Anita Sarkeesian, creator of the popular Tropes vs. Women video series, is at the center of yet another death threat. The Standard Examiner reports that the director of Utah State University’s Center for Women and Gender, along with several other people, received an email promising a mass shooting if they didn’t cancel a speaking engagement for Sarkeesian, who is scheduled to talk at the center on Wednesday morning. A member of the Center for Women and Gender confirmed to The Verge that the threat was real, although she and campus police declined to provide more details.
The Standard-Examiner has printed what it says are excerpts from the letter, in which the unknown author (who claims to be a Utah State student) claims to have “a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs.” More specifically, they threatened to carry out a “Montreal Massacre-style attack” against Sarkeesian and anyone who attended the talk. “Feminists have ruined my life and I will have my revenge,” reads the email. The Montreal Massacre, carried out in December of 1989, was a mass shooting directed at engineering students in Montreal’s École Polytechnique. The killer, who also claimed that his life had been ruined by feminists, singled out women and murdered 14 before killing himself. Today, its anniversary is commemorated in Canada as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
I spoke to my roommate at great lengths today about Anita and her awful everything. Her scams, her stealing, her sicking of violent, volatile fanbases onto people who just asked for their art to not be stolen and used, uncredited, in her videos. About how she declares everybody who doesn’t agree with everything she says as anti-women and sics her personal army on them. About her sheer, staggering misunderstanding of some of the games she talks about, which is brought on by the fact she doesn’t actually play any of them and just steals Let’s Play/Longplay footage from other channels so she can generalize for a few minutes.
After explaining just how stupid, ignorant, and lazy of a scam artist this woman is for roughly 30 minutes (including siting sources as I once did for another post I made about her), I asked him (my roommate that is, who is an avid gamer and has been for roughly two decades) what he would do if she came to his college to make a speech about how all video-games are anti-feminist. His response was “Ask her why she thinks Fallout is even remotely misogynistic.” I asked him if he would respond with violence, threats, or anything like that. He said “I’d probably laugh in her face, but no. Also, WHY FALLOUT?”
Literally nobody in their right mind could possibly think that threatening to fucking murder people at school is an appropriate reaction. Nobody. Not a single right-minded person. It’s not about women or anti-women, feminist or anti-feminist, that’s just 90% people trolling out of boredom and 10% psychopathic dipshits venting frustration from their basement. Don’t be afraid of showing up at Utah State for the speech.
And if you get the chance, be sure to ask her why she’s such a fucking idiot.