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The Nyberg #GamerGate Saga Continues: DARVO Tactics and the ‘Streisand Effect’

Posted on | September 15, 2015 | 26 Comments



Friday, Milo Yiannopoulos published a lengthy examination of Sarah Nyberg’s pedophile-themed online chats. These conversations, which occurred circa 2005-2006, involved Nyberg (a male-to-female transsexual) expressing sexual attraction to his/”her” young female relative. At the time, Nyberg was earning a lucrative income as proprietor of a forum devoted to discussion of a videogame called “Final Fantasy.” In 2014, however, Nyberg became an outspoken critic of the #GamerGate movement:

[Nyberg] tried to shut down funding for the website, which had supported #GamerGate, by falsely accusing them of hosting child pornography. However, he/she failed to anticipate the reaction, i.e., that the people he/she had attacked would figure out who he/she actually was, connect the dots, and expose [Nyberg’s] unsavory background. . . .
He/she had attempted to deprive the proprietors of of their right to free speech and had falsely accused them of a very serious crime in an attempt to cut off their funding or otherwise drive their site offline. . . .
It was this anti-free-speech campaign, part of a “Social Justice Warrior” (SJW) battle against #GamerGate, which (a) made “Sarah Butts” a public figure, and (b) inspired the question, “Who is ‘Sarah Butts’?”

You can read the rest of that Aug. 8 post from my blog, which was explaining why my Twitter account had been temporarily suspended. It was apparent that Twitter support staff were assisting Nyberg in an attempt to suppress certain facts about Nyberg’s past, including his/”her” original name. Why? Well, at one point in the chat log discussions, Nyberg indicates that police had seized one of his/”her” computers, and Nyberg referred to an encrypted hard drive containing material related to Nyberg’s pedophile interests. We might speculate that, if the police who reportedly investigated Nyberg in 2005 only knew Nybergs male name, then concealing that name could prevent law enforcement from connecting all the dots. In this scenario, it would not be merely Nyberg’s reputation as a “Social Justice Warrior” that was at stake in concealing his/”her” male identity, but also this concealment would shield Nyberg from renewed law-enforcement scrutiny.

Or so we might speculate.

Beyond mere speculation, however, was the reality that people were being silenced for writing about Nyberg’s shady past, and Nyberg was using an obvious trick to posture as a victim of injustice:

It appears Ms. Nyberg is leveraging friendships with Twitter support personnel in order to delete any mention of Ms. Nyberg’s male past and male name. You will call Ms. Nyberg “Sarah” on Twitter or else you will be shut down. . . .
DARVO — Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender — it’s a rather well-documented tactic, and when I see people (a) with sexual idiosyncracies (b) allying themselves with a “social justice” movement and (c) claiming that people who tell the truth about them are “bullies,” my suspicion is (d) they’re just angry their shady hustle got busted and (e) they’re trying to exploit sympathy by (f) posing as a victim.

You can read the rest of that, which was posted after my Twitter account was suspended for the second time within three days. At that time I warned that this would likely lead to a “Streisand Effect,” wherein efforts to hide online information have the opposite effect, calling new attention to whatever information a person is trying to conceal. This warning proved prophetic. People began looking closely at what Nyberg wanted to suppress and, barely three weeks later on Aug. 30, a YouTube video presented the most damaging evidence against Nyberg. This video, in turn, caused Milo Yiannopoulos to write his article about Nyberg at, an article for which Yiannopoulos interviewed the parents of the girl who was reportedly the object of Nyberg’s pedophiliac interest a decade ago. According to Yiannopoulos, the parents were willing to seek a new law enforcement investigation of Nyberg who, just coincidentally, is also reported to owe $100,000 in delinquent taxes.


It is not wild-eyed speculation, but ordinary common sense, to say that someone who acts like they’re trying to hide something may actually have something to hide. And in response to Yiannopoulos’s article, Nyberg published a genuinely fascinating counter-attack that elaborately manifests the DARVO tactics I’ve described. Whereas some of Nyberg’s defenders had previously claimed the chat logs were forgeries, Nyberg instead  (a) admits the chat logs were authentic, but claims (b) that these chats were a sort of facetious or ironic satire and (c) implies the chat log transcripts were obtained illegally, so that (d) it is Nyberg’s critics who, by illegally obtaining information, were the real criminals.

This is a classic example of DARVO tactics. Nyberg uses all kinds of rationalization and smokescreening to explain away the known facts, to delegitimize critical scrutiny, diverting attention away from the obvious questions about Nyberg’s behavior, toward those who have exposed Nyberg, portraying them as wrongdoers.

