Posted on | March 18, 2015 | 61 Comments
If Nicholas “Sarah” Nyberg (@srhbutts) is a feminist, I’m the King of Sweden. What is he/she? Living proof that bad causes attract bad people, and the “Social Justice Warrior” (SJW) crusade against #GamerGate is a very bad cause. As soon as I mention #GamerGate, I know many of my conservative friends will ask, “What is #GamerGate?”
Perhaps the best introduction is “Feminist Bullies Tearing the Video Game Industry Apart” by Milo Yiannopoulos of Breitbart.com. To distill a long and complex saga into a few words, a bunch of left-leaning blogger/activist types figured out that they could parlay journalism into a lucrative slice of the billion-dollar video game business. Hurling accusations of “misogyny” and “objectification” against popular games (and the gamers who loved those games), self-declared SJW’s tried to hustle their way to fame and fortune. Because I don’t play video games, and haven’t followed the #GamerGate saga closely, all I know is that once some shady conflicts of interest were exposed, the suspicion of pay-for-play scams outraged gamers and all hell broke loose.
Anybody who knows anything about online gamers knows many of these dudes Don’t Play Well With Others. If you thought those dudes were going to display decorum and civility when they came under attack by a bunch of “social justice” types, you’ve got another think coming. All of that is necessary preamble to this Huffington Post headline:
Leaving aside Nicholas/Sarah’s claim that #GamerGate is a “hate movement,” instead we may ask, what did “they” do to “destroy” his/her life? Or perhaps, what did Nicholas/Sarah do that made him/her worth destroying? Mr./Ms. Nyberg begins his/her tale:
Gamergate’s campaign to terrorize me with my personal information started, strangely enough, with them sending me my own drawings. They managed to dig up silly Microsoft Paint pictures that were a lighthearted joke between friends almost a decade ago. It was a message: They had figured out who I was. I had been doxxed.
I had been openly critical of Gamergate for quite some time. There had been harassment from the beginning. My criticism was done, intentionally, pseudonymously.
Ah, yes, a familiar story.
The “clever” Internet user decides (a) they can use a pseudonym (“Sarah Butts”) to become a famous Online Superhero Against Evil, and (b) no one will ever figure out that Superman is actually Clark Kent.
Right? So if you are a man named Nicholas Edwin Nyberg who wants to be a woman named Sarah Nyberg, you have to ask yourself whether going to war with gamers as “Sarah Butts” is a smart move.
Especially when, as it turns out, you were already sort of an Internet legend, not in a good way. After Nicholas/Sarah tried to shut down funding for the group “8chan,” somebody in that group called attention to an account on another site and (“mysteriously”), Nicholas/Sarah began talking about that account on Twitter and then — poof! — information on the other account started getting deleted:
This simple act of damage control shattered Sarah’s anonymity; he’s one of those retards that uses the same username for every account that he makes, so his MySpace and Facebook were quickly found and an entire treasure trove of links was dumped on 8chan. Along with the links there were discussions from Sarah admitting to piracy, a Photobucket gallery featuring his muffin-top, and even a Hot or Not profile with a hilariously low rating.
Sarah is currently panic-deleting f–king everything, meanwhile others are coming out of the framework to dig info on srhbutt’s hilarious past at the expense of our contributors’ afternoon.
So say the crew at Encyclopedia Dramatica and, while I can’t vouch for the authenticity of everything they claim, it seems they have documented a few important facts. Nicholas/Sarah owns the site “Final Fantasy Shrine” (FFS), and had acquired a bad reputation there:
Another character was Sarah, an administrator who was allegedly a pedophile. (Don’t ask me whether “she” was really a girll; it was hard to tell.) I think Sarah had been expressing an unhealthy fixation on children from the very beginning, and I could only hope it was all some disgusting in-joke that had gone on for too long.
Oh, really? That was from 2007, and there was another item from 2006, where someone was complaining about an online chat for transsexuals in which they encountered “an admitted pedophile. Oh yes, a transsexual pedophile.” Another user responded by identifying this transsexual pedophile as “retrogradesnowcone.” And are you surprised to learn that Nicholas/Sarah’s Photobucket account name is “retrogradesnowcone”?
Ladies and gentlemen of the Internet jury, I am not here to make any accusations against Nicholas “Sarah” Nyberg. Rather, I’m merely presenting to you the case as I encountered it. You can read the whole thing at Encyclopedia Dramatica and evaluate the evidence yourself.
By the way, how do you feel about people who have sex with dogs? Because there’s a quote in that article — which I won’t duplicate here — from a chatlog in which Nicholas/Sarah (allegedly) talks about having sex with dogs in a way that suggests that he/she was doing more than just talking about it. While I don’t know if animal welfare agencies would consider that chatlog to be “evidence,” I’ll permit you ladies and gentlemen of the Internet jury to form your own opinions.
Is Nicholas “Sarah” Nyberg a pedophile dogf–ker? That’s not for me to decide, but the point is, this information was out there on the Internet, but nobody had ever previously connected it to Nyberg until he/she attacked “8chan.” And now Nicholas/Sarah postures as a heroic victim:
The pages they wrote about me claim that I am a fraud, a felon, guilty of tax evasion, a sexual predator and dozens of other equally absurd lies . . .
This is damage is meant to be as close to permanent as possible; picture the most heinous lies anyone could tell about you, but done publicly, in a way that will never disappear. They will be seen by any job you interview for, any curious acquaintance, any date that decides to peek on Google. On top of this, it also outs me as trans and hosts pictures from before I transitioned; this is the kind of online abuse that could get trans women evicted, cause them to lose their jobs, be assaulted or even killed.
This is the first public piece of writing I have ever written under my name, but doing so was not done voluntarily. Because of the position Gamergate put me in, I have no choice but to take my name back; they have publicly outed me as trans, and littered the web with defamation. Their aim was to scare me into silence, but they have done just the opposite: They have both amplified my voice and made me more determined to be a part of fixing the culture in gaming that allows this to happen.
Dude, you attacked them. Your foolishness in believing that your Twitter handle guaranteed you ironclad anonymity does not mean that others are responsible for your error. If what they’ve written about you is just “absurd lies,” then prove them wrong. Were those dog-sex chats a forgery? Was it just a coincidence that somebody with the moniker “retrogradesnowcone” had a reputation as a transsexual pedophile in 2006? And if you don’t owe $40,000 in unpaid taxes, couldn’t that “absurd lie” easily be proven false? Anyway, my suspicion is that heroic social justice crusaders who try to hide their identities aren’t so much afraid of harassment as they are afraid of the truth, i.e., that they aren’t really heroic, they’re just deranged narcissists.
Maybe they’re tax-evading pedophile dogf–kers, too.
Allegedly, I hasten to add.