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Inside #GamerGate's super seekrit plan to take over Tumblr with cute cat pics and Vivian James

Actually, it's about ethics in cynical Tumblr takeover plots
Actually, it’s about ethics in cynical Tumblr takeover plots

GamerGaters claim they’re on the side of truth and righteousness, but they sure do love monologuing like cartoon villains.

They claim to be shocked by alleged evidence of journalistic collusion, yet they happily plot strategies and “operations” together both in secret and in broad daylight. They claim to be about ethics, but regularly employ not-so-subtle subterfuge to try to disguise their carefully coordinated propaganda campaigns as spontaneous uprisings.

This week, GamerGaters on 8chan launched a new “operation” to win over the hearts and minds of the masses on Tumblr. And it’s as ethically bankrupt as anything they’ve ever done.

Operation Firefly, as it’s officially known, is an attempt to take the GamerGate “fight” to a “new frontier.” Tumblr.  As the originator of the initiative explains it in a somewhat less-than-stirring manifesto:

In recent weeks the revolt has been getting bogged down in a stalemate. Useless drama and e-celebrity happenings are sidetracking us and sapping our strength. We’ve become demoralized and are losing momentum. …

Time for a new frontier, a new fight, a new chance to spread the truth.

Apparently, the GamerGaters are beginning to realize that their current strategy of being dicks to people on Twitter isn’t paying off quite as well as they had hoped.

While Twitter can be considered an important part of the movement, it is one of the worst places to focus our efforts. Too much time, energy, and attention is currently being wasted there. … The only things twitter is good for are out-of-context quips and angry outbursts.

Twitter is wearing us down, and it’s becoming a red herring/albatross around our neck. It’s time to use our limited resources where they will be more effective.

So they’re Tumblr-bound.

As a group we’ve done a horrible job at reaching out to others and spreading our message. That’s a problem. Instead of waiting for people to come to us, we need to go to them. That’s why we need to go to Tumblr. Going forward, only 25% of the people who are currently on Twitter should continue to post and debate there. 25% should redeploy to fight on Youtube and defend our home turf while the other 50% should go to Tumblr.

But isn’t Tumblr full of, you know, girls? Well, yes, but even this obstacle can be surmounted with some calculated pandering.

Most users on Tumblr are teenagers between 12 and 20, and most of them are girls. They are very interested in fandoms, anime, and other memes. … A good idea would be to use popular anime characters and pokemon to get the #Gamergate message out. Another idea would be to create crossover fanart with Vivian James in it.

That’s right: use an imaginary girl to win over the real girls. Just try to avoid being too logical, because, as everyone knows, girls don’t logic.

Tumblr enjoys appeals to emotion. While rational debate is important, make sure you are making it personal.

And remember to use GamerGate’s “female and minority” members as your shield! Oh, sorry, as your totally not a shield.

A major effort will be spent on pushing our female and minority voices to the forefront via #notyourshield. the goal is to discredit and debunk the narrative and shut it off at the source.

Operation Firefly doesn’t have to limit itself to the GamerGate hashtag on Tumblr. Go ahead and flood all discussions of vidya games with your propaganda. Just don’t make it too obvious, guys!

In order to be effective, you must also talk about Gamergate in other relevant hashtags, such as popular video game titles like “Mario”.

And make a bit point of pretending to be a victim. Sorry, not pretending. Authentically being a victim.

Tumblr is a different place than what you’re used to, so take time to lurk if you must. You are the victim in order to gain sympathy and support.

Remember to support your comrades!

Any time you see a pro-gg post, you need to follow the poster and reblog it in order to signal boost. This increases solidarity and cohesion. Build numbers and stay in contact with each other.

Just don’t lay it on too thick with your propagandizing, lest the Tumblrites catch on to the fact that you’re part of an invading propaganda army. Maybe reblog some kitten pics too.

It’s important to be a real person and not some faceless nobody. This means you should round out your blog by reblogging interesting content you like from other, non gamer-gate related things.

