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[Waypoint] We Need to Get Ready for GamerGate Politicans

Hobbes

Freelance Games Journalist
Verified
Oct 27, 2017
932
United States
#1
Carl "Sargon of Akkad" Benjamin, one of the original voices of GamerGate, is running for a seat in the European Parliament. He's not a fringe voice—he's becoming the mainstream.

Image via Carl Benjamin

Content Warning: This piece includes racist language and references to rape threats.

One of the most prominent anti-feminist voices during GamerGate has turned towards politics, having been named a candidate for the European Parliament representing UKIP, a political party with a bent towards xenophobia, racism, and anti-immigration. It helped push the UK towards its infamous Brexit vote in 2016, which the country continues to wrestle with, and has yet to find a real path forward on.

Anyone paying attention during GamerGate probably remembers Carl “Sargon of Akkad” Benjamin. He was one of many far right grifters who rose to prominence in that era, when the online hate group went around claiming it was for ethics in games journalism, but largely spent its time harassing women online. In the years since, Benjamin has turned his moment in the sun into a profitable endeavour, with nearly a million subscribers on YouTube, and more than 3,000 people sending him nearly $12,000 per month on Patreon before he was banned.
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Oct 26, 2017
7,239
#6
And some people thought Gamergate were only a couple of random incels doing shit on 4chan and Twitter... People have been overall too lenient to the movement and now we have this.
 

L Thammy

Spacenoid
Member
Oct 25, 2017
13,212
#11
Reminder:
In July 2016, US presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted an image of Hillary Clinton with a background of money and a six pointed star, seen by some as resembling the Star of David, containing the message "Most corrupt candidate ever". The image had been posted to 8chan's /pol/ board as early as June 22, over a week before Trump's team tweeted it.[22][23] CBC News called 8chan an alt-right forum.[24]
The Internet right wing propaganda machine is just a tool of the original right wing propaganda machine.
 
Oct 28, 2017
1,193
#12
I wouldn't call running in the European Parliament elections for a failing party mainstream, traditionally nobody has given a shit about EP elections in the UK until 2016 and UKIP are now polling behind Farage's new party.

As for GamerGate politicians, we already have bigoted politicians so this isn't exactly something new.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,668
#17
But Gamergaters have always been there. Maybe they weren't gamers but women-haters have been fairly abundant in the Euro-parliament. It's the place national parties send their thrash.

Edit: Also Fascism is on the rise on every major European country.
 
Dec 1, 2017
2,557
#23
It's kinda crazy and also depressing to think that youtubers may actually cause a rise of voting in young adults. They already have the fanbase, with most of them thinking that the youtuber is a friend to them, and one to listen to.
 
Oct 25, 2017
6,555
#24
I wouldn't call running in the European Parliament elections for a failing party mainstream, traditionally nobody has given a shit about EP elections in the UK until 2016.

As for GamerGate politicians, we already have bigoted politicians so this isn't exactly something new.
Pretty much. GamerGate is essentially the geek offshoot of the alt-right.
 
Nov 8, 2017
1,211
#25
All the more reason that this post-racial rhetoric needs to end. People get sensitive about this topic and want to censor it but it’s something that must be discussed or else ideas like this are allowed to foster.
Agreed. Sick of hearing people say "Americans elected a black President, they can't be racist." Yeah, and they followed that up by electing the most racist President in about 100 years, since good old Woodrow Wilson.
 
Apr 27, 2018
1,037
#41
Oh no... UKIP has racist candidate.

In other news, water is wet.

It would be awesome if we as human race could get past the whole skin color thing that's been goddamn awful way of separating us.
Until we do this kind of shit rises into the mainstream every now and then. It's something that needs to be fought against.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,104
#42
Nah, he has a very slim chance of getting elected.

UKIP's lunch has been eaten by The Brexit Party, and Carl is their second candidate in the South West, where they'll get one seat at most.
Thanks for this clarification, I admit that I don't know about EU politics that much, my fears are just based in the current global climate.
 
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Oct 27, 2017
2,853
#43
UKIP is a notoriously vile party in UK politics, I think as long as they remain out of the main two parties (Labour & Tories) it's not going to become an imminent danger.

U.S. Politics however, the Republican party seems to be their homebase...
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,160
#45
Yeah I listened to his videos around the time GG started. I honestly got lost in his bullshit so I didn’t pay close attention and yeah it was mostly sexist rhetoric. His videos were like 20 minutes long