Back in the end of January it looked like the Escapist was going to fire Bob “Moviebob” Chipman from their site. Bob had even tweeted out that he wasn’t sure. For whatever reason the Escapist didn’t let him go at that time, but that was a mistake they rectified this past Friday. Bob assures us it has nothing to do with his political views or nasty behavior towards those who don’t share them.
In this I believe he’s half right. Certainly I don’t claim to speak for the Escapist, but I imagine Bob wasn’t fired for his political views, but rather for being a shithead about them. While constantly accusing #GamerGate of engaging in terrible behavior, he viewed any and all abuse directed towards his political enemies as being justified.
Only bad targets huh? I guess to Bob nothing could be a better target than people who stand against corruption, censorship, and cronyism. After informing us he had been fired, he then proceeded to retweet several “Fuck the Escapist” tweets from his fans. No doubt reaffirming in his former bosses minds that they had made the right choice here.
No Danger of starving
Fat jokes aside, Bob may be in no danger of going hungry any time soon. He’s already popped up on BadAss Digest. And of course he’s set up a Patreon.
My guess would be that Bob’s e-begging will not be nearly as profitable as he imagines. Without being a woman, even a pretend one like Brianna Wu, he can’t capitalize on the SJW white knight instinct. He’s only at $512 out of the $4000 he’s looking for. But then it is early and I have been surprised before. It amazes me that anyone gives a dime to that hypocrite Jim Sterling’s Patreon, but in the long run these SJW’s begging on Patreon are going to find they’re fighting for pieces of an ever shrinking pie.
Whether or not Patreon pans out for him, I’m sure Bob will find another site to call home. Maybe that hipster feminist pseudo-geek Lindsay Ellis will take him in over at Chez Apocalypse. Either way the hugbox for these people is shrinking, and we should all rejoice in that. We made that happen #GamerGate. These folks are on the run.
Will Bob learn his lesson?
Like I said before, I really don’t hate Bob. I know a lot of people do, and I totally understand why, he does ask for it after all. But I see a lot of good in the guy. He’s a talented man. It isn’t really his political views that have caused him such problems—it’s the complete abrasive bully he has been about them.
If times get hard for the guy it would do him a world of good. He’s never done any real work in his life. He never moved out of his parent’s house until the tender young age of 31. He never really learned how to not be an asshole. Six months of working a real job because being Movie Bob isn’t paying the rent while crying himself to sleep each night clutching his Princess Daisy pillow might teach the guy a little humility. There is a worthwhile man buried somewhere under all that fat and social justice mental poison. A little harsh dose of reality might bring it out in him.
I doubt that’s what will happen. Most likely he will just end up on Chez Apocalypse. Until that site eventually collapses too.