“Our Superheroes Are All Too Human” – #Marvel #Avengers: Age Of Ultron Stars Jeremy Renner & Chris Evans’ Controversial Digital Spy Interview

As many are aware, there’s a new installment to the Marvel Avengers film series called “Age of Ultron.” The main actors have all been on a huge PR campaign to promote the film across the world for a while now. This piece is about a kerfuffle, much of it happening on social media, over some remarks made at a recent interview featuring two of the film’s actors Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner. You can view the Digital Spy interview at this link, following is a transcript of the section people are up at arms over:

Digital Spy Interviewer: I have a very serious question to start with about shipping because I know a lot of fans were actually pretty invested in the idea of Natasha [Black Widow] would actually either/or – or both of you guys [Hawkeye & Captain America]. Now I see she’s with Bruce [Hulk], what do you guys think about that?
Jeremy Renner: -deadpan- She’s a slut. -laughs with Chris Evans-
Chris Evans: -laughs- Something along that line. She’s a complete whore.
Jeremy Renner: A trick, man.
Chris Evans: She’s a slut.
Digital Spy Interviewer: Whatever movie it is, she’ll just be the sidekick, she’ll be flirting around.
Chris Evans: Just flirting with everybody.
Jeremy Renner: She has a prosthetic leg anyway.
Chris Evans: -laughs- Leading everybody on.

Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans have since apologized, sending their statements to USA TODAY:

Chris Evans’ representative Molly Kawachi sent the following statement to USA TODAY via email:

“Yesterday we were asked about the rumors that Black Widow wanted to be in a relationship with both Hawkeye and Captain America. We answered in a juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans. I regret it and sincerely apologize.”

Susan Patricola, a rep for Jeremy Renner, also sent this statement to USA TODAY:

“I am sorry that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyone. It was not meant to be serious in any way. Just poking fun during an exhausting and tedious press tour.”

Even with the apologies, people are still upset over their remarks on social media as though the two meant harm or offense by a joke (or sarcastic answer to a dumb question? Depending on your interpretation). First, it’s important to see the big picture here. It’s a joke about a fictional character and these guys are good friends. I jest with my friends using words considered slurs and we know it isn’t meant to insult or offend. Just as much as there isn’t malice involved when I jest with friends, the same can be said about Renner and Evans’ remarks in the interview. One also has to realize that these two men have been on an exhaustive public relations tour; having to do one interview after another daily across the world. They’re human, they’re tired and the likelihood of making a mistake in one of the hundreds of interviews is very high. They are stressed out and when people are stressed, many have a tendency of cracking jokes off-the-cuff to let off some steam. It just turned out that the two shared an arguably off-color joke at a bad venue with an inappropriate audience.

Chris Evans & Jeremy Evans at Chiltern Firehouse in London via laineygossip
Chris Evans & Jeremy Evans at Chiltern Firehouse in London via laineygossip

Even with all of that considered, they could have been more conscientious of their audience and where this joke was being delivered. As the general public, we have little knowledge of what Renner or Evans are like as people. We don’t know their personal politics, how they view women or the disabled. I think everyone can agree the joke was in poor taste. Regardless, a lot of people are making it out to be a bigger deal than it is. This is another case of people looking for something to be offended over and blowing it way out of proportion. I’ve supplied remarks by many on Twitter at the end of this piece to exemplify what I mean by blowing it out of proportion. A lot of folks remarked they wouldn’t watch the film thanks to an unscripted and tasteless joke made by two actors in a fluff interview. Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. It’s an irrational conclusion considering the number of people that worked on the film and the other actors involved as well.

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A lot of the problem with this all stems from people idolizing these celebrities. A person has their favorite actors, musicians, artists, etc. Said fan will cherish the entertainer’s work and envision them as elevated when compared against the average stranger or even friend at times. We put these people on pedestals and expect them to be perfect. When these stars do something that lets us down, we lambaste them in a manner we’d never treat the average person. Many manufacture a strong sense of outrage and launch witch hunts against these stars. These people that have now done something that is human (like tell a bad joke) seemingly crush our psyches because of our placing them in an unfair and false status that demands perfection of them.

Morgan Freeman as God in the film Bruce Almighty via Gifs for the Masses Tumblr account
Morgan Freeman as God in the film Bruce Almighty via Gifs for the Masses Tumblr account

It’s understandable that some are upset and critical of the remarks these two men made, but with our criticism lets remember to make a point of recognizing that they’re as imperfect as you or I and thus just as prone to making mistakes. A bad joke is a bad joke, no more or less severe when shared by a celebrity than by a coworker. Lets keep things in perspective.

Now, a small collection of some reactions:

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“Equality For Me, But Not For Thee” #CalgaryExpo & Honey Badger Brigade Fiasco

Featured image is by the very talented artist Alejandro Argandona.

I’d like to express again here, as I have in my Twitter feed, that I’m at odds with most men’s rights and women’s rights movement/activist groups. I have fundamental differences with both but still feel they have a right to speak about and present their views. I mean all that I’m about to share here with the utmost respect for everyone involved. I’ll first present information on Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, the Honey Badger Brigade and the events that occurred; then offer my opinion on the matter.

Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo ends today, it was held over the weekend from Thursday, April 16th to today Sunday, April 19th, 2015. Per the website’s main page, it’s:

Canada’s 2nd largest pop culture convention, featuring the very best in science-fiction, comic books, fantasy, horror, pop culture, animation, and so much more!

Last year, over 90,000 people attended the expo and many big names in pop culture show up. This year, big names like actor Neil Patrick Harris, cosplayer Jessica Nigri and comic artist Jae Lee were present at the expo.

Honey Badger Brigade is a group founded by three women with an interest in nerd culture and gender politics – specifically discussion of men’s issues and often criticism of feminism. They’re best known for their show The Honey Badger Radio Show shared via mediums like YouTube and at one point men’s rights movement group’s A Voice For Men radio broadcast Live365 channel. It’s worth noting that while Honey Badger Brigade/Radio and A Voice For Men have broadly similar goals, they are not a formal affiliate or subsidiary of A Voice For Men. For more information on Honey Badger Brigade, you can read their ‘Badgerfesto‘:

The Honey Badger Brigade is a collective of artists, techies and frothing lunatics that spawns radio shows, podcasts, animations, illustrations, comedy, comics, fiction and other brainchildren.
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We all came together because of a mutual interest in men’s issues, which can be observed in most of our work. We touch on women’s issues as well, but we do not shy away from critiquing feminine vices. The main women’s issue we grapple with is how the politicizing of female victimhood through misleading or outright false statistics traps women in an emotionally abusive web of punditry and public manipulation.

