I didn’t want to greet the shitstorm that I have been party to over the past 24 hours with silence, however the sheer volume of notifications has made it impossible to engage on a personal level. That said, I wanted to face the deluge and appeal to the humans behind the twitter handles.
I refuse to believe that you are all as bad as Milo.
I want to set my stall out right away as someone who hated Milo Yiannopoulos before it was cool. Certainly before he decided that gamers were suddenly not pathetic and deserving of a slap.This is because he has a history which predates #gamergate, of being a hateful, sneering, crass bully.
When I tweeted yesterday that I was glad that I’d never be as bad as Milo, I did so in anger at this tweet from his personal account:
Note the quotation marks around the word female. Milo doesn’t believe that transgender women are ‘real’ women. He has not the first inclining of the struggle of transgender people, but he does think that his take on the topic is relevant enough to say things which erase the identity of real people.
So I got angry. I stand by that anger, but gamergate was not its intended target. What followed him retweeting me, was of course many, many people involved in #gamergate jumping to his defense.
I’m not going to go into what I think about gamergate. Not here. I do however, want to question Milo’s suitability for the public face of any movement, and try and get across the impression you give by lording him as someone who legitimises your movement. (Spoiler: It’s not the impression you want to give.)
Here he is calling Israel a "tolerant, liberal society." in an article published on 1st of August 2014. Yes; during Operation Protective Edge, which saw the deaths of thousands of Palestinian civilians, including hundreds of children, at the hands of the “tolerant and liberal” Israeli Defense Force and their state of the art, Western made military hardware.
And this from the same article, suggesting that these same victims are all Islamist lunatics. These words typed out remember, while across the world at the very same time, they are being bombed in their homes and killed in their hundreds. Yeah, those “Islamist lunatic” children really deserved it Milo, you tell them.
That is before you even get to the part where he labels gay men who have the audacity to think that murdering children with artillery might not be the right thing to do “…preening, smug, nancy boys." Yes. Homophobia is possible from a gay man.
I really am trying to keep this short, so I will do again as I did in response to many of your tweets last night: I invite you to actually read the things that Milo writes.
Many of you called me a bigot last night for calling someone out “just for having a different opinion.” You may like him because he annoys people like me, but I assure you that he is the true bigot.
You are not stupid people. You do not think that sexism, homophobia, racism or transphobia are simple cases of difference of opinion. They are affronts of the gravest kind. Actually read the words; and tell me he embodies what you think #GamerGate stands for. If you think that the wider media refuses to take your feelings on corrupt journalism seriously, it might just be because of the company you keep.
You see, in the real world, people have opinions and those opinions may sometimes differ from yours. The problem with SJWs is you think your views are de facto the “right ones” and that anyone with different views is a Bad Person(tm) when this simply isn’t the case. You all put yourselves in a bubble and all share the same views, which I don’t think is healthy. It means you can all drum up fear over the “other” - people who have views that you and your bubble find distasteful. You can froth at the mouth that there are people out there who aren’t *gasp* as perfect and enlightened as you and your politically correct middle class pals.
Take Israel/Palestine. The majority of people on your side have views about Israel that are the mirror image of Milo’s on Gazans.
"Yeah, those “Islamist lunatic” children really deserved it Milo, you tell them”
You are wilfully misrepresenting what he said here. When people on your side talk about “evil Zionists” etc a normal person would not assume they mean that a newborn baby in Israel is an “evil Zionist”. But misrepresent is all you people do. Personally I think that considering Palestinians keep voting for a party that has in its charter that all Jews must be killed, and who recently rejected a giant piece of land far bigger than Gaza that Egypt offered them, where they could live in peace, yet they declined because they do not want peace with Israel, they shoulder some of the blame. The fact that when in 2005 Israel completely pulled out from occupying Gaza, gave money to Gaza for development and gave greenhouses etc and the greenhouses were destroyed, all money was spent on arms and building tunnels to Israel to attack Israelis (and in the building of the tunnels, hundreds of Palestinian children have died from child labour)… That they won’t invest any of the millions of dollars in aid they get on schools and hospitals. It all goes on futile attempts to “kill the Jews”.
It really isn’t black and white, and I have friends who despise Israel and go on ‘Free Palestine’ marches. As adults, they can accept my views without thinking I am a Bad Person(tm) and I can accept theirs because people can still get along while having different opinions. Shocking for you in your SJW bubble to contemplate, I know.
"That is before you even get to the part where he labels gay men who have the audacity to think that murdering children with artillery might not be the right thing to do “…preening, smug, nancy boys." Yes. Homophobia is possible from a gay man.”
More misrepresentation and utter lack of understanding of what homophobia actually is. He’s characterising a certain type of gay person, whom he sees as hypocrites who, if they lived among the Palestinians they lionise, would be persecuted for their sexuality. Much like if a woman starts ranting about “neckbeards” (a favourite target of scorn for your friends) this does not make her a misandrist. Are you capable of grasping this idea? Probably not.
Oh and speaking of “erasing identities”. It is your side, the anti-GamerGate side which has sought to silence, ignore and delegitimise women and people of colour who support GamerGate. When we’ve catered to your whims by actually providing photographs of ourselves to show we are not white males (though why should we have to do this is a mystery) you’ve decided we have “internalised misogyny/racism” purely for having different views to you. Do you not realise how patronising and arrogant this is, and how it seeks to rob us of our agency?
In asking GamerGate people to disown Milo, as he has views you consider distasteful, and then haughtily saying you “refuse to believe” we are “as bad as him”, you display your utter lack of understanding of what GamerGate is. We are not a political movement, unlike your ilk the anti-GamerGate crowd, and the whole point is that we are a broad church and don’t care about people’s views as long as they don’t force it on us. Milo is entitled to his political views and mine are broadly pretty similar to the general editorial line at Breitbart but what I’ve noticed is how many left wingers are on board with GamerGate too, because one thing that brings us together is that we don’t want to live in an echo chamber where people are condemned for not towing some narrow party line.
"This is not about games. This is about hate."
At last you get it! Yes, it’s about the anti-GamerGate people throwing a hissy fit because people challenged their dominance over discourse surrounding video games. You hate us and tried to shut us out of gaming. Well too bad, we found a voice and we hate you.