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Sarkeesian Effect duo split again! Aurini demands another $15,000, Owen disowns him

Ah ha ha ha ha ha! The Sarkeesian Effect duo have split up again! It’s a Fourth of July Miracle!

So today, a furious Jordan Owen put out a video denouncing his now ex-partner Davis Aurini. Why? Because Aurini is demanding another $15,000 to edit the “film” and has set up a fundraiser without Owen in order to raise it. 

According to Owen, Aurini has been “dicking around” with the footage for months in hopes of squeezing more money out of the project’s backers. Owen is having none of it, and is telling the backers not to give Aurini another cent, saying that he (Owen) will be editing the footage himself and putting out the film on schedule.

Also, the alleged “big reveal” that was going to come out in the “film?” According to Owen, Aurini decided based on watching one of Sarkeesian’s videos that she had been raped by her father, and was evidently shopping around to find a therapist who would agree to say as much on camera. Aurini’s completely unqualified internet diagnosis: that was their big reveal.

Just watch the video. It’s delicious.

And here, below, is Aurini’s fundraising video, which is what Owen is reacting to. Aurini’s unctuous, earnest tone is especially hilarious in the wake of Owen’s denunciations. Also his repeated references to “we,” as if Owen is on board with him.

At one point he assures would-be backers that he’s “streamlined” his life so he can work on the editing of The Sarkeesian Effect full-time. “As well as writing and doing Youtube videos, which I regularly do,” he adds. “And the podcast.”

Also he needs to do more filming.

He’s evidently hoping to keep the gravy train going until September.

Apparently he’s been so busy with the full-time editing (and writing and doing Youtube videos, which he regularly does, and the podcast) that he’s forgotten to shave his head.

And he seems to have fired his skull.

H/T — @srhbutts

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KathleenB
KathleenB
6 years ago

Where have I heard this before? It all sounds very familiar…

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
6 years ago

Also, the alleged “big reveal” that was going to come out in the “film?” According to Owen, Aurini decided based on watching one of Sarkeesian’s videos that she had been raped by her father, and was evidently shopping around to find a therapist who would agree to say as much on camera. Aurini’s completely unqualified internet diagnosis: that was their big reveal.

… Even if that was true, how the fuck would it prove Anton LaFail right or pertain to #ClusterFuck in any way, shape or form?

Oh wait, it wouldn’t, it’s just another rape joke/fantasy/threat. Nevermind.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
6 years ago

I swear, Captain Creepazoid has exactly three trains of thought: Rape, racism and plastic skulls.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

This video seems fitting. That might just be because I’m a bit drunk.
https://youtu.be/QL15Ya5fsgo

Auntie Alias
Auntie Alias
6 years ago

Re Aurini’s video, I haven’t laughed that hard in ages. The YouTube comments about his hair are priceless.

HAIR!!!!!!

Looks much better with hair.

Less Satanic for sure.

I feel a little bit sorry for Jordan for getting screwed over by Aurini a second time. When he addressed Anita in his video, he sounded sincerely apologetic. Since he feels badly about that, I wonder if it occurs to him that this entire documentary targeting Anita should never have been made.

Eryn E (@ErynEthan)
6 years ago

He also had this to say about Zoe Quinn just yesterday as he justified the revenge porn that got him suspended from Twitter: “No, I didn’t do it to shame and mock her. And she was in the middle of a massive shit storm because she’s a shitty person. Deal with reality.”

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

Aurini decided based on watching one of Sarkeesian’s videos that she had been raped by her father, and was evidently shopping around to find a therapist who would agree to say as much on camera.

Calling this guy a con man is an insult to con men.

Or…something.

Cyberwulf
Cyberwulf
6 years ago

I’m loving all the hissback. Great production values, Aurini.

He’s growing his hair out to make himself look more like a serious adult. That’s also why he’s ditched the skull, cigarette and thimbleful of scotch. He’s hoping to get a grown-up’s job out of this.

I totally believe that they asked other “SJWs” to be in the movie in good faith, and everyone said they were too scared of the other “SJWs” to be in it. In fact I love how he devotes half the video to insisting that the “SJWs” are scared of their shitty documentary.

Auntie Alias
Auntie Alias
6 years ago

@David

I know he still has shitty views about “SJWs” and the “LWs” and consorts with terrible people. I just have a feeling that he has the potential to be a decent person. His world view would have to be profoundly shaken for that to happen, though.

Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Banana Jackie Cake, for those who still want to call me "Banana", "Jackie" or whatever)
Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Banana Jackie Cake, for those who still want to call me "Banana", "Jackie" or whatever)
6 years ago

I agree with Auntie Alias about Owen. He might be an asshole shit-stain, but he has enough empathy to made, someday be a person who isn’t an asshole shit-stain. Like, a regular shit-stain, maybe.

