Your Apologetics Are Pathetic (A response to Hank and John Green)

Here’s the thing to know about people like Anita Sarkeesian – she lives in the greatest echo chamber of all time.  She has been recorded saying, outright, that all of her detractors are nothing but harassers and she will NEVER engage with them.  She lives in such an ivory tower that I am starting to see why she had the reaction that she did at VidCon.  Liana K says that she believes she was legitimately afraid.  I call bullshit.  She wasn’t afraid. At least not for her safety.  What she was afraid of was the fact that she would actually have to talk to people who don’t agree with her.  And if her precious narrative is in any way attacked, then it all comes crumbling down.  Address her hypocrisy in any way, she can’t sustain the illusion anymore.  Her con would die around her because she doesn’t have her sycophants around to tell her only what she wants to hear.

And why would she have any other perspective.  She has the likes of Hank and John Green sucking her clit so hard that I wonder if she didn’t cum a few times from it.  After all, they are the latest in a series of ball-less males who can’t even let the truth be a concept.  And they went through that in a post on The Medium where they outlined their version of events in respect to Anita the precious angel who must be protected at all times.  From, you know, the truth.  Here’s a link to the post, now let’s rip this thing a new asshole.

It is openly known that women on the internet are subject to far greater amounts (and intensity) of harassment and abuse than men.

Citation, mother-fucker!  Show me a single peer-reviewed source that shows that women get far more harassment online than men.  Oh, wait, citing sources is something that you’re afraid of.  After all, data can be a touchy thing.  We’ll see down the line where you flat-out lie out your ass for a narrative, but we’ll get there when we do.

That’s just one reason why we had a panel called “Women Online” featuring women who had received a variety of kinds of abuse, from repeated sexual advances to stalking to years of targeted harassment.

There is a fairly prominent genre of social/political commentary on the internet that focuses on specific individuals as a path to attack ideas and build outrage. These creators do not violate harassment policies, but the result is often that the vitriol of their followers ends up focused not on ideas, but on people (usually women.)

Where do I begin.  I just love that they build this narrative that people like me aren’t out to attack ideas that we final stupid.  We’re trying to secretly build outrage.  We are secretly trying to create a movement of hate and harassment that the poor (usually women) have to face.  Don’t you feel so bad!  You create hate!  And that’s what you’re trying to do!

Then they basically say that the content creators are subsequently responsible for what any of the people who watch their videos do.  Bullshit!  Find me a video, any video, where TJ Kirk, Sargon, Chris Ray Gun, Armoured Skeptic, TL;DR, or any of the big name anti-SJWs have EVER called for harassment or condoned it in any way.  Find me one!  Come on, you beta fucks!  Go watch through their anti-SJW catalog and find me one video where they congratulate any of the trolls in their audience who send awful shit to these women you are so eager to protect from an imagined threat that Anita felt with Sargon sitting quietly in the audience.

Which is what happened, by the way!  Look at ANY of the video evidence from that panel where Sarkeesian lost her cool.  There is not a single one where anyone is harassing her or being unpleasant.  The nice thing about this Con was that everyone was filming, and there are 10,000 angles to see how this entire narrative is bullshit!  But we’ll get back to that.

Many people in these communities end up believing the righteous thing to do is threaten, harass, and dox the thinkers they’re arguing with. Whether or not this is an intentional strategy to cultivate harassment or an awful side-effect, the result is some of the worst discourse and most intense harassment on the internet.

Unbelievable.  So, not only are the creators on YouTube turning a blind eye to the actions of their fans, they are directly responsible for it.  They don’t outright say that it’s their fault, but they may as well.  They are claiming that these people actually believe that it is “righteous” to harass and dox women.  Oh?  Then how do you explain the SJWs who do that shit?!  Like Zoe Quinn in her harassment campaign against Candace Owens?  Maybe when the SJWs turned on Laci Green after she had used the word “tranny” to describe trans people when she was younger.  Hell, Ben Kuchera outright said that they have every right to dox you, with Jim Tubalardi Sterling nodding and agreeing with him.  I challenge you to find me the big name in anti-SJW videos who has EVER said that doxing is okay.  Meanwhile, I can find plenty of SJWs who believe that doxing is not only a good thing but should be the response of choice.  You betas are such fucking hypocrites, all so you can defend St. Anita’s honor.

This year, we had a contingent of attendees (some who paid, some who snuck in with fake passes) who had been either perpetrators of this harassment, or had, for years, watched as the outrage they cultivated resulted in followers doxxing, harassing, intimidating, and even threatening the lives of the creators on these panels.