Back in March, Honey Badger Brigade started a funding campaign to help them have a booth at the Calgary Expo. The campaign is called “Honey Badger Brigade: Stand up to censorship!” and had a goal of raising $8,200.00. They managed to surpass that goal and ended up raising a whopping $9,310.00 with 208 backers.The description for the campaign, laden with sarcasm, is as follows:

In April of this year, the Honey Badgers plan to put on a booth at the Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo! We plan to infiltrate nerd culture cunningly disguised as their own. Each of us has been carefully crafting a persona of nerdiness through decades of dedication to comics, science fiction, fantasy, comedy games and other geekery, waiting for this moment, our moment to slip among the unaware. Once there we will start distributing the totalitarian message that nerd and gamer culture is… perfectly wonderful just as it is and should be left alone to go it’s own way.

That’s it folks.

As men’s issues advocates and defenders of creator’s rights to create unmolested, that’s what we have to say to the nerds and geeks and gamers. You are fantastic as you are, carry on.

Yep, in today’s political climate that’s considered an extremist position. Just letting creative communities create; consumers consume what they want; and gamers get down to the business of vidya without being judged.

So if you share our vision of a world in which nerds and geeks and gamers roam free and unfettered, help us spread that message by throwing a few shekels our way to attend the con.

The following badgers and badger-friends will be attending:

Karen Straughan(Girl Writes What)

Mike Stephenson(DoctorRandomercam)

Alison Tieman(TyphonBlue)

Sage Gerard(Victor Zen)

On March 21, 2015 a user named “Doug” inquired over why they didn’t see Honey Badger Brigade in the list of exhibitors. User Badgerfeed replied with the following: (emphasis mine)

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March 21, 2015 at 11:21 pm
We will be available at our booth for all four days. We’re in stealth mode due to concerns about *ahem* people of a certain persuasion deciding to hassle the con organizers over having us space lepers at the show.I will be updating our name as soon as we have the fundraiser vid up! (Although I don’t know when it will change because the con organizers have to do stuff on their end.)

The Honey Badger Brigade applied for booth status at Calgary Expo with Honey Badger Alison Tieman’s webcomic called Xenospora. You can see on Calgary Expo’s exhibitor page that their group is linked to the webcomic.

Here are tweets Thursday, April 16th on Honey Badger Brigade booth setup, where they’re selling various types of merchandise including some #GamerGate-related posters:

Honey Badger Brigade Booth

Honey Badger Brigade Booth
Honey Badger Brigade Booth

On the evening of Thursday, April 16th, there was a panel held at Calgary Expo called “Women Into Comics.” Two members of The Honey Badger Brigade, including Alison Tieman, were present at the panel and participated. You can hear the full one hour panel at this YouTube link; at 18:11 Honey Badger Alison Tieman weighs in. Here’s a rough transcript I’ve written up for everyone’s convenience. Unfortunately I could not follow who explicitly was speaking due to lack of video so I’ve labeled each party as either “Panelist,” “Honey Badger” or “Audience Member.” I mainly only covered where Honey Badger Brigade members were involved in the discussion. Website The Mary Sue reported panelist Brittney Le Blanc’s account of what transpired during the panel: (emphasis mine)

We were about fifteen minutes into the panel when a woman in the second row stood up and identified herself as a Men’s Rights Activist. She and her male companion both came to raise issues they felt would not be covered by our panel.
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They also accused us of presenting all women as victims, which was an outright lie and derailing tactic. Their questions did take up quite a bit of time at the panel and served to derail the topic onto another tangent, which was frustrating for the panel and for those in the audience. It’s what they came to do, and in part, they succeeded.
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It’s disappointing that they weren’t there to have a conversation or to listen to what we, and members of the audience, were saying. They wanted to stand up and have their say, but not to listen or try to understand the points of view other people in the room had.
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I truly believe in freedom of speech, but coming to a panel with the entire purpose of derailing it and shooting down the voices on the panel isn’t constructive. It appears that was their plan for the expo, to come and to loudly take over the spaces of other people – although it was not violent or threatening, it’s disrespectful, disappointing and offers a prime example of why these panels need to exist in the first place.

As one can hear from the audio or read from the transcript supplied, Honey Badger’s involvement lasted roughly about 10 minutes and was on topics being offered by the panelists. It began when Honey Badger Alison Tieman respectfully asked, after the panelist mentioned questioning the aim of men’s rights activism, if they would like her to field the question as a men’s rights activist. Both Honey Badger members allowed the panelists to speak at length, sat and listened to the entire panel, even long after the 10 minutes that they participated in the discussion. So the claim that they were disrespectful, not listening to the voices and shooting them down is not demonstrative by the full audio of the panel supplied.

Some folks on Twitter spoke up about their grievances over seeing Honey Badger Brigade’s booth at the Calgary Expo. Many falsely claimed Honey Badger Brigade’s booth was a “#GamerGate booth” due to some #GamerGate posters being sold:

Complaints Over Honey Badger Brigade Booth
Complaints Over Honey Badger Brigade Booth
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Complaints Over Honey Badger Brigade Booth 02
Complaints Over Honey Badger Brigade Booth
Complaints Over Honey Badger Brigade Booth

Response from Calgary Expo Twitter account:

Calgary Expo Twitter Account Response
Calgary Expo Twitter Account Response

On the morning of Friday, April 17, 2015, Honey Badger Brigade was asked by Calgary Expo security to leave the Calgary Expo. Here is the official response from Alex Kingcott via Calgary Expo’s Twitter account:

Calgary Expo Official Response
Calgary Expo Official Response

Sage Gerard, Collegiate Activism Director of A Voice for Men & member of Honey Badger Brigade, posted “Go Home, Gamer girl: Press release on unjust banishment from Calgary Expo” on the Honey Badger Brigade site describing how they were removed from the expo and provided their commentary on the whole ordeal. Here is an excerpt: (emphasis mine)

Early this morning, staff banned Honey Badger Brigade (HBB) from the Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo (CalEx). Security staff approached the HBB booth, ordered us to leave, and refused to state the reason why unless Alison Tieman agreed to speak to them away from the other members of the group, without recording. They informed Alison that they had received complaints on social media, including 25 allegations of harassment. No evidence was presented, no request was made for information from HBB, and no specific incident was cited until further questions were asked of security.
Upon further questioning, security mentioned the Women in Comics panel discussion from the previous day, where Alison was given permission to speak. Alison spoke briefly in relation to a topic brought up by the panelists. Accusers, however, claimed that Alison derailed the conversation. Alison and myself were in attendance, and you can listen to Alison’s statement in the panel here on YouTube. You can hear Alison, myself and indeed the entire panel in the full discussion record.
As you will hear, there was no harassment. Expo staff and mob rule, in their crusade for ending harassment against women, harassed the Honey Badgers despite having no evidence of any policy violation.