Paradoxical Intention
6 years ago

I have to agree with Aunty and Jackie. It’s like he’s on the precipice of finally getting that realization that what he’s doing is shitty and he hangs out with shitty people who have shitty worldviews. He just kind of needs a nudge towards the light.

I don’t think this will be it, but it’s a start. Let’s also hope that he doesn’t take Aruini back. Because Goober film or not, what that guy did is a fucking disgrace.

darkstatistic
6 years ago

You know, with the hair growing out he looks a little bit like Theodore Beale.

bekabot
6 years ago

It’s like Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney if they were both dudes, were both delusional, were involved in a predatory scam, were at each other’s throats, had never been big box office, were aching to rat each other out, and were each trying desperately to make the studio heads, along with the American public, understand just how much drugs and booze the other one could hoover up in a day.

Other than that, just like a carbon copy.

Garify
Garify
6 years ago

Wait, what? I thought the whole reveal was the actual movie reveal that’s supposed to be in August. Then again, I don’t actually follow Aurini or Owen, sooo…

Aunt Edna
Aunt Edna
6 years ago

This video of Aurini is a mockumentary in itself. Hilarious stuff.

skygazer
skygazer
6 years ago

Rumor has it that the mediator Aurini is working with to get this extra $15,000 is Michael Whiteacre. Husband of Christina Parreira (aka Princess Kora) and softcore porn director.

idledillettante
6 years ago

Owen only ever looks good when compared to guys like Aurini or Roosh. Taken on his own, Jordan Owen is a hateful lonely guy who exercises his frustration by making nasty little remarks about people working to achieve something greater and more original than long, unscripted whining on YouTube.

Once this whole Sarkeesian Effect movie is put to bed Jordan will probably go back to spending his whole life grousing about other people’s fight for social justice. And without Aurini or Roosh’s cartoonishly hateful views to take exception to, Owen will look like the mean little boy he always has been.

It’s frustrating, since I am way #TeamOwen. He’s earnest and a hell of a lot more human than Aurini, and when stories like this come up I really want to like him, see him as a good guy. Sadly Jordan’s positive qualities are basically sprinkles on a dog poop sundae. It’s great that Owen can but it doesn’t redeem him.

Auntie Alias
Auntie Alias
6 years ago

@David

Aurini has posted Part Deux. Unfortunately, it’s not funny.

Olive O'Sudden
Olive O'Sudden
6 years ago

Until he opened his mouth and the lying smarmy bullshit came out, I thought perhaps that with the head unshorn, the goatee shaved back, and the skull swapped out for a coffee press, that could have been Davis Aurini’s not-evil twin.

alaisvex
alaisvex
6 years ago

So, let me see if I follow their logic. A woman says that she was raped. She’s lying. A man decides that a woman must’ve been raped, not because she has said that she was or implied it but because of some other aspect of her behavior. He must be right!

Catalpa
Catalpa
6 years ago

…Even if Anita Sarkeesian had been sexually assaulted by her father, what in the blue blazes would that have to do with ANYTHING? Or at least anything in relation to her videos and her ability to make them? Being the victim of a crime doesn’t make someone incapable of having an opinion or being able to critique something. It’s not a black mark against their reputation, either. Doing something like, say, collecting money from people under false pretenses and never providing the agreed-upon goods, THAT might be a sign that someone is untrustworthy, but having someone else do something terrible to you isn’t.

Oh wait they’re just going to go ‘lololol daddy issues clearly this broad is too emotional to make well reasoned arguments’, aren’t they? *pukes*

lostsomething
lostsomething
6 years ago

“And he seems to have fired his skull.”

I prefer to imagine the skull got its big Hollywood breakthrough and left him.

Taffer
Taffer
6 years ago

Cant wait until The Sarkeesian Effect Effect, that legitimately would be an interesting documentary.

Also, holy crappoly, I just watched the second video and got to the point where he tries to spin the “holy crap guyz, she uses a mailbox service!” cliffhanger from the trailer into something. A nice bit of backpedaling that, oh no, its no big deal, lots of people use those…you see, the real gotcha is…who owns the neighboring mailboxes! Yup, feminazis successfully pwned.

Shadow_Bee
Shadow_Bee
6 years ago

…Even if Anita Sarkeesian had been sexually assaulted by her father, what in the blue blazes would that have to do with ANYTHING? Or at least anything in relation to her videos and her ability to make them?

I think that, in Davis Aurini’s mind, that would be proof that she’s biased or something. I mean, the point would be to mock and discredit her, but it would be done under the guise of explaining where her bias is coming from. That’s what I got from it, the way Jordan Owen talked about it. Which is just so many layers of wrong.

Viscaria
Viscaria
6 years ago

Owen only ever looks good when compared to guys like Aurini or Roosh.

