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This Covington Story Is Making Me Lose Any Remaining Trust In People

Like any and all political stories that come out into the lovely ether that is the internet, I do not get involved right away. I have learned that time and time again, there’s nothing to be had by reacting to what at first glance is being shown as a despicable and appalling story.

Now I saw the initial report of what happened in D.C. between Native American elder Nathan Phillips and students from Covington Catholic High School, in particular one student who on camera stood there and “grinned” at Phillips as he played a drum and chanted what he claims were songs of peace. Taking the reported context aside of the MAGA hats (we seriously need to have a conversation about these fucking things…) and “Build the wall!” cheers aside, the video itself is laughable, there’s nothing truly of note here. So when the context is what supposedly makes the story, I know better than to react. Context is easy to misrepresent, misjudge and carry mass amounts of bias.

Lo and behold, more video footage comes out and a third party of “Black Isrealites” are involved, shouting obscenities and horrible things at the students, Phillips appears to be the one that gets in the middle of things, including getting right in that one student’s face, seemingly unprovoked, and by all accounts, the students…really didn’t do anything. Even now, there’s still more footage and more claims being made, so this story as pointless as it should have been in the first place, it looks like it’s not ending anytime soon.

This story should have been a nothing story, it never should have gotten remotely close to the polarizing story it’s been. It’s starting to feel like all the Antifa riots, the alt-right marches and everything else that’s gone on in the past few years especially, none of them matter now, because a kid had a smug look on his face and was wearing a MAGA hat. Seriously, this is the kind of insanity we’ve become. We’re not worrying about real violence, going on in the real world, we’re worrying about an event that without any symbolism involved, was a kid smiling at someone drumming.

The reactions and the backlash have been the absolute worst. People who have actual influence, whether members of the media, celebrities and more, they’re calling for violence, if not death on this kid and the rest of the students that were there. For smiling. People want him dead, because he was smiling. Do we truly sound like first-world nations anymore? Because this is bottom of the barrel, third-world, poor as all hell, tyrannically run nations kind of stuff. This kind of bullshit shouldn’t be happening in America and yet the people at the top allow it.

Both sides are to blame, because both sides refuse to back down, to keep their mouths shut. After more footage came out, showing the students not being the perpetrators, the flood of right-wing anger ran amuck and the leftists who didn’t take a moment to relax and just admit they didn’t have all the facts, they doubled down. This story is becoming the absolute proof we need, to show that this has become more than a debate between the left and the right.

It has become a civil war.

Mark my words, this is not going to get better, at least not remotely anytime soon. I’ve thought several times before, since Trump’s election that this virtue signalling, endless parading of bigotry on both sides, it would ease up as people learned that their way of thinking wasn’t working. But the reality is that it’s only made them more aggressive, more angry, and more violent. I said after Charlottesville that this was only going to result in further violence and eventually result in a, albeit minor, present day version of the Civil War.

I do not like that this is happening, but I am convinced now that it is going to get worse and we’re going to start seeing more rioting in the streets and major names in different fields will be killed in the process of this. Whether it’s a politician, a celebrity, a reporter, a public speaker or even an internet personality, by the end of this year we’ll have a major shooting or something similarly happen to a major name, because of this political unrest. I don’t know who, nor what side of the political spectrum that person will be on, but it will happen and that will start the chain. One will fall and that side will take revenge. And thus, the snowball will begin to roll.

I thought Donald Trump being elected President would open people’s eyes to the ridiculousness, but I was wrong. I thought Charlottesville would open people’s eyes to the ridiculousness, but I was wrong. Continuously, again and again and again and again, I’ve been shown to be wrong. It’s not getting better and it’s gotten worse enough times that I can’t fool myself any longer. It’s going to get worse, things are going to get even more polarizing, the lies will be spread wider and those lies will be even more insane. More people will be out of work and more people will be hospitalized, if not killed. And what’s even scarier to me is that I don’t know how it ends, if it ever will. We’re going downhill and the brakes aren’t working.