And try to lay off the scary skull imagery.

[T]umblr enjoys relatable and homely things. Consider when conveying your opinions to produce approachable and likeable art pieces. Look at the “art motivation” comics, high reblogged and non sexual fan art, cute stories and the like. …

Don’t be afraid to turn Vivian James into Hello Kitty or a pony.

When cynically setting up a throwaway blog to spread GamerGate propaganda, try to avoid looking too much like a GamerGater cynically setting up a throwaway blog to spread GamerGate propaganda.

[H]aving a profile say why you love video games, why you’re a decent person and concluding with “I am a person and I support gamergate” will show you’re human. … If you are making a new account, don’t choose a name that has anything to do with video games or gg.

Yeah, the “Tumblrinas” will never be able to figure out what’s going on.

Oh, and do your best to not make it too obvious what a hateful dickweasel you really are.

[T]alking like a cunt can be really fucking hostile even if it sharply nails the point. I get some of you guys enjoy the shitslinging language and the fuckyouisms of the prominent youtuber, but it’s not inviting. That’s not to say you have to read like a Disney script, but the language you use will be one of the deciding factors in who you appeal to.

Sounds like a foolproof plan!

On 8chan, some of the regulars put forth suggestions of their own.

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CUTE KITTENS ASSEMBLE!

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Meanwhile, another 8chan anon tried to convince the GamerGate invaders to ix-nay the ane-Bay memes, at least on Tumblr.

So, y’know how Bane is basically the mascot of GamerGate in the chan community? He’s a good fit: A brutal revolutionary and since he’s a Christopher Nolan character, he’s automatically a man’s man, which for some reason appeals to a community defined by their love of a sedentary hobby. …

Bane will not work on tumblr. He’s a bad guy. He’s all big and beefy and while some subset of tumblr’s mostly female audience will like him, most prefer dexterous pretty boys (hence the neverending love for Benedict Cumberpatch and David Tennant).

So what can GamerGaters do to get around the Bane ban?

[O]ur tumblr mascot needs to be Katniss. She’s in an upcoming movie which means even tumblrites with extremely short attention spans know about her. She’s a revolutionary fighting against a corrupt government. She’s a teenage girl which makes her easier for the average tumblrite to associate with her. On tumblr, GG is Katniss.

Uh oh, nobody tell Vivian James she’s got some competition.

So how is the invasion going? Well, if you go to the GamerGate tag on Tumblr, you will indeed see a bunch of GamerGate spam in it.

So by GameGate standards, I guess they are WINNING.

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kittehserf - MOD
5 years ago

Cyberwulf, what M. said, thanks.

Jay Elmore
5 years ago

They can’t win this fight because technically, it’s not a fight. In order for there to be a fight, you need two sides. If there’s only one person in the altercation throwing punches, there’s different names for that.

Assault
Bullying

I guess in their minds, it becomes a fight when the people they are harassing and threatening try to defend themselves. Because “anti-GG” is as much of a well-defined and organized movement as GG, you know…

“There’s been harassment on both sides! But mostly anti-GG because the GGers who are harassing people aren’t really GG because I don’t agree with it and I’m GG!”

jo
jo
5 years ago

I just saw a pro-GG pic on tumblr of their mascot Vivien saying “Shut the fuck up and play video games”. One have to wonder why the gators don’t take their own advice.
Anyway, being told to shut the fuck up won’t appeal to tumblr teens.

tinyorc
5 years ago

Alais:

Not to question their interpretation of The Dark Knight Rises, but did they miss the part where Bane was actually working for a woman, who, if we’re accepting the League of Shadows as a group of revolutionaries, was the actual brutal revolutionary? Can he be a man’s man if he’s actually just the dragon for the main (female) villain?

omg, BANE IS A WHITE KNIGHT. Like a literal died-defending-a-woman-because-he-wanted-her-love-and-validation white knight. And it makes sense that his nemesis is, of course, The Dark Knight.

Reason #456 why #GamerGate is urgent need of a critical media analysis class.

bekabot
5 years ago

…make sure you are making it personal.

