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The Five Creepiest #GamerGate Fan Art Tributes to Christina Hoff Sommers, aka Based Mom (With Bonus Annoying Gif)

She's not the messiah's mom
She’s not the messiah’s mom

GamerGaters sure do love their Based Mom! Christina Hoff Sommers, as you may or may not know, is a libertarian think-tanker who’s been grinding away at feminism for two decades, while still, rather perversely, claiming to be feminist. Though not a video gamer herself, she’s jumped aboard the GamerGate train, and GamerGaters have repaid her interest in their little crusade with interest, anointing her their “Based Mom” and talking about her with weird reverence.

That is, when they’re not making creepy fan art about her. Today, five of the most disturbing examples I’ve found so far.

1) Virgin Based Mom, in which an old publicity shot of Sommers is pasted onto a picture of the Virgin Mary to very creepy effect.

 

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2) Based Waifu, in which Sommers is reinvented as an anime character.

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3) Mass Effect Mom, in which Sommers becomes a Space Marine.

 

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4) Whatever the hell this is.

 

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5) Perfect Mom. And last but certainly not least, this tweet. No image manipulation here, just a guy expressing his opinion about a women. His really, really creepy opinion.

https://twitter.com/ItalyGG/status/537271807326572544

BONUS: The world’s most annoying Christina Hoff Sommers animated gif.  Sommers finishes her ironically titled “Factual Feminist” YouTube videos, which are neither factual nor feminist, with an annoyingly contrived tagline: “Check your facts, not your privilege.” Now you can watch her smugly repeat this phrase over and over without end. Which is, I think, the very definition of hell.

 

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Warning: Excessive viewing of this gif may give you nightmares; its smugness is that powerful.

H/T — GamerGhazi, for pointing out the Virgin Mom

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Shiraz
Shiraz
6 years ago

Non-threatening. That’s what she is. She doesn’t challenge gender roles, she reinforces them. She reminds them of their mom (and whoa, don’t a lot of these guys seem to want a mommy who tells them how perfect and right they are — and if a girl doesn’t want them, that girl must be stupid.) or their idea of a perfect mother. She has to be a Virgin Mary (because she’s saying what they all want to hear!), otherwise they’d have to categorize her as a crone or just another woman they don’t pay attention to because she’s not like one of the girls in their porn collection.
Fee-fees stroked? Good lady. Mommy! Mommy? Tell me I’m always right. I am? I love you, mom.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

When I think of CHS as mommy, I mostly just think of this

ParadoxicalIntention
ParadoxicalIntention
6 years ago

On the topic of Shia: I think what happened to him was terrible, and I’m glad he’s speaking out about it.

However, I think it’s sadly predictable that the MRAs won’t believe him and will only use him as a “gotcha!” to try to “combat” feminists.

I remember reading a guy’s story on tumblr that really brought me to tears. The guy is a rape survivor, and he was talking about why he needed feminism, and the biggest reason was that he tried talking to MRAs for assistance and just for someone to listen, and they shooed him away, mocked him, and denied his claims, but used him as fodder for their arguments with feminists without his permission or consent.

He then went on to say that feminists listened to him and helped him get the help he needed without judging him or mocking him, and that’s why he stands with feminists rather than MRAs.

It is, unfortunately, a constantly repeating cycle. Man gets raped, goes to fellow men for help, gets mocked and called a liar, then the poor victim has to turn to feminism for help, where they get it (unless the “feminist” in question doesn’t believe men can be raped, which is bullshit).

Back on the topic of Silly GGer Photoshop 101: I am still seriously disturbed. If this is just the tip of the Bad Photoshop Iceberg, what other horrors lie beneath the sea of shit and bile GGers spew on a regular basis?

But, it also figures that GGers would latch on to someone who hates women just as much as they do, even if the person in question is a woman.

AltoFronto
AltoFronto
6 years ago

I believe Shia Lebeouf’s account of what happened. But I also feel kinda bad that my second reaction was “Wait, did he plagiarise Marina Abramovic’s ‘The Artist is Present’?”

I hope he gets whatever support he needs.