I cannot trust what I read anymore, I cannot trust what I’m told anymore. Facts don’t mean anything, opinions are only allowed if they coincide with another’s, and my ability to speak is apparently regulated by what I am on the outside, regardless of the fact I had no choice over it. I feel like I need to pull from Stone Cold Steve Austin and adopt his DTA creed, “Don’t Trust Anybody”.

This whole story revolves around kids and people are calling for their heads like they all slit the throats of babies live on camera. And the fact that major influencers are not backing down and YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and many news outlets are either defending them or straight up being ignorant of it, that’s the scariest thing of all. That you can tell people to kill a kid who did nothing and there’s zero consequences for doing so.

I used to joke about how I’m going to hell, that all the fun people will be down there and the barbecue will be fantastic. The longer I’m alive though, the less appealing hell is becoming to me. I’m starting to fear there won’t be any room left.

A Rebuttal: “Diversity is important because a video game is much more than its gameplay”

I don’t know how often I’ll be doing these types of articles, but every once in a while I read something that gets me so annoyed that I gotta let my thoughts out somewhere. Hopefully this 2019 doesn’t have me this upset all year round, but I’m not holding my breath.

Anyways, here‘s a link to the full article that was posted on VG247 on the 2nd of January this year, so you can read the entire thing if you want, as I’m only going to respond to certain paragraphs and excerpts. This way you can check whether or not I’m taking things out of context.

Also, at the bottom of the article I’ll actually brings up points I agree with in the article as well, just to show that I’m not just being a cynical, argumentative asshole.

So anyways, let’s talk about this article about the importance of diversity in games that was written by Kirk McKeand:

“Video games are crafted from so many parts, it’s difficult to pin down exactly where the ‘game’ exists.”

The first paragraph tells me right away how this whole article is going to go. In reality, it’s not that hard to tell where the bulk of a game exists. It all depends on the genre. I can tell you without question that the “game” in a JRPG is the story and its characters, while a FPS’ “game” lives more in its, well…gameplay, the shooting mechanics, the speed, the competition, etc.

It’s not really that hard, Kirk. You’re making things sound far more complicated than the actually are.

“Despite this hunger for more diversity within our stories and experiences, there are still people who push back, pining for the days when ‘gameplay’ was king. But what even does that word mean? For me, ‘gameplay’ means all the interactive parts: the running, jumping, driving, and shooting. It means the verbs.”

That’s because there are a ton of games that are being drastically changed to suit an audience that doesn’t normally play those games. Take the Battlefield series as a great example. Try and tell me that people who participate in the mass outrage culture would dare play a game that’s all about war and violence that spent most of its time in the two World Wars, where the enemies were Nazis and the people who participated in the war, tended more often than not, to be white men. Also, the people we see constantly writing articles like this, what do they usually play and talk endlessly about? Indie games, y’know platformers, visual novels, choose your own adventure games, puzzles, etc. How often are these journalists talking about shooty shooty bang bang games? Not that often, unless there’s clickbait controversy involved.

Before all this outrage, gameplay meant exactly what it says: the gameplay. The mechanics, not the racial or gender identities of the characters involved, but the actual mechanics of the game they were playing. We weren’t worrying about the skin color of characters when we were playing Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, or any other classics. We just cared about how good it played and if it was fun.

We’re not saying diversity isn’t bad, but when an over decade-long series suddenly changes to fit a racial/gender quota and concentrates less on improving the actual game, people are going to be irritated about it. And by the way, not all of these “racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic and transphobic” gamers are white men. Remember that.

“Recently, Battlefield 5 came under criticism from some circles for its inclusion of female soldiers. While people are fine with gameplay mechanics that contradict its historical setting – respawning, killing helmet-clad soldiers with a single headbutt – there’s been criticism of the inclusion of women. Why? Because, for some, there’s no tangible gameplay benefit.”