Nobody snuck in with fake passes.  Nobody.  Find me a citation for that, you fuckers!  Everyone who was in there had paid to be there.  And since you can’t research much, there are 1,000 videos which show that not one of the people in the audience were harassing anyone.  Not one!  Find me one!  Anyone.  Come on, you feminist fucks!  Do the research thing and find me a video that shows it happening!  If you can put down the Tumblr for long enough to go to YouTube, and it is so bad, this should be easy.  John and Hank are lying!  This is lies!  These people are propagating absolute nonsense and they don’t get called out on it.  Everything wrong with modern media can be traced back to chucklefucks like this who can pull shit right out of their ass so they can create a narrative to sell to an audience who isn’t even going to bother questioning.  Because find me the SJW who is critical of their publications.  If that was the case then sites like The Mary Sue and Huffington Post would have died years ago.

It is difficult to imagine that this group of people (who are aware that their channels have been base-camps for years of harassment of some of our panelists) did not realize that their arriving early to fill up the three front rows of a panel was going to be intimidating. In any case, it looked like intentional intimidation to most people in attendance, and the panelists were understandably on edge throughout the discussion.

Why not just say that they are yelling and throwing shit at them?  I mean, you’re making all this shit up anyway, so why not just go big?  The SJWs who read this shit aren’t going to question.  Say that Sargon was glaring and snarling right at Anita the whole time.  Why not?  This is all terrible fan-fiction for St. Anita anyway.  Go big or go home.

Our founder, Hank Green, talked with our panelist and said two things:

  1. He told her that her comment had violated our policy, but that he understood that there was a broader context (which to be clear, we were blissfully ignorant of until this weekend, and remain inexpert in.)
  2. He apologized to her for not having been more aware of and active in understanding the situation before the event, which resulted in her being subjected to a hostile environment that she had not signed up for.

“Oh, please, Anita!  We love you!  We would never speak ill of you!  Please, don’t say mean things about us!”

Even when they are supposed to be castigating her for breaking their policies, they are kissing her ass!  That’s who these losers are!  Even when it has been clearly demonstrated that she violated their policy, they have to make very clear that Anita still did nothing wrong.  What a bunch of spineless cowards!  Complete pussies. They can’t even hold to their own standards.  When the Internet holds them to task to enforce their own policies, they have to make sure that they do so in a way where St. Anita isn’t put out or even made to feel guilty for what she did.  Because, after all, if someone actually forced a feminist to take responsibility for the things they do, what a world it would be.

This is a difficult situation to build policy to alleviate, but we ask that all of the people involved consider the power of our actions and statements both online and in the real world. But one specific note, if people attend VidCon to collect footage to later use in videos that criticize not just ideas, but focus the outrage of their followers on individuals, they will not be welcome back.

To wrap it all up, this is them saying that unless the YouTubers who take these worthless, toothless, spineless butt-wipes to task castigates their audience as well, then they won’t be going back next year.

John and Hank, fuck you.  You are the WORST that professional butt-lickers has to offer.  You buried your head so far up Anita’s ass that I am amazed her shit isn’t smeared all over you face.  This is disgusting.  You make up bullshit statistics.  You lie about what happened.  Then, after all of that, you make clear that unless other people join you in your parade to St. Anita, they won’t be welcomed back.  As if anyone actually wants to go to an event hosted by cowards like you!

It’s because of people like you that SJWs can’t handle the real world.  You know why Anita couldn’t handle seeing Sargon?  Because nobody has put her in a situation where she may have to take responsibility for the things she has done.  You couldn’t even castigate her without making sure she understands that she didn’t do anything wrong.  Laci Green faced her detractors and actually was able to take responsibility for the shitty things she has said and done.  She buried the hatchet with Sargon.  Part of me hopes she’ll go on DP and bury the hatched with TJ too, but that may be a bit optimistic.  All it took was stepping out of her echo chamber and she was able to realize that there is a bigger world out there which she can disagree with without feeling attacked and hated.  Meanwhile, people like you do everything in their power to make sure that the real world can’t touch Anita and her ilk.  You are part of the reason that this generation is full of complete pussies who can’t handle the slightest disagreement.  I hope you are proud of yourselves.

Until next time, a quote,

“Don’t waste your time with explanation.  People only hear what they want to hear.” – Paulo Coehlo

Peace out,

Maverick

The High Price of Failure

A dear friend of mine recently graduated from basic with the US Navy.  I was proud to see her in dress whites.  Girl’s outfit was crisp, pressed, and the shoes were so shined that you could light a room with them if you had a window available for light refraction.  Now she is off to another base to study.  She’s going into Naval Intelligence.  Listening to her describe training, the dedication and the effort she put in, it’s humbling.  I hate to say it, but more than anything, the biggest emotion I feel about all of this is jealousy.