I think this is a thing that can happen when we spend a lot of time here. I start getting impressed by misogynists for not being outright white supremacists.

BritterSweet
6 years ago

…Even if Anita Sarkeesian had been sexually assaulted by her father, what in the blue blazes would that have to do with ANYTHING? Or at least anything in relation to her videos and her ability to make them? Being the victim of a crime doesn’t make someone incapable of having an opinion or being able to critique something. It’s not a black mark against their reputation, either. Doing something like, say, collecting money from people under false pretenses and never providing the agreed-upon goods, THAT might be a sign that someone is untrustworthy, but having someone else do something terrible to you isn’t.

Oh wait they’re just going to go ‘lololol daddy issues clearly this broad is too emotional to make well reasoned arguments’, aren’t they? *pukes*

I’d go further and say that if she were the victim of such a crime, then harassing and threatening her makes you an even bigger piece of shit.

Gregory Lynn
6 years ago

I don’t think there is any group of people more likely to act like petulant children than MRAs.

It’s like they hit puberty and just got stuck there.

Halcyon
Halcyon
6 years ago

“And he seems to have fired his skull.”

A series always goes to hell when it loses the most interesting character. I thought his character development was much more pronounced than anyone else around. Still, there’s time for Coffee Press to grow into his part, I guess.

Shaenon
6 years ago

I… I don’t know how to express my joy… but I think my single favorite part is the commenter under Aurini’s video offering to pay for the eventual DVD in either cash or ammo. Which will be more valuable after the apocalypse, after all.

It’s all so beautiful.

Paradoxical Intention
6 years ago

Shaenon | July 5, 2015 at 1:25 am
I… I don’t know how to express my joy… but I think my single favorite part is the commenter under Aurini’s video offering to pay for the eventual DVD in either cash or ammo. Which will be more valuable after the apocalypse, after all.

It’s all so beautiful.

Psssh. Everyone knows that bottle caps will be the standard monetary unit after the apocalypse.

Hell, people are paying for things now with ’em!

(Seriously though, I’m happy for the bottle cap guy. I only wish I’d thought of it and drank that much soda/booze first. :/ )

Juro Gagne
6 years ago

Hey, anyone else remember that game Myst? When the chubby dude in the blue book would trash-talk the goateed dude in the red book and vice-versa? And they were both evil?

I’m really not sure what could have possibly reminded me of this.

EJ (The Other One)
EJ (The Other One)
6 years ago

@Juro Gagne:

Hey, anyone else remember that game Myst? When the chubby dude in the blue book would trash-talk the goateed dude in the red book and vice-versa? And they were both evil?

http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/qgjfrzjfm4ghyfsjkcli.png

katz
6 years ago

A soap opera writer would reject these two as overly melodramatic.

Ryan Sample
Ryan Sample
6 years ago

I get the feeling that this might get the movie cancelled.

Shadow
Shadow
6 years ago

I prefer to imagine the skull got its big Hollywood breakthrough and left him.

Not quite, but it’s still a better gig

EJ (The Other One)
EJ (The Other One)
6 years ago

I have no time for Owen. I know a lot of people think he could be reformed or that he seems more honest than Aurini, but I think a lot of that is just our innate desire to believe that because he’s getting scammed by Aurini he must be a decent fellow who’s been let astray. I disagree. He’s an adult who has behaved in a thoroughly reprehensible way and shows absolutely no remorse or self-awareness whatsoever.

If Owen had a shred of human compassion, he would have deleted all the footage, apologised to Ms Sarkeesian and refunded what remains of his backers’ cash. He hasn’t done this; in fact he’s dug in further by insulting his backers and telling them that he doesn’t care how much they gave him.

pita
pita
6 years ago

You know, I’ve never been the biggest Sarkeesian fan (I’m still mad and will never not be mad about the one time she mischaracterized Ghost Trick), but these people are just spectacularly missing the point. We need a lot more intellectual critique of video games, including feminist and critical race critique, and anyone who disputes that is either an idiot or willfully ignorant. Based on that video, I’m inclined to believe it’s both. And even if these people had a valid point and weren’t engaging in outrageous levels of tokenism with the “look, we have black people and women that agree with us” segments, the ten seconds of clip that they showed was just shockingly bad and makes me question where the money they already got went exactly. To paraphrase the podcast Humorless Queers, bitch please, quit your job.

Bernardo Soares
Bernardo Soares
6 years ago

OK, so here’s my theory:
The Skull has already left, as lostsomething said, but not for Hollywood. That’s also not Aurini’s hair growing, that’s his brain trying to leave. It’s going to meet up with the skull at an undisclosed location and together they will star as morte in the sequel to Planescape:Torment.
http://shrines.rpgclassics.com/pc/planescape/images/characters/morte.jpg

Just imagine yourself being on the receiving end of the most unrestrained vitriolic rage you can imagine.“

Yes, Jordan, just imagine that. Must be awful. Self-awareness, what does it mean?

