When Jack Thompson agreed to meet “The Sarkeesian Effect” team, we knew this was going to be controversial. It was, but not for the reasons we thought it would be. For those of you who do not know, Mr. Thompson is an American lawyer who was a strong opponent of video games, most specifically the GTA series, under the argument that it had toxic effects on children.
He had many run-ins with the industry, including an hilarious mishap where he sent a cease-and-desist order to Midway concerning the game Mortal Kombat Armageddon, stating that the Kreate-a-Fighter feature allowed players to put him into the game. Midway ignored the letter and that was the end of it. When asked about #GamerGate, the man who, at one point, was the most hated figure in video games history, had this to say:
“The bright red-line for me, has always been that adult entertainment should be available to adults. Under the first amendment, they can get it, but that it should not be available to anyone under that age of adulthoood, which is at eighteen. […] It’s surprising how many hardcore gamers, once they hear that’s my position, agree with me. So no, I’m not for censorship. I believe that in a free society, adults should be able to get adult material.”
And he’s right. We fought many wars to maintain the freedom we have today. He was then shown a video of the
respected feminist activist, Anita Sarkeesian, talking about censorship and how she wanted females to be treated equal better than males.
“I think she’s kind of a hypocrite and that she’s a feminist but she’s claiming, and that you can see in some of her emphasis, that she should be treated a little special. So you gotta make up your mind. […] Well there’s a little thing that I’m not sure she’s fully aware of and that’s the first amendment.“
And, again, he’s right. This prompted me to immediately say “What the fuck?! What are they seeing in this harpy? Why do they give even one tiny iota of importance to someone who’s ass must be jealous of the shit that spews out of her mouth?” Then I sat on my fat ass, drank my coffee, prepared dinner for my girl and let go of my autistic rage fit for a couple of hours but the damage was done; I couldn’t get this video out of my head.
How is it, that someone like Jack Thompson, who got disbarred in 2008 after losing all credibility and treated like shit by gamers from all over America, can see this but naive people like Geordie Tait (who, by the way, seems to be a poor tortured soul that we should totally leave alone) and other prominent figures of the anti-gamergate side, do not? The hell if I know.
What matters is that, day-after-day, the #GamerGate movement is gaining good press. After the events of #ShirtStorm where Dr. Matt Taylor was bullied to tears and then forced to apologize for simply wearing a shirt that the third-wave feminists didn’t like, TIME and other journalists like Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos reported on the unacceptable and hypocrite situation. An IndieGogo campaign was even set up, and reached 18,000 as of the moment I’m writing this column, to pay him an astronomical watch. This should be a morale boost to anyone involved in the fight against toxic feminism and the self-proclaimed Social Justice Warriors.