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#GamerGate's new champion is a wax replica of Patrick Bateman who thinks gamers are a bunch of dateless nerds

Actual unretouched photo of Mytheos Holt, #GamerGate's new champion
Actual unretouched photo of Mytheos Holt, #GamerGate’s new champion

Watch out, Milo Yiannopoulos, you’ve got competition! #GamerGate has a new journalistic champion — and this one, like Milo, seems to have come straight from central casting, a virtual embodiment of every snooty reactionary preppie stereotype from every bad 80s movie.

A libertarian think tanker and erstwhile journalist with the unlikely name of Mytheos Holt, this new contender has one great advantage over young Milo: as you can see in the photo above, which I have not photoshopped in any way, he appears to be made entirely of wax — which means that unless someone accidentally sets him near a heater he will last forever.

Mytheos’ first intervention in #GamerGate comes in the form of a long opinion piece in the right-wing e-rag Daily Caller that attempts to recast the GamerGater struggle as a glorious resistance campaign to an ongoing #WaronNerds by “Far-Left Feminists And The Media.” Mytheos, who looks so much like an archetypical tormenter-of-nerds, might seem an unlikely GamerGate champion, but he’s a gamer, too, and his piece has been embraced warmly by the GG masses.

Commenters in Kotaku in Action, Reddit’s most influential GamerGate hangout, describe his piece as “excellent,” “insightful,” and “incredibly well researched.”

“Time for #WarOnNerds to start trending,” writes one enthusiastic commenter. “Welcome to the next level, Mytheos,” adds another, “we’re the only people in the history of ever to beat Social Justice, and this train has no brakes.”

The enthusiasm for the article might at first seem a little strange, given that Mytheos starts out by comparing GamerGaters to …  a British teenager who earlier this year stabbed some girls in the face:

On February 11, 2014, the Daily Mail reported on the case of 19-year-old Ryan Walker, a thin, bespectacled “wimp” by reputation who, upon being bullied one too many times by some neighborhood girls, attacked them furiously, stabbing one in the face and bashing the other’s head against the pavement. …

And so it was that half a year before it began, #Gamergate was explained.

But the rest of Mytheos’ post reaffirms most of the GamerGate mythos: that it is a fight against corruption, not a campaign terrorizing outspoken women in gaming, and that it actively roots out the harassers in its midst. Above all, Mytheos argues that GamerGate, however rough it might be around the edges, is a justified rebellion against the Social Justice Warrior oppressors.

Mytheos’ indictment of the (alleged) evil leftist nerd-tormenters is as histrionic, and as utterly divorced from reality, as any GamerGate manifesto pasted into a bad infographic:

Along with their furious denunciations of the gaming press, the movement also appears to be fighting a new culture war — one against a new, radical and dangerously illiberal left which marinates in a hideous quagmire of resentment, smugness, vacuousness and contempt for free discussion. This movement prefers the vile ochlocracy of the Twitter mob … celebrates the Maoist public shaming of doxxing, and seems incapable of distinguishing between a .gif and an argument.

In case you’re wondering, ochlocracy means “government by mob.” It pays to increase your word power!

Make no mistake, when it comes to #Gamergate, both the SJWs and the gaming press are facing a backlash that is not only thoroughly warranted, but of their own making. …

America’s nerds are fighting back against what they rightly see as ages of persecution and dismissal by an extreme left wing fringe that they believe has co-opted the very press they used to trust and used it as a weapon of oppression despite claiming to speak for the oppressed. …

Their case is historically next-to-impossible to dispute.

Well, at least until Mytheos actually tries to make such a case. His alleged proof of the ongoing oppression of nerds by the SJW?