If I were them, I wouldn’t worry about that part, because it looks like they’ve already got it handled.

vaiyt
5 years ago

So, y’know how Bane is basically the mascot of GamerGate in the chan community? He’s a good fit: A brutal revolutionary and since he’s a Christopher Nolan character, he’s automatically a man’s man, which for some reason appeals to a community defined by their love of a sedentary hobby.

Bane fits #Gamergate perfectly because his revolutionary rhetoric is a cover for his real agenda of destroying Gotham’s society, and because his discourse might sound like social justice for the same kind of people who believe in shit like “the politics of envy”.

Harlan
5 years ago

omg, BANE IS A WHITE KNIGHT. Like a literal died-defending-a-woman-because-he-wanted-her-love-and-validation white knight. And it makes sense that his nemesis is, of course, The Dark Knight.
Reason #456 why #GamerGate is urgent need of a critical media analysis class.

*bwaha*

Lawd, yes.

Related: this comment—and its excerpted “signal boost” on Twitter have been bugging the hell out of me since I read it yesterday:

https://twitter.com/Waye_Farer/status/530787004209197056

Annoying in part because it implies that an anecdote about a feminist-leaning student in an undergrad theory class can be extrapolated to feminism on the whole, when a single contrary anecdote is all that’s necessary to prove the fallacy of that supposition.

Further annoying for the “on fucking point” retweets its gotten because I have to infer that none of those folks seem to understand that modern critical theory is all about conversation and tension between differences in interpretation, and that sticking one’s fingers in one’s ears to drown out other perspectives is a kindergarten tactic (and precisely what they seem to be accusing their opposition of doing).

Mostly annoying because I’d bet my last dollar that 99% of ‘gaters don’t know Derrida from DeLorean, and couldn’t possibly grok how the average Vivian James meme provides an easy object lesson in deconstruction.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
5 years ago

Would it wildly piss off Gators if we started making “GG vs. Vivien” comics in the style of their Oculass vs. Vivien comics?

Free Vivian James!

sunnysombrera
5 years ago

Harlan: I thought #readergate was satire of gamergate, and so that little piece on blinkered feminist criticism was meant to be mocking the kind of stuff GGers come out with…

Correct me if I’m wrong.

Bernardo Soares
Bernardo Soares
5 years ago

@tinyorc

Reason #456 why #GamerGate is urgent need of a critical media analysis class.

God, no. Think of their poor professors. Seriously, I remember a guy at a party who told me he actually decided to do Gender Studies because he wanted to show those stupid feminists. He was really proud of spending his university education basically being obnoxious in courses instead of, you know, learning something.

@Harlan
I’m pretty sure the comment is fake. Lacan and Derrida are much more important for gender studies than Horkheimer or the Frankfurt School in general. Actually, few people read Horkheimer at all anymore (it’s usually Adorno), but the name is often used as a dogwhistle for neoconservatives, MRAs and people from the new right.

Mezza
Mezza
5 years ago

@Harlan
I’d consider it annoying because it seems like the guy’s main point of the story is that feminists are incapable of criticizing anything from a non-gender perspective. Needless to say, identifying as a feminist doesn’t mean you refuse to engage in any critical thinking beyond gender dynamics. Most feminists I know don’t spend 24/7 talking about gender dynamics, so I don’t really see his point.

His story doesn’t really convince me that criticizing games from a social perspective is a bad thing, either. It just tells me he has students who care a lot about feminist/marxist perspectives. Even if you can criticize games without the social perspective, why should we stop criticizing the underrepresentation of women and minorities in games? He hasn’t justified why we shouldn’t, he’s just said “it’s possible to do”, so I don’t even see why gators are supporting his rant.