Gamers understand that no matter how much time you spend creating a game, coding it, testing it for bugs, people will always find ways to “break” it. The videos of people jumping out of fighter jets, shooting someone in another jet and landing in their jet, of course that’s unrealistic. But no amount of coding and patches will fix that kind of problem. That’s a video game problem. What you’re talking about with the “women controversy” is a historical problem and that’s one that’s very easy to identify and very easy to fix if it’s deemed to be a problem.

Also, if a game was truly 100% realistic in every way, it wouldn’t be fun. The lack of speed, the difficulty aiming when you take into account distance, both in length and height, wind speeds, balance while holding a weapon, not to mention the actual accuracy of human eyesight. That all alone would create a difficult experience for the player, what would the fun in that be?

You can’t talk about gameplay benefits as if they’re a detriment, they are the most important problems that need to be addressed. A game is not a good one if it doesn’t feel good and isn’t fun to play, there’s no disputing this.

“Women want to feel represented in their hobby. It gives them more enjoyment than playing as a man.”

But you make it sound like there aren’t any games where you can play as a woman. Hell, even Feminist Frequency showed us that over half of all the games at E3 in 2018 allowed the player to play as a woman and they tried to pretend that was not good enough.

Also, why are you even speaking about what women want, Kirk? How would you know, you’re not a woman. I don’t pretend to know what “all” women want to play as in a video game, all I know is that I don’t always play as a male in games, hell I probably play more games as a female character than a male. Video games are like a fantasy, why would I play as something I already am, what’s the fantasy in that? I used to play games like Skyrim as a human male, what’s so interesting and different about that? Now I play much more varying kinds of characters, in terms of gender, skin color and sometimes the race of species.

I played Gone Home, a game that has three characters, all of them being white women. I love that game, even though there isn’t a single character in it who’s male, let alone white. When I played Mass Effect: Andromeda, my Ryder was a black woman with silver hair. All three of my Destiny 2 characters are female, including the robotic EXO. Yet I can play a Metal Gear Solid V and not care one way or the other than Snake is a white male, the same way I’m currently playing Yakuza Kiwami 2 and I’m playing a badass muscular Japanese male, while I’m a skinny white male who’s never thrown a punch in his life.

I don’t need to see myself in something to justify my existence. I care more about the personality and backstory of a character than the color of their skin, their gender, their sexuality. Stop basing the importance of a character on their surface characteristics, remember that what’s on the inside is supposed to count more.

“It’s not just women, either. You can count on one hand how many games feature an Arabic protagonist or a disabled hero.”

Given that over half of games these days feature character creators for the main protagonist, the Arabic argument doesn’t fit. Don’t play the “well what about games where you can’t customize your character” argument, because that’s up to the artist, you don’t get to define what race a writer/creator has to make their protagonist, they can do whatever they want.

And really? You’re going to play the disabled card? You tell me how to make a good FPS game with a disabled person that would be considered “realistic”? Because the only one I can think of off the top of my head is the recent Wolfenstein II and we all know how realistic that game is.

“If it improves the game for some and doesn’t affect others – because it shouldn’t bother you – then it is a quality of life addition in the same way gameplay mechanics and accessibility options are.”

Yet you expect not to be called out when you’re getting so upset when a game’s creators decide to make a story that revolves around male characters, or white characters. Again, that’s not for you to decide. You know when you get to decide how you feel? With your wallet when the game is released. As EA said, if you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

“What would Dishonored be without Dunwall, its hyper-real visual style, and the little stories dotted around? What would The Last of Us be without its characters?”

Dishonored could still thrive without Dunwall, the gameplay is what really got people interested in the first place. The Last of Us could still be a good game without its characters, maybe not Game of the Year as people have described it, but still a good game. I wouldn’t know, I think that series is overrated and I really didn’t enjoy the few hours I played of it.

I know what you’re trying to do, Kirk. You’re trying to make a case that characters are more important than gameplay. Unless we’re talking non-intensive games, you’re in a whole different world, bud. Don’t tell me that the characters in a Call of Duty game matter more than the gameplay. That’s just idiotic. They may enhance a game, but they’re not as essential as you seem to think they are.

