Just Wow…

A friend recently sent me a link to a Youtube video that concerns “gamergate” suggesting I would find it interesting.  Interesting? Yes.  Difficult to listen to? Most emphatically, but not because of the subject matter.  I have always had an issue attaching the epithet “gamergate” to anything as it implies some vast conspirarcy, which just isn’t the case. More accurate would be unassociated individuals who believe it is acceptable to attack someone, regardless of gender, when they don’t agree with the direction a game developer, publisher or even journalist  has taken their product. That said, if you have a strong stomach and even stronger will, give it a listen. I had a hard time making it more than five minutes into the clip.

When I first saw the guest on the show, I will admit it was a name that gave me  pause to think “where have I seen that name before?”  So I looked him up.  Banned from Twitter? Even Briebart news wouldnt’ have him? O.K. Then I read this sentence from the Wikipedia entry: “In the interview in a January 2016 episode of the podcast Drunken Peasants, Yiannopoulos stated that sexual relationships between 13-year-old boys and adult men and women can be “perfectly consensual,”

At this point I was tempted to never watch the videoclip from Youtube but I soldiered on (considering I was actually a soldier I think the  phrase appropriate here).

 

In the interview, he describes critics of videogames as follows:  ”if you imagine the most wacky, steriotypical, blue haired, overweight, furious, you know fact free terrible lesbian lesbianic feminist; well they’re all lesbians now, lesbianic feminist lunatic, that’s the sort of person who is criticizing videogames now.”

 

He seems to have a bit of a problem with extermism and gross generalizations.  When a game developer who happens to be female has received death threats it has nothing to do with her sexual preference. He seems a bit unenlighted himself to accuse anyone who critizes videogames in this matter. Gender preference and people who are concerned that videogames influence children are not connected and he is wrong to insinuate the are.  Mind you what studies I have read do not present videogames as a threat to children, but that hardly seems the point here so much as gross generalizations and attacks on women. Case in point, if you where to call a doctor of my acquaintance, who happens to be a  lesbian, “overweight” and a “lunatic” and she will point out that she holds both a black belt in karate and a doctorite in psychology. In the end, thank God we live in a country were he has the right to say this and all that happens is he gets kicked to the curb by the new agency he worked for and banned from twitter.

 

 

This was about 5.00 minutes in to the video and was about all the hate I could handle from the individual.

 

Evelyn Beatrice hall, writing as S.G. Tallentrye, wrote a well known quote in her biography of voltaire entitled “The Life of Voltaire”…

 

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

 

There are people in my life for which I would lay down my life (something easy to say but hard to do to say the least), but Milo Yiannopoulos is not one of them.  But as I said, thank God we live in a country where he has a right to say the things he does.


 

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