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

A bit OT, but speaking of people behaving badly and their moms:
http://www.alternet.org/comments/media/game-reviewer-strikes-back-male-stalkers#disqus_thread
The woman in the article doesn’t tie her stalker to #GG, but this is brilliant.

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

Oops! didn’t mean to link to the comments.
http://www.alternet.org/media/game-reviewer-strikes-back-male-stalkers

goodrumo
6 years ago

Reblogged this on iheariseeilearn.

Moggie
Moggie
6 years ago

You know, if you want to challenge the stereotype of the immature gamer, referring to older people as mom and dad (the latter for Jack Thompson) probably isn’t the best approach.

Newt
Newt
6 years ago

“Check your facts, not your privilege.” – Christina Hoff Summers

“Why not both?” – Zoidberg

Newt
Newt
6 years ago

oops, *Sommers

Zolnier
Zolnier
6 years ago

Are they really starting to side with Jack Thompson? That’s like if dickish comic book fans teamed up with Fredric Wertham!

bekabot
6 years ago

You know, the next thing they need to do is recreate Christina Hoff Sommers as a big eyes character. That would be adorable and I would love it.

NickNameNick
NickNameNick
6 years ago

Those paintings remind me of MRA graphics in that if you’re not already ideologically in their corner you won’t get most of the visual references, therefore they’re completely useless at winning over anyone not already on their side.

It speaks a lot about how insular a group they are, and how much it causes them to be disconnected to reality. I’m sure they think (I’ve heard people sympathetic to them say such) feminists are just as insular and blindly ideological…except the issues feminism brings up, y’know, do actually happen and to enough people to where it’s a concern.

They do not make conspiracies about how, despite the fact such occupations are overwhelming male, politicians and businessmen are somehow at the behest of “the feminist” even though every single established fact says otherwise.

It would benefit them to study some of Gillray’s cartoons. Then again they probably have no idea who Gillray is.

But why study or simply appreciate any art when you can play Call of Duty and fap to pr0n.

That’s what happens when you lionize anti-intellectual sentiment…

I mean, the fact they get mad at people for analyzing and making observations about a game’s subject matter – rather than just accept it as part of enjoying the medium – shows how hostile they are to anyone who isn’t just entertained on a purely mechanical level like they are. It shouldn’t bother them, they should even be happy that people are taking the medium seriously as they always wanted, yet (being rage-junkies) they practically force themselves to get outraged over it.

Brigita
Brigita
6 years ago

NO GG! YOU CANNOT HAVE FEMSHEP! FemShep is a feminist gamer icon, you cannot splice her with your ridiculous “based mom,” appropriating her for your own nefarious purposes!

madmonk12345
madmonk12345
6 years ago

It’s all so unsettling.

Could we have a spiritual successor to Bioshock about a bunch of GamerGaters going Galt?
You wouldn’t even need any art assets for propaganda posters; GamerGate seems content to create such creepy artwork themselves.

You could probably build interesting opportunities to make moral choice by offering opportunities for players to fulfill Gamergate’s desire for a cult leader for money at the price of additional attention to your actions from GamerGate ala the way it has forced minority members out. The reality here fits the polarization of moral choice-driven games pretty well.

Could toss in character customization as a difficulty slider too. Only problem would be simulating discussion in the game without resorting to dialogue wheels.

I suppose there’s the risk of them thinking it portrays them in a good light. They’ve done that for everything else.

ParadoxicalIntention
ParadoxicalIntention
6 years ago

grumpyoldnurse

Oops! didn’t mean to link to the comments.

http://www.alternet.org/media/game-reviewer-strikes-back-male-stalkers

Whelp, this girl is my new favorite person.

I always have to wonder what these people’s mothers would think if they could see them sending out such threats of rape and murder. I know my mother would smack me upside the head and verbally rip me a new one at the very *least*. (Because my momma didn’t raise no rude individual.)

paradoxicalintent
paradoxicalintent
6 years ago

NickNameNick

I mean, the fact they get mad at people for analyzing and making observations about a game’s subject matter – rather than just accept it as part of enjoying the medium – shows how hostile they are to anyone who isn’t just entertained on a purely mechanical level like they are. It shouldn’t bother them, they should even be happy that people are taking the medium seriously as they always wanted, yet (being rage-junkies) they practically force themselves to get outraged over it.