Minecraft could literally be a bunch of white silhouettes walking around and it still would’ve been big. The original Mass Effect trilogy could’ve only had a female Shepard of any race and with that story and gameplay, it would’ve still thrived. Mario could’ve been Icelandic, Link could be a dark elf, hell Samus could still to this day be gender unknown. It would still be a great series.

“A truly historically-accurate WW2 experience wouldn’t make a ‘fun’ video game.”

Ah, we agree on something.

“If that was where the real issue was, people would be up in arms about any game that tried to create a virtual rendition of the conflict, not just the one where you can play as a woman.”

Apart from the anti-SJWs that are just as toxic as you and your brethren are on the other side, the majority of people upset were not mad “just because women were in the game”. They were upset because they saw that a series that had been made the same way for as long as it’s existed and had been successful for that period of time and enjoyed by everyone without anyone complaining about it until now…it was being changed into something that had little to do with the series title they’ve grown up with their entire lives.

Take the new Ghostbusters movie. Don’t lie to me, the vast majority of people were not mad at the initial trailer because it was an all-female team. They were mad because people were taking an already established product that was not just successful, but held legendary status, and changed it into something that looked like a terrible cash grab film. The trailer was garbage and people saw it for what it was, a lazy attempt at re-creating something that could not be re-created.

I could write a whole article about this, but I’ll sum up my feelings in one paragraph. Stop taking established properties and changing them to suit your own interests, make your own goddamn property. Stop leeching off good will and pre-established fortune, making something fresh and new from the ground up. But since that takes work, what’s the fun in that, right?

“Now, more than ever, we need games to let us be someone we’re not. We need to spend a while in someone else’s skin. Let’s start 2019 with a little more empathy.”

And this is where the article ends. So Kirk, let me ask you…have you ever played a video game before? Because here’s the list of games I can think of off the top of my head where I’ve played as something I’m not:

  • Every single video game

I have never played a video game where I played something other than something I’m not.

I’m not a plumber saving princesses. I’m not an elf with mad sword skills saving the world from an evil pig man. I’m not a space bounty hunter who can look good in a skin-tight suit. I’m not a soldier, I’m not a cop, I’m not a member of a crime syndicate, I’m not a heroic adventurer, hell I’m not even a guy who knows how to throw a goddamn punch.

I’m literally trying as hard as I can right now as I’m typing this to think of a game where I literally played as myself. Even in The Sims games, while some characters looks kinda like me, they still didn’t act like me. I’m not rich, I’m not living in a big house, I’m not capable of flirting with anyone and bedding them with ease. Like seriously, Kirk, what game is there that’s doesn’t let us be something we’re not?

The problem isn’t that games aren’t letting us be something we’re not, the problem is that games are suiting your definition of diversity. You think diversity is only skin deep, but the definition of diversity is more than that. It simply means being diverse, varied. And games are certainly that. You play people of different gender, race, age, body type, personality, physical capabilities, and even more minor things like hair/eye color, hobbies, hometowns, the friends they have.

Games have been and always will be diverse. You just want them to cater specifically to a select number of groups more than others. That’s not diversity, that’s racist and sexist. Let game creators make the games they want and you will over time get legitimate diversity. Because if you allow creators to make the games they want, they’ll spend more time making a good product, not an okay product that has to check off certain boxes.

My favourite game last year was a game where I created a character who was a dark-skinned muscular badass woman who fought giant monsters with dual blades. Don’t tell me that Monster Hunter: World doesn’t count as being diverse and don’t tell me that games aren’t diverse. Because that’s not true and anyone who stops to think for half a second knows this.

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…OKAY! Things I agree with Kirk on.

“Interactive entertainment is getting increasingly complex and the goals of their creators are more varied than ever. Simply being ‘fun’ often isn’t enough. Multicultural teams work together to create virtual places that elicit various emotions as we explore their strange universes and inhabit personalities different from our own.”