I haven’t accomplished anything with my life.  Not really.  I got a BA that isn’t even worth the 120 credits it took to get it.  Unless you have a Master’s, nobody even cares.  It just goes on a resume and that’s it.  My resume is absolute shit.  I work for the state I live in, and I am desperately trying to get ahead in my employment.  But it’s a waste of time.  I know what’s holding me back – my shit resume.  I have one job that I’ve held on to for more than a year.  One.  The rest aren’t even past six months.  It makes me look flaky.  It makes me look undependable.  Had a ton of interviews, but I haven’t even had any that have hit up my references.  That is bad.  I work at a fucking call center.  My life is helping people that I want to murder with a hammer out with their fucking problems.  It’s awful.  And at every fucking interview I have to say that it has been a learning experience or an exciting challenge or some other piece of bullshit PR nonsense.  I can’t say that this job is sucking the life out of me.  I can’t say that I am secretly wishing that I had some kind of addiction or other problem, so then at least I could say my life is unique in some way.

But it doesn’t end there.  In fact, that’s just the tip of the iceberg that is my entirely worthless life.  I am a miserable, depressing person who has depression so severe that I don’t remember what feeling joy is like.  It makes NOBODY want to talk to me.  I got one friend who talks to me on the regular.  Well, two, now that my girly-mate is out of basic and at A-School with the Navy.  So, because I am depressing as fuck, my friend life is basically gone.  With fewer and fewer people who can even stomach talking to me, I feel more and more alone in this town.  After all, Eeyore only works as a character in fiction.  Everyone in the 100 Acre Wood wants to be his friend.  Because even though he isn’t always the most cheerful, he still gets in on the fun with everyone else.  Yeah, it works in fiction.  And nowhere else.

Then there is my absolute train-wreck known simply as my love life.  That’s so pathetic that I recently decided to hit up a girl I used to work with at the Library who I had never really liked, but had always found to be appealing on a sexual level.  Because hey, why the fuck not?!  Yeah, I know I’ll never even get a response from that stellar waste of time.  That didn’t at all make me look pathetic.  Nope, not even a little.  Had a friend who said it’s good that I took the initiative.  Not for one second do I buy that.  Haven’t had a relationship in three years.  Haven’t had sex in three years.  Statistically speaking, the longer a person is single, the higher the chance that they will remain that way.  There is no hope for me.

So when my friend, the Seaman Apprentice, tells me about her life down there and all the work she has put in, I am both humbled and unimaginably jealous.  Her life is going places!  She’s married!  She’s got a whole life waiting for her when she gets home!  What do I have?  I got out of college literally on the skin of my teeth.  I got D’s my last semester.  Straight D’s.  But D’s get degrees now.  Gotta love America’s pathetic education system.  I was so burned out that I didn’t even get my degree printed on paper to let my parents hang on their wall.  You gotta pay for that shit now, and I am NOT giving that fucking worthless institution one more fucking dime!  Fuck them!  Fuck all of them!

Where does that leave me?  No-goddamn-where, that’s where.  I am chubby, pathetic failure who currently has a nasty cold in the middle of summer that is fucking pissing me off.  I took today off work, when I don’t even have the time to take off.  You know what my leave time is?!  Not that!  But if I had gone in today I would have felt like shit and been cracking on the phone.  That’s life.  I get to go to a job that I hate in order to help fucking imbeciles get their fucking child support.  That’s right, I work for child support.  The most hated entity in the fucking state, after the cops.

I feel so fucking pathetic.  I have accomplished nothing.  I will continue to accomplish nothing.  I am trying to finish a novel, but I have so many unfinished novels that I know will go absolutely nowhere.  All I have to even be remembered for once I am gone is this website, and after a while that would disappear too.  If I vanished tomorrow, how many fucking people would even notice I’m gone?!  Not many.  All the people who have left me behind.

And it’s too fucking late.  I can’t fix any of the friendships that are gone.  My resume ain’t getting any better.  My love/sex life has a plot at the local cemetery.  The price of failure.  All I am is a failed boyfriend.  A failed fiance.  A failed best friend.  A failed medical records technician.  A failed student.  All I have is failure.  I wish I knew what to do.  I keep trying.  I bust my ass at that worthless fucking job and I have no friends.  Only friends I have had there have left.  I would give anything to have one chance to go back in time and change things.  I’d give anything.  Just once.  But life doesn’t work that way.

Well, that’s enough wallowing in self-pity.  Think I’ll finish this here and cry like a little bitch because I can’t even do the normal thing and suck down a bottle of Jack Daniels to drown away my pain.  I don’t even have the will power for a fucking addiction.

