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Men's Rights elder Paul Elam to #GamerGaters: Pay attention to MEEEEE!

I don't think you're going to make it, dude
I don’t think you’re going to make it, dude

Pity poor Paul Elam! The Men’s Rights elder has spent, by his estimation, nearly half of his life ranting and raving against the supposed evils of feminism, and for what?

The movement he claims to lead has had no tangible victories in the real world beyond sullying its own name; traffic at his website has stalled out; and his latest publicity stunt – appropriating the name of the White Ribbon antiviolence campaign for his own dubious ends – has put him and/or his allies at legal risk without garnering him much of the attention he clearly craves.

And now a bunch of video gaming whippersnappers are generating more buzz than he ever has by launching their own misbegotten campaign against the so-called Social Justice Warriors they think are trying to take their hobby away from them.

The straw that broke Elam the Camel’s back? Some GamerGater on Twitter — perhaps this fellow? — telling those who’ve worked themselves into a rage about feminists criticizing rocket scientist Matt Taylor’s shirt that “this is what GamerGate has been fighting all along.”

That was enough to send Elam through the roof of his condo — and then to his keyboard, to pound out one of his angrier rants.

What. The. Fuck. Since when did people who never noticed jack shit was happening (and still don’t notice most of it) until their hobby websites went south a few months ago, come up with the words “all along”? For that matter, “we.” …

Perhaps there are a few in the gaming community that need to hear that “all along” for some people means decades. And they would do just as well to remember that we have been dealing with flak, and a lot more than flak, working in a filthy swamp of social indifference and hostility trying to prevent there ever having been a GamerGate or Matt Taylor fiasco to begin with.

As they say, respects is earn. And Elam, an old hand at the fine art of making a great deal out of nothing, thinks he’s earn a lot more respects than he’s getting from these vidya gaming upstarts.

I am just a guy who has been doing battle with these sociopathic fucks in one form or another for the better part of a quarter century.

Translation: PAY ATTENTION TO MEEEEEE!

Well, Paul, I just did. Hope this helps!

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Rob Christie
6 years ago

Elam copping to the amount of time in his life he’s wasted hating people actually makes me feel something.

Oh, it’s called pity. Fuck you, Paul Elam, and I hope that before your end you somehow find the perspective to know what a sorry fucking pile of garbage you truly are.

Tabby Lavalamp
6 years ago

I think I have an idea for the next big dystopian novel – a world where Paul Elam would be happy.

tinyorc
6 years ago

*nods gravely*

Respects is earn.

Puddleglum
6 years ago

So, Paulie is calling out the ggators for appropriating his struggle? Awwww.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

This is where Paul Elam’s life in fantasy-land does him a bit of harm. If he actually paid attention to #gamergate, and didn’t just voice support simply because they were anti-feminist, he would know that pretty much everything they say is posturing and propaganda. “what we’ve been fighting all along” carries as much rhetorical weight for them as “the flames will never die” and “it’s really about ethics in games journalism.”

@Tabby Lavalamp:

Give him a laptop disconnected from the internet, a fake website to post on, and a program that generates random supportive comments and news articles. He’ll be happy, and as a side benefit the rest of the world doesn’t need to crumble!

Of course, then the novel becomes less dystopian and more “Truman Show,” but eh.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
6 years ago

That is a perfect compliment to the article SEK wrote about him for Raw Story where he explains his efforts to “prevent there ever having been a GamerGate or Matt Taylor fiasco to begin with.” by excluding women from employment outside the home.
He really is a sad specimen of those described as standing athwart of history screaming stop.

davidknewton
davidknewton
6 years ago

What a thing to waste your life on. Do you think he realizes (or even has a small inkling that) he’s a complete bastard, or that he genuinely believes he’s right?

On the Alexa statistics page, I mistakenly read the second section as “How enraged are visitors to…” 🙂

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

That Mario/Elam picture at the top cracked my shit up.

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

“this is what GamerGate has been fighting all along.”

Translation from Trollspeak to English: “Women. We’ve been fighting WOMEN all along. And we’re still at it, and losing bad. Whine whine pout sulk little feet go STAMPY STAMPY STAMP STAMP!!!”

Paulie seems to be saying much the same thing. Except, in his own case, the feet are rather large. And obviously ridden with corns and bunions.

inurashii
inurashii
6 years ago

GUYS JACK THOMPSON

Aurini and Owen seriously have Jack Thompson on their jackoffumentary and suddenly I’m seeing a rash of “well you can say one thing for Jack Thompson” from gamergate

this is just too much

C.S.Strowbridge
C.S.Strowbridge
6 years ago

Oh god, please let these two groups of idiots turn on each other. That would be so awesome.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

Wait wait wait… Jack Thompson was the one Aurini and Owen had up their sleeves? The on with the credentials, who had connections, all that? The guy who literally wanted to take away their vidya games? The guy who gamergate compared SJWs to in order to illustrate how evil SJWs are?

