In the past few months, GamerGate supporters have been coming together for public meetups to drink, socialize and talk shit about social justice warriors. While the Washington, D.C. meetup in May is by far the most famous one—both due to Christina Hoff Sommers and Milo Yiannopoulos attending as well as the bomb threat—there have been meetups all over the world. Hell, there might be one in your city.
Last Saturday, GamerGate came to Chicago with the #GGInChicago meetup, organized by Chicago Joe. I attended alongside Trigger Warning co-editor Ann Sterzinger, Roosh V Forum member Snowplow, and my friend. While there weren’t any bomb threats, protests or ex-Jeopardy! contestants having mental breakdowns on Twitter, we all had a great time. If there’s a GamerGate meetup happening in your area, you should check it out.
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While I’d been planning to attend the meetup for a while—it was my friend Mina Smith who told me about it—I opted not to announce that I was going until a few days before to avoid drawing negative attention. Because trolls from r/ShitRedditSays (an SJW harassment group that has doxed GamerGate supporters in the past) became aware of #GGInChicago, Chicago Joe had to take additional measures to keep the meetup safe.
We met at the corner of Jackson Blvd. and Dearborn St. in the Loop Saturday night at seven. Aside from a film crew making a commercial across the street, there wasn’t much going on. There were no pink-haired, pierced-lipped protesters waiting to confront this gathering of woman-harassing, racist shitlords. After a few minutes, Chicago Joe gathered us up and took us to the venue, a nearby bar with pictures of naked ladies on the wall.
There wasn’t much to say about the meetup itself: we hung out, had a few drinks (or in Snowplow’s case, a lot of drinks) and had fun. Highlights included meeting two Breitbart employees, including one of Milo Yiannopoulos’ researchers, as well as watching Mina get into an argument about cultural Marxism with Warsie. Unfortunately, I had to leave the meetup relatively early as I had to go to a friend’s birthday party up in Wrigleyville.
As hokey as it sounds, what was remarkable about #GGInChicago was that it really showcased how diverse GamerGate is in just about every way. Not only did the meetup have the racial diversity that SJWs lack (for all their paeans to multiculturalism and gender inclusivity), the attendees had a wide variety of political views, from left-leaning guys like Warsie and Berwyn Raul to libertarians and conservatives like Mina and myself. Yet curiously, we were all able to come together, disagree civilly and enjoy ourselves, in contrast to SJWs regularly defenestrating each other for arcane doctrinal disagreements.
Chicago Joe told me that people are interested in him holding more meetups, so if you live in the Chicago area and missed out on the fun, feel free to follow him on Twitter. And if there’s a GamerGate meetup happening in your area, you’ll definitely want to check it out.