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I think it will come as a shock to no one that a movement as misogynistic and transphobic (and, oh yeah, craaaaazy racist) as GamerGate also places A LOT of stock in fat-shaming. Hey! Did you know that all women who oppose GamerGate are fatty-fat-fat non-gamers?

Well, they are.

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  • The good news is that French women can announced that they are tired of this crap by saying “Je suis fatty-gate.”

    • Gregor Sansa

      Saw, say tear reeve.

    • The coup de gras.

      • That’s for the country. Us urbanites prefer coups de ville.

  • Murc

    Is it wrong that my first thought was to wonder “did someone actually draw that, or did they take pre-existing art and deform it in to make the girl look fat?”

    That’s legitimately going to bother me.

    • weirdnoise

      Oh, yeah. Just look at how much the line around the hips is thickened/blurred relative to around the face or feet. Pretty obvious, but then again I’d be surprised if these guys possessed anything beyond crude photo manipulation skills.

    • Brett

      It looks like they took their fake “Vivian James” mascot and made her look fatter, which is . . . layers of fucked up, but unsurprising.

      • rea

        I googled “Vivian James” and that doesn’t look a bit like Vivian James.

        • weirdnoise

          Photoshop is amazing, isn’t it?

    • LWA

      Am I the only one who thinks the woman in the picture looks really cute?

      • Origami Isopod

        Not at all.

      • brewmn

        No.

  • jim, some guy in iowa

    weird to watch people work so hard to stunt their own development as human beings

  • Woodrowfan

    and I’m sure the boy gamers who think this is funny all look like Olympic athletes.

    • apogean

      Sure, hypocrisy, but also let’s not fat-shame the fat-shamers.

      • Bitter Scribe

        Why not? Turnabout is fair play.

        • apogean

          Because fat shaming is fucking awful.

          • Four Krustys

            Fat shaming lives on the same spectrum as being anti-choice, pro torture, anti-gay rights and pro-police brutality. It springs from a fundamental belief that you get to comment upon, regulate or own the body of another human being.

            I don’t get why so many liberals are pro choice and pro gay rights, but believe fat and trans people are fair game. It sucks. Do better, guys.

            • Origami Isopod

              Fat-shaming has, among other things, some markedly classist elements to it. Being fat is a marker of being lower class. And a great many liberals are very classist. Not the entire explanation, of course, but a substantial part of it.

              • busker type

                I wish I could disagree with this, but its all too true.

        • Origami Isopod

          Not when there’s “splash damage” to innocent bystanders.

          The (male) GGers who are fat won’t care anyway, because they consider themselves people who have a right to whatever bodies they happen to have. Women don’t exist in the same category for them.

          • Darkrose

            I honestly don’t think that pointing out the hypocrisy in 1. insisting that women meet a specific standard of beauty to be considered desireable–which is their only function, while 2. complaining that women ignore guys who look like you (generic you) as proof that women a shallow and vapid, is fat-shaming. I’m not saying it’s not okay for these guys to be fat. I’m saying it’s not okay for them to be fat and to use size as something to attack women over at the same time they complain about being judged by a similar standard.

            It’s also not the same as the snide comments about Ann Coulter. For all of her issues, she’s not standing up there from her position of privilege saying “I’m trans but I think everyone else who’s trans is a deviant.” The only reason to bring it up is to imply that there’s something wrong with being trans. With the Gamer Gators, they’re angry both at women who are fat, and women who are thin who (they claim) dismiss them because they’re fat.

    • I’m thinking “Comic Book Guy” from the Simpsons.

      And yes, I’m a terrible person.

  • AlanInSF

    It’s cool how he conclusively proves every criticism that’s been made of GamerGate in a single snappy document.

  • Anna in PDX

    What the hell? Who wrote/illustrated this? Unbelievably mean and unfunny.

  • Nichole

    Hasn’t their 15 minutes run out yet?

  • Gregor Sansa

    They are trolling. They know this is pathetic, but they want to get a reaction, so they can find more people to make rape threats at. I mean, 100% of Gamergaters are Navy Seals in real life, and everyone knows that seals are actually blubber-positive.

    • apogean

      Don’t fat-shame the fat-shamers, in spite of the obvious hypocrisy.

      • The Dark Avenger

        Is it safe to say, that they’re mostly a bunch of manly men?