Honey Badger Alison Tieman’s response on her experience with Calgary Expo staff when they approached her about the Honey Badger Brigade booth via Destructoid: (emphasis mine)

On Friday morning con organizer Shayne Henkelman approached me to tell me that I had to remove the contents of my booth. I had a recording device in my hand and he said that he would not explain why if I was recording audio. I asked him why and he repeated that he would not explain why we were being removed unless it was not recorded. I then handed the audio recorder to my friend Hannah Wallen. I believe Mr. Henkelman started to walk away at that point, indicating I should follow and the others at the booth, Hannah Wallen Sage Gerard, Mike Stephenson and my husband started to move with me. Mr. Henkelman said he would only tell me the reason, not anyone else. I asked if I could take my husband with me and he allowed that.

He then pulled me away from the rest of my group and took me to a side entrance. At that point they also had security and an additional female con organizer so we were surrounded. He restated that we had to leave and said that they had received complaints of harassment from the panel we had attended. I asked what specific harassment policies I had violated and he didn’t answer, instead he said that they had received at least 25 reports of harassment and there was no way they all could be wrong.  He then also said they had received complaints about my booth that I had run with Sage Gerard at the Saskatoon Comics and Entertainment Expo and that I was not just to leave the current expo but that I was also banned for life from all events the organizers put on. 

While we tore down our booth, at one point another female con organizer and several security staff watched, laughing. The shock of everything that happened got to me then and I broke down crying.

I don’t know how I’m going to proceed with situations like this in the future. If conventions require adherence to a political or social ideology from their attendees, it would help if they clearly stated it on their webpages and sites.

I want to add that I often get into misunderstandings about my perspective as a gender atypical woman. I find it very difficult to see myself as a victim in the same circumstances as other women and, as we all know, the traditional role for woman is ‘damsel in distress’. So when I went to the women-into-comics discussion I was nervous because I know how I’m usually received outside of men’s issues groups or gamer culture, both of which are accepting of my gender atypical identity as a woman primarily defined by her actions. However I was somewhat hopeful because of the message written in the program book that they celebrate diversity and that they recognized that women have been at least partly welcomed into the geek community.

I’m a shy person on the whole, but when they started to speak badly of one of the communities I’ve found acceptance in, I decided to stand up and be heard and explain to them, from my perspective, what I didn’t like about feminism and why people in those communities find feminism problematic. Specifically the very strong narrative in feminism that women are more likely to be victims than men (which is a derivative of the traditional damsel role for women and the stoic role for men), and that anyone who questions this should be socially ostracized.

I’m searching for explicit language in Calgary Expo’s Exhibitor Package Document that would apply to their kicking them from the expo – besides this part, that could of course be used to manufacture a rule to apply to them after the fact:

The CCEE shall have the full power in the interpretation and enforcement of all contract regulations contained herein, and the power to make such amendments thereto, and such further rules and regulations as shall be considered necessary and proper.

Allegedly two other booths moved into some of the empty space left from Honey Badger Brigade’s removal, the remaining empty space has a chair and this sign propped up on it:

Honey Badger Brigade Booth Removed
Honey Badger Brigade Booth Removed

The argument is already being made by some entities partially involved in expo activities (like The Mary Sue) that language in Honey Badger Brigade’s crowdfunding campaign and the manner in which they applied to have a presence at the expo was deceptive. It isn’t entirely clear, but there are comments within the Honey Badger Brigade crowdfunding site that does seem to support the idea that they applied for a booth at Calgary Expo under false pretenses, as was shared earlier in this piece. If that is the case, I personally disagree with that behavior but it’s still unclear if that’s why they were booted from the event. Calgary Expo’s Twitter account retweeted someone linking The Mary Sue article as you can see in the image below and remarked The Mary Sue’s reporting of the events was accurate. It’s a bit odd that they retweeted that remark by Twitter user @virgiltexas though; Honey Badger Brigade does consist in part of gamers, they must have misunderstood the blatant sarcasm in the description for their crowdfunding page as I’ve added here:

In April of this year, the Honey Badgers plan to put on a booth at the Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo! We plan to infiltrate nerd culture cunningly disguised as their own. Each of us has been carefully crafting a persona of nerdiness through decades of dedication to comics, science fiction, fantasy, comedy games and other geekery, waiting for this moment, our moment to slip among the unaware. Once there we will start distributing the totalitarian message that nerd and gamer culture is… perfectly wonderful just as it is and should be left alone to go it’s own way.

Calgary Expo Retweet
Calgary Expo Retweet

Although, if Honey Badger Alison Tieman’s account of why they were removed from Calgary Expo is true, they were in fact removed thanks to alleged harassment claims via social media and false claim of disrupting the ‘Women in Comics’ panel which I covered earlier. The following tweet by Calgary Expo does support Tieman’s account as it appears they were looking into just those things:

Calgary Expo Tweet
Calgary Expo Tweet

Bizarrely, American comic book writer Mark Waid also weighed in on Honey Badger Brigade being kicked from the expo by calling them a ‘hate-group’ [#GamerGate] and then proceeded to compare the over 30,000 people that discuss the #GamerGate scandal to the KKK…

Complaints Over Honey Badger Brigade Booth
Complaints Over Honey Badger Brigade Booth

As it stands, there has been no evidence supplied by Calgary Expo or The Mary Sue that would indicate harassment or safety issues by Honey Badger Brigade other than unsupported allegations. It’s also reasonable to conclude that Calgary Expo is not only very vague over the circumstances surrounding Honey Badger Brigade’s boot from the expo but also contradicts themselves between Alison’s account, their official statement and their other Twitter activity – like backing The Mary Sue’s reporting.