On top of that, what’s wrong with people who criticize games purely from a feminist perspective, so long as their points are reasonable? It’s not an ideal approach for some college courses, but if his student wanted to go into that specific area in the future then I don’t see the problem.

tinyorc
5 years ago

@Harlan – yeah, that comment smells strongly of bullshit to me, mainly because of the scare quotes around “social critique, but also because who gives “tests” on deconstruction? I did my English Lit degree at a fairly prestigious university, and we didn’t have class tests, we wrote essays. And more essays. And yet more essays. Tests are a really rubbish way to assess critical thinking ability. I took my last exam ever in my second year on university.

Also, this feminist has a first class honours degree in a large part due to my final dissertation, which used Derrida’s theories to explore the uncanny in House of Leaves. I don’t think I mentioned gender once. One feminist in one class who keeps bringing things back to gender representation is not actually an indictment of all social critique ever.

Harlan
5 years ago

#readergate is satire, yes, but the comment on the article doesn’t rad as satire to me. Whether or not it’s sincere, it’s been appropriated as such by those who’ve retweeted-—I checked out a few of the individual profiles that did so and they’re full of #gg & anti-SJW twaddle.

Yes to the predominance of essays, but I do know lit profs who use testing, particularly in first- and second-year coursework. Tests don’t get a ton of rubric weight, and the tests typically incorporate essay questions as well, but as a quick-and-dirty method to discover whether or not students have been paying *any* attention and can tell the difference between structuralism and reader-response theory, testing is not invalid.

The fact the the TA’s claims are about test grading actually lend it some credence…from my POV, anyway. Grading objective short answer/multiple choice/true-false stuff can be left to TAs, while the profs I know tend to take on essay grading themselves.

andiexist
andiexist
5 years ago

Oh, I would *love* to see them try to take over Mario. Social Justice Wario anyone? 😛

andiexist
andiexist
5 years ago

Oh, and I predict Katniss/Vivian James art. T-minus-way-too-soon.

C.S.Strowbridge
C.S.Strowbridge
5 years ago

@Macha “So is it really slowing down?”

Bookmark this page:
http://topsy.com/analytics?q1=notyourshield&q2=gamergate&q3=yolo&via=Topsy

NotYourShield is less generating less than 60 tweets a day, which includes anti-GGers.
GamerGate is more popular at 10,000 posts a day, but most days the number one post is anti-GGer

I included YOLO simply to mock GGers. If your tag can’t rise above a three-year old overplayed hashtag, then it isn’t a movement.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
5 years ago

Why does every. single. one. of gamergate’s “operations” involve them trying to trick people into supporting them?

That actually makes me suspect that on some level (where they’ve presumably cordoned off their self-awareness) they must know that their “cause” is bullshit and nobody would support them if it was presented honestly. People working for actual causes don’t have to trick people into supporting them.

Only a group of dudes already convinced that women and girls are idiots could assume that the young women and girls on Tumblr don’t already know about gamergate and already have opinions about it. I think it’s that belief that women are simple creatures who have a Pavlovian response to pretty manga boys/Benedict Cumberbatch/kittens and no higher-level intellectual functioning that leads them to believe that they can pretend to be women and get away with it. It never works, though, and there’s no way they’re going to be able to keep their urge to be creepy and sexually inappropriate in check on a site as full of teenage girls as Tumblr. It’ll be 3 posts of reblogged kitten GIFS and then an entire page of violently misogynistic porn and rants about bitches not dating them.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
5 years ago

Also, if they actually try to post crap using Katniss as a rallying point what’s going to happen is that they’ll get lectured about appropriation by the few people who don’t ignore them. The language of Tumblr, they don’t speak it, not even on the most basic phrasebook that you take on holiday for a week so you can ask where the bathroom is level.

Arctic Ape
Arctic Ape
5 years ago

This thread is atomic level schadenfreude.

Newt
Newt
5 years ago

25% of the people who are currently on Twitter should continue to post and debate there. 25% should redeploy to fight on Youtube and defend our home turf while the other 50% should go to Tumblr.