      • Gregor Sansa

        I see how that joke could read as fat shaming but I did not mean that. More like, they are as close to being actual seals, who do not fat shame, as they are to being navy seals. Joke fail, sorry.

      • brewmn

        Oh, please. There was no fat-shaming whatsoever in that comment.

        And the more effort that gets put into making not-terribly-attractive men stop humiliating women for being less-than-perfect-looking the better, IMO.

        • Origami Isopod

          There was no fat-shaming whatsoever in that comment.

          Bullshit.

          And the more effort that gets put into making not-terribly-attractive men stop humiliating women for being less-than-perfect-looking the better, IMO.

          So that means anything goes? Does this mean we also get to break out the T-word when we’re criticizing Ann Coulter? No.

    • Brett

      They want a specific kind of reaction, not just any reaction. Mockery and laughter tends to make them angry in response to this, just like it usually does for most harassers.

  • Darkrose

    ETA: Sorry; reply fail.

    I don’t think it’s the same thing. I don’t have any issues with anyone being fat, but if you’re fat and try to tell me that I suck because I’m fat, then I reserve the right to point and laugh at you.

    The GamerGate trolls also add an extra level of misogyny to the fat-shaming that’s worth calling out. It’s not just that women who oppose them are fat, it’s that they’re failing in their responsibility to serve as sex objects for men. Women being sexually attracted to physically attractive, fit men is, of course, misandry.

    • apogean

      I am 100% in favor of the pointing and laughing, calling out, and objecting to the obvious hypocrisy and misogyny, I just want to limit it to the reason why they actually deserve it.

      • tsam

        Agreed. Stick to mocking things they choose to be, rather than things beyond their control. There’s a gold mine of shittiness among these fuckers. No need to go after physical appearance.

    • Brett

      The GamerGate trolls also add an extra level of misogyny to the fat-shaming that’s worth calling out. It’s not just that women who oppose them are fat, it’s that they’re failing in their responsibility to serve as sex objects for men.

      Hell, they unintentionally put that in the picture as well. The anime woman in the picture looks very much like their fake Vivian James mascot, except fatter.

      • and minus the “rape joke” colors of the sweater.

        • Halloween Jack

          Also minus the dark circles under her eyes. Weird, how they set out to make a negative mirror version of their own mascot and yet somehow end up making her look healthier and happier.

      • cpinva

        does “Vivian James” have a couple of days growth on her face? I ask, because I would swear this cartoon does.

        • apogean

          I like how their response to prove they’re not sexist is to invent an imaginary woman who is exactly what they want

    • Origami Isopod

      I don’t think it’s the same thing. I don’t have any issues with anyone being fat, but if you’re fat and try to tell me that I suck because I’m fat, then I reserve the right to point and laugh at you.

      I think that works better on an individual level than as a tactic against a regressive movement. The message tends to get simplified to “Fat is bad.”

  • DonN

    This is so painfully stupid it hurts. Is the underlying story that women opposing #gamergate are idiots and chubby whilst the gamergate menfolk are all manly muscle? I just don’t get the level of personal obliviousness something like this requires. In any case, I’m gonna crowd next to my girthy older son and play Final Fantasy XIII tonight.
    DN

  • Scott Lemieux

    In addition to the obvious, in fact I don’t think critics who disagree with me are inherently corrupt.

    • cpinva

      “In addition to the obvious, in fact I don’t think critics who disagree with me are inherently corrupt.”

      I’ve been trying! I just can’t seem to get anyone to pay me. what’s the point of being corrupt, if there’s no money involved?

      • Malaclypse

        In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.

        • Linnaeus

          No doubt the GamerGaters have “Say hello to my little friend!” fantasies.

  • Murc

    Also too, what the hell is “the female imperative?” That sounds like code. I freely admit I’m too afraid to google.

    • jim, some guy in iowa

      it’s when a woman says “i want” instead of “what do *you* want, master?”

    • wjts

      Also too, what the hell is “the female imperative?”

      I’m 95% sure it was one of the original Star Trek episodes; possibly one where Kirk makes a hysterical computer self-destruct by presenting it with a logical paradox.

    • From what I can tell, it’s some sort of MRA bullshit. I’m not willing to look into it any more than that, as I’d need to give one of their websites a click.