I’m left with a lot of questions and Calgary Expo’s tweets in response to some similar questions posed by others on Twitter, simply reiterating the general remark of being “a positive and safe environment for everyone” suggests that I and many others will never get the answers or clarification that we seek. Why didn’t Calgary Expo staff simply ask Honey Badger Brigade to take down the #GamerGate-related banner and stop participating in panels discussing women’s issues? Especially considering the amount of money they dumped into attending the event and what appears to be lack of harassment on their part? I have to wonder what would have happened had Honey Badger Brigade submitted an application to host a panel on men’s issues surrounding pop culture. Honey Badger Brigade discusses nerd culture and men’s issues but others held, from my count, at least five panels at Calgary Expo on women’s issues as it applies to pop culture. I disagree with the notion that women’s rights activists and feminists can have a voice but mens rights activists don’t get the same opportunity.

That isn’t the type of behavior one would expect from an entity touting to be for equality under an #ExpoEquality campaign.

Calgary Expo Tweet
Calgary Expo Tweet

Strength in Vulnerability: #Feminist Reply to @DCComics Batgirl41 “The Killing Joke” Variant Ignites #CHANGETHECOVER

*Update is provided at end of piece, artist has asked DC Comics to pull cover.

There’s a trending hashtag on the Internet now called #CHANGETHECOVER which began with this Tumblr post (at over 2,000 re-shares) regarding a Feminist’s criticism over variant edition comic for DC’s Batgirl #41 with artwork by Rafael Albuquerque. The cover reflects the story The Killing Joke, a graphic novel created in 1988 by Alan Moore (writing) and Brian Bolland (art). The controversial cover depicts the Joker with his arm around Batgirl’s shoulders with gun in hand and Batgirl terrified with tears in her eyes. In The Killing Joke the Joker shoots Barbara Gordon, which Joker comments rendered her disabled. Later in the graphic novel we see a nude Jim Gordon on a roller coaster and he is shown a series of photographs of Barbara Gordon in agony lying on a bloody floor nude. In later comics, the New 52 pretty much trashes the old universe for a new take. Some stuff was retained and it appears The Killing Joke story was kept if you read Batman #38 and the first couple of Batgirl issues. Also, per Batgirl #4, Barbara Gordon’s spine is healed from a procedure that was done in a South African clinic, a microchip is added to her spine. DC is currently doing a series of Joker Variants showing various characters with the Joker, the controversial one being discussed in this piece is one of 25. One has to understand that the creative team behind New 52’s Batgirl, while Brendan Fletcher mentioned in a 3 Chicks podcast that they would be moving away from the Joker, does not get to see the variant covers until after they’re revealed. So it’s especially upsetting for me to see people attack the creatives.

More Batgirl artwork by same artist that did the controversial Batgirl/Joker variant cover, Batgirl Endgame #1 by Rafael Albuquerque.
More Batgirl artwork by same artist that did the controversial Batgirl/Joker variant cover, Batgirl Endgame #1 by Rafael Albuquerque.

Essentially, some are holding issue with a female protagonist being displayed in a weak and terrified position (as a victim) on the cover of a comic and some are alleging that it’s romanticizing sexual violence. Others are alleging that the cover makes fun of sexual assault. Some folks are even conflating an alleged DC executive’s remark to Alan Moore in the late 80s to the cover saying it’s sexist. Then you have the people that give Barbara Gordon life outside of printed artwork and insist she’s “being forced to relive her sexual assault” with the creation of this cover. It isn’t unusual that one would be terrified of the Joker with a gun in his hand. There is no sense of rape or sexual abuse in the cover artwork – just pure terror. The cover is also reminiscent of some of Rafael Albuquerque’s other works like Batman Annual #3 with the dark and foreboding vibe. When I personally first read The Killing Joke many years ago, I didn’t get a sense that rape/molestation had occurred although it is apparent that sexual assault occurred with the removal of clothing. The sense I got is Joker took pictures of the sexually assaulted Ms. Gordon nude in agony on the floor after being shot to later be shared with Jim Gordon to psychologically destroy him. While the story-line is uncomfortable, I do not object to displaying the evil of the Joker by painting him as the type of criminal/villain that sexually assaults and paralyzes people. These types of evils happen in society today, I don’t need to be shielded from it in any way and appreciate it when art mimics life, even if the gruesome/ugly aspects of it. The Killing Joke story isn’t about Barbara, her father Jim Gordon or Batman; it’s about the Joker and his unbridled chaos affecting various characters in the Bat family. The cover itself is in line with the planned series of Joker Variant covers and the Joker’s interaction with Barbara Gordon.

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Picture uploaded to Memecenter by user serkan on December 27th 2011

I understand the sentiment for Barbara Gordon fans that it isn’t a pleasant time in her character’s life and shows her at her weakest point. Especially when she has had fabulous moments in other comics like Birds of Prey as Oracle; which by the way, would not have come about without The Killing Joke. Barbara Gordon is a positive and empowering heroine that many fans look up to. I personally found her past history as Batgirl bland and prefer Stephanie Brown’s run as Batgirl. Stephanie is a daughter of a super villain and many disliked her for her many flaws/mistakes but that’s what made her “real” to me; her constant need to seek redemption. Oracle is one of my favorite heroines in comics and The Killing Joke, while a tragic and ugly story, is what led to that character’s creation. In fact, many folks that are disabled found the reboot of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl and consequential end to Oracle as tragic. Thankfully, with Batgirl Vol 4 #15 I satisfyingly got to see Barbara Gordon reek a much desired beating on the Joker.

Batgirl Vol 4 #15
Batgirl Vol 4 #15

I recognize that my personal opinion or feelings regarding Barbara Gordon’s growth throughout DC history doesn’t warrant DC or the artist’s removal of artwork. This is what’s really important so let me reiterate here; one’s feelings/emotions over seeing an accurate depiction of her history with Joker, in a cover specifically meant to be about Joker’s interaction with her, doesn’t make it OK to ask for an artist to change their artwork or for DC to remove it. The cover is still accurate to the story-line and there’s nothing on the cover glorifying or shaming Batgirl for rape or sexual assault. You can’t just erase this major point in the character and Batman comics history. The Killing Joke is a NY Times Bestseller and well-known graphic novel; it’s iconic and has won various awards including the Eisner award. She is Jim Gordon’s daughter and Batman’s protege. The Joker paralyzing her, stripping her clothing off and showing pictures of the display to her father is a major part of the Batman story-line. This is one of the many big reasons why Joker is the big and important Batman villain – the reason why Bruce has to give himself a speech over Joker being just a man in Death of the Family Batman #15 and Endgame Batman #37 so he doesn’t let his overwhelming hatred of Joker get the best of him. You also have to consider that this event in Barbara Gordon’s past helps to show how strong she is in later comics. She was able to move past this traumatic point in her life which reflects her strength of character. The argument that the cover is misogynistic and sexist because Barbara Gordon is being used as a tool robs her of the strong character development that stems from this traumatic event in her history.