  1. TotalBiscuit, YouTube blabber and “moderate” GamerGater, has been “flamed” by GamerGate critics
  2. Sam Biddle of Gawker made a couple of joking Tweets declaring that “Nerds should be constantly degraded and shamed into submission.”
  3. Aaron Sorkin once described the dudes of Silicon Valley as “a very angry and deeply misogynistic group of people. These aren’t the cuddly nerds we made movies about in the 80′s.”
  4. The Nice Guys of OKCupid blog

Mytheos leans pretty hard on #4,  devoting more time and energy to railing against the “feminist cruelty” of the Nice Guys of OkCupid blog (and those who were amused by it) than he does to the alleged “journalistic corruption” that is supposedly the real reason for GamerGate.

Indeed, aside from mentioning Biddle’s Tweets and taking a few swipes at Valleywag, the Silicon Valley blog that Biddle used to work at, Mytheos offers no real critique of journalistic corruption at all. NiceGuys of OkCupid, by contrast, gets more than 600 words, as Mytheos stands up (sort of) for the honor of a group he describes as

dumpy, white, awkward looking men whose primary crime in their profiles was expressing either insufficiently feminist viewpoints … or simply of being sad or angry about their lack of romantic options.

Yep. Mytheos does indeed seems to be suggesting that GamerGate is fundamentally driven by the resentment of “dumpy” white dudes who can’t get a date.

In a lot of ways, his argument is a cruder, and crueller, version of an argument I made about Men’s Rights Activists a few weeks back. In my post, I asked if

the rage that drives so many MRAs come from the same dark place in the psyche as the rage that so many romantically and sexually rejected feel towards their exes? …

Think of the fury many divorced MRAs feel towards their exes and women at large. Think of the self-pitying rage of “nice guys” MRAs in their teens and twenties who feel they’ve been unfairly “friendzoned” by stuck-up women. …

The self-righteous rage of the rejected is a dangerous thing. It’s dangerous when it’s directed at individual women. And it’s dangerous when it’s directed at women at large.

The continuing debacle that is GamerGate, which after all was called into existence by one dude’s long diatribe against the alleged evils of his ex-girlfriend, seems to reinforce this point every single day.

It’s just strange to see a supporter of GamerGate making a similar, if more simplistic, case — and being applauded for it by the very guys he describes so patronizingly as angry dateless “losers.”

NOTE: Make your own Mytheos Holt #NotYourShield memes here! And post them in the comments below!

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Alpha von Carousel
Alpha von Carousel
7 years ago

It’s like watching a train repeatedly crash into its own caboose.

Shiraz
Shiraz
7 years ago

He looks like someone going to a Halloween party dressed as Alex P. Keaton from Family Ties.

jbgarner58
7 years ago

Every time I see some GGer or MRAer make some declaration like ‘we’re beating social justice’ or ‘we have defeated social justice’, I both laugh and cry. I wonder if they’ve ever actually said that line out loud to realize how much of it makes them sound like a mustache-twirling movie villain.

tinyorc
7 years ago

we’re the only people in the history of ever to beat Social Justice

Nah, you know who else “beat” social justice? Slave owners!

Donal Kelly (@ChicaneryBear)

STEVE HOLT!

I MEAN

MYTHEOS HOLT!

I’m pretty sure Mytheos is a really cheap Greek lager.

Dodom
Dodom
7 years ago

David you evil person, linking us back to the Nice Guys blog after it stopped existing! This is almost pure evil! O:

shadethedruid
7 years ago

I’m not sure TotalBiscuit can even be referred to as a “traditional” ‘gater at this point, even they have apparently turned on him. He seems to be happier revelling in the concept that he’s getting shit from “both sides” and bragging about how that must mean he’s right.

He’s basically just taking advantage of the situation to inflate his own ego at this point.

300baud
300baud
7 years ago

I think actual ballers take the labels off their cigars. And also probably — and I’m just guessing here — light them before trying to smoke them.

autosoma
7 years ago

I’m impressed by his ability to hold a cigar, it’s a very important skill, definitely matches his ability to find the posh word for mobrule… This is the kind of “ethical” journalist they deserve, lets hope they never get investigative journalists oh! Silly me, isn’t that doxxing. They do have a very topsy turvey worldview

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
7 years ago

celebrates the Maoist public shaming of doxxing, and seems incapable of distinguishing between a .gif and an argument.

