Date Published: October 31, 2014
On 16th October, The New York Times ran a story entitled ‘Feminist Critic Of Video Games Facing Threats’. Written by Nick Wingfield, the article began: “Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist cultural critic, has for months received death and rape threats from opponents of her work challenging the stereotypes of women in video games.”
Sarkeesian has now cancelled her speech in Utah because of threats that, if she spoke, a person under the pseudonym Marc Lepine would carry out “the deadliest school shooting in American history”. Under Utah law, the campus police would b unable to prevent anyone carrying a concealed weapon. According to Jonathon McIntosh, the producer for Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs. Women video series, “Utah USU police say online threats are ‘not credible’ because they’re the ‘norm’ and no one has killed a women in gaming yet”.
This series of events began because of #GamerGate. This is a hashtag that began as a false flag attack by (among others) Slade Villena, a.k.a. RogueStar against Zoe Quinn, the developer of Depression Quest.