How will this story end? I don’t know. Perhaps it’s all a bunch of noise about nothing and, if that’s the case, interest in Nyberg may just slowly fade away. On the other hand, we have the example of a notorious troll known online as “Nick Bate” who claimed on April 19 to have been exonerated by a criminal investigation, only to be arrested a week later:

Nickalaus B. Stoutzenberger, 23, was charged Wednesday [i.e., April 26] with one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, and three counts of indecent assault of a child.
The alleged sex assaults occurred in Washington Boro in 2009 to 2010 when the female victim was between 5 and 7 years old, according to Manor Township police.
Stoutzenberger was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Keller, and sent to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Sometimes bad things happen to people like that.

They are liars and creepy freaks who should never be trusted.

“God gave them up unto vile affections . . . God gave them over to a reprobate mind . . .”
Romans 1:26-28 (KJV)

Beware of reprobate minds. Crazy people are dangerous.



26 Responses to “The Nyberg #GamerGate Saga Continues: DARVO Tactics and the ‘Streisand Effect’”

  1. Mm
    September 15th, 2015 @ 1:16 pm

    What has been particularly telling is the extent to which Twitter protects the SWJs, as well as the mental contortions Nyberg’s supporters have engaged in to justify or excuse his behavior.

  2. Daniel Freeman
    September 15th, 2015 @ 1:46 pm

    I honestly thought they would go for polygamy next, but it looks like they’re going for age of consent.

    Mendez-Intzin was involved in a physical relationship with the 12-year-old female

    Really? “Physical relationship” with a 12-year-old? I believe the proper term is “serial statutory rape.”

    (h/t Vox Day)

  3. Fail Burton
    September 15th, 2015 @ 1:46 pm

    You are the only person in America making a analytical comparison between today’s mainstream social justice rhetoric and the rhetoric from which it stems: gay radical feminism and it’s racial late ’80s add-on known as “third wave” or “intersectionality.” The failure of other journalists to do this is nothing more than gross and even willful incompetence. Milo comes to mind as one of the people closest to this realization but I think even he has failed to grasp how dead on the comparisons are and how it explains the hate speech from many SJWs who seem to genuinely believe they are fighting some version of Jim Crow with homophobia and women-hatred added on. Every time I see a journalist write about cultural marxism, leftism, liberalism and socialism I see bombs being dropped on empty desert. The total effect is a pitch perfect example of how hate speech is mainstreamed into the public arena as justice and nobility. That is exactly how things started in beer gardens in Frankfurt am Main circa 1930.

  4. Dianna Deeley
    September 15th, 2015 @ 1:53 pm

    Rape, plain and simple. God, that is just so sick.

  5. Joe Guelph
    September 15th, 2015 @ 2:05 pm

    There’s an online community called Kiwi Farms that follows bizarre Internet personalities and groups. They’ve been closely covering the Nyberg/Butts affair, and were largely responsible for getting the disgusting, deranged Nick Bate arrested for child molestation.

    Here’s the Nyberg/Butts thread:

    Here’s the Nick Bate thread part I:

    and part II:

  6. Finrod Felagund
    September 15th, 2015 @ 2:32 pm

    FYI, the Breitbart article obscured the name of the 8-year-old in their excerpts of the creep’s chat logs. They gave her the pseudonym “Alice” instead.

  7. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 15th, 2015 @ 3:39 pm

    See how much common ground they have with Muslims, Aisha child brides for all, no wonder they want to bring in hundreds of thousands of Syrians!

  8. DeadMessenger
    September 15th, 2015 @ 4:07 pm

    I stupidly followed the “we have the example of a notorious troll known online as ‘Nick Bate'” link, which, be forewarned, leads to encyclopedia dramatica. Normally, I would have just closed the window, but didn’t immediately, because when you see the picture of “Nick Bate”, he physically, visually, appears to be an actual, real, living troll.

    But if you decide to read any of this, have a puke bucket with you. You’ll need it. And I say that as someone who only read a small part of it. If it got worse after the first disgusting, inhuman thing I read, I might have required sedation and possible hospitalization. And I’m guessing it got much, much worse, considering the source.

    How is it that people like this guy are walking around on the street? Seriously, this guy is criminally insane. I can’t imagine what sort of genetics and upbringing might have resulted in a creature like him.

    I guess I’m sheltered and naive, because I never knew that this sort of putridness existed.

  9. DeadMessenger
    September 15th, 2015 @ 4:19 pm

    I figured second on the hit list would be one or the other. But because polygamy is far less grotesquely aberrant than the age of consent thing, it stands to reason that would be next. Because, you know, the real goal is normalizing pedophilia, and specifically homosexual pedophilia.

    Once they jump that hurdle, then heck, you might as well just go ahead and add in polygamy, incest, and bestiality, because what difference will it make at that point?

    I hope God takes me before these things happen, because I can’t live in a world where normal husband/wife heterosexuality becomes the freakish aberration.