GGer: “Vidya Games are art!”

People: “Okay, then we’ll critique it like art by looking at the social impact it makes on society as a whole, and we’ve found some flaws here and there.”

GGer: “Why can’t people just enjoy games?! Vidya is supposed to be MINDLESS FUN!”

I don’t think these people would last five minutes in one of my old college courses. Once you get over taking critique personally, it’s all good information. :3

FFS, critique of ANYTHING isn’t a personal attack (or at least, if done properly it isn’t)! It’s simply pointing out flaws in the hopes that it’ll change for the better! I don’t critique games because I hate them (I wouldn’t spend so much time playing them if I did), I critique games because I love them and I want them to keep getting better and better!

On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying what we have now. However, that doesn’t mean we have to swallow it blindly and not question it. I can love a game and still admit it has flaws instead of blindly worshiping it.

Case in point: The Saint’s Row series. Problematic as hell, but still really fun to play. (Though, in my opinion, Saint’s Row treats sex workers way better than GTA does.)

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

@ ParadoxicalIntention – I would probably die of embarrassment if my kids did something like this! If, by some miracle, I survived the embarrassment, I’d probably do like your mom and whomp them upside the head. But then, because I am mean, I would tell their father! His stomping would make mine look tame by comparison. Functional parenting for the win!!

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

This whole thing makes me feel so justified in my decision not to have kids. My dad keeps saying that if they were my kids they wouldn’t act like that, but that’s probably because I’d be all “you’re grounded till you’re 25, and also I’m telling your future wife about this”.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

Could toss in character customization as a difficulty slider too.

This is a fantastic idea! Has any game ever done this?

I get a kick out of imagining how ggers would react to such a mechanic. LOL

serrana
serrana
6 years ago

When my kid was about 15 or so, he’d troll people by correcting their grammar.

*sniff*
So proud.

If he had done worse I would have wanted someone to tell me, though.

serrana
serrana
6 years ago

Madmonk, your game idea is awesome.

idledillettante
6 years ago

http://i.imgur.com/FYYc6Il.jpg

Here’s another weird pic of based mom

madmonk12345
madmonk12345
6 years ago

No unfortunately. It’s partly based on an article that said privilege is like easy mode as a metaphor to explain the issue to people who play games, but there was never any game that actually put it into practice.

Part of the problem is the lack of ways for organic dialogue in games without really limiting the options down, but fortunately stereotyping should provide those limitations to make it easier to program. Bigotry based on race, gender, sexuality are based more on perception from the bigots than actual origins or identity, meaning you could probably boil it down to a handful of point values for sexuality, race, and gender when it comes to simulating their behavior and just create two behaviors for each stereotype along with some randomly set values for the bigots determining which stereotypes they lean toward.

They will treat you like madonna or whore, angry black person or “one of the good ones”, assume you’re straight until you show outward non-heterosexual affection, treat you like your gender identity based on whether to them you pass or not. It’s a rare instance where simple numbers will represent actual human behavior because the beliefs behind their actions are themselves simplistic. There’s bingo cards for the things they say for a reason after all.

The cool part is that you could make it first person to ensure that all of the issues of stereotyping would show up in the gameplay. You would never see your gender or skin color or what you wear except in places with mirrors or reflections, but you would feel it constantly through the reactions and mechanics of NPCs within the game and which choices you might feel comfortable making around them. You might not see that you, say, forgot to put on makeup as a woman, but you’ll know.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Apparently based Mom does not believe in vegetables. See, from a ridiculous manchild’s perspective she really is perfect!

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

@madmonk12345

It would probably be a good idea to disguise this, so that the people who really need this lesson will play the game. If you just make a game where if you choose to be a black person you face racism, the gamers who actually think racism is not a thing probably won’t play it, so they won’t get the important message.

It could be masked and presented in thin allegory, like when Star Trek attacked racism by embodying racism in two characters who were aliens. A sci-fi or fantasy setting in which, for instance, you could play different species or a human, and as a human you are hit with the same type of racism (from nonhumans) that white people routinely display toward black people. Or be treated, even if your character is male, the way men routinely treat women.