Until next time, a quote,

Maybe I’m too young to know what the world is supposed to be. But it’s not supposed to be this. Can’t be this.” – Huey Freeman

Peace out,

Maverick

Bad PR 111: Anita Sarkeesian, Sargon of Akkad, and “Garbage Humans”

As anyone will tell you in the world of entertainment, all it takes to ruin a spotless image is one bad comment.  Ask Michael Richards or Gilbert Gottfried what that’s like.  Do I think that’s fair?  Not at all.  In Richards case, his biggest issue was that he could never let it go.  People would have forgiven him if he could have stopped bringing it up all the time.  He let his bad choice of words ruin his career forever.  Gottfried took the smarter approach – lay low and just let the buzz blow over.  Now he’s alright.  But some people who do something stupid have a bad habit of just digging themselves a REALLY deep hole.

Let’s look at Hillary Clinton and Kathy Griffin.  Both of these people are women who decided to be very stupid with their language, and rather than shut up and lay low for the worst to blow over, they just kept piling on and on.  In Kathy Griffin’s case, she hired a lawyer to be a mouthpiece for her butthurt instead of just taking the licks like an adult and walking away from what happened.  Hillary Clinton is arguably worse.  After blaming literally everyone for her failure except taking even the slightest smidgen of personal responsibility (she learned it from SJWs), she then blamed the DNC.  You know, the people who rigged the primary for her and openly said they have no compunction about doing it again.  Women that the left cheers for have a bad habit of not knowing when the shut up and let the damage blow over.

Which brings us to Anita Sarkeesian.  At VidCon yesterday, there was a panel where Anita Sarkeesian was speaking.  A ton of the anti-SJW crowd went and sat front and center, wanting to actually get to see her human side.  To be clear, they weren’t heckling her, they weren’t taunting and jeering at her.  By all accounts, they were respectful as could be there.  One of these people was Sargon of Akkad.  When Anita eyeballed him, she decided to put her own foot in her mouth.

This may just be the most unprofessional thing she’s ever done.  Which is genuinely surprising, to me.  It’s pretty clear that Anita is calculating.  Everything she does is part of maintaining a narrative of her victimhood and how she needs everyone to come to her defense.  I’ve long maintained that she is a con artist, and that hasn’t changed.  My first thought when I see stuff like this is – we’ve finally seen a human moment with Anita Sarkeesian.  People went to that panel in the hopes of seeing her be human, and that’s what they got.  For a brief moment, the human side of one of the most profitable online con artists came out.

But here is where my PR education comes into play.  What happens next?  What will Anita do?  I honestly don’t know.  Already the fans of hers have gone after Sargon and he has publicly called for the people hosting the Con to ban her from the cyberbullying panel that she will be a part of.  There’s no way she will be banned.  Of course not.  If Hank and John Green actually did that then they have would have the SJW tirade so far up their ass that it would never stop.  Anita and her cohorts have already shown that they can orchestrate a harassment campaign at a moment’s notice.  Like how Zoe Quinn went after Candace Owens using her friends and sock accounts.

So the question becomes – what will you do next, Anita?  You’re going to be back on stage, and Sargon has already said he will be there.  In fact, you can guarantee that the rest of the anti-SJW chums will be there.  I’m sure they’ll be respectful, as was the case yesterday.  Will you lose your cool again?  Will you use this as another opportunity to smear?  What will you do?

I am genuinely curious to see what happens next.  Because there are a couple of options here.  First, the smart option – play it down and just stick to the message.  Or even better – skip the panel and quietly walk away from this.  Let the Internet firestorm die down while your white knights do the fighting for you.  It’s what she’s done before.  The second option is the double-down option.  Where she goes on that stage and then says that she is totally blameless and it is everyone else’s fault.  Then it becomes a savage war of online videos where the white knights and the detractors blitz and the Internet loses its collective shit.

The thing is, Anita, this doesn’t make you look good.  There are a TON of videos where people show video footage from the event where you are spouting at someone who didn’t do anything to you.  He wasn’t heckling you.  The audience wasn’t attacking you.  You hijacked the panel and used it as a platform to attack Sargon as soon as you saw him in the audience.  From a PR standpoint this makes you look like a vindictive cunt.  You had to make a panel about being a woman online and promoting female content creators about you and how mad you are.  It was a genuine human moment, in all the wrong ways.

I just don’t get why someone who has been so careful about the narrative and the usage of a platform only when she approves to do something like this.  Some people have said this was a calculated move, and I don’t think so.  There’s no good angle here.  It’s too easy to show that Sargon wasn’t doing anything to her, and that the panel wasn’t being harassed. Naturally, her white knights will paint is as just that.  They’ll say the panel was being so horribly abused by all those EVIL anti-SJW YouTubers.  But there is video evidence that that wasn’t happening.  Only after Anita started running her mouth did the crowd get rowdy.  That’s understandable.  So this wasn’t calculated.