The guy who, and you’ll pardon me for blockquoting, has this as his intro on his website?

The controversy is creeping into every home. What are your children playing? How much adult content is there in these games? Is it suitable? Is the rating any good? Does it prevent children from buying things they shouldn’t be able to buy?

Where can you go for more information?

Jack Thompson is one of the most outspoken opponents of sexuality and violence in video games. Along with other notables such as Hillary Clinton, Jack Thompson has sent literally hundreds of letters, dozens of media appearances, and even several law suits, all attempting to restrict harmful video games from reaching the hands of youth.

Thhhheeeeeeee Fuuuuuucccckkkkk?

Katherine XII
Katherine XII
6 years ago

Wait, seriously?

*Jack Thompson*

I think we have passed the point of self-parody to some horrific eldritch thing that makes Nathan Poe weep.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants

Pfft. Everybody knows there weren’t any video games or women before Gamergate.

shadethedruid
6 years ago

Does that mean Aurini is getting rid of the skull in favour of moving Jack Thompson from room to room instead?

C.S.Strowbridge
C.S.Strowbridge
6 years ago

@inurashii If they turn Jack Thompson into a hero… I feel the need to post that speech from Emperor Palpatine at the end of Return of the Jedi. Their hatred has caused them to turn to the dark side. Except they were always there, weren’t they.

They would rather destroy games then let people insert politics they disagree with into them.

Puddleglum
6 years ago

@shadethedruid, you owe me a keyboard.

ignorantianescia
ignorantianescia
6 years ago

You can find a discussion about and a link to the video interview with Thompson here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/GamerGhazi/comments/2mp58l/archconservative_jack_thompson_thinks_anita_is_a/

Tulgey Logger
Tulgey Logger
6 years ago

Dear Elam, GamerGate is never going to give you the kind of attention you want. You’ll never be able to hook your wagon to that particular rolling pile of garbage, much as you may want to. They don’t care and won’t care, because in the end your misogyny really isn’t unique at all.

Anyway, can anyone even imagine how gerberghazis and MRAs would react if a woman appeared on camera crying while apologizing for whatever ridiculous thing they chose to pile onto her for? The crows of victory and the masturbatory articles about it calling her weak would go on for months. Now a man gets a little choked up over getting a little criticism and suddenly “bullying” is the worst thing in the world to them. Meanwhile women have had to flee their houses because of gerberghazi’s attentions, but its most prominent reps can’t spare an ounce of sympathy for women getting death threats. But we must make sure MATT LANDEDONACOMETALLBYHIMSELFGUY never, ever has to shed a tear over feminism again.

Macha
Macha
6 years ago

That photoshop rocks.
To ROCK BOTTOM =D

[For the concern trolls: This does not, in fact, mean that I want Mr. Elam to fall into a hole. I’m fine with him stepping on a truckload of legos, though.]

Tired Texan
Tired Texan
6 years ago

What is the single thing that MRAs, ggaters and shirtstormers have in common? Telling women to shut up, and enforcing silence through death and rape threats and doxxing and harassment.

But, but, but …. MRAs are for helping men, ggathers are only for ethics in journalism and shirtstorm is protesting the bullying of a man online.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

@Macha:

… Elam needs a Glove World hat. This must be done.

Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III
Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III
6 years ago

Aw! Poor Pauly learns that he was never the King of Misogyny after all, just a particularly loudmouthed pawn.

leftwingfox
6 years ago

#Gamergate siding with Jack Thompson… I.. uh… NOPE.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/54699402@N00/2396493188/

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

How can gamergaters argue that it’s not about misogyny when they’re welcoming a man who is actually saying the things they’re falsely accusing Anita Sarkeesian of saying into the club? Seriously. I want to know. Are there any gaters lurking? If so, please do tell.

Tulgey Logger
Tulgey Logger
6 years ago

Actually, there is a sense in which the “we” of goobergomb has been doing this for a while: many of those people are probably the very same who started harassing Anita Sarkeesian when her Tropes VS Women project began (as she pointed out herself). Hell, I bet more than a few of them were also involved in the hyperoverreaction to “elevatorgate.” Statistically speaking, there must be at least a few who have been part of all of these things going back a decade or more, including misogynistic popular blow-ups we don’t even think of as being remotely related to this one.

hellkell
hellkell
6 years ago

Aw, poor Paul.

