Again, the perpetual quandary: Is it worse to actually be a racist, misogynist, homophobic, antisemitic, anti-Muslim, idiotic shitsmear on the underwear of humanity? Or is it worse to merely pretend to be a racist, misogynist, homophobic, antisemitic, anti-Muslim, idiotic shitsmear on the underwear of humanity to the extent that nobody can tell the difference at all?
I still don't have an adequate answer for this, except for "it doesn't really matter which is the case, because it's abominable in either case."
This article was far more interesting than I initially thought it would be before I started reading it. Despite the headline, Trump isn't the main subject of the article. It's mostly about the history of 4chan and how it gave rise to Gamergate, which in turn gave rise to the "alt-right" (which isn't really part of "the right," in the traditional sense, even if they ostensibly and temporarily share the same "goals," and also isn't made up just of assholes from 4chan) and its support for Trump. It is, as far as I'm concerned, pretty much the be-all-end-all article on the topic. I would recommend to everyone to read it. Not just skim it. Actually read the whole thing.
To put it succinctly, Donald John Trump, and in particular the concept of Donald John Trump as President of the United States, is little more than a living, breathing 4chan meme. Donald John Trump, and especially Donald John Trump as he ran for President and after he was elected as President and after he was sworn in and began the job of being President, is little more than Gamergate, writ large.
As seen through the eyes of someone who has obviously spent far more time in the trenches of 4chan than I ever have, ever will, and ever want to, this article shows that it makes perfect sense why these people would support Trump: they don't, not really. Trump was and is a prank on the system that left them, in their minds and perhaps in truth, utterly emasculated. They voted for the con-man, knowing full well that he was a con-man, because he was the con that they were playing on everyone, including themselves. Trump is the end (hopefully) result of a decades long, full-scale temper tantrum being thrown by so many of these American hikikomori. Trump is the manifestation of these people voting, willingly and knowingly rather than ignorantly, against their own self-interests, because they already believe that the system is busted and can do nothing to help them, so why not burn it to the ground? They take morbid pride in their failures. And any attempts by "the left" or "feminists" or the like (who they see as "social justice warriors," i.e. the enemy) to try to correct the misconceptions held by these people are largely ineffective and even counterproductive, driving them even further into their exclusivities.
For the first time ever, this article has led to me feeling the very briefest inklings of pity for these people, rather than the derision and disgust and dismissiveness that I ordinarily feel for them... that is, until I looked at the comments under the article and saw some of the very ones being described in the article making their rancid opinions known. Ugh.
And here is another, similar article. Not quite as interesting as the first, to me at least, and far more combative (justifiably so), but still worth reading, I think.
Found these via articles via Twitter.
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In particular, they're taking offense at my recent repetition of something I said long ago, which is that many GamerGaters try to claim that any of the asinine dumbshit that GamerGaters are wont to do is actually not done by GamerGaters at all but is instead the result of "false flag" operations by anti-GGers/trolls in some vast conspiracy to discredit GamerGate. Additionally, trying to counter that by saying that one, as a GamerGater, actually did try to legitimately call out the doxxing, rape-threatening dumbfucks in GamerGate is like saying "Just because I'm a member of the KKK doesn't mean I hate black people. I totally called out the KKK members who are acting like white supremacists and burning crosses."
Well crap, I thought I was done posting about goddamn GamerGate, but I guess I was wrong.
(Via tokoz via Facebook.)
I agree that someone with a Youtube channel can say whatever the fuck they want. I also agree that if viewers want to then consider the guy to be a chode afterward and unsubscribe from his channel, that's all fine and great, too. If you watch Youtube, you risk running into someone who is going to spew horrendous bullshit that you don't agree with. If you have a Youtube channel and spew horrendous bullshit, you run the risk of watching your subscriber count spiral down the toilet (though a few of the turds that were already in the toilet might splash back out and increase your subscriber numbers by a bit, because they are the audience that enjoys such horrendous bullshit).
That said, I'm really rather ambivalent about the whole "unsubscribe/unfollow because someone has incredibly shitty opinions about politics" thing, myself.
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TL;DR version: Donald Trump is, and always has been, GamerGate, writ large.
(EDIT) Also, this. (/EDIT)
 - Hmm, though I've been using the phrase "Irredeemably Toxic Shithole" exclusively to refer to GamerGate, it would actually also serve well as an accurate description of Trump and his incoming administration. I think I'll just stick to using it as a stand-in for "GamerGate," though, and not conflate this shit.