I 100% agree with this, games are become more and more varied, more complex and a lot more games are trying to capitalize on the graphical realism we have today and using that to create more real-looking experiences, ones that thrive on bringing the emotion out of players. We have more games that are film quality in terms of storytelling, just 2018 alone we had games like Red Dead Redemption II and Detroit: Become Human, both which are very emotional games.

“Developers are starting to recognise that the audience wants more diverse experiences and they are reacting to this demand.”

That’s because the market has opened up more and more each passing year. Remember that in the Super Nintendo/SEGA Genesis era that video games were something nerds played, it wasn’t so widely accepted. Today, everyone plays video games, one way or another, it’s not something you’re bullied for liking anymore.

It’s a great thing that developers are trying to create more diverse experiences as the gaming market continues to widen. Of course I love seeing new games I’ve never played before, characters I’ve never experienced before. I’m always looking for things that are different, hence why I love a lot of what Japan exports to us in terms of games, anime, music and more.

Now if only developers continued to recognize the things beyond “diverse experiences” that their audience also wants, we’d be far better off. Looking at you EA, Activision Blizzard and Bethesda.

“You see, a video game is more than a collection of systems. You don’t need more than one type of tank in Battlefield 5, but choice is a good thing. You don’t need to have flashy visual effects such as dust particles and debris with each explosion, but they help craft an illusion. Choice and flavour are as integral to a game as the verbs.”

You know, I’m aware he’s about to pull this back to choice and flavour also referring to the skin color and gender of characters, but in the end, this line is not wrong.

Back in the NES days, we weren’t capable of choice as easily in terms of customization and variety in our games. Today, there’s no excuse not to have that variety of options. A multiplayer shooter released today that only had one type of pistol, one machine gun, one sniper rifle and one rocket launcher, that would be unacceptable in almost any case. Unless the game was undeniably fun and possibly the most well-made shooter in history, the lack of options for weapon types, clothing options, map variety and more would simply be unacceptable, no way around that.

And while flashy visual effects aren’t 100% necessary, the best games on the market tend to have them, which is why those games sell better. They may be as fun to play as other games, but they have that extra oomph, that special something that sets it apart from others. Just as yourself why Overwatch did better than games like Paladins and Battleborn. They all similar games, but Overwatch had just that extra something that brought more people in.

“Modern video games are more than just a series of actions. Think back to the most recent games you’ve played – the ones that have stuck with you – and I bet many of them linger because they triggered some kind of emotional response.”

The games that I remember the most from the past few years are indeed there because they invoked a larger emotional response than others. The Yakuza series has been some of the funniest shit I’ve played in years, yet its story is so serious and dramatic. Persona 5 hits emotional points with the struggles of its characters and especially its villains. I got really disgusted with the first villain in Kamoshida.

Keep in mind however that emotional responses are pretty vague. I mean, laughing your ass off is an emotional response, crying, disgust, anger, they’re all emotional responses. Like how I said games have always been diverse, games have always made us emotional. So while I agree with the general statement, let’s not limit this to modern games, Kirk. I got seriously emotional playing old games like Phantasy Star IV and Final Fantasy VI as well, it’s not something specific to the 3D era of gaming.

[QUICKIE] “10 Ways I Can Actively Reject My White Privilege”?!

Was browsing around Twitter and I came across this lovely photo. So let’s tackle it, shall we?

1. Take up minimal space during anti-racism dialogues and protests.

If you mean physical space, that’s a given. But if you’re talking in terms of “shut the fuck up when we’re telling you about your privilege”, uhhh…no. I’m also anti-racism, but it appears that people have a hard time believing that I as a white male could be as such. And even if I was, I’d still have to keep my mouth shut, because y’know…privilege.

2. Stop contributing to gentrification and calling it “urban development”.

Gentrification is defined as “the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste”. So basically you’re saying stop making shitty places look better? Um…even though I don’t partake in gentrification…no. Because I’m a clean freak and I don’t like shitty looking things.