The different kinds of prejudice could be spread across multiple species, so that no matter what species you pick you are facing something unpleasant from everyone else. For maximum impact, I would not disguise the racism/sexism/etc in the slightest. Species A gets straight-up racism, Species B gets straight-up sexism, Species C gets straight-up homophobia, etc. with just the labels changed. If that were attached as flavor to a game with an otherwise-unrelated plot, it might be effective.

Dredd
Dredd
6 years ago

The 4th one looks like a mash up of various FYAD, vaporwave, and Internet memes. I’m not sure if its pro or anti Gamergate… I follow a bunch of pages that do stuff with that aesthetic, and most of them don’t mention GG.

Dredd
Dredd
6 years ago

Oh and of course the Doritos and Mountain Dew are from an image of game journalist looking dead-eyed while surrounded by their sponsorship, which was used to mock game journalism back before ‘mocking game journalism’ became an excuse for attacking women.

Ellie
Ellie
6 years ago

Have any of you guys heard of Claire lehmann? I think she’s a CHS groupie or something

katz
6 years ago

That’s a pretty spare Thanksgiving, isn’t it? One turkey, a teeny dish of potatoes, a teeny gravy boat, a covered bowl of, I don’t know, rolls or something, and a cornucopia of fruit. Has the look of someone only drawing his favorite dinner items.

kittehserf
6 years ago

Maybe the sea lion already ate everything else.

A Wolverine
A Wolverine
6 years ago

using “check your facts” as a catch phrase is pretty ridiculous coming from someone so in love with biotruths/biological determinism/bending statistics to fit the narrative.

Has CHS even been in the same building with an Actual Feminist in the last decade?

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Given where she works I’m not sure she’s been in the building with a fact lately either.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
6 years ago

Vegetables exist whether she believes in them or not. Criminy!

idledillettante
6 years ago

Can anyone identify everyone in the pic? I spot Milo Yianpopulous, Vivian James, Total Biscuit, and I think Mike Cernovich (?) in the bottom left corner. But who’s that dude behind based mom? Based dad??

Noadi
6 years ago

For all Norman Rockwell has been poo-poo’ed for his nostalgic, saccharine commercial art, he could make a point or convey an emotion when he wanted to.

Anyone who does that either is being an over the top art snob or isn’t that familiar with Rockwell’s work. Thing is he was a working illustrator and the fine art world has long standing issues with illustrators and not taking them seriously as artists. Just go look at his painting The Problem We All Live With, Rockwell had serious skills.

ted the fed
ted the fed
6 years ago

aaaaaand I just read the comments on that Jezebel Shia LeBeouf thing, because I’M AN IDIOT. Holy shit in a pile of shit-covered shit.

kittehserf
6 years ago

Noadi, I didn’t know the name of the painting but that’s exactly the Rockwell work I thought of when you made that comment. He was a serious artist and had serious points to make.

katz
6 years ago

Realism has been unfairly marginalized for the past century in general.

Zolnier
Zolnier
6 years ago

Plus in this post irony age we live in it can be really refreshing to see straight up honest sentimentality.

Zolnier
Zolnier
6 years ago

Honest sentimentality, as opposed to whatever you call turning an antifeminist crank into a creepy Virgin Mary substitute.

Another Holocene Human
Another Holocene Human
6 years ago

If you go back a couple weeks on LGM one of the commenters in B Spenser’s GG threads says he used to work in the same building with CHS, back when she was in academia. I gathered this was 20 years ago or longer.

I read her book from 94 or so where she nutpicks some of the worst feminist “thought” of the 80s (it’s not Dworkin who’s the worst, so read if you enjoy trainwrecks) but her “career” has only gone downhill from there.

I also thought that Camille Paglia, as a crazy person, did a good job popularizing English literature interpretation and a certain strain of literary theory, but she jumped the shark really fast after she got published. I mean an advice column? Really? And she was such a narcissist she would flirt with all these men she had no intention of anything with because she relished the attention. Gross.

Another Holocene Human
Another Holocene Human
6 years ago

Ruh roh, that was a tangent, really don’t want to know Camille’s thoughts on #GG. Hilarious pastiche of her writing style would be cool though.

NickNameNick
NickNameNick
6 years ago

@paradoxicalintent

Whelp, this girl is my new favorite person.