"The Online Abuse Playbook" https://t.co/AP63zShCoo This is absolutely a real thing. I've seen it happen time and again. (E.g. Gamergate.)— Kane Magus (@KaneMagus) August 22, 2016
E.g., also, the overblown, overwrought negative response to James Rolfe's video from back in May about the nuBusters movie.— Kane Magus (@KaneMagus) August 22, 2016
But this sort of thing has been happening for years and years on the Internet, though. It is not a recent phenomenon.— Kane Magus (@KaneMagus) August 22, 2016
*weary fucking sigh*
I'll be so fucking glad when this cultural phenomenon of "SJWs" vs Irredeemably Toxic Shithole-types finally runs its fucking course and goes away. Personally, if I had to pick a side, I would, of course, be more on the side of the "SJWs," because the Irredeemably Toxic Shithole-types are ever so much worse, but I still think the shit-coin is real and that both sides of it are fucking, goddamn asinine beyond all measure. I'm sick of it. It all needs to die.
And, of course, there is a disgusting infestation of Irredeemably Toxic Shithole-types in the comments under that video. Ugh.
Oh, and for all the assholes screaming "censorship" and "free speech" or whatever, here, have another relevant xkcd strip:
And, to be clear, I fully recognize (and indeed have even said before) that both of those are asinine reasons to see or not see the movie. I'm not going to boycott the movie because "hurrrr feminazis sjws women r dumb durrrr." But at the same time, I'm also not going to go out and watch this movie just because a lot of people are saying that we "must" be more supportive of women in leading roles or whatever, either, apparently regardless of the actual quality (or, perhaps, lack thereof) of the movie in question.
Good reasons to not see the movie are 1) I thought the trailers sucked ass (and if one is no longer allowed to decide, yay or nay, about viewing a movie based on the trailers anymore, then fuck off... it's not my fault you released a horrendous trailer that doesn't properly reflect your movie), and 2) specific reviewers that I like and usually agree with said that the movie sucked or was merely okay at best.
Good reasons to see the movie are 1) other people that I know personally whose tastes I feel I share have seen it and said they enjoyed it (and not for social justice reasons or whatever, but because they actually and simply thought the movie was funny).
So... yeah... it's still up in the air as to whether or not I will see this movie. I think that, ultimately, I will see it, eventually. I think the deciding factor for me as to whether I'll go see nuBusters in theaters or not, however, is the fact that I didn't even go to see the new Star Wars in the theaters. As such, I think I'll be okay with just waiting for the DVD/Blu-ray of nuBusters to be released and see that then, too (and, no, I haven't even seen Star Wars in the comfort of my own home yet, either, even though the disc versions of that have been available for a while). Maybe I'll like nuBusters, maybe I won't, maybe I'll just shrug and wonder why there was such a big deal about it, either way. Probably I won't post about it again until after I've seen it myself, unless some other big stinky dumpster fire gets ignited by either side of the "goddamn imbecilic shit-encrusted coin" again, but even then, I'll try to just pass on posting about all of that shit anymore (at least as far as nuBusters is concerned).
In any case, regardless of all of that, the harassment and abuse and foul behavior from both sides of the shit-coin are beyond the pale, but that dross, in my opinion, is above and beyond considerations of whether or not the movie itself is actually worth seeing, on the whole.
Look, I may not give a shit about nuBusters or whatever, and it's actually irrelevant whether I do or don't, because this treatment of Leslie Jones is vile and uncalled for (including, especially, the fake accounts pretending to be her saying some of the most disgusting shit). But then, assholes like that don't care. They don't give the slightest shit. Which is why it is up to the rest of us to collectively stand up and tell these asinine dogfucking assclowns that they need to sit their infantile asses down and shut their goddamn mouths. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that they've done this shit, and until Twitter (and Facebook and Tumblr and wherever else) comes up with better means for users to be able to block assholes like this for good and to prevent them from continually creating sockpuppet accounts to continue the harassment, it's just going to keep on happening.
 - Hell, I don't care for that sort of shit even when it's making fun of people I actively hate myself.
Here's a dumb thing, though. One the one side, you got one half of the Internet claiming that the only reason this movie is getting good reviews is because Sony is astroturfing and paying for them. On the other side, you got the other half of the Internet mocking the everliving fuck out of the first half.