To be fair, everyone knows a real argument consists of .jpgs and MS Paint lines.

freemage
7 years ago

shadethedruid | November 14, 2014 at 8:36 am

I’m not sure TotalBiscuit can even be referred to as a “traditional” ‘gater at this point, even they have apparently turned on him. He seems to be happier revelling in the concept that he’s getting shit from “both sides” and bragging about how that must mean he’s right.

This seems to be an increasingly popular approach for pundits who want to try to maximize their audience–they claim to be in the ‘middle ground’, without ever evaluating the merits of the two sides’ arguments in a way that makes such a position justified. Frequently, one side really is without merit, and so a ‘middle ground’ position is simply the process of muddying up an otherwise clear choice.

Amanda
Amanda
7 years ago

Oh, yeah. Total Biscuit is a moderate. Totally. Totally. I am cringing. https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/533091171787350016

Tessa
7 years ago

…which marinates in a hideous quagmire of resentment, smugness, vacuousness and contempt for free discussion. This movement prefers the vile ochlocracy of the Twitter mob … celebrates the Maoist public shaming of doxxing, and seems incapable of distinguishing between a .gif and an argument.

What’s that thing? You know, where you describe yourself but project it onto others? I know there’s a word for it… But… I just can’t think of what it is!

southern feminist
7 years ago

@ tinyorc – I wish I could “upvote” your comment!

Also, I don’t know about anyone else, but my mother raised me to understand that this world owes me nothing, and nobody is going to be nice just because you are a good person. So, if anyone could enlighten me as to how/why MRAs can spew verbal diarrhea about how women think they are owed something and then turn around and somehow imply that women deserve what they get because they did not reciprocate the joe blow gamer’s feelings (pretty much saying that women OWED them something). This is more than confusing. Projection is such a horrible thing. MRAs need new talking points – these are tired.

magnesium
7 years ago

Is he wearing shoulder pads in that photo? Are we sure he isn’t three kids under a big trench coat? It would explain a lot.

Bina
Bina
7 years ago

celebrates the Maoist public shaming of doxxing

Meowist? Yes, I’m a Meowist. I even have a Chairman Meow t-shirt, no lie. The Furrinati definitely rule me.

And hey! Wasn’t doxxing what those same Gomers did to Zoe Quinn? That’s how that dead squirrel landed in her mailbox, as I recall. Oopsie!

Yeah, keep suckin’ on that stogie, Wax Boy. I’ll just sit here and watch you melt into a congealing puddle of Elaborate Stoopid.

btomdarga
btomdarga
7 years ago

HAHA!

All you SJWs are going to hate trying to refute this Sword of Truth

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
7 years ago

Have you noticed how often MRAs fail to recognize satire. I thought after the first three dozen embarrassing incidents they would start reading the mastheads on the magazine blogs. Nope.

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
7 years ago

Mytheos.

Sweet flying Toaster Strudel on a tricycle, that’s his real name.

Are we sure that this guy’s not a Zelda villain or Game Of Thrones extra?

(I know that picking on his name is sort of petty when there’s such a Solomonian wealth of idiocy here to pick on instead, but… Fucking MYTHEOS.)

Bina
Bina
7 years ago

You really do have to wonder who raised that creature to baptize him thus, don’t you? Assuming that’s not a self-chosen legally changed name, like War Machine.

inurashii
inurashii
7 years ago

MYTHEOS HOLT

MYTHEOS

HOLT

Mytheos fucking Holt

Ducklily
Ducklily
7 years ago

https://imgflip.com/i/e60hf

Did I do it right??

autosoma
7 years ago

What amuses me about his name, is that it’s a brand of cheap, fizzy and weak but tasty lager you can get in Greece.

ted the fed
ted the fed
7 years ago

The thing I can’t wrap my head around here is how they can be so dismissive of feminists and women and yet still consider getting called a “sexist” to be an ego-destroying obliteration of all self-esteem and happiness. A pro-life advocate argues with me about abortion, calls me a “baby-killer,” I don’t get super upset. So why on earth is the ability to call someone sexist this dark, terrible superweapon that liberals are using to take over the world?