It really was brilliant. 😀

GGer: “Vidya Games are art!”

People: “Okay, then we’ll critique it like art by looking at the social impact it makes on society as a whole, and we’ve found some flaws here and there.”

GGer: “Why can’t people just enjoy games?! Vidya is supposed to be MINDLESS FUN!”

You could replace that with comics and it’d still apply pretty well. It’s why I really dislike both fandoms despite loving those mediums, because – if they truly liked them – they’d want more people to enjoy them regardless of how they do so.

I don’t think these people would last five minutes in one of my old college courses. Once you get over taking critique personally, it’s all good information. :3

FFS, critique of ANYTHING isn’t a personal attack (or at least, if done properly it isn’t)! It’s simply pointing out flaws in the hopes that it’ll change for the better! I don’t critique games because I hate them (I wouldn’t spend so much time playing them if I did), I critique games because I love them and I want them to keep getting better and better!

Exactly. I point out the same thing to people who get made over negative movie reviews over some mainstream blockbuster: without those people to point out what work and doesn’t work, a lot of the other stuff you probably like wouldn’t be the way they are.

Without anyone to critique artistic works, whether it is in relation to storytelling or how it relates to social issues, there’d be no basic narrative structure and thus no need to indulge in Art – it’d just be pointless, random distractions.

Taking that shit personally, to me, shows an incapability to separate the work itself and how that work makes them feel. It makes them miss the forest for the trees.

On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying what we have now. However, that doesn’t mean we have to swallow it blindly and not question it. I can love a game and still admit it has flaws instead of blindly worshiping it.

Case in point: The Saint’s Row series. Problematic as hell, but still really fun to play. (Though, in my opinion, Saint’s Row treats sex workers way better than GTA does.)

Totally! I’ve been replaying SKYRIM and still love that game, but there’s plenty of things I take issue with it too – one quest pretty much slut-shames an NPC for sleeping with (*GASP!*) three men in one month.

[Sarcasm on]Sleeping with more than one person a month? Only men are allowed to do that![/sarcasm off]

That said, I still love the game and the fact – despite that niggle – it’s generally egalitarian in term of gender roles and the like. The fact female characters are as varied in personality as male characters make it leagues above many other games, where women are relegated to being a love interest or a damsel in distress or a castrating shrew of a villain when not sexualized eye-candy.

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

“Check your facts, not your privilege!”

Oh right. Because privilege isn’t a fact, eh Chrissie?

This woman, she does not know from facts.

freemage
6 years ago

Another Holocene Human: Please leave aside the use of ‘crazy’ and similar terms as slurs for people who are either bad at thinking or just fucking liars (I suspect CHS falls into both categories). It’s a form of ablism and not welcome here.

Falconer
6 years ago

@katz:

Realism has been unfairly marginalized for the past century in general.

When it comes down to it, the people who value being able to bullshit the longest about art probably prefer the abstract because it’s easier to bullshit about.

I don’t get that sort of poetry that’s just random words strung together, either, except that sound and rhythm divorced from content can be fun, but some people insist that’s True Art.

Michael Kelly Miecielica

Femshep didn’t deserve this.

Inez Milholland
Inez Milholland
6 years ago

As someone who was raised Catholic with some serious pagan leanings, I find the first graphic OUTRAGEOUSLY OFFENSIVE. The Church’s teachings aside, there are many who view Mary as an aspect of the Divine Feminine. If you think that’s far fetched, consider that in at least one converted country, Mary has replaced a creator goddess with a pretty strong following. In fact, a basilica dedicated to Mary in that country sits right over the ruins of that goddess’ temple.

katz
6 years ago

When it comes down to it, the people who value being able to bullshit the longest about art probably prefer the abstract because it’s easier to bullshit about.

I wouldn’t say that, necessarily; as art moves away from realism, ideas become more relatively important than execution, which would make it harder to bullshit about. They’re just different styles and they appeal to different people.

I don’t get that sort of poetry that’s just random words strung together, either, except that sound and rhythm divorced from content can be fun, but some people insist that’s True Art.

Well, it’s dada. So the point is primarily to mock other artists and piss people off by allowing anyone to become a brilliant, misunderstood poet.