Awful Things Happen When You Try To Make A Video About Video Game Stereotypes

Anita Sarkeesian thought it would be a good idea to make a video series called Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. It would be about, well, the tropes developers resort to when portraying women in video games. Stuff like armour that doesn’t actually cover anything.

To help market the idea, she set up a Kickstarter page and made a YouTube video. What follows is, sadly, about as awful as you’d expect.

Look, I know, this is YouTube we’re talking about. Of all the terrible places moron commenters congeal around on the internet, it’s one of the worst. But the hateful YouTube comments left were just the start.

Next stop, her Wikipedia page, inserting pornographic imagery and links to porn sites, the aftermath of which had her top Google search result returning the sentence “Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist video blogger and cunt”.

Once Wikipedia locked the page down for repeated vandalism, the morons then moved onto the Kickstarter page hosting her project, spamming the company with reports in an attempt to have it shut down.

There’s disagreeing with someone’s point of view. There’s vehemently disagreeing with someone’s point of view. Then, about 17 levels past that, there’s this shit. Over someone who wanted to make a video series about girls in video games. It’s enough to make you want to go dunk your head in a bucket of rainbows just to wash the taste out.

Harassment, Misogyny and Silencing on YouTube [FF, via Pikigeek]


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