So they’re still thinking in computer game terms. But how does each player know which 25% they’re in, without any kind of centralized list of participants? Are they going to sort themselves based on star signs?

tinyorc
5 years ago

Harlan:

Yes to the predominance of essays, but I do know lit profs who use testing, particularly in first- and second-year coursework. Tests don’t get a ton of rubric weight, and the tests typically incorporate essay questions as well, but as a quick-and-dirty method to discover whether or not students have been paying *any* attention and can tell the difference between structuralism and reader-response theory, testing is not invalid.

I have literally never encountered this and it seems very odd to me, but fair enough!

Macha
Macha
5 years ago

@C.S.Strowbridge

Thank you! Wow, the top tweets in #gamergate aren’t even pro-gamergate.

Alex M
Alex M
5 years ago

Some further comparison can be had from two Thunderclap campaigns. Thunderclap is a service that lets people tweet pre-written messages and measures “reach” through it (presumably a combination of retweets, favorites, and subscriber counts of participants).

The first one on October 9 had 3715 participants “reaching” 1,779,484 people. A follow-up on November 6th had 713 participants “reaching” 231,773 people. I’m sure arguments could be made about novelty or whatever, but having under 20% of the participants and “reaching” only 13% of the people is a pretty clear sign of stagnation at best.

That said, I don’t think GamerGate will ever “end” in truly conclusive terms. Popular 4chan ops linger on forever like a chronic illness. (There are still people stalking BitingBeaver over seven years later under the exact same pretense of “liberating her kid” despite him being 20-21 now.) Instead, GamerGate will just become so small, powerless, and unpopular that outside of their forums, they’ll only live on as an occasional joke.

derangeddan
derangeddan
5 years ago

Lol, I don’t know why I liked the Doctor smash moment so much, it just seemed really appropriate. And I thought the red-orange flash for everyone else and blue flash for the Mistress was way too obvious for a Doctor Who episode. I wish they’d go back to really good plot twists again.

That scene was not very well done, but the blue flash was because the CyberBrigadier shot her.

Thinking about it afterwards, the whole episode feels a little like a pale imitation of The Sound of Drums. The basic premise is pretty similar (The Master tries to convert humanity into a universe-conquering army, mostly to hurt The Doctor), but I felt like the Toclafane were much more sinister than Missy’s dead Cybermen things. The story seemed more coherent overall too.

Jake Hamby (@jhamby)
5 years ago

@C.S. Strowbridge

You left out the hashtags in your Topsy search. The numbers for #gamergate and #notyourshield are much higher with the hashtag, although there are more “yolo” than #yolo tweets.

http://topsy.com/analytics?q1=%23notyourshield&q2=%23gamergate&q3=%23StopGamerGate2014&via=Topsy

That link compares #notyourshield, #gamergate, and the #StopGamerGate2014 anti- hashtag. #GamerGate is not in any danger of dying, but AFAICT it’s mostly a bunch of old memes recycling themselves and anti-GG people mocking the worst of them.

Harlan
5 years ago

I have literally never encountered this and it seems very odd to me, but fair enough!

@tinyorc: One’s mileage may vary. The PhDs I know are attached to departments without grad programs, so I honestly don’t know what they’d do with TAs if they had them. Frankly, I’d sincerely hope that any TA’s responsibility would be limited to purely objective assessment…

Even if you can criticize games without the social perspective, why should we stop criticizing the underrepresentation of women and minorities in games? He hasn’t justified why we shouldn’t, he’s just said “it’s possible to do”, so I don’t even see why gators are supporting his rant.

@Mezza: No, he hasn’t justified why we shouldn’t. He’s only made it sound as if SJWs have one-track minds and one-dimensional thinking, which is what ‘gaters want to hear.

One feminist in one class who keeps bringing things back to gender representation is not actually an indictment of all social critique ever.

Correct.

On top of that, what’s wrong with people who criticize games purely from a feminist perspective, so long as their points are reasonable?

Absolutely nothing.