Shalimar
Shalimar
7 years ago

All you SJWs are going to hate trying to refute this Sword of Truth

I don’t think “refute” is the right word for someone who looks up at all the lights in the sky and sees a multitude of men. “Slowly walk away from” is what I would do.

andiexist
andiexist
7 years ago

@btomdarga

…That is the best satire blog post I have ever seen. Seriously. Clickhole continues to be amazing. 😀

Bina
Bina
7 years ago

The thing I can’t wrap my head around here is how they can be so dismissive of feminists and women and yet still consider getting called a “sexist” to be an ego-destroying obliteration of all self-esteem and happiness.

Bluff and bluster. The perfect mask for all those poor widdle huwt feewings.

freemage
7 years ago

Shalimar: I think both the post and the column linked to were satire.

FifthInterval
7 years ago

This movement prefers the vile ochlocracy of the Twitter mob … celebrates the Maoist public shaming of doxxing, and seems incapable of distinguishing between a .gif and an argument.

Just to clarify: he’s actually talking about the opponents of #GG? Can anyone possibly be this gob-smackingly the exact cardinal opposite of right?

maistrechat
7 years ago

Steve Holt!

titianblue
titianblue
7 years ago

See, I’m confused now. Is he saying that SJWs shame people who dox and are therefore terrible (because everyone knows shaming is thw most terrible thing you can do)?

Or is he saying SJWs support doxxing and are therefore terrible (because everyone knows doxxing is the most terrible thing you can do)?

As a SJW, I need to know!

LordCrowstaff
LordCrowstaff
7 years ago
2ManyLectronics
2ManyLectronics
7 years ago
childrenofthebroccoli
7 years ago

It literally has The Onion’s name and logo in the upper right corner..

proxieme
proxieme
7 years ago

In only tangentially related but simultaneously horrific and not terribly surprising news, have you guys seen this?

http://m.newser.com/story/198606/report-nola-cops-blew-off-1k-sex-crimes.html

proxieme
proxieme
7 years ago

LordCrowStaff – HA!

He looks like he’s trying to model himself off of “the most interesting man in the world” character but is managing to only pull off waxwork creepster.

Master of the Boot
Master of the Boot
7 years ago

So Anna Sarkesian went on Colbert, and the best that Gamergate can manage is Breitbart and . . . whatever the fuck this guy is.

If the media campaign is anything to go by then we’re already winning this fight.

titianblue
titianblue
7 years ago

What is it with these guys and cigars? *Cranes neck to see if she can spot a skull in the background*

b.tom.darga
b.tom.darga
7 years ago

@titianblue –

He’s saying the second thing.

The whole argument over “which team” doxxes and harasses is so tiresome and just fucking asinine. EVERY group of thousands or more people is guaranteed to have it’s share of assholes (and sometimes just plain mentally-disturbed) who do shit like make death/rape threats, doxx, etc. Obviously GamerGate has harassers, but I also have no doubt at all that there are people who hate GamerGate and consider themselves for “social justice” who also think that doxxing and harassing misogynistic pricks is just an awesomely righteous blow against the forces of evil. I don’t think any rational person can really think that in the 10s of thousands of people (at minimum) put-off by these douchebags there aren’t any who would possibly do that kind of thing *eyeroll*

This isn’t some mealy-mouthed “both sides do it” bullshit. It’s just a simple statement of reality that applies to any very large group. I’m sure that if you got into an online argument with crochet enthusiasts you are likely to get doxxed and death threats too. Probably less than with GamerGate, but until someone actually finds a way to fairly quantify harassment that will be an unverified, but justified, hypothesis.

