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Is the "Sarkeesian Effect" documentary just an elaborate practical joke? Take a look at the project's latest update

Seriously, is this just some elaborate practical joke? Are Davis Aurini and Jordan Owen deliberately trying to convince the world that they’re such bumbling nincompoops that they shouldn’t be trusted with $15 much less $15000 a month to make a documentary? Or are they really this incompetent?

I’m leaning towards the latter interpretation.

Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean. It’s their latest official update video for their backers on Patreon, to let the people who collectively sent them $9000 last month and another $7000 this month know what’s the SarkeesianEffect duo have managed to accomplish with their money so far.

And it’s filmed on a cheap webcam with bad lighting. Apparently these guys can’t be bothered to spend ten minutes to set up the equipment that their donors have so generously provided for them in order to make a video that looks even vaguely professional.

Even more hilariously, they filmed the whole thing using a directional microphone that 1) makes Jordan Owen sound like he’s fallen down a well and 2) RENDERS IT IMPOSSIBLE TO HEAR WHAT DAVIS AURINI IS SAYING ALTOGETHER.

You don’t have to watch the whole thing to see what I mean — skip ahead to about 1:15 in the video and wait until Aurini starts talking. He manages to get in a couple of words before moving out of the microphone’s range, and from then on nothing he says is audible (unless you want to blast your speakers out every time Owen talks).

In other words, not only can these two not be trusted to make a professional quality documentary, they can’t even manage to make a crappy webcam video properly.

Had their bete noire Anita Sarkeesian put out a similarly shitty video in order to tell her supporters what she was doing with their money, she would have been run out of town on a rail. Possibly literally.

In the comments on YouTube, Owen tells his disappointed backers that he can’t upload another video to replace this obviously fucked up one because that would trigger something on Patreon and cause all their backers to get charged again.

Uh, dude, you can’t upload an improved video with a different title, or on Aurini’s channel?

Huh. Maybe you should have, you know, watched your own video once to make sure everything was ok with it before putting it up in the first place?

I swear, these guys must have thought that Tim Burton’s movie about Ed Wood was a how-to, not a comedy.

 

187 replies on “Is the "Sarkeesian Effect" documentary just an elaborate practical joke? Take a look at the project's latest update”

Looks like the guys who built their entire careers on throwing tantrums have thrown another tantrum.

Please tell me somebody permanently captured that video before it was deleted. It’s an important historical document that must not be lost. Hysterical… historical… it’s one of those.

What do you call the embarrassment equivalent of a contact high?

Finnish language has a word “myötähäpeä”, which basically means “feeling ashamed over actions of someone who is clearly uncapable of feeling ashamed”.

Yes, seriously.

Finnish language has a word “myötähäpeä”, which basically means “feeling ashamed over actions of someone who is clearly uncapable of feeling ashamed”.

Yes, seriously.

Brazilian slang “vergonha alheia” (literally “shame by proxy”) covers the same situation.

All I know is that I made a couple of comments explaining and answering his “questions” about Anita, and then the video was gone, and there’s still one up on the Patreon site.

Finnish language has a word “myötähäpeä”, which basically means “feeling ashamed over actions of someone who is clearly uncapable of feeling ashamed”.

Finnish seems like kind of an amazing language. Maybe I’ll learn it next.

Oh for crying out loud, their Patreon account says ‘per monthly update’. Fixing their current one – or more than one a month – wouldn’t be the monthly update, now would it?

Still haven’t managed to make myself watch the whole thing. Got a new giggle out of it though—watching the closed captioning struggle with Aurini’s inaudibility.

And Hungarian has a word meaning “due to your repeatedly not being possible to be desecrated” (megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért) which I’m pretty sure was created by some troll to see how much you can stretch the rules of the language without breaking it. (It begins with “szent” meaning “saint” and everything else is basically just a metricshitton of suffixes.) I also heard that we apparently have a novel without verbs. Literary trolls. We haz them!

B-b-but don’t forget, Sarkeesian totes scammed everyone who backed her Kickstarter! I mean, it’s not like she actually made professional quality, actually watchable videos, right guys? Guys?

@Malitia: Finnish and Hungarian are related. 😉 Explains a lot, doesn’t it.

@katz: We got similar words, like “koheltaa”, which means “flailing around and doing everything wrong/actively worsening the situation”. Very ergonomic and explains why we got a reputation of being people of few words. 😉

@kittehserf : *bows*

Now if I can just figure out how to pronounce the helpful Finnish word. It really would be useful, the way this whole gamergate thing is going.

@skiriki: Well, not that closely related, though, (Like English and Russian, on the same family tree but on very different branches) But sharing the tree is more than both have in common with basically any other language in Europe.

German famously gave us “Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän,” or “Danube steamship company captain.”

I remember there was also a ridiculously long Communist-era German word for “farm,” which had to win some sort of prize for longest word referring to a really simple thing, but I can’t remember what it was 🙁 Does anyone know it?

@katz
Landwirtschaftliche Produktionsgenossenschaft. I actually had to look it up, because everybody only ever referred to it with the abbreviation, LPG.
To be fair, it does mean more than just a farm. It was collectivized farming.

Oh, and of course there’s also the little pompom on the hat of the captain: Donaudampfschiffahrtskapitänsmützenbommel.

ooh, sorry, I forgot the company (how could I, shame on me) and after the new rules it has now three f:
Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänsmützenbommel.

Jordan Owen kind of looks like Snorlax. Especially whenever he’s laying on his couch, but now I can’t help but see it all the time.

Jordan reminds me of Withnail in Withnail and I. Sort of a combination of that character, crossed with Neil from The Young Ones.

Breaking news from a Hungarian friend:

“Kikerikiposzidosziharculujbüszkülüj”, an appropriate name for a rooster, which proudly cries out on a dung pile.

Add it to the list of perfect descriptors. I’m begging him for a phonetic explanation so I can really make use of it.

I’m pretty sure that Hungarian friend was either trolling you or speaks some very odd dialect. Rooster is ‘kakas’ and the word for its cry would generally be ‘kukurikú’ (‘kikeriki’ being a valid variation)… the things after that part don’t even look like valid words or suffixes, though (so my money is on trolling).

Why don’t the people who wasted all their money on these imbecile’s project just make their own video?

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