What gets me…the disingenuousness, the bias, and the appeal to authority. “Oh, this one feminist student won’t lay off gender and won’t demonstrate other critical modes, so feminists can’t think any other way.” BS. The PhD I know best is a feminist, she’s been recognized at her uni as the best professor in the college of arts & humanities, and she’s responsible for acquainting her students with at least a half-dozen schools of theory. “Oh, I’m a grad student, so I can tell that all the gamers want is a New Crit approach to game reviewing.” Well, tough. If gamers want serious, genuine criticism, they don’t get to dictate from whence it comes or what flavor it is—but that’s not *really* what they want, so why pretend otherwise?

Michael Lindsay
5 years ago

Why does every. single. one. of gamergate’s “operations” involve them trying to trick people into supporting them?

That actually makes me suspect that on some level (where they’ve presumably cordoned off their self-awareness) they must know that their “cause” is bullshit and nobody would support them if it was presented honestly.

That’s been their shtick ever since they started their specious nonsense about “ethics in videogame journalism” hasn’t it? Distract casual observers with a neverending supply of red herrings to garner support or at least distract from the awful shit we do.

Bill Bicknell (@BillAtTheEnd)

“such as popular video game titles like ‘Mario'”

This reads like someone reading a focus group’s results on what kids are playing these days. I bet they pronounce it “Mare-ee-oh,” too.

Gussie Jives (@gussiejives)

What are they, Jesuit missionaries coming to the New World to spread Christendom to the heathen Huron and Iroquois?

These wankers behave exactly like a religious cult!

sunhawk
5 years ago

Here’s an example of their efforts, you can see by the notes it’s going swimmingly ha ha!

http://sunhawk.tumblr.com/post/102232666610/lorentztransformation-rabbivole

I love that the majority of the reblogs and comments are a mixture of confusion and scorn

(I’ve been lurking here for a while, enjoying the mocking of misogyny and manbabies, yellooo! *waves*)

ququasar
5 years ago

It might seem like Katniss is being put against her will into a brutal death game, but actually it’s about ethics in game journalism.

booburry
5 years ago

Hahaha, the various comments on that tumblr post are funny. It makes me wish I was unaware of GG so I could be like “what the ever-loving fuck does this mean?!” Beware dyed hair!

booburry
5 years ago

Also, now that I think about it more…that meme is fucking…stupid. Not that I’d expect anything less from GG. Are they trying to accuse Zoe of using GG to get ahead somehow even though the main kick off of their movement was her ex posting that long screed about her. Then her being doxxed and continuously harassed? Did she actually use mind control power to turn innocent men into total raging assholes that just had to doxx and harass her so she could rake in some cash in return for her personal safety and mental heath?
Huh? Well, I guess I should have learned my lesson by now when it comes to trying to unravel GG memes.

kittehserf - MOD
5 years ago

sunhawk, hi and welcome!

I loved the “how do I dye my hair to clash with my fedora” comment, and the “The dyed hair is not the issue, it is about those who would use dyed hair for personal gain” twaddle.

I have been dyeing my hair for decades and nobody told me I could make money from it! WHY IS THIS NOT KNOWN

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
5 years ago

It is a delight to see the innocent asking, dyed hair, what fresh hell is this?

pallygirl
pallygirl
5 years ago

If it’s all about ethics in gaming journalism, how does that square with:
Premise A. The notion that women devs in gaming are not producing “real” games – i.e. (invalid) criticism
Premise B. The demand that only reviewers who will give a game a positive review should be involved in gaming reviews – i.e. only positive reviews.

The conclusion “ethics in gaming journalism” doesn’t follow from Premise B at all, nor from Premises A and B in conjunction.

Just something I was mulling over in idle moments of thought today.

Macha
Macha
5 years ago

@Sunhawk: Thanks for the laugh. They REALLY thought a message on dyed hair would be effective…

…on tumblr? Seriously? These people are walking parody.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
5 years ago

Best comment.

is this that guy from gorillaz

Oh, if only that was the case. Also my, imaginary Zoe Quinn, what big teeth you have.

(I always thought dyeing your hair was a way to use rather than gain money, but perhaps I’ve been doing it wrong.)