Also tiresome and stupid is the dumbass Denouncement Game – played all to often in our time:

A: “I would like to say … ”
B: “Look, I found some asshole on A’s ‘side’ that said some heinous shit. Do you denounce him A? Do you publicly refute him? Huh? Do you?”
A: “Yes, of course. But I was trying to say. ..”
B: ” Wait! Here’s another guy who agrees with A on this issue and also said some odious shit! Denounce him A! A? Why aren’t you denouncing him? Does that mean you support him? You support him don’t you?”
A: “No. Of course not, but I still haven’t ..”
B: “Stop! What about this other guy who agrees with you? He said that he wants to kill all the kittens in the world! Why do you associate with kitten-haters A? Do you want to kill kittens too?”
A: “No.”
B: ” Then why aren’t you denouncing him? Why aren’t you denouncing kitten-murderers?”
A: “Because I literally do not have the time or energy to individually denounce every single asshole who happens to agree with me on any particular issue and I still haven’t gotten a chance to say …”
B: “LOOK! He refuses to denounce kitten-murderers!! A supports the murder of cute kittehs!! Everyone who agrees with A on this issue is an objective supporter of killing kittehs!!!”

Very illuminating :).

b.tom.darga
b.tom.darga
7 years ago

@proxieme

He’s got NOTHING on David Aurini for “Trying to look like a cool and sophisticated rebel but only looking creepy as hell”

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
7 years ago

@b.tom.darga:

This isn’t some mealy-mouthed “both sides do it” bullshit.

Citation needed.

FifthInterval
7 years ago

This isn’t some mealy-mouthed “both sides do it” bullshit.

That’s exactly what it is. Claiming that every sufficiently large population will always contain at least one bad apple is no comment on (1) how bad that apple is, or (2) what proportion of that population is how bad. Not that your made-up example isn’t compelling, of course.

talbotfish
talbotfish
7 years ago

I genuinely curious if anyone with wider experiences can tell me…Is it just these new misogyny anti women groups that, In often detailed terms-describe exactly the tactics they’re using to attack their targets as what they are the”victim” of?.I see this -everywhere- these days…

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
7 years ago

@talbotfish:

I know that one blogger I follow has created a fake award given to people who accuse their opponents of their own worst traits. Projection is an age-old character flaw.

However, I think the specific focus on “victim” is popular because, to the people who use it, it was a successful term that was part of bringing about great social change. The people who simultaneously cry “victim” and accuse the left of crying “victim” do so because they believe that word has power just on its own.

Movements dedicated to fighting real oppression have ended slavery, stopped jim crow, brought about voting rights, and raised the public discourse. Who wouldn’t want to latch on to that amount of success?

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
7 years ago

@FifthInterval:

Worse. It actively poisons the conversation and silences dialogue about how bad or fundamental harassment is to one side, because “both sides do it,” therefore it’s not worth discussing. It’s not a coincidence that gamergaters have compiled whole copypasta on how some of their members have received harassment and doxxing (obviously by SJWs, totes).

freemage
7 years ago

b.tom.darga: The problem is, the ‘bad apples’ were the ones at the start–the core, if you will–of the GG movement; the handful of folks who overstep the line in condemning them are generally not major feminist figures.

So yes, you are making a false equivalence, no matter how much you swear it isn’t.

talbotfish
talbotfish
7 years ago

@kirbywarp

That was really helpful ..thank you replying very much.

Myriad
Myriad
7 years ago

Can someone get some antibitics for teh internets already? This GG rash doesn’t seem to want to go away.

And how many cigar-smoking waxy men of mystery can one group scrounge up?

Sarah
Sarah
7 years ago

Heeey they’re not happy to have ruined the word ‘gamer’ to imply whiny entitled harasser now they’re going for ‘nerd’ too?
Fuck you, gamerdouches.
(double fuck you since most of my friends are nerds ’cause I’m like the nerdiest person on Earth, and I don’t know ONE that would team up with this bunch of assholes)

Falconer
7 years ago

Apparently feminists crying sexism on Twitter are all the Death Star, and hapless bros on Twitter are all Rebel ships:

http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lxf4thx6YA1qjfad9o1_500.gif

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