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Yet another woman in gaming has been driven from her home by death threats

Post memes on Twitter making fun of #GamerGaters, get death threats.
Post memes on Twitter making fun of #GamerGaters, get death threats.

The memes above? A fan of indie game developer Brianna Wu made them, using the text from some of Wu’s acerbic tweets about #GamerGaters. Wu thought the memes were funny, and posted them to Twitter.

It turns out that #GamerGaters don’t really have much of a sense of humor about themselves.

Over on 8chan, the regulars decided to take over the meme.

It got nastier — TRIGGER WARNING for what follows for explicit, violent threats.

And nastier still.

Oh, but #GamerGate isn’t about misogyny. …

Then, believe it or not, it got worse:

And then it escalated to death threats:

All this because she made a few fucking jokes on Twitter. About #GamerGaters. While being a woman.

Oh, but #GamerGate is about ethics.

But guess what, assholes:

 

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inurashii
inurashii
7 years ago

In a fit of pique, I wrote an essay about GamerGate and the Golden Mean Fallacy.

It may have been a bad idea. I guess we’ll see.

http://inurashii.tumblr.com/post/99751399160/gamergate-and-the-golden-mean-fallacy

idledillettante
7 years ago

http://i.imgur.com/zGaNMSv.jpg

tell me if I should stop making these, or if you all find them amusing.

zwetan
7 years ago

I’m very sorry that Brianna Wu had to endure such ordeal, really such harassment should not exists.

But here a question, how the act of few are attributed to a whole group of person eg “gamergate” ?

LBT
LBT
7 years ago

Dig the essay, inu. I’ve actually encountered a lot of that shit in a different arena, which is regarding child abuse and multi shit.

Sorry we missed you in Boston, by the way!

inurashii
inurashii
7 years ago

I’m sorry I missed y’all too 🙂

grumpyoldnurse
7 years ago

@ inurashii – very cool app and essay. Yeah for inu twofor’s!!!

Also, planning to steal “BothSideser” from you, but imm’a shorten it to BS’er, just ’cause.

strivingally
7 years ago

inurashii, great blog post. Getting real sick of that strawman that anybody who opposes GamerHate’s tactics is opposed to their expressed ideals. You don’t get to claim you’re a grassroots movement made up of a broad spectrum of gamers, and then pick and choose which ones you want to attach the name of the movement to. The assholes making death threats think they’re just as much a part of GamerGate as everyone else, and who can argue?

nikoofdeath
nikoofdeath
7 years ago

@strivingally By your logic because anti-gg people have doxxed pro-gg people all of anti-gg is accountable.

fruitloopsie
fruitloopsie
7 years ago

idledillettante
Those are funny. I made one too.

http://imgur.com/yDuVcM4

autosoma
7 years ago

Hellkell, I don’t think telling their mothers would have any impact, my eight year old daughter is being bullied in her ICT classes by a boy who thinks girls shouldn’t play games and shouldn’t code (I’m a software engineer and I’ve been teaching her coding). I approached his mum and tried to discuss his behaviour with her, she was dismissive because her little angel wouldn’t do that, well he does.

Hyatt
Hyatt
7 years ago

I have a friend who’s been well into the GG stuff since the beginning, and while I can see her points, but I’ve been finding it more and more disturbing how GG will talk about their opponents and how she’ll defend that. Like, they call Zoe Quinn “Literally Who”, Anita Sarkeesian “Literally Who 2”, and based on this, have started calling Brianna Wu “the new Literally Who” and debating which number she is. On the other hand, they’ll talk about how SJW culture is cult-like and tries to unperson opponents… while they’re reducing multiple women to an impersonal, mocking moniker and a number. Men they despise and consider too vile to use real names get their own personalized moniker, though. But when I point that out, I get a mountain of justifications.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

Does anyone know what the current state of the law is on internet threats that could be credible? I’m thinking of the stuff where he said very clearly that he knows her address and is on his way. Can the feds prosecute people for that?

idledillettante
7 years ago

@fruitloopsie, thanks! it was super easy on memegenerator.com. I learned that tip from Janet Bloomfield; she uploads stock photos of crying baby girls there for her feminist “threadwinner” images (because while they don’t convince feminists, they do win her fans ’cause boys be like “OMG JB’s being mean to those c***ts just like I want to be!”

seriously. memegenerator.com. You can also browse other memes and find pretty hilarious failed Men’s Rights memeing stuff.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
7 years ago

Glancing up through the GG posts, I see nothing that merits a response. Just a bunch of No True Gamergater comments.

vaiyt
7 years ago

The assholes making death threats think they’re just as much a part of GamerGate as everyone else, and who can argue?

They’re more than “a part of GamerGate”. They’re the creators and leaders.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

Those comments remind me of the sound of a fly that’s trapped in the car with you on a long drive – no way to get rid of it since you’re driving, but eh, not like it’s a meaningful noise anyway so you just tune it out.

strivingally
7 years ago

Glancing up through the GG posts, I see nothing that merits a response. Just a bunch of No True Gamergater comments.

It astounds me how often some bunch of jerks will start a decentralised campaign with open, anonymous membership, centred around targeting people for abuse, and then think they can let themselves off the hook for the worst elements that join with a perfunctory “But we are totally not okay with harassment”. As if telling a mob of anonymous interwebs goons to attack someone isn’t asking for everything up to doxxing and death/rape threats.

kittehserf - MOD
kittehserf - MOD
7 years ago

One more reason I don’t follow the gamer threads.

Stuffed Fantod
7 years ago

‘It astounds me how often some bunch of jerks will start a decentralised campaign with open, anonymous membership, centred around targeting people for abuse, and then think they can let themselves off the hook for the worst elements that join with a perfunctory “But we are totally not okay with harassment”. As if telling a mob of anonymous interwebs goons to attack someone isn’t asking for everything up to doxxing and death/rape threats.’

Quoted for truth.

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