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Detective Comics #826

The notion that only female characters are “used as tools” or “depicted as victims” within the story-line is disingenuous. A lot of characters are just tools to motivate heroes regardless of gender. This is basically the biggest aspect of the superhero genre in comics. For example, look at the odd (what seems like) requirement that both or at least one of your parents/guardians must die in order for a superhero to be born. Maybe I just find the outrage over the cover artwork to be over-the-top because I’m a longtime Batman/DC comics fan that has a deep knowledge of the universe. Perhaps if I were more detached and saw the artwork without my knowledge of the Bat family’s lengthy history and a strictly art critic’s eyes, I’d be more warm to claims that it’s sexist or misogynist. I highly doubt that though, because with my extensive comic book knowledge – comes my awareness that DC Comics has a rocky past with social controversies like the Harley Quinn suicide contest. Even with this awareness, I still find it all overboard. This isn’t the first radical feminist/SJW controversy DC has had to wade through with Batgirl and it likely won’t be the last. Also, it’s odd to me the lack of outrage over some other comic covers that are a bit more risque or sexually insinuative with it’s artwork. I completely disagree with this seemingly radical #feminist and #SJW (social justice warrior) outcry over the variant cover art and The Killing Joke story-line. It’s fine to criticize or disagree with an artist’s work, it is not alright to request that it be pulled because of your feelings over it.

Now, for your viewing pleasure, a collection of colorful and insightful tweets (heavy sarcasm) regarding folks sentiments on this issue. You see people call for censorship, likening it to porn, saying it promotes rape and celebrates violence against women, etc. There were reasonable and mild remarks on this matter, and then there were these:

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*UPDATE*

Cameron Stewart (of Batgirl creative team) exchange with Twitter user active under #CHANGETHECOVER hashtag.
Cameron Stewart (of Batgirl creative team) exchange with Twitter user active under #CHANGETHECOVER hashtag March 15th.

March 16 09:00 PM:

It appears that the artist of the Batgirl #41 Joker variant cover Rafael Albuquerque has requested that DC Comics pull the cover in response to this issue. I’ve provided both the artists’ and DC Comics official remarks below:

Rafael Albuquerque:

My Batgirl variant cover artwork was designed to pay homage to a comic that I really admire, and I know is a favorite of many readers. ‘The Killing Joke’ is part of Batgirl’s canon and artistically, I couldn’t avoid portraying the traumatic relationship between Barbara Gordon and the Joker.

For me, it was just a creepy cover that brought up something from the character’s past that I was able to interpret artistically. But it has become clear, that for others, it touched a very important nerve. I respect these opinions and, despite whether the discussion is right or wrong, no opinion should be discredited.

My intention was never to hurt or upset anyone through my art. For that reason, I have recommended to DC that the variant cover be pulled. I’m incredibly pleased that DC Comics is listening to my concerns and will not be publishing the cover art in June as previously announced.

With all due respect,

Rafa

DC Comics:

We publish comic books about the greatest heroes in the world, and the most evil villains imaginable. The Joker variant covers for June are in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Joker.

Regardless if fans like Rafael Albuquerque’s homage to Alan Moore’s THE KILLING JOKE graphic novel from 25 years ago, or find it inconsistent with the current tonality of the Batgirl books – threats of violence and harassment are wrong and have no place in comics or society.

We stand by our creative talent, and per Rafael’s request, DC Comics will not publish the Batgirl variant. – DC Entertainment

I can not fully express how much sorrow I have over this new development. This whole mess where people seek to censor content has so many depressing implications. Between this matter and the recent Milo Manara Spider-Woman cover fiasco, there’s an alarming trend of calls for removal of artistic content because of people’s feelings.

Gamers Discussing #GamerGate Scandal Are Being Harassed; Where’s the Coverage?

*1/12/15 02:03 PM Since this apparently needs to be restated at start although it is in the introductory section of this document:
I find this endeavor especially important due to the little coverage by mainstream media of the harassment gamers receive that discuss #GamerGate. Instead, we mainly witness coverage of harassment those opposed to discussing the #GamerGate scandal receive.
This article is meant to give light to what is barely getting any mainstream media coverage. It is covering gamers discussing #GamerGate. This piece is NOT meant to show “both sides.” Thank you*

There was a fairly recent Pew Poll done on the prevalence of online harassment. Apparently four-in-ten people have experienced some form of online harassment in their experience on the internet.

http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/10/22/online-harassment/

Online harassment is a serious issue for people of all identities; whether male, female, homosexual, transgender, white, black, Asian, etc. According to the poll,

“Overall, men are somewhat more likely than women to experience at least one of the elements of online harassment, 44% vs. 37%. In terms of specific experiences, men are more likely than women to encounter name-calling, embarrassment, and physical threats.”

I’m discussing online harassment surrounding a recent scandal that has been heavily discussed within the gaming community called #GamerGate. For a neutral view of what the #GamerGate scandal is about, you can review the following image.

http://i.imgur.com/bgwCfMd.png
http://i.imgur.com/bgwCfMd.png

As a female Cuban gamer discussing the #GamerGate scandal, I have been harassed on various social media sites like Twitter and Reddit as well as by phone and even receiving emails at work. Due to the harassment that I have personally received as well as harassment I have witnessed of fellow gamers discussing #GamerGate, I have decided to compile all instances of harassment witnessed on various media platforms.

I find this endeavor especially important due to the little coverage by mainstream media of the harassment gamers receive that discuss #GamerGate. Instead, we mainly witness coverage of harassment those opposed to discussing the #GamerGate scandal receive. It is not a competition of who is harassed more, all harassment is abhorrent and should be recognized.