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

Does dyed hair mean only hair dyed colors not found in nature. Because my hair is dyed but you wouldn’t know it by looking at me because I just lighten and brighten it a bit. It’s a reddish brown color. So should gamer bros beware of me or not?

wordsp1nner
wordsp1nner
5 years ago

WWTH, I think it is probably the think where men claim “I like it when women don’t wear makeup” but by “don’t wear makeup” they mean “where a style of makeup considered subtle and ‘natural’.” Dyeing your hair is… just not all that uncommon. Sure, funky colors are unusual out of school, but…

I tried to dye my hair fire-engine red once. It didn’t work, because I refused to bleach it. The dye made my hair kind of shiny in the sunlight, though. Actually, none of the dyes I did myself really worked, again because I was trying for auburn and refused to bleach.

My sister has dyed her hair for so long she has kind of forgotten what color it is naturally. I’m not joking–we had a conversation over Facebook the last time she considered going natural. She was going to try to match it with dye…

katz
5 years ago

Wait, how did dyed hair get into all this? How is that related to ethics in game journalism? (I know the answer, I’m just saying.)

Shaenon
5 years ago

It’ll be 3 posts of reblogged kitten GIFS and then an entire page of violently misogynistic porn and rants about bitches not dating them.

This is not even an exaggeration. A typical one: http://theijiinstormandsong.tumblr.com/

One-third cute animal gifs, one-third reblogged 4chan memes, one-third comments like “that bitch is just a dumb cunt.”

Changing hearts and minds.

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

My sister has dyed her hair for so long she has kind of forgotten what color it is naturally. I’m not joking–we had a conversation over Facebook the last time she considered going natural. She was going to try to match it with dye…

It’s the same for me, actually. I’m 34 and have been dying my hair since I was 13. My mom was gray by my age and her sister was gray even earlier so I figure there’s no point in trying to go natural. I’ll probably just find out I’m gray. IIRC my hair was brown in the winter and rusty in the summer when the sun brightened it.

strivingally
5 years ago

WHTM’s own inurashii has a post up on Tumblr querying/mocking the inexplicable* dyed hair hatred.

* “inexplicable” except if you know that they hate literally anything associated with Zoe Quinn in any way whatsoever. Also Randi Harper.

jo
jo
5 years ago

So the plan to fool the very people they’re against (female geeks, SJWs, girls in general) into joining them has been a flop. What a surprise!

I enjoyed these comments –

“‘what does dyed hair have to do with it?’

misogyny

the answer to any gg-related question you have is always misogyny”

“fuckboys in action”

“i have no idea what this post even means or was supposed to mean”

“I feel like they are unaware that that propaganda poster is more about them than anyone they think they’re fighting against.”

Pocket Nerd
5 years ago
Reply to  strivingally

Thus Spake Zarastrivingally:

* “inexplicable” except if you know that they hate literally anything associated with Zoe Quinn in any way whatsoever. Also Randi Harper.

It’s not just Zoe Quinn and Randi Harper. Hatred of dyed hair is another little tell that gamergate has roots in the manosphere, where rants against dye jobs, tattoos, and body piercing are common.

maistrechat
5 years ago

I like that they are suggesting using Katniss as the image of their movement on tumblr, considering that a major part of the books is her frustration at being manipulated to serve as the “face” of a movement.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
5 years ago

Best quote so far.

I heard an interview with William Gibson where he said that the internet and online culture had turned out stranger than he originally thought and he needed some time reconnecting with the real world before he could write sci-fi again. I’m starting to understand what he meant.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
5 years ago

The dude Shaenon linked to is already getting frustrated.

Its mainly attention whores who die their hair
Jesus this isnt hard.
Also yea and Nikki minaj made a video making herself out to be fuckin’ hitler I dont see you guys flipping a shit over it.

So yeah, they don’t quite understand that hair dye comes in colors other than purple, pink, blue, and green. Also, feminist Tumblr has been buzzing about that Nicki Minaj video ever since it came out, do try to keep up.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
5 years ago