Now if we’re talking taking an already fine area and making it better just so real estate prices can go up and I can make a few more dollars, then I am on the same page with you. Because that is some real bullshit and it goes on where I live. There are less and less places for people to live who don’t make $50,000 a year and up. That is absolute bullshit.

3. Listen when people call you on your microaggressions.

Stop using that term, along with “mansplaining” and other bullshit. It’s old, no one cares anymore. And by the way, I won’t listen when someone just starting screaming at me because of the colour of my skin and the gender I am. That sounds sexist/racist.

4. Never invite people of colour to the table for the sake of claiming diversity.

So then…what’s affirmative action?

5. Refrain from using your non-white friends as your “urban dictionary”.

What kind of people are you hanging out with? Because I have friends of different races, genders, religions, cultures, etc., and they all talk with the same vocabulary as the rest of us.

6. Stop lifting up non-confrontational people of colour as examples of what POC activism should be.

As soon as major news outlets finally start saying that damaging property, assaulting innocent civilians and being all-around shitty people to those who have nothing to do with what the protests are about, sure I’ll stop.

But until then, I will continue to act on the basis that you defeat bad ideas with more speech, not hatred and calls for violence.

7. Call your friends, family and co-workers out on racism, even if a POC isn’t in the room.

I already do that, as should everyone else. That’s the first good thing on this list so far. But then again, what does this have to do with my privilege? Shouldn’t this be something we all do, regardless of the colour of our skin?

8. Understand that all anti-racism work doesn’t look the same and advocate accordingly.

Again, I do that. I call out the violent protesters like #BlackLivesMatter has become, as well as ANTIFA. I call out the protesters who are using false information, anecdotal evidence and downright lying in order to push their agenda. The people that have the right ideas with good intentions, they’re not the ones I’m against.

9. Realize that all discussions about race aren’t for you. And be okay with it.

It makes it sound like I attach myself to every conversation out there. I don’t get involved in anything that has nothing to do with me, it’s actually really easy to do so. But still, to take this as straight as possible, the second you say “it’s not for you”, you’re essentially outcasting me and since this whole list has to do with me being white, that in turn has made this racist.

10. Recognize that you’re still racist. No matter what.

So let me get this straight. The person who made this says that because I am a white male, I am automatically a racist. How does that not come off as racist as well?

I am not a racist and I know I am not a racist. I don’t need to explain why, nor should I have to. To call me racist, you have to give proof that I am, not the other way around. We need to stop pushing this narrative that white people are racist and you cannot be racist to white people. Racism has nothing to do with power, it is simply the act of doing something bad to another person on the basis of their race. It is a colorblind definition, plain and simple.


So that was fun, glad I got that off my chest. I went into this knowing that it was going to be silly, after all anytime the words “white privilege” are used in a sentence, I pretty much go in with the assumption that I’m about to read some pretty racist shit.

This fight has gotten so comical, my body is hurting internally from laughing. Everything is racist now, everything is sexist, everything is something negative. We have no outlook on the positives anymore, we apparently only get by through getting people upset about stuff. We don’t need to rally against something all the time, we actually can enjoy our time on this planet once in a while by just thinking “You know what? It’s not that bad here.”, which by the way…IT’S NOT THAT BAD HERE!!!

I’d certainly take this bullshit over living in North Korea.

[VIDEO] Rotten Tomatoes To Silence “Racist” Negative Reviews of Black Panther?

When the possibility of a few losers who want to post negative review fan scores online for a “black superhero film” is looming, what’s the smart thing to do? That’s right, absolutely nothing. But Rotten Tomatoes would rather make a stink about it and call anyone who potentially doesn’t give Black Panther a shining rating, a racist.

10 Questions “Feminists Should Ask Me On A First Date”

Sometimes there are things you can’t resist, no matter how much you know you should stay away from it. I’m (if you haven’t figured it out already) not quite the most “politically correct” individual, I view myself as a “centrist”, a believer in the facts, not your feelings.