Perhaps all of the stress is really getting to her.  That’s natural.  See, when the SJWs go out into the real world, where their viewpoints can be challenged, they crack pretty fast.  Anytime they are at a platform where the narrative isn’t tightly controlled, they lose their ability to keep the focus only where they want it to be.  It’s why watching a debate between Brianna Wu and her opponent in the congressional election she is now a part of would be funny as fuck.  For Sarkeesian, being in an environment where she can take criticism and actually have to answer legitimate questions probably scares the shit out of her.  Sargon even said later on he just wanted to talk to her, which she blew off.  But I bet the thought of having to answer real questions from people who won’t accept pithy answers is the most frightening thing in the world.

Maybe that’s where the calculus of this comes from.  Instead of having to answer questions, she creates a firestorm so she can just not have to.  I bet that’s what will happen at the cyberbullying panel, because it’s a virtual guarantee that the audience will have legit questions for her there too.

The PR lesson is this – this was a bad move.  A very, very bad move.  Whether this was her human side coming out, or desperation coming into play, Anita has done real damage to her image.  This isn’t going to go away.  Just like the video where she says that she isn’t a gamer and doesn’t like video games, now this video will haunt her where she called a detractor sitting politely in the audience a shit-head and a “garbage human.”  Will she recover?  That is what honestly interests me.  Because I have seen Anita’s abilities as a con artist to be kind of inspiring.  I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Until next time, a quote,

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” – Robert Frost

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien’s First Take: Black Panther Teaser Trailer

When I did my review of Captain America: Civil War, I said that I honestly didn’t really know where they could go with a Black Panther film.  He is my second-favorite character in the film, due entirely on the incredible performance of the actor.  That man sells that role.  Marvel’s films have done some damn good casting lately.  Robert Downy Jr as Tony Stark, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, the kid as the new Spider-Man, and now Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.  Perfect casting.  But my perspective in my review still stands.  He’s the Black Panther, and a ruler of a powerful nation that is hidden away.  Where can they possibly go with that?  It’s a little late to get to it, but the teaser was released.  Let’s see.

We start off getting to hear Martin Freeman’s terrible American accent.  No joke, they should have just gotten Hugh Laurie to do the role.  He probably would have been more fun too.  Then we have Andy Serkis coming back from his role in Avengers: The Waste of James Spader’s Talent.  He’s saying that Wakanda isn’t nearly the backwater tribal society that people think.  Okay, liking it.  Some legit nice backdrops.  There is a cool juxtaposition between this waterfall scenery the Panther is at with the tech airplane he is leaving on.  Is the idea of the ancient and the modern clashing gonna come into play?  That could be cool.

The montage that follows seems to paint the film more as a story about Wakanda itself than the titular character.  I kinda like that.  I can’t honestly think of a Marvel film that has done that so far.  Making a movie about a nation and the struggles of being in the modern world is a neat angle that I can see either being done very well or fucked up so horribly bad.

Which is kind of my thought overall of this teaser.  I’m definitely not gonna watch any more trailers for the film.  I genuinely want to be surprised when I see it.  Modern trailers have a bad habit of ruining the entire plot of a film.  I think that’s what’s happened with Spider-Man: Homecoming.  I wouldn’t know.  After I saw how trailer 2 was spoiling the film I stopped it.  Black Panther is either going to be a very interesting dive into a nation and the people in it, or a preachy film about how evil western culture is.  Please don’t let it be that.  Please don’t let this be SJW jerk-fuel.  Marvel has thus far been pretty good about pandering to the forced-diversity crowd.  They want their works to appeal to a mass audience.

But this is new territory.  A piece about a nation and its ruler being unsure where they fit in in the changing world is a tough thing to get right.  I’m going to give this film a chance, though.  Here’s hoping it doesn’t disappoint.

Initial Verdict
7 out of 10

Peace out,

Maverick

Top 10 Fictional Dads

With Father’s Day tomorrow, I thought that I would do a tribute to the fictional dads that I really liked.  Whether they are the biological fathers, or father figures, they are loyal parents and often go to incredible lengths to protect their children.  Sometimes they are diligent, doting parents, other times they are aloof but prove their loyalty in other ways.  I’m not limiting this to any one genre of fiction, because my favorite fictional parents come from all sorts.  Let me know the fictional parents who you admired most in the comments.