Bernardo Soares
Bernardo Soares
6 years ago

…aaand basically ninja’d by Shadow. But it’s good to know that there are several career options for a skull that’s had enough of its previous owners hateful antics, and his constant rearranging.

Tessa
6 years ago

Pita:

You know, I’ve never been the biggest Sarkeesian fan (I’m still mad and will never not be mad about the one time she mischaracterized Ghost Trick), but these people are just spectacularly missing the point.

How did she mischaracterize Ghost Trick?

rick
rick
6 years ago

Raped by her father? Good lord. Talk about jumping the shark!

pita
pita
6 years ago

@Tessa (sorry I don’t know how to blockquote): She used it in one of her videos, and later on her tumblr, as an example of the damsel in distress trope when, IMO, it is an industry-leading example of strong female characters (and SPOILERS has a lead that is arguably female). Takumi Shu generally creates exceptional and well-rounded female character leads (c.f. Mia and Maya Fey, Franziska von Karma, basically every girl in the AA series). The clip that she posted did have Kamilla relatively lacking in agency, but she’s also like an 8 year old. Lynne is absolutely not a damsel in distress and I will fight that characterization until I die, she goes into dangerous situations because she knows that she will be revived. She’s less a helpless angel and more a badass cop with killer health insurance.

Shadow
Shadow
6 years ago

@Bernardo Soares

I still mourn the loss of Black Isle and Lucas Arts. I just finished a Fallout 2 playthrough after years. God I love that game

Puripuri
Puripuri
6 years ago

But the game still used the plot device, am I correct? Therefore it is a game with damsel. Her being 8 may give it a more little princess in distress wibe. I still wouldn’t call that mischaracterisation. She never talked sbout other characters or the plot, but simply pointed out the use of the tropes, if I remember correctly.

Bernardo Soares
Bernardo Soares
6 years ago

@Shadow: Oh yes, I too keep returning to those. Unfortunately, my PS:T save got lost during a Windows update, and I haven’t found the energy to start from scratch.

Anyway, some newer titles manage to get close. InXile seem to be intent on renewing some of the original CRPG greatness, even if Wasteland 2 is not perfect. But I’m looking forward to the new Torment game.

Tessa
6 years ago

Pita:

@Tessa (sorry I don’t know how to blockquote): She used it in one of her videos, and later on her tumblr, as an example of the damsel in distress trope when, IMO, it is an industry-leading example of strong female characters (and SPOILERS has a lead that is arguably female). Takumi Shu generally creates exceptional and well-rounded female character leads (c.f. Mia and Maya Fey, Franziska von Karma, basically every girl in the AA series). The clip that she posted did have Kamilla relatively lacking in agency, but she’s also like an 8 year old. Lynne is absolutely not a damsel in distress and I will fight that characterization until I die, she goes into dangerous situations because she knows that she will be revived. She’s less a helpless angel and more a badass cop with killer health insurance.

The girl is freaking captured and tied up by a badguy to get at someone else. She was a damsel in distress. It wasn’t a mischaractization. Sarkeesian didn’t say the games treat all the females characters like that, but that it was another game that felt the need to use that trope. And it did. Having a well rounded female character and then anther used as a damsel doesn’t cancel each other out. it’s not freaking carbon footprint vouchers. So just because it’s on the list of games that use said trope, doesn’t mean she thinks it’s bad, heck she says that many times.

katz
6 years ago

Sarkeesian is the only person in the universe where everyone feels the need to begin every conversation about her by mentioning that there was one time in one of her videos where she maybe got a single detail about a single game wrong.

I mean, hell, the nostalgia critic once said Rhino the hamster from Bolt was a guinea pig, but I don’t feel the need to bring that up every time he’s mentioned as something that invalidates everything he’s ever said.

odaran
odaran
6 years ago

I hope somebody is collecting their videos and documenting events and will make a funny documentary about owen and aurini. The script is being developed by itself, it could not be more entertaining, they have done the work, it just needs to be put into one video.

ej
ej
6 years ago

We interviewed specific people who we knew would say specific things.

So Owen basically just admitted that they only interviewed people who would agree with the predetermined message they decided to present. He just told us that it’s biased and that they didn’t interview anyone who opposes that view.

I’m shocked, I say. Absolutely shocked. No, wait. That’s the wrong word. Unsurprised! That’s the word I wanted. I am completely unsurprised by this development.

Also, the premiere (of a film that will be edited in about 3 weeks) is supposed to be at a Gamergate meet-up at the end of the month.

That’s definitely going to get it a theatrical release. /sarcasm

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