So when I came across a lovely post that a (clearly proud) feminist put up for all those to enjoy: A list of 10 questions every feminist should be asking someone on a first date. I assume this is so they find out if the person they’re having this date with is someone willing to bow down and do whatever she says, believes what she believes and repeats everything she says to those who oppose her. Y’know, white knights and all that shit.

So anyways, let’s get this train wreck a’ rollin!

1. Do you believe that Black Lives Matter?

I believe that all lives matter, but of course, any sane, moral and reasonable person believes that yes, black lives do matter. However, when I see the capitalization, I know what the message truly is. It’s not if I believe “black lives matter” but if I believe in the “Black Lives Matter” movement. That being the case, then my thoughts are significantly different.

The #BlackLivesMatter movement in its early beginnings was like many other movements. It had potential, it had good intentions and carried a message that at first was a very good one. However as most racially-driven movements become, over time either the wrong people were put in charge, or they put themselves in charge and the message began to change. At this current time, I do not view the #BLM movement as one of racial equality, peace and morality, rather it is a movement based on hatred, violence and yes, racism.

2. What are your thoughts on gender and sexual orientation?

I don’t have thoughts about something that isn’t of importance in life. I’ve said it before, I do not believe your gender, nor your sexuality has any bearing on who you are as a person. As a bisexual male who recently “discovered” this part of myself, my personality has not changed in the slightest, I am who I am based on things other than my male genes and my interest in having sex with both men and women.

However, if you really want to put the gun to my head, I’ll make it simple. I believe in absolute equality for all biological genders and all sexual orientations (so long as you’re not touching kids), no questions asked.

3. How do you work to dismantle sexism and misogyny in your life?

By not being sexist or misogynistic in my daily life. It’s not that hard.

Oh and me liking video games and anime where boobs and butts are things that exist and shown off, that doesn’t make me a sexist misogynist pig. Grow up.

4. What are your thoughts on sex work?

Oldest profession and an honourable one at that, despite what many people say on both sides. I believe it’s a trade that we need to take more seriously, be more open about and quite honestly stop looking at in such a vulgar, disgusting manner. If there are men and women who want to sell their bodies in a sexual manner and there is a market for them, who are we to stop them. So long as we can regulate the sex industry so that every worker within it is working safely, I see zero issue with sex work, such as prostitution.

5. Are you a supporter of the BDS movement?

I had to research this one, it appears to be about putting pressure on Israel to overturn it’s various violations of international law in terms of returning the Palestinian land it’s occupied and creating full equality for Arab-Palestinians and such.

I have no real opinion on this issue, other than the simple fact I believe in full equality for all. So get on that shit, Israel.

6. What is your understanding of settler colonialism and indigenous rights?

I don’t believe creating “foreign” regions is an intelligent idea. Any immigrants/refugees entering a country should be coming into said country with the understanding that there is an expectation that if they want to live in that country or take refuge in that country, they must adapt to the country in all walks of life, whether that’s learning the language, abiding by all the country’s laws and quite frankly, making a conceded effort to just fit in. Yes, it’s also on us to make our country welcome to outsiders. But with what I’ve seen of such examples of these “colonies” like in Sweden, it’s not working out at all.

7. Do you think capitalism is exploitative?

Everything can be exploited. It’s just that capitalism is certainly better than communism.

8. Can any human be illegal?

I’m assuming this pertains to immigration, to which the answer is yes. If you come into a country you are not a citizen of and you enter illegally, guess what? YOU’RE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT!!!

It’s not that hard, folks.

9. Do you support Muslim Americans and non-Muslim people from Islamic countries?

I support anyone and everyone from any country, any nation. But like I said in Question #6, so long as you abide by the law and make an effort to “fit in”, you’ll be fine.

However, it’s not Islamophobic to call members of Islamic culture out for partaking in some extremely disgusting behavior, whether it’s via their religion, or their own personal beliefs.

10. Does your allyship include disabled folks?

I don’t view people as “allies”, that makes me believe I look at a group of people as those I can use to further push my political agenda. I will once again refer to something I’ve said several times in this article:

I BELIEVE IN EQUALITY FOR ALL!!!

