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What Is This? Was #GamerGate About Fake Victims Faking Fake Harassment?

Posted on | April 27, 2016 | 22 Comments

Allum Bokhari at Breitbart:

Was Zoe Quinn GamerGate all along? Or, at least, its so-called “harassing” element — those who were accused of sending anonymous death threats and abuse to the feminist video games designer?
That’s the conclusion drawn by SpliceToday contributor Todd Seavey, after an extraordinary week in which Candace Owens, the founder of an anti-cyberbullying project, accused Quinn and her longtime feminist ally Randi Harper, of instigating a “cyber-terrorist” mob against her.
It should come as no surprise if Harper were involved with online hate-mobs. As Breitbart has highlighted in the past, the feminist web campaigner — who, amazingly, also claims to be an “anti-abuse” activist — has left a trail of victims in her wake around the web. Numerous individuals, ranging from data scientist Chris Von Csefalvay to tech mogul Vivek Wadhwa, have faced massive, coordinated attack campaigns from anonymous Internet users after tangling with Harper. In Csefalvay’s case, these extended to death and rape threats against both him and his wife.
Yet the involvement of Quinn, who has a (slightly) less notorious reputation than Harper, is interesting. For those who missed last year’s GamerGate controversy, Quinn is a feminist video games designer who claims to be one of the foremost victims of online abuse: the target of a year-long campaign of anonymous harassment that she claims “ruined her life.”
As a result of this alleged abuse — for which no-one has been arrested, and has never been traced back to a real person — Quinn has received thousands of dollars in donations from sympathetic users of the crowdfunding site Patreon. She also secured a book deal to write about her ordeal at the hands of anonymous internet meanies, and, despite remaining unpublished, Hollywood executives already want to adapt it into a movie — starring Scarlett Johansson.
Quinn was even invited to the United Nations to discuss her tribulations.
If that’s victimhood, I wonder what its opposite looks like.

Hmmmm. Todd Seavey’s column at SpliceToday:

One unfortunate thing about the battles between online feminists (such as Zoe Quinn) and online anti-feminists (such as the #GamerGate movement) is that explaining them always gets so complicated, in part due to the use of online aliases and fakery. The truth is unlikely to be followed by any normal, sane person who isn’t obsessed with the details.
So here’s the one-paragraph version of the latest (and it’s still longer than one might wish): It appears online feminist Zoe Quinn doesn’t just fake harassment against herself (as was long suspected) but, far more creepily, actively harasses other people. And not just any people but specifically those dedicated to exposing anonymous online harassers—most likely because that would expose Quinn and many of her cronies.

This is a stunning accusation, but not an unreasonable deduction from what happened to Candace Owen and Social Autopsy, evidently targeted by Quinn and Randi Harper for a smear campaign when it appeared that Social Autopsy might rival the Quinn/Harper project Crash Override. If what has been alleged in that incident is true, then Quinn and Harper are certainly willing to use online fakery to attack their enemies, and the possibility that much of the “harassment” attributed to #GamerGate was actually fake — perpetrated by anti-#GamerGate activists in a sort of digital Reichstag fire — is not really all that farfetched.

SJWs Always Lie, as someone has pointed out.

We shall monitor these developments . . .



22 Responses to “What Is This? Was #GamerGate About Fake Victims Faking Fake Harassment?”

  1. DeadMessenger
    April 27th, 2016 @ 4:10 pm

    All of this is very probable, considering that Quinn allegedly has a long history as a so-called “sh1tposter” on some pretty dicey and dubious chat forums.

  2. What #GamerGate Should Teach Us (But @JesseSingal Refuses to Learn) : The Other McCain
    April 27th, 2016 @ 4:13 pm

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  3. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 27th, 2016 @ 4:40 pm

    Well weren’t their fake women involved?

    There I go again with the H8! I denounce myself.

  4. Zhytamyr
    April 27th, 2016 @ 4:51 pm

    The lot of them are beneath contempt.

