John Oliver delivered a satisfying as hell segment last night about online threats and harassment against women.Here is a word he did not use, once, at all, ever: Gamergate. And yetfor some unfathomable reason, Gamergate fans are unhappy about thesegment, believing it to be unfair and one-sided and besides, onlineharassment isn’t real anyway. Oh, word?
Oliver didn’t mention the Gamergate controversy at all, focusing a goodchunk of the segment on revenge porn and the difficulty victims have ingetting it taken down. The segment does, however, briefly feature clips ofinterviews with Brianna Wu and Anita Sarkeesian, two of the three womenrelentlessly harassed and threatened by fans of ethics in gamingjournalism. Also, Oliver had the temerity to suggest that white men have adifferent, less threatening experience on the Internet than anybody else.
Even before the segment aired, Gamergaters were getting ready to respond,almost as though they assumed any program about online threats mightfeature them prominently:
And as soon as the segment went up, GG supporters started tweeting atOliver and flooding the YouTube comments of the video, scolding him for hisbias — even though, again, he didn’t talk about Gamergate:
Over at Kotaku in Action, the subreddit devoted to all things GamingEthics, there’s a lengthy thread about how Oliver has clearlybeen taken in by those melodramatic SJWs, all of whom are “professionalvictims” and big fakers:
I’m not buying this narrative and you shouldn’t either. They’ve fuckingperverted the word harassment first of all. Look up the definition ofharassment, it’s not what you’d think it is listening to these professionalvictims. Next, what the fuck even is “online harassment”. Like holy shitsome people on the internet said something mean. Turn the fucking computeroff and walk away. Real life harassment (actual not imagined) is a problem.“Online harassment” is something professional victims made up so they cancontrol and bully online spaces to be more to their liking.
A few were already mad at Oliver for mentioning last year that the wage gapbetween men and women is a thing that still exists in many industries:
The Kotaku in Action commenters also assured each other that all they hadto do was hit “dislike” on the YouTube page, spurring Oliver’s team to makea new, better segment:
Sarah Nyberg and Alex Lifschitz, two people who’ve been personallythreatened by Gamergate, pointed out that GG’s ardent hatred of thissegment was.. kind of funny:
Again: not all Gamergaters are harassers, according to Gamergate. Butapparently Gamergate is willing to stand up for all harassers.
Good job, guys. This went great for you.