I have collected images as well as archived links to the harassment in question for your review. Please contact me on Twitter @JenniferJMedina or Reddit by the same handle if you have further instances to supply of gamers being harassed for discussing corruption in the gaming industry via the #GamerGate scandal. I will be continuously updating this piece.

Instances of targeted harassment:

Twitter User Harassed: @lemmingbot
Date: April 1, 2015

Troll @GodEmperorIHM shares dox of @lemmingbot.
Troll @GodEmperorIHM shares dox of @lemmingbot.
Troll @GodEmperorIHM shares dox of @lemmingbot.
Troll @GodEmperorIHM shares dox of @lemmingbot.

Twitter User Harassed: @TheRalphRetort
Date: February 21, 2015

8Chan /Baphmet/ board dox of @TheRalphRetort
8Chan /Baphomet/ board dox of @TheRalphRetort
8Chan Baphomet image with @TheRalphRetort dox on smut/genitals/dead bodies
8Chan Baphomet image with @TheRalphRetort dox on smut/genitals/dead bodies

Twitter User Harassed: @lizzyf620
Date: January 22, 2015

@lizzyf620 prominent gamer discussing #GamerGate on Twitter doxed. Original share of dox removed from /Baphomet/ sub-board on 8chan but re-shared next day.
@lizzyf620 prominent gamer discussing #GamerGate on Twitter doxed. Original share of dox removed from /Baphomet/ sub-board on 8chan but re-shared next day.
/Baphomet/ user harassing @lizzyf620 on Facebook and shared screen shot to /Baphomet/.
/Baphomet/ user harassing @lizzyf620 on Facebook and shared screen shot to /Baphomet/.
New accounts being created on Twitter to share @lizzyf620 pastebin of dox.
New accounts being created on Twitter to share @lizzyf620 pastebin of dox.
Twitter user and prominent gamer discussing #GamerGate @lizzyf620 doxed. Person responsible for dox even attacked her children. She closed her social media accounts.
Twitter user and prominent gamer discussing #GamerGate @lizzyf620 doxed. Person responsible for dox even attacked her children. She closed her social media accounts.

Twitter User Harassed: @mahoumelonball
Date: January 13, 2015

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Twitter user and gamer discussing #GamerGate @mahoumelonball doxed, dox shared to /Baphomet/ sub-board on 8chan.
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Twitter user and gamer discussing #GamerGate @mahoumelonball doxed, dox shared to /Baphomet/ sub-board on 8chan.
mahoumelonball 02
Twitter user and gamer discussing #GamerGate @mahoumelonball doxed, dox shared to /Baphomet/ sub-board on 8chan.

2015-01-23 23.05.54


Twitter User Harassed: @JennofHardwire/@JenniferJMedina
Date: January 11, 2015
Storify: I Made A New Friend Today

@DEuce_Lover_ harassment of @JennofHardwire aka @JenniferJMedina
@DEuce_Lover_ harassment of @JennofHardwire aka @JenniferJMedina

Twitter User Harassed: @Meowsticgoesnya
Date: January 6, 2015

Meowsticgoesnya Doxxed 02


Twitter User Harassed: @TheIvyClover1
Date: January 5, 2015

https://archive.today/OMn7G
https://archive.today/OMn7G

Twitter User Harassed: @Cainjw
Date: January 3, 2015
Link to Twitlonger Post

“I made the choice to share amalgamated clients with any and all personal and protected information. This includes names, ages, phone numbers and such. I chose to keep in gender and a general diagnosis range with a very brief snapshot of circumstance. “I have a client with Bipolar who could lose their job” is actually a combination of multiple clients–a client, a client with Bipolar, a client who could lose their job.

Very quickly, this person started to retweet what I said. Soon, I had hundreds of notifications in just under an hour. I had people telling me I was a horrible person, a horrible therapist, a terrible social worker, etc. Whereas they did not have information to attempt to attack me before, and had to remain quite general in their insults, they had new information thanks to this user. They accused me of HIPAA violations on Twitter, Reddit, and elsewhere.

Some of them started to talk of doxxing me, finding out my place of employment, alerting my boss.

Even users on their reddit and Twitter who typically support them were saying, “Hey, back off.” This one individual whipped up such a frenzied storm that I had thousands of notifications when I got home.

I had more notifications in a couple hours than I have followers. All because one person decided to retweet my conversation with them. I had threats of doxxing, attacking, and bodily harm to me and others.” – Cainjw


Twitter User Harassed: @Totalbiscuit
Date: December 31, 2014

https://archive.today/gKVGz
https://archive.today/gKVGz

TotalBiscuit Focks_MacLeod Cancer 02


Twitter User Harassed: @QueenyMartha
Date: December 31, 2014
YouTube Video: “#Gamergate: e-celebs and DDOS threats.”

https://archive.today/B0EoI
https://archive.today/B0EoI

Twitter User Harassed: @lizzyf620
Date: December 29, 2014

GNAA troll faked superspacedad tweet. http://archive.today/VWbnt
GNAA troll faked superspacedad tweet.
http://archive.today/VWbnt

Twitter User Harassed: @JennofHardwire/JenniferJMedina
Date: December 8, 2014

https://archive.today/mCMLu
https://archive.today/mCMLu

Twitter User Harassed: @Thornblossom
Date: December 7, 2014

https://archive.today/SBUGV
https://archive.today/SBUGV

Twitter User Harassed: @Totalbiscuit
Date: December 5, 2014

TotalBiscuit's mentions after winning
TotalBiscuit’s mentions after winning “Trending Gamer” award at VGAs.