This will probably send him into yet another grift-a-thon so his dumbass followers can prove their love.

Shut up, Woody.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

Couldn’t resist making a stupid meme out of this
http://cdn.meme.am/instances/500x/56330324.jpg

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

Reading the title cards of the latest Sarkeesian Effect teaser (which has JT in it), it looks like the angle they’re going for is “This guy isn’t afraid to come be interviewed and discuss his opinions, but Anita silences all dissent! Anita is the real censor.”

Despite, you know, Jack Thompson filing literal lawsuits in the name of censorship and Anita, you know, not.

So, on the one hand they aren’t calling him a hero or anything. On the other hand, their supporters are. Also on the other hand, they basically ignore everything they would find wrong with him in order to levy yet another baseless attack against Anita.

strivingally
6 years ago

My brain can’t even comprehend the cognitive dissonance.

Not only was Jack Thompson actively trying to have certain games banned, he was also disbarred for ethics violations.

Yeah, he’s totally a suitable part of our movement for promoting ethics in the gaming industry and saving it from those evil SJWs who (don’t actually) want to ban games!

… wut. O.o

strivingally
6 years ago

Reading the title cards of the latest Sarkeesian Effect teaser (which has JT in it), it looks like the angle they’re going for is “This guy isn’t afraid to come be interviewed and discuss his opinions, but Anita silences all dissent! Anita is the real censor.”

Anita’s done a bunch of interviews (hey, remember Colbert? Rolling Stone?). She just doesn’t do them with hostile assholes who think she’s evil. And refusing to have the same vile, hateful misogynistic shit yelled at you all over YouTube comments every day FOR THREE YEARS is not the same as censorship. These guys seriously think “free speech” means “my right to yell at you until you STFU”, don’t they?

sff9
sff9
6 years ago

@weirwoodtreehugger, what’s so hard to understand? It’s just that it’s about ethics in game journalism, is all.

Mia Jessica
Mia Jessica
6 years ago

I am straight up flipping out over the news that Jack Thomson is involved with The Sarkeesian Effect thing now. That is amazing. AMAZING.

Have you guys seen the “teaser trailer” for it??? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tF8m0q_CQM&feature=youtu.be

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Sorry, Paulie, looks like the kids haven’t even noticed you yelling at them and they are never, ever going to get off your lawn.

Mewens
Mewens
6 years ago

I — gamerghazi and Jack Thompson? Wheargledascht.

That’s my attempt to sum up my feelings. There’s probably some great, 35-letter-long German word to sum up that feeling one gets when viewing something that’s a) impossible in a very real sense and yet b) obviously and patently true.

Like, a sense of utter disbelief mixed with absolute credulity, tinged with enough ennui but still shot through with the desire to act – with the only possible result being brainlock. I don’t have that German word, but I’ve got Wheargledascht.

I have so much Wheargledascht right now.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

I love that a thread about how Paul Elam is angry that #gamergate is getting the attention he deserves is immediately hijacked with a news update from #gamergate.

Please let this derail continue, it’s freaking poetic.

tinyorc
6 years ago

@shadethedruid, ONE WHOLE INTERNET FOR YOU.

Conservative Girl
Conservative Girl
6 years ago

Am I the only one who noticed the demographic info on Alexa for his site?

The largest percentage of traffic to his site comes from non-college-educated males accessing his site from their home.

emilygoddess - MOD
emilygoddess - MOD
6 years ago

I think I have an idea for the next big dystopian novel – a world where Paul Elam would be happy.

Does such a world exist, or is the rage the point for Elam?

ParadoxicalIntention
ParadoxicalIntention
6 years ago

I like how they claim Anita is “censoring” them for not allowing comments on her videos, but neglect the fact that they one, can still discuss her videos on other places in the net besides on the video itself, and two, they and the bile they spew at her on a regular basis are the reason why she turned them off. You abuse your rights to speak on a video, you lose them. It’s not censorship. No one has to hear your bile, no one has to give you a platform or a microphone. “First Amendment!” is #NotYourShield.

I mean, just look at Anita’s Twitter feed and mentions and you’ll see why she turned off comments where she can. Look at the numerous death threats she receives on a daily basis, look at what simply saying her name does on just about any internet forum. Her name alone invokes screeches of “I WANT TO KILL/RAPE THAT WHORE/BITCH/CUNT!” from most of the Gators.

Do you Gators really think you’d put up with that if it was directed at you and you had an option to turn it off? Even if you believed that it was #censorship to do so?