In this case, until and unless it is proven to be the case that Sony is indeed paying for good reviews, I'm going to have to side with the latter half. I said I was going to wait for user reviews, but I honestly don't think that those will be any more useful, and likely even less so. Here's what I think will happen: this movie will get a terrible user score based on a ton of Irredeemably Toxic Shithole-types leaving bad reviews, regardless of whether or not they actually see the movie. I don't think you have to watch a movie to decide if it's good or not, or at least decide if it's a movie that you, personally, want to go see, but I do think that you have to see a movie before you should be allowed to leave reviews for it. Unfortunately, there is no way to enforce that on the Internet. (But then, hell, if you go see the movie, and really, honestly, think it is as bad as you thought it would be, and then accordingly want to leave a review, then go ahead and knock yourself the fuck out. More power to you.)
But seriously, is it truly so incomprehensible that this movie might actually be as good (despite the trailers sucking complete ass) as most of the reviews seem to claim it to be, without Sony having to pay for such reviews? No, I don't think so. I'm not quite that jaded and cynical yet. As such, while my interest in it was admittedly never all that high to begin with and was further dampened by all the idiotic controversy surrounding it from all sides (and especially by the overwrought bullshit that came in the wake of the whole James Rolfe thing), I still might indeed just check it out, especially if I hear, via word of mouth from a few select people that I trust for such things, that it actually is as good as the reviews say it is. It most likely won't be in the theaters that I do this, but I may give the DVD a look or whatever whenever that gets released.
I will say, though, that the thing I don't like is how smug and holier-than-thou that latter half of the Internet is being with regards to the positive reviews.
Just gonna leave this here again...
On the whole, though, one way or another, I will just be glad when, for good or for ill, this goddamn movie finally comes out, has its run in theaters and then, finally, blessedly, dims from the public consciousness.
Transcribed from my pencil and paper journal (with a few small additions that weren't in my journal, but you'll never know what I added here and what was already in the journal itself):
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Unlike James Rolfe, I haven't completely written off watching the nuBusters movie at some point, just as I haven't completely written off ever watching any more of the nuTrek movies either. I've said in the past that it's kind of dumb to dislike a work simply because you may not like the person who made the work, for whatever reason, rather than judging the work on its own merits. Similarly, I think it's kind of dumb to judge a work based on whatever fucked up stupid controversy may surround the work, rather than judging the work on its own merits. (To restate: judging and refusing to see a movie because said movie's trailer looks like complete ass is a valid reason, but judging and refusing to see a movie because "durr hurr feminism bad SJWs suck herp derp" is a dumb reason.)
However, even with that said, I have to admit that the ridiculous, distraught, pompous, self-righteous, priggish overreaction to James Rolfe's video about nuBusters by all these extremist radical feminists (including some people who I had thought were more level-headed than this, but I guess I was mistaken) has certainly dampened what little enthusiasm I may have had to see nuBusters down to a level that is even lower than my enthusiasm to see more nuTrek.
And, for the most part, I still believe that to be the case, even now.
However, after all the stupid bullshit surrounding James Rolfe and the nuBusters movie these past couple of days, I have to admit... there is at least some minuscule merit to the term, or at least, perhaps, the sentiment behind the term (when used as a pejorative, that is).
Because I honestly cannot think of a more... apropos ...term to describe all the fucking idiots out there who have been and still are dogpiling on Mr. Rolfe. (Well, I suppose "fucking idiots" is a good one, too.)
I really don't want to go down this route, because I still believe that Irredeemably Toxic Shithole is indeed an irredeemably toxic shithole, and that the men's rights "movement" and whatever else is just the silliest, dumbest dogshit to ever be shat out of a dog's asshole, and it always has been and always will be...
...but I have to admit that this is my first real experience with "the other side" of this goddamn imbecilic shit-encrusted coin. The side represented by the term "SJW." It has not been a pleasant experience, at all. There are insane, raving loonies on both sides of this foul-smelling piece of metallic legal tender. I mean, yes, I already knew that, of course, at least in the abstract, but until now, I've never directly witnessed them in action before, never been right in the thick of it when they all came out of the woodwork in force before, never been at goddamn ground zero at near the exact moment when one of these Twitter dumpster fires first got sparked before.
It really isn't a cool feeling at all.
(With apologies to Randall Munroe. Original, unaltered comic can be found here. The xkcd font can be found here.)
And, yes, I do feel superior to both.
Until and unless something else noteworthy happens concerning the James Rolfe/nuBusters thing (or until and unless I just arbitrarily decide to change my mind tomorrow or something), this will be my last post on the subject.