10. Sojiro Sakura
Persona 5
When you first meet Sojiro, he’s a stern and almost cold character.  He doesn’t like you and makes no secret of the fact that he sees having to watch over you as a burden.  However, as the plot unfolds you realize that there is a caring man, who has a secret.  He has been caring for the daughter of a dear friend who passed away a long time ago.  The girl is a shut-in and he desperately has been trying to be a good dad while also respecting her very strict boundaries.  But once she is able to come out from that shell, their bond becomes just that much more apparent, since he can finally be a doting father figure to a child who has had a very hard life.  Stern, yet compassionate.  A Japanese father to a fault.

9. Peter (last name unknown)
Animorphs
The father of one of the main characters, Marco, he is one of the most interesting literary parents.  His wife died a long time ago, and he has been looking to move forward with his life ever since.  This has caused more than a little strain between him and his son.  What I like most about the character is the fact that they show him to be human.  Very much so.  He’s lonely, and wants to be able to move forward from losing his wife.  Now, granted there is more to what’s going on with his wife, which makes Marco even more unhappy about how his father is trying to move on, but Peter doesn’t know that and so his son is trying not to hold it against him.  When you finally see the two of them bonding, it feels genuine.  Not the most dynamic character, but a human one all the same.

8. Lieutenant Colonel Griswald
Recess
A military man through and through, and father to Gus Griswald, the Lieutenant is probably the most stern character on this list.  He talks to his son as if he is one of the men under his command, and does have high expectations of him.  However, there are numerous times in the episode where you see him genuinely care for him and even go out of his way to help him in whatever way he can.  The fact that his son wants to follow in his footsteps as a soldier constantly makes him proud, along with the fact that he is loyal to his friends.  Again, not the most dynamic character but having known a few Army brats growing up, this makes me think of them.  One of them had a really shitty dad, but another had one who reminded me of the Lt. Colonel.

7. Hank Hill
King of the Hill
Hank is the quintessential typical American dad.  He’s conservative as all get-out, has no understanding of his son or the world he lives in, and constantly sees the youth culture as strange and disconcerting.  But despite all that, he is still a strong family man.  Not only does he constantly try to be a good husband, but he tries to be a good father too.  There are a lot of moments where he looks after Bobby despite not understanding the first thing about him and the world he lives in.  At the end of the day, him and the family can bicker and argue, but they’ll still have a grilled steak, so long as the grill uses propane.

6. Jack Foreman
Prey
A stay-at-home father who is trying to get used to the dynamic he is living in, all while battling his sense of uselessness and his growing sense of ownership over the home and the relationship with the children as his wife is growing more and more distant.  Jack is a fantastic father.  Not only does he make sure the house runs smoothly, he goes out of his way to try and be understanding of his wife’s situation with her increasingly demanding job.  However, when he gets involved in his former employer’s situation in the desert, and things are looking their worst, the first thought he has is to protect the children that he left behind.  The book ends with him taking radical steps in order to protect them, but he’ll do whatever it takes.  So loyal that he fights against forces so radically overpowering in order to keep what he has waiting for him safe.  Naturally he’s from my favorite book.

5. Bryan Mills
Taken (the first one, not the shitty sequels)
This character is probably the most loyal father ever.  A former CIA badass who ends up retiring so he can try and reconnect with his daughter.  However, when she is kidnapped by Algerian sex-slavers, he will stop at nothing to secure her freedom.  He’ll attack cops, shoot the wife of a former ally, even torture a man by electrocuting him until the power shuts off just to make a point.  Bryan is a no-nonsense, do not fuck with me dad, and has years of “specific set of skills” to prove it.

4. Victor Sullivan
Uncharted (series)
Sully has no children of his own.  However, as you learn in Uncharted 3, one day he happened upon a little punk in Spain who he took under his wing.  That punk just happened to be Nathan Drake.  What came from that was a relationship of two career criminals who just happened to rob the artifacts of ancient empires in order to sell them and live the good life.  Sully is crass, suave, a complete man-whore with all the talent to be cool as fuck while doing it.  He also has no problem using a gun. The scene where he tells Nate that he always saw him as the son he never had was pretty touching.  No matter how he may not have been the best father figure, he is Sully, and that’s all he’ll ever need.

3. Ethan Mars
Heavy Rain
Bryan Mills would kick whoever’s ass to keep his daughter safe, but Ethan Mars is a bit on the different spectrum.  After a moment of losing track of his first son led to him being tragically killed in a car wreck, Ethan and his wife are separated and he is a little overly protective of his younger child.  So when the Origami Killer steals him, Ethan is now in a position where he will do whatever it takes in order to keep him safe.  Even if that means complying with the increasingly-twisted demands of the killer, like to cut off one of his own fingers.  It’s horrifying, but when you see him weather it in order to get his child back, it makes you want to fight even harder to make sure it happens.

2. Maes Hughes
Fullmetal Alchemist
Probably the most doting father on this list, Hughes attachment to his little girl is more than a little insane.  And he makes sure that every single person around him is forced to suffer through it at all hours.  However, underneath that there is an incredibly intelligent investigator who is not only looking to keep his family safe, but also his best friend Roy Mustang.  When he happens upon a truth so horrible that it threatens to destroy everything, he rushes out without hesitation to confirm it.  But in the end, that determination to dig up the truth is what gets the better of him.  The enemy becomes the one thing that he can’t raise a weapon to – his wife.  A good man, a loving father, and a tragic end.  He is pretty awesome like that.

And my favorite fictional dad is…

1. Joel
The Last of Us
While the relationship he had with his daughter Sara is a profoundly beautiful and tragic relationship, we don’t get much chance to know them.  It’s his relationship with his companion Ellie, who becomes his surrogate daughter, that is the one I want to talk about.  Joel is a survivor.  After Sara is tragically killed, he has 20 years for his heart to harden to ice.  But when this teenage girl comes into his life, and goes out of her way to try and bond with him and reach him on a personal level, he finds that ice melting away.  Eventually, he grows to see her as his own child, and will stop at nothing to keep her safe.  To the point that when he finds out the only way to get Ellie’s immunity into a form where it can be made a vaccine would kill her, he sells the ENTIRE human race up the river to save her life.  A cold, calculating, kind of monstrous person, Joel finds his humanity again in that little girl.  When you hear him telling her unconscious body the things he said to Sara and he ran with he, it makes the situation that much harder.

Who are all of your favorite fictional fathers?  And to all the dads out there, Happy Father’s Day

Until next time, a quote,

“Yeah, you keep telling yourself that bullshit.” – Joel

Peace out,

Maverick

RAB: Anita Sarkeesian’s Hitman Argument is Stupid

I’m bored on a Friday night and tired of doing nothing with me life.  So here I am, on my website, drinking pina colada and doing nothing with my life.  As I drank this wonderful concoction, a thought came to me – Anita Sarkeesian’s argument about Hitman is stupid.  Like, really stupid.  Her Damsels in Distress video has a scene from Hitman: Absolution where you can go into the room with the strippers and kill them and drag them around the floor.  Her argument was that the player sees the bodies as something to just use and throw away and how that’s a reflection on men in general.  Let’s not even get into the how the game penalizes you for attacking civilians.  Anita says that argument doesn’t work because the game should have a fail state if you do that.  Well, that is dumb.  After all, if the game failed you because you killed a target who isn’t the one you are after then it would never work.  There are plenty of times you’re going to have to whack the bad guys.  Besides, these arguments have been taken on by everyone.  I had a new thought.

Let’s ignore Hitman: Absolution.  That game was terrible.  It totally betrayed everything that made the series good.  Let’s instead look at the new game.  You know, the one that was such a financial disappointment to Square Enix that they are selling the company who made it.  Yeah, the second season is never happening.  In the new game, who is Agent 47?  He’s no one.  He’s a weapon, in every sense of the word.  He will not act unless he gets explicit permission.  From whom?  Well, that would be his handler – Diana.  At no point will he act unless she gives him permission to do so.  Everything he does is directly at her request.  In essence, in their dynamic she has all the power.  All of it.  47 has no agency is his own story.  When she tells him that there is a potential threat, he even says that it is her issue to deal with, he’s just waiting for a target.

For a game all about the “male power fantasy,” it sure is interesting that a woman has every single ounce of the power in the relationship, isn’t it?  I kind of like that.  It’s what made Absolution so frustrating.  47 isn’t meant to have any power over his own fate.  His entire life he was trained to be a weapon to be used by others.  It’s all he knows.  If feminists knew the first thing about nuance, they might think about things like that.

Honestly don’t have anywhere else I was going with that.  I just find it interesting that the character Anita believes is guilty of treating women like objects doesn’t acknowledge that aside from terrible games, he is just a tool to be used by an agency and a woman who has the deadliest assassin in the world at her tool for getting things done.

Until next time, a quote,

“Someone’s playing a game, 47.  The question is – against whom?” – Diana, Hitman

Peace out,

Maverick

Zoe Quinn Harasses ‘The Last Night’ Director For Supporting #GamerGate

Oh look, it’s everyone’s favorite professional victim who is back to wear her victimhood like a badge of honor even though the Internet forgot about her years ago.  And since she can’t just sit back and let herself fall into obscurity like the vulture that she is, when the director of a new game that looks pretty cool came out and she found out through her information network that he had said positive things about the now-defunct culture war #GamerGate, she had to get her little army of minions to go out and attack him.  I am, of course, talking about the director or The Last Night.

See, the director of that game actually believes that ethical standards in games journalism is something worth fighting for, and that the world of Indie games is a toxic circlejerk of multi-colored hair warriors who have to suck each other off so hard.  And since Zoe Quinn hasn’t been in the public eye in so long, just like Brianna Wu she had to get the old victim train going.  Also just like Brianna Wu, Zoe is a cunt-rag who tries to play off what at terrible person she is as everyone just being mean to her.

Let’s take a look at the narrative she paints for herself.  According to her, she was the tragic victim of a horrible man who chose to slut-shame her and paint the scarlet letter on her in the public square.  And ever since she has been the victim of virtually non-stop abuse by all the evil people of the Internet.  That’s the narrative that she paints.  The same one that her and her more-successful professional victim comrade Anita Sarkeesian painted in front of the UN while they argued that the Internet should have everyone who disagrees with them removed.  Not that Zoe would know what it’s like for people to disagree with her.  Her echo chamber is so massive that she lives in it.  Every time that she has even slightly ventured out of it the weight of her lies almost destroyed her.

What is the truth?  Simple – her ex-boyfriend Eron wrote a hugely-long post where he laid out how betrayed he felt by her.  Among the endless reasons why was the fact that she had been cheating on him, with five people.  Mundane’s Matt and Internet Aristocrat’s video of what happened led her to being the catalyst to the online culture war known as #GamerGate.  And very quickly Zoe became forgotten amongst the far more interesting topics at hand.  Topics like the fact that several of the people who she had cheated on Eron with were people who had covered in the games media before.  In fact Nathan Grayson became a far more interesting topic than she ever was.  All she did was create a boring video game about living with depression.  A choose-your-adventure game about depression.  Yeah, sounds like a recipe for great “gameplay.”

After the storm that was GamerGate died down, Zoe found herself in the media in other ways.  Like how she was busted red-handed leading a online blitzkrieg of attacks against Candace Owens.  There had been a blog post where she laid out what had happened, and how she was able to put together that Zoe was directly responsible for the attacks against her.  A really scum-fuck thing to do.  As I said, she went to the UN, where she desperately tried to sell that the Internet still sent daily hate to her, even though it is easily-provable that the Internet moved on from her not long after the hashtag #GamerGate was founded by Adam Baldwin.  Given how she was able to generate an attack against Candace Owens through mysterious anonymous sources, it’s not hard to think that probably most of the hate she has ever received was from the same sock-puppet accounts.

Oh, and let’s not forget the leaked chat logs from Crash Override Network, Zoe’s little circlejerk of victimhood that showed that she had actively sabotaged the Rebel Game Jam she had been a part of in order to cash in on the social justice points and make herself look good while the rest of them look bad.  I still believe the person who sponsored that event should sue her.  Or how she doxxed and ruined the Fine Young Capitalist’s fundraising event to help promote women in gaming, which she didn’t like because they weren’t promoting her.  And just like all feminists with a sense of entitlement up her non-existent ass, she had to make them pay for not making everything in that project about her.  But again, she’s a victim.  Not a scum-fuck.

Now she has turned her refusal to let her 15 minutes of shame die into an attack against someone who hasn’t done thing one against her other than support an online movement.  That’s it.  That’s all he did.  Then Notch had to go and take the Internet’s ire by calling her a cunt.  Which, you know, she is.  Indefensibly so.  Zoe Quinn is a cunt with a capital C.  She is a horrible person who wanted to make a game that was neatly stealing the show at E3 about her.  Because why shouldn’t a big game reveal be about her?  And of course the parasites at Feminist Frequency have come out in support of her.  Why not.

Zoe, you are a cunt.  You are a terrible person.  I don’t lightly use that term, but it describes you perfectly.  What’s more, you actually believed you are owed something for the fact that people see you for what you are after all of the debacle that you were barely a part of.  You believe that you are owed.  That just blows my fucking mind.  Zoe Quinn feels that the Internet owes HER for the shit she has pulled.  No, Zoe!  You owe people an apology.  People like Eron, who had those of us who supported GamerGate donate to his defense fund, which when you realized that the trial didn’t make you look good you dropped.  People like Candace Owens, who busted you dead to rights for a campaign of doxing and harassment through sock puppet accounts.  There are so many people who you owe.  But you won’t.  After all, admitting wrongdoing just fucks with the narrative.  Can’t have that.  Then you might start self-reflection and that might just lead you to realize what a fucking piece of shit you are.

Until next time, a quote,

“Mr Worf, villains who twirl their mustaches are easy to spot.  Those who clothe themselves in good deeds are well-camouflaged.” – Capt. Picard

Peace out,

Maverick