t-shirt. Then make silly faces all night so everyone knows not to take you seriously!
7) A gigantic piece of shit
It goes without saying that many if not most #GamerGaters are huge pieces of shit. Now you can be one too! Find a piece of brown cardboard, cut it into the shape of a piece of poop, cut a hole in the middle to stick your head through, and ta da! You are #GamerGate, personified. Or should I say poopsonified.