  5. Fail Burton
    April 27th, 2016 @ 5:04 pm

    The entirety of Third Wave Feminism is one big Reichstag Fire:

    Heterosexuality is an engineered Jim Crow for women
    Global whiteness has submarined the amazing powers of Islam and PoC
    Free speech is a menace
    Due process enables rape
    Equal protection is the cause of racism
    etc, etc, etc.

  6. Guest
    April 27th, 2016 @ 5:28 pm

    I wish we didn’t put “gate” after every scandal. Water*gate* was the name of the hotel. It speaks to the childish silliness of our culture that we attach something artificial and meaningless to scandal. It’s just more of the dumbing down of the culture, in my opinion. Excuse my rant. Always enjoy your posts Mr. McCain.

  7. Joe Joe
    April 27th, 2016 @ 5:59 pm

    In other words, another leftist who faked a hate crime to create an outrage, movement, and profit opportunity. You might look at the faked hate crimes at Mizzou as well:

  8. wlinden
    April 27th, 2016 @ 6:11 pm

    Shall we call this “Gategate”?

  9. Fail Burton
    April 27th, 2016 @ 7:09 pm

    How about Gamer Tea Pot Dome Scandal?

  10. RS
    April 27th, 2016 @ 7:19 pm

    So, Quinn makes a fair amount of money regurgitating her “victim” schtick. Should be be surprised that she might feel threatened by someone who wants to work the same side of the street, but who, in addition to being female is also black? That is, she has a better SJW hand to play among all the people and entities seeking to do penance by throwing cash to combat the latest “outrage.” To be blunt, Ms. Owens is a much more photogenic spokesperson for an anti-cyberbullying campaign than Quinn can ever hope to be. No wonder Quinn might feel the need to strangle Owens’s baby in the cradle, as it were.

  11. kilo6
    April 27th, 2016 @ 7:45 pm

    I view the anti-Gamergate feminists as another wing of the Crazy Bitch Casino , and no one ever wins in the Crazy Bitch Casino, never ever.

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  12. Jeanette Victoria
    April 27th, 2016 @ 8:12 pm

    I agree, it is a pattern we are all famailar with her on TOM

  13. Adobe_Walls
    April 27th, 2016 @ 8:31 pm

    There are no despicable actions that are beyond what leftists are willing do.

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  15. 2+2=4andalwayswill
    April 28th, 2016 @ 2:54 am

    They are the absolute dregs and it terrifies me that they seem to have so much power. Is it coming from the corporations that bow to their idiocy? Or from the Millenial borg that I see everywhere?

  16. Fail Burton
    April 28th, 2016 @ 6:21 am

    Your underage Nigerian relatives are of no interest to normal humans. Please stick to smuggling children and cigarettes across the Sudanese border.

  17. @ImaCarNow
    April 28th, 2016 @ 7:45 am

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  18. Steve Skubinna
    April 28th, 2016 @ 11:01 am


  19. Steve Skubinna
    April 28th, 2016 @ 11:03 am

    Oh, no, now you’ve gone too far! If there is one constant we can all cling to, it is that progressives never lie!

    Except when they do. Which come to think of it, is always.

  20. NeoWayland
    April 28th, 2016 @ 5:29 pm

    As nearly as I can tell, the scandal “gate” thing started with Whitewatergate in part to deflect attention away from the Democrat party to the Republicans.

    That, and someone thought they were Very Clever with Whitewatergate.

  21. Patrick Chester
    April 28th, 2016 @ 7:04 pm

    Does this remind anyone of those “hate crimes” that turned out to be hoaxes setup to “raise awareness” of whatever “hate” an activist was preaching against?

  22. Joe Joe
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 11:28 pm


    You might be interested in this professor’s whining:

    Until last year, most of the emails and Tweets I received about my work were occasional requests for PDFs and, once, a very nice note from a woman who was delighted to discover that there was at least one other person in the world working on the same obscure text.

    That changed when my work on harassment in video-game and Internet culture began to be noticed. Now I’m no longer simply excited and grateful for emails and Tweets about my work; I am also a mix of anxious and defensive….