It really hasn’t been a good few months for Bob “Moviebob” Chipman. Although come to think of it, it really hasn’t been a good few months for any of the feminist/sjw mafia in geek media, but Bob in particular has not fared well. During #GamerGate Bob constantly spilled his spaghetti all over Twitter. It got to a point months ago where he had to—no doubt at the insistence of his boss at The Escapist—issue an apology. A half assed apology, but an apology nonetheless.
In short order though Bob slid right back into his venom spewing ways. Until back in January it seemed the Escapist was going to fire the guy. They didn’t then, but a month later finally booted Bob out the door. And to further pour salt on Bob’s emotional wounds, the Escapist hired pro-GamerGate writer Lizzyf620 just as they were handing him his proverbial pink slip.
So with all that emotional strain you can imagine, poor Mr. Chipman is not in a good place right now. I guess that explains why he so stupidly decided to punch way above his weight class and attack everyone’s favorite based Brit, TotalBiscuit.
What set Chipman off this time
Totalbiscuit put out a Twitlonger recently were he really ripped apart the idea that “media affects people” constantly spouted by moralizing crusaders, both of left and right wing stripes, who have waged wars on everything from video games to rap and metal music. TB called such thinking things like “lazy” and “pseudo-science”. Such a well written and frankly moderate stance against the sort of bullshit Bob spews just couldn’t stand. Bob proceeded to tweet a ton about “ScrotalBiscuit” as he called him.
Totalbiscuit has always struck me as pretty fair and moderate man. He had been very patient with the aGGro mob for a long time, but recently his patience has found its limits. And he was having none of Bob’s shit that day.
TB tweeted a few more things about Bob after that, this is probably my favorite as it completely encapsulates poor Bob’s state of mind.
Why do this?
As I said before, this was Bob punching WAY above his weight class. And Bob went after him in such an obnoxious way he practically begged to get slammed. So why did Bob do this?
It’s simple. I think Bob is angry. And frightened. He knows his career is in trouble. He knows that the dynamic in geek media is changing around him. He knows that all those people he considers evil right wing assholes (when you’re as far to the left as Bob has gone, the whole world must seem right wing) are doing better than him. He knows that Patreon begging, or maybe working for Lindsay Ellis, is the best he can do. And if his book about Mario is any indicator, he knows a fulfilling personal life will likely continue to elude him. He knows all this, and he is scared and angry.
People often accuse me of hating Bob, but the truth is, I frankly just feel really bad for the guy.