      • Porlock Junior

        I can certainly see why you woudln’t want to—
        Oh, I see, with enough magnification it’s clear that thats a c-l and not a d before the ick.
        Almost as bad, though.

      • Brett

        Googled it. It’s their belief that women are fundamentally all about pursuing “men of value”, rather than actually doing anything for themselves. The Reddit “RedPill” link I unfortunately clicked upon used the example of the gym, where women supposedly spend their time not working out versus looking sexy for the pleasure of men.

        Although in this case, it sounds more like the usual whining from entitled people about how the loss of an unearned privilege is “persecution” against them – like how conservatives would argue that affirmative action and other anti-racism was “racist against white people”, and the women’s suffragette movement was “really” about sticking it to men.

        • yeah, that’s basically what I got from it as well. These people are misogyny, all the way down.

    • Four Krustys

      Pretty sure The Female Imperative was the name of Robert Ludlum’s little-read romance novel.

  • heckblazer

    I’d hit that.

    (yes, I’m a horrible human being)

  • It’s only Zapf Palatino; they could have used some other typeface and really made me sad.

    • I find that MRA crap reads better in wingdings.

      • weirdnoise

        Sigh. When will the successor to Comic Sans arrive?

  • Linnaeus

    Actually, it’s about ethics in games journalism.

    • Joshua

      Even taking that at face value, that definition of corruption is incredibly lame (“journos give bad games good reviews and awards”). Reviews are opinions, and opinions by definition differ from person to person.

      Also, there’s a difference between a journalist and a critic. This is something GG never seemed to quite grasp.

      • Linnaeus

        Not grasping the difference is, I suspect, a willful choice.

      • D.N. Nation

        GamerGaters believe that game reviewers who are predisposed to not liking games that are misogynist are tainted by this aesthetic opinion. It’d be like tweeting rape threats who movie reviewers who are generally under the assumption that Adam Sandler movies are lousy.

  • c u n d gulag

    Jeez, bspencer!

    You almost made me do a Danny Thomas spit-take on my keyboard!!!*

    LOL!

    *Boy, am I showing my age…

  • Cheap Wino

    Jesus, could this be any more revealing? Everything these children do exposes themselves as infantile, selfish, spoiled, and yes, stupid. Any point they might have (not conceding that they have any point, of course) keeps getting undermined by their blatant awfulness which, like a child, they end up wearing on their sleeve and that they have not developed the ability to self-reflect about.

    Bonus child-likeness that they also refuse to listen to anything they don’t want to hear (and subject those voices to derision).

  • brashieel

    GamerGate continues to find more ways to be truly terrible people.

    Does anyone have any semi-hard numbers on how many active Gators there still are these days?

  • matt w

    “I believe that criticism is abuse…”

    Guys? Guys? Do you know what that thing Anita Sarkeesian does is called?

    • Hogan

      Terrorism? Genocide?

      • DocAmazing

        Existing?

        • Hogan

          “She’s being female at me! Make her stop!”

  • Barry Freed

    These are just horrible, horrible human beings. About the very worst you can be without actually killing somebody.

    • Agree 1000%.

    • weirdnoise

      I’ll not dispute their horribleness, but let’s not forget that their beliefs caricature patriarchal beliefs that a much larger segment of our society holds. The distance between what GGers think are the roles and rules women should adhere to and what the Religious Right think isn’t all that far… in fact the only real difference is that the latter believe in marriage before sex.

  • Riggsveda

    In response to this let’s honor Nimoy’s memory: “History is replete with turning points, Lieutenant. You must have faith…That the universe will unfold as it should.”

    Or in the immortal words of Allan Touissaint, the same people you abuse on your way up, you might meet ’em on the way down.

  • tsam

    B, I’m starting to worry about you. Don’t let these bastards drag you down!

    • Believe it or not, I’m actually weaning myself off their nastiness.

      • tsam

        Yes! There are enough dangerous guys in that crowd to make us worry you might have one of them come after you IRL. Then your boy tsam will have to gun him down. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

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  • bekabot

    Well, I think young men who spend hours a day sitting in front of screens while pushing buttons and twiddling controls are often not as slim as wands, but that’s just me.

    Thanks for the sweet roll {gulps}. Mmmmm, pastry.

  • MedicineMan

    Its about ethics in game journalism. Yep.

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