  10. Fail Burton
    September 15th, 2015 @ 4:34 pm

    Now you know why the “genderblind” SF novel Ancillary Justice had an historic awards sweep in a community awash in radical feminist theory, though it’s likely the majority are unaware of the origins of that theory. On their end, it’s just assumed that in some vague way “No Gender December” X-mas presents for kids will result in some sort of gender equality and a better world for women. The truth from the other end – back in the ’70s – looks more like an ideological theory meant to normalize perversion as “natural.” In radical feminism, the incest taboo is man-made to enable kinship marriages which control women, not a natural revulsion organisms have to bottle-necking DNA and inbreeding, etc. Heterosexuality is a man-made device to oppress and control women, not the organic basis of all life on Earth to reproduce. Male privilege is unearned entitlements, not the result of architectual, technological and societal miracles.

  11. concern00
    September 15th, 2015 @ 5:03 pm

    Speaking of which, I am looking forward to celebrating Oktoberfest! Are there any costume variants I should be avoiding?

  12. Fail Burton
    September 15th, 2015 @ 5:15 pm

    Well… I’d say the straight white male. Within radical feminism, he is the Nazi of world history, even though Andrea Dworkin’s book Women Hatred reads like Mein Kampf.

  13. Mike G.
    September 15th, 2015 @ 5:23 pm

    Sweetie, may I call you sweetie, these perversions have been around as long as man and woman were kicked out of the Garden of Eden. It’s just that we have the internet now, and also the fact that it is frowned upon when fathers and brothers take the law into their own hands, IYKWIM.

  14. Michael
    September 15th, 2015 @ 5:25 pm

    Progressives are wackos.

  15. Finrod Felagund
    September 15th, 2015 @ 5:51 pm

    And The Rebel said to Rhonda, “This is terribly unfair;
    Being hip is getting middle-class, let’s you and I be square!”

    — Allan Sherman, The Rebel

  16. DeadMessenger
    September 15th, 2015 @ 6:18 pm

    Decent Southern ladies should not be exposed to this type of thing. I guess men have a need to know, so that they know what to protect ladies from, but I have to say, praise God that I have no need to know.

    Also, from the gist of what crap I did read, and the whole ED paradigm for that matter, there seems to be vast armies of freaks of nature out there. Mingling with normal people. That scares me, Mike, literally.

  17. Daniel Freeman
    September 15th, 2015 @ 6:46 pm

    As has been pointed out before, the anti-cop crowd is foolish. We don’t have police to protect us from thugs; we have police to protect thugs from the much rougher justice that ordinary citizens would administer.

    We’re not weak; we’re just trying to be humane. Take away our justice system, and criminals wouldn’t live a year.

  18. Bob Belvedere
    September 15th, 2015 @ 7:11 pm

    Somewhere in the Depths of Hell, Leftist Mastermind the Marquis de Sade is laughing, for this is his vision come to life.

  19. Durasim
    September 15th, 2015 @ 8:40 pm

    Among Nyberg’s defenders is Chris Kluwe. It wasn’t enough for him to just be a disgruntled athlete agitating for leftist reformation of all athletics. He has completed his mutation from has-been NFL player to SJW Twitter ponce.

  20. mole
    September 15th, 2015 @ 9:55 pm

    The Marquis de Sade just tweeted me demanding a retraction, he doesnt want his good name associated with these weirdoes..

  21. mole
    September 15th, 2015 @ 9:59 pm

    Though i do wonder, at 40 men get a bad wig, a divorce, a hot sports car and run off the rails into minor debauchery.

    If you starting point is as a submissive male to female transsexual whos into ageplay and penisgirls (Im not even going to google that term, I just done want to know) exactly what do you have left over for your mid life crisis?

    Cannibalism? Genocide? Setting yourself on fire for fun and profit?

  22. DeadMessenger
    September 15th, 2015 @ 11:14 pm


  23. Daniel Freeman
    September 16th, 2015 @ 12:00 am

    I could fleece you if I were a betting man — and I’m tempted, since I resent your absurd stereotype of men my age — but the correct answer is suicide.

    It’s only a matter of time until he realizes that he is incapable of achieving lasting happiness in this life. I would call it a tragedy, except for the relief of no longer wondering if he’s a danger to children.

  24. mole
    September 16th, 2015 @ 2:40 am

    My caricature of the 40 year old is just that, a mockery. Im over 40 myself and have yet to tick any of those boxes.
    I suppose the comforting thing is you know these people will always be as unhappy as they deserve to be. The creature mentioned “butts” will now live the rst of its life being worried someone will smack it in the gob for being a filthy, filthy thing.

    Imagine for a moment you STARTING POINT for defending your reputation/honour is the screencap talking about molesting a kid. Thats not a great heroic life trajectory there.

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