Twitter User Harassed: @draginol
Date: December 3, 2015

https://archive.today/znxFw
https://archive.today/znxFw

Twitter User Harassed: @Tip_of_the_Ice
Date: December 1, 2014

https://archive.today/1hHjV
https://archive.today/1hHjV

Twitter User Harassed: @Claire_Schumann
Date: November 27, 2014

http://archive.today/A1Azz
http://archive.today/A1Azz
http://archive.today/A1Azz
http://archive.today/A1Azz
freebsdgirl Harasses Claire_Schumann 03
https://archive.today/8DHXS

Twitter User Harassed: @siloraptor
Date: November 26, 2014

siloraptor


Twitter User Harassed: @Sargon_of_Akkad
Date: November 9, 2014
Note: Pastebin link not redacted as Pastebin.com has removed the content.

http://archive.today/KcFN9
http://archive.today/KcFN9

Twitter User Harassed: @papapow
Date: October 31, 2014

https://archive.today/ndK8O
https://archive.today/ndK8O

Papapow Harassment 02

Papapow Harassment 03


Twitter User Harassed: @_HouseOftheDead
Date: October 30, 2014

_HouseOftheDead Rape Seeking Validation
https://archive.today/u3ngk

Twitter User Harassed: @Kingofpol
Date: October 27, 2014

https://archive.today/lMTMO
https://archive.today/lMTMO

Twitter User Harassed: @lizzyf620
Date: October 26, 2014

https://archive.today/aMllR
https://archive.today/aMllR

Entity Harassed: Gamersgate.com
Date: October 23, 2014

https://archive.today/GzuCi
https://archive.today/GzuCi

Twitter User Harassed: @milky_candy
Date: October 21 & 27, 2014

https://archive.today/dDeqz
https://archive.today/dDeqz

Twitter User Harassed: @GMShivers
Date: October 15, 2014

https://archive.today/ypRII
https://archive.today/ypRII

Twitter User Harassed: @ForemanErik
Date: October 15, 2014

https://archive.today/xNuzI
https://archive.today/xNuzI

Twitter User Harassed: @keozeo
Date: October 14, 2014

https://archive.today/s3qCq
https://archive.today/s3qCq
https://archive.today/DtdbO
https://archive.today/DtdbO

Twitter User Harassed: @_Shadpwsight
Date: October 13, 2014

https://archive.today/tucBs
https://archive.today/tucBs

Twitter User Harassed: @coolguyquietess
Date: October 12, 2014

https://archive.today/SVw1K
https://archive.today/SVw1K

Twitter User Harassed: @_icze4r
Date: October 11, 2014

https://archive.today/smfWe
https://archive.today/smfWe

Twitter User Harassed: @TheAwesomeMan
Date: October 2014

https://archive.today/Phb5u
https://archive.today/Phb5u

Twitter User Harassed: @BlackTridentTV
Date: September 21, 2014

https://archive.today/pnLdF
https://archive.today/pnLdF

Twitter User Harassed: @Nero
Date: September 21, 2014

https://archive.today/TBag3
https://archive.today/TBag3

Twitter User Harassed: @j_millerworks
Date: September 19, 2014

https://archive.today/bnFwj
https://archive.today/bnFwj

User Harassed: Not Provided/Anonymous

https://archive.today/jDMPQ
https://archive.today/jDMPQ

User Harassed: Not Provided/Anonymous

Girlfriend Email

Girlfriend Email 02

More hate towards gamers discussing #GamerGate scandal:

https://archive.today/vYzm8
https://archive.today/vYzm8
https://archive.today/lxBIl
https://archive.today/lxBIl
https://archive.today/UPyKZ
https://archive.today/UPyKZ
https://archive.today/A8G2g
https://archive.today/A8G2g
https://archive.today/t1M0S
https://archive.today/t1M0S
http://archive.today/W2kyB
http://archive.today/W2kyB
https://archive.today/B6703
https://archive.today/B6703
https://archive.today/TZx6b
https://archive.today/TZx6b
https://archive.today/k78zD
https://archive.today/k78zD
https://archive.today/D7trb
https://archive.today/D7trb
https://archive.today/naAR7
https://archive.today/naAR7
https://archive.today/f3Rlu
https://archive.today/f3Rlu
https://archive.today/zzABN
https://archive.today/zzABN
https://archive.today/kXU2J
https://archive.today/kXU2J
https://archive.today/Wd66I
https://archive.today/Wd66I
https://archive.today/j3Gzn
https://archive.today/j3Gzn
https://archive.today/JjsaJ
https://archive.today/JjsaJ
https://archive.today/sMIXH
https://archive.today/sMIXH
https://archive.today/ohYF8
https://archive.today/ohYF8
https://archive.today/wfAr2 A barely used Twitter account with no #GamerGate activity or followers was hacked, started tweeting vulgar images and remarks.
https://archive.today/wfAr2
A barely used Twitter account with no #GamerGate activity or followers was hacked, started tweeting vulgar images and remarks. UnseenPerfidy attributes account to #GamerGate and starts insulting/giving threats to various gamers reporting the hacked account.

UnseenPerfiday Death Threats 03

http://archive.today/W1mxi
http://archive.today/W1mxi

UnseenPerfiday Death Threats 04

https://archive.today/TBH7j
https://archive.today/TBH7j

Some support doxing as well as searching for & sharing of public contact information of gamers discussing #GamerGate scandal to paint a target on them; not just reporting through proper channels. They use their subjective determination of whether you’re guilty of something and deserving of whatever potentially lethal ramifications come of it (i.e. swatting):

https://archive.today/atPtf
https://archive.today/atPtf
https://archive.today/8t2ax
https://archive.today/8t2ax
https://archive.today/AUZ2O
https://archive.today/AUZ2O

freebsdgirl Trolls 03

https://archive.today/2NyAh
https://archive.today/2NyAh
https://archive.today/bPBdP
https://archive.today/bPBdP
https://archive.today/C6HeJ
https://archive.today/C6HeJ

People attempt to implicate gamers discussing #GamerGate by creating false accounts on imageboards like 8chan: 

8chan gamergate Setup


Many gamers feel so threatened by the harassment that they’ve received, that they refuse to publicly discuss it:

Anons Workplace Harassment

From a Filthy Balanced #GamerGate Moderate To You…

This blog post is in response to r/KiA: “I hate what Gamergate has become. It will win, it cannot lose and more.” http://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2p1nek/i_hate_what_gamergate_has_become_it_will_win_it/

I get your concerns. I mean, at face value adopting a sea lion is inane. After all, what does that have to do with corruption in the gaming industry… right? Well, here’s the thing. It’s certainly imperative that we stay on message & tackle corruption in the industry to the best of our ability… HOWEVER… morale boosts, people showing some compassion for others, utilizing their talents to contribute, tackling the social obstacles, etc. surrounding the #GamerGate movement/consumer revolt (whichever description you subscribe to) is important. Of course charities aren’t for everyone who wants to address gaming politics, and “GamerGate Art Jams” seem trivial and unrelated. No shit, it seems fruitless and pointless to address drama queen GamerGate detractors trying to change the message. Really though, you have to acknowledge that your priorities and strengths may not be the same as your fellow GamerGate supporters.