I’m going to take a guess from your actions directed at people simply, calmly, and quietly saying they don’t like a shirt (and stated a pretty damn good reason as to why) and thought it was unprofessional, and I’m going to say “no”.

friday jones
friday jones
6 years ago

My take from the latest teaster with JT is that they are accusing Anita Sarkeesian of being pro-censorship because she expressed the perfectly reasonable opinion that we as a society should not allow third parties to advertise to very small children. Her opinion on the matter being backed by actual science that has stated clearly that very small children should not be exposed to television or video games AT ALL because audiovisual entertainment inhibits their potential for development into competent adults.

shadethedruid
6 years ago

I kind of feel bad for Elam*.. Poor guy is getting passed over by ‘gaters in favour of a bunch of dudes who hate gaming. Hell, they probably don’t even know he exists. That’s gotta hurt.

*Where “feel bad” = “this is f’ing hilarious ow my sides”

Biot
Biot
6 years ago

I just heard about Jack Thompson’s alliance (if it could be classified as such) with Gamergate, or Owen/Aurini at the least.
My summary, in one word: WAT.
Seriously, forming an alliance with a guy who has been railing against videogames for two decades, a guy who WALKED OUT of a disciplinary hearing about his inappropriate conduct and was subsequently disbarred for ten years, will drive some people out of the pro-Gamergate side. This isn’t even considering the blowback that this will have for people on the fence who know what Thompson is about.
I guess it does show what kind of character Jack is: an opportunist, and firmly right-wing as well.
…I’ll stop typing while I still have some residual sanity.

katz
6 years ago

Seriously, forming an alliance with a guy who has been railing against videogames for two decades, a guy who WALKED OUT of a disciplinary hearing about his inappropriate conduct and was subsequently disbarred for ten years, will drive some people out of the pro-Gamergate side.

They are allies with literal Nazis. Nothing is going to drive people out who haven’t already been driven out.

C.S.Strowbridge
C.S.Strowbridge
6 years ago

@Katz “They are allies with literal Nazis. Nothing is going to drive people out who haven’t already been driven out.”

Nailed it. If someone is still standing by GamerGate, it is part of their identity and leaving now would be an admission that they made a mistake.

Shaenon
6 years ago

The “teaser trailer” is amazing. Of course it’s not a trailer in any normal sense of the word, just an untrimmed clip from the documentary-in-progress with some sweet Sega Saturn synthesizer music added. Because these guys have no idea how to make anything.

The main points:

1. Jack Thompson isn’t the video-game-hating monster gamers have made him out to be. By which we mean he is not literally a monster, like with fangs and stuff. He does hate video games.

2. Jack Thompson’s detractors are sissy boys who play ukuleles and hang out with girls. Ew, girls. You don’t want to be on the team with girls on it, do you?

3. Jack Thompson and Anita Sarkeesian are both opposed to advertising aimed at small children. This is good common sense when Thompson says it and scary Orwellian censorship when Sarkeesian says it.

4. This clip of Anita Sarkeesian saying something perfectly reasonable about sexist children’s toys is such damning evidence of her evil that we don’t even have to explain why it’s wrong.

5. The only difference between these two people is that Jack Thompson is a scientist and Anita Sarkeesian is an ideologue. So Thompson is reasonable and trustworthy, whereas Sarkeesian should be forbidden from speaking in public. (Note: Jack Thompson is not a scientist.)

6. The important thing is, Jack Thompson hates feminism. He’s one of us! We can recruit him to our courageous YouTube battle against women and liberals! And that’s what ethics in video game journalism is all about.

kittehserf - MOD
6 years ago

David, that’s your best photoshopping of Pauly yet. XD

The only way Pauly’s been “doing battle with sociopathic fucks” if if he bashes his head against the mirror every day.

Never heard of this Jack Thompson; to me the name will always be a cool Aussie actor (Wake in Fright, Breaker Morant, The Man from Snowy River, Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, The Sum of Us, etc, etc …)

Puddleglum
6 years ago

@Shannon, thank you for the review – now I don’t have to watch it, lol.

You know, the deeper down the rabbit hole this goes, the more convinced I become that Aurini & Owen are fake cover names for a couple of art majors who are attempting a new take on social surrealism.

Sarah
Sarah
6 years ago

Anyone has more data on the effects of exposing small children to ads, television or videogames? Thanks.

wordsp1nner
wordsp1nner
6 years ago

So I tweeted about the Jack Thompson thing, and than 15 seconds later I deleted it, realizing that I really don’t want to get any attention from these people. Someone still tweeted me about it calling Sarkeesian a hypocrite.

Yeah, no using #gamergate for me.