Is that good enough for ya?

…Well I guess that fictional date is probably over. And by probably, I mean 110% over. That feminist would’ve left halfway into question #2.

If You Hear Someone Getting Harassed In An Online Game, Don’t Stay Silent: How It Should’ve Been Written

(This article is in response to a Kotaku article written by Cecilia D’Anastasio. For more on this, you can refer to my initial response here.)


Harassment during online gaming. As gamers, we’ve all experienced it, one way or another, to varying levels. Some of us have been lucky enough to experience very few cases of it, some of us experience it on a regular basis. Some of us experience minor harassment, some of us…not so fortunate. In the end, it’s a problem that has gone on since the internet really began to take off, as bullying went beyond the schoolyards, the workplace, the outside world. Bullying was now even reaching us at home when we thought we were safe.

It’s frustrating. It’s not exactly an enjoyable experience to be called names, told you’re shit at a game you like enough to play online with other people, the majority of them people you don’t even know. It’s never fun and we all wish it would go away, no one is denying that, no one is saying that harassment online is or ever will be considered okay.

What’s just as frustrating, in some cases even more frustrating than the harassment itself, is that people who are also in the lobby or party as well, they sit back in silence, sometimes in fear, sometimes in pure ignorance, instead of doing the right thing: standing up to a bully.

In all honestly, should it not be an easy thing to do? After all, bullies online do what they do because they know they’re anonymous, no one knows their real name, where they live, they can say whatever they want and get away with it scot-free. So in my head, it makes sense that I can lash back at a bully, call him/her (because both genders can be bullies, folks, in case you forgot) out on their bullshit and defend someone who is being targeted for no reason whatsoever. Will it stop the bully right then and there? 99 times out of 100, of course it won’t, but will it give this asshole something to think about the next time he/she decides to take a shot at someone for no reason other than to make themselves feel better about their miserable lives? Yes, and the more it happens to them, the more they’ll not bother to do so, because if they think they’ll be given shit every time they do it, why would they bother? It’s just more work for them, it’s so much easier if they sit in a lobby, call a guy a faggot, or tell a girl to make him a sandwich and that person gets upset.

I fully understand that there are people who don’t want to get involved. You are under no obligation to do so, if you’re not directly involved in the situation, you have no reason to jump right in, it is your right to choose to stay out of a fight you’re not in. But remember that heroes who save people in car crashes, fires, medical emergencies or any other situation where someone’s life is in danger, they had zero obligation as well to get involved and yet they chose to, because in their mind it was the right thing to do.

Let’s go with the popular victim story in online harassment. In my opinion, if you are online in a public lobby and someone is really ripping into a female gamer, telling her she needs to leave so another man can join, that she should make him a sandwich, or even worse, suck his dick, while it is not your obligation to get involved, it is certainly the right thing to do by jumping in and calling the harasser out for being an asshole. You stand to lose nothing by doing so, you only seek to gain from this, even if the entire conversation ends up being the bully turning on you. Stand your ground, stay calm and let the idiot run his mouth until the game is over. Because by jumping in and taking the bullet, you’ve gained the respect and appreciation of a total stranger that never would’ve expected anyone to come to their aid. You might even have a new friend on your friends list after that and possibly someone you end up playing games with for quite some time, you never know.

There’s no question that online harassment in gaming is a problem, it has been for a long time and will continue to be a problem for the foreseeable future. But if we as a community of gamers don’t stand up more often, we allow this to go on longer and spread wider. If we stand up to people and help out those who can’t defend themselves, who are too afraid to defend themselves, we can give these assholes something to think about the next time they decide to get on somebody’s case, for whatever reason.

And come on, folks. If you hear a guy telling a female gamer to make him a sandwich and you don’t call him out for being the lamest fuckwad in the world for using an old 50s stereotype of women than turned into a shitty 90s joke, you’re just as bad as the bully. It’s such a dumb fucking thing to say, call these idiots out for that shit!