Yeah, some of the matters GG takes under its wing seem unimportant. Especially compared to other bigger problems. Why do some arguably shit indie games and developers matter when there are bigger and more impressionable AAA publisher shits to fry? Why worry about a GTAV ban when we have an entire country not getting a game (India/DA:I)? Except, and here’s my argument, why can’t we address it all? Why does it matter what Joe Schmoe GG supporter does with his or her time to support the cause? How does that affect you personally? Is that really the attitude anyone needs?

Robin Ashe @robinashe on Twitter weighs in, “This is one argument that works, but I figure a stronger one is that not all goals are actually realistic, and we want to do what’s practical for now. We don’t have a chance at changing the Indian government’s mind, particularly as we’re more heavily concentrated in the US. Certain enemies are too strong to be taken down, we have to level up first. Gawker’s a bit of an odd one, we figured out a glitch, normally we shouldn’t be able to do the kind of damage to them ($1million+) that we did, but since we figured out what worked with them, we are focusing a lot more effort there.”

There’s no such thing as “GamerGate losing.” You know why? Because it’s an idea, it’s a group of people that feel strongly about the politics surrounding their favorite hobby and making sure it doesn’t go to shit. This is going to always be the case, whether the hashtag stays alive or not. Gamers have been fighting against corruption in the industry before “GamerGate” happened and they’ll continue to do it even if it doesn’t happen under the GG hashtag/name.

I agree with the notion that “anti-GamerGate” is a bit odd when you think about it on a surface level. But, don’t discount the notion that there’s an active and cohesive group trying to shut GamerGate down. Ever perused GamerGhazi subreddit? Ever frequented the Twitter search engine under “GamerGate?” You’d notice the same dozen or so very outspoken people against GamerGate, some that are majorly covered in MSM at the moment. You’d also notice plenty of other familiar faces over and over again. It isn’t a secret that there is a force against GamerGate consisting of a specific group of people – what do you want to call them? I don’t care. I just call anyone arguing against GamerGate “GamerGate detractors” to be diplomatic. It’s naive though to suggest that there isn’t a crew against GG that is actively trying to make it out to be a hate mob & about gender politics.

Just remember that people address the “other issues” that are off message because it’s important to make sure that we keep the morale up and neutrals don’t get fed the wrong message; just like in any type of group – organized or not. As Robin Ashe says, “If we’re all doing our own thing under our own direction, with more or less coincidental convergence, we’re much harder to stop. If we’re working on a bunch of different things we’ll suddenly discover something new that works, and everyone else can start following up on that. Like we discovered with emailing Gawker advertisers. We weren’t nearly as focused until we saw how well it was working.

I want to say that I wholly agree and disagree with the message that GamerGate has become something bad; that we are veering off course. I mean, if one’s goal is to piss off and estrange your moderates and less “fierce/aggressive” supporters so that we lose numbers, OK then I guess I get the bitching. I think it’s important to let people decide for themselves how they want to fight this good fight. We need to recognize that we’re not all going to agree on things and it’s OK to argue amongst each other. I’ll leave you with this quote that’s near and dear to me:

“I look upon ourselves as partners in all of this, and that each of us contributes and does what he can do best. And so I see not a top rung and a bottom rung – I see all this horizontally – and I see this as part of a matrix. And I see every human being as having a purpose, a destiny, if you like – the destiny that exists in each of us – and find ways and means to provide such opportunities for everyone.”

by Jonas Edward Salk, American medical researcher and virologist. Discovered the first successful inactivated polio vaccine.

#NotYourShield #Trans #GamerGate supporters & the non-trans #GamerGate supporters that love them.

I’m writing this piece today to raise awareness of the trans supporters within the #GamerGate movement. I feel it’s important to note that there are MANY #GamerGate supporters that love and support our fellow supporters that are trans.

There are bound to be #GamerGate supporters that do not approve of or support the trans community due to the anonymous, diversified nature of the movement and there being tens of thousands of supporters. However, that does not discount the overwhelming love and support from others.

It’s rather disingenuous for media entities to paint the movement as solely or even mostly consisting of cis white males and you can see why with a simple search of the #NotYourShield tag.

I’d like to supply here a collection of tweets from trans and non-trans #GamerGate supporters speaking up about how inclusive and compassionate those in the movement can be. You can also search, as I did, the two tags on Twitter for further evidence of this outpouring of support for the trans community. It should be telling that I only went as far back as November 12th.

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Here are some trans support groups that can offer plenty of education as well as support to those that need it:
Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group (AISSG)
LGBT Rights: Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Project
PFLAG: Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays
TYFA: Trans Youth Family Allies

Common Theme in #Ferguson’s wake: #GamerGate detractors claim GG supporters are “angry white men.”

So like many, I made the grave error of searching for the tags #Ferguson & #GamerGate in conjunction. As one could imagine, I found plenty of folks on both sides of the #GamerGate debate attempting to compare and contrast the movement with the tragic events unfolding in Ferguson. The common themes that I found among the tweets was the desire to paint #GamerGate supporters with a broad brush as all being angry white men, mentally unstable, Conservative cop supporters, allied with hate groups, etc. Some even remarked that ethics in gaming journalism doesn’t matter, at all. The interesting tweets were ones that alleged thousands of #GamerGate supporters across the board either supported or didn’t support Darren Wilson or Michael Brown. There were also a couple of tweets where people attempted to bait others into discussing the two matters. I think my personal favorite was when some conflated #GamerGate & Ferguson with gang rape, ISIS and ebola. [sarc]

Is it in any way appropriate to relate the two issues? I’ll let you decide.

I’ve provided many tweets with their archived versions linked below them. Look at what happens when #GamerGate detractors attempt to compare and contrast two starkly different issues:

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@rob_sheridan’s archived tweet.

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@smileymoth’s archived tweet.

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@FacialWeight’s archived tweet.

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@TokenOfficeGoth’s archived tweet.

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@candaceshaw’s archived tweet.

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@Firebomb173’s archived tweet.

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@ashablue’s archived tweet.

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@Relyt22’s archived tweet.

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@WestCoastAnime’s archived tweet.

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@TheLizLincoln’s archived tweet.

The following user created their tweet and decided they didn’t want to say “white” males; so they deleted & tweeted a revised…better? version…

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@danthebeast’s archived tweet.

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