So, there is apparently a new trailer out for the 2016 Ghostbusters movie. I don't know if this was the trailer that James Rolfe was discussing or if this one was even out yet when he released his video. In any case, as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter. I do not agree with the headline (or the content) of that Forbes article. The new trailer is not funnier and scarier. The new trailer is still just the same roughly 50% rehash of the original Ghostbusters movie (seriously, some of the lines in that second trailer are almost word-for-word from the original movie, and I rolled my eyes at those just the same as I rolled my eyes at the "KHAN!" scene from Star Trek Into Darkness) and 50% inane bullshit that the first trailer was.
But whatever, anyway, a good chunk of the Internet has gotten and is at this very moment still getting really super-duper insanely enraged over the fact that a semi-famous Youtube guy has said he doesn't want to see this movie, and I find that to be absolutely fascinating. Also appalling, disgusting, and stupid, yes, but still morbidly fascinating. We're talking trainwreck-can't-look-away here. What's actually bad is that, with this ludicrous, hysterical overreaction to James's video, I can even almost, almost see, if I tilt my head and squint really hard, the point that Irredeemably Toxic Shithole is (ostensibly) trying to make about how, in some ways, extremist feminism (which they and many others erroneously equate with feminism) is running amok and ruining everything it touches... but then I remember that the vast majority of those those guys are terrible, festering shitstains on the underwear of humanity for a multitude of reasons, and I come back to my senses. Yeah, I don't turn into a frothing idiot at the mere concept of feminism and such, but at the same time, I also don't turn into a slobbering moron at the mere thought that James Rolfe said he doesn't want to see nuBusters, either. I just don't get it. I really don't.
If you're one of those people who is finding yourself to be outrageously, unreasonably pissed off by James Rolfe's video, to the point that you feel the need to hurl ridiculous ad hominem attacks, or make spurious speculations that "he's probably going to just torrent it anyway" or "really, he's just scared of girls" (when the guy is married and has a daughter), or spread shitty image macros equating anything he said with fucking, goddamn GamerGate of all things, or whatever other stupid horseshit you feel like spewing all over the Internet, then here's a pro-tip for you: He wasn't talking to you. He didn't make the video specifically for the purpose of trying to troll you, or whatever. Yeah, sure, there's nothing at all stopping you from watching the video yourself (or, more likely, merely hearing about it from someone else who knows a guy whose brother's pet gerbil might have watched it and made an angry tweet about it, which you unthinkingly retweeted, causing the whole asinine thing to spiral out of control into an echo chamber of angry clusterfuck), and there's nothing stopping you from getting outrageously, unreasonably pissed off by it (whether you actually watched it yourself or not, which I kind of doubt you did), but just be aware that you were not and are not his target audience. He was merely talking to his fans (yes, believe it or not, dear people of the Internet who may not have even heard of Mr. Rolfe at all prior to this incident, the guy has a lot of fans, and for good reason), many of whom would have been, and indeed probably already were, bugging him incessantly to see the movie and post a review of it. He was simply explaining to them (not to you, to them) why he wasn't going to see or review it (and implicitly begging them not to flood his inbox with requests to see it and review it). If you read more into that than was actually there, then perhaps you need to stop and consider the possibility that the problem may actually lie with you, not James Rolfe.
(EDIT) No, really, I'm seeing several people that I respect(ed) and admire(d) (and, in some cases, even [used to] follow on Twitter) turning into knee-jerk, reactionary nitwits over this stupid horseshit, and it is disheartening. (/EDIT)
Fucking hell. Seriously?
*shaking my damn head + facepalm + headdesk + weary sigh + other signs of showing disdain and dismissive derision*
I think I might need to just disconnect from the Internet entirely for at least 24-48 hours or so. -_-; I just hope I don't come back and find out that James and Mike and the rest of Cinemassacre have become fullblown supporters of Irredeemably Toxic Shithole or some such, due to all of this over-reactionary nuGhostbusters dogshit (assuming, of course, that they aren't already, which I also really hope isn't the case).
(EDIT) And, holy fuck, I didn't even know about GamerGate's ties to child pornography before now. o_O Though, now that I've taken a minute or two to consider the matter, it really shouldn't have surprised me. Seriously, it's no secret that GamerGate was too vile even for 4chan, which is why most of them apparently jumped over to 8chan instead. I guess this would at least partially explain that move. Hmm. As if I didn't already have plenty enough reasons to hate GamerGate. (/EDIT)
(EDIT 2) And then I took a look at the timeline. Whew. Not even going though all of that shit right now. I did scroll down to the bottom, though, where it shows that GamerGate is apparently still harassing Alison Rapp, even after successfully orchestrating her firing from Nintendo. But, actually, it's about ethics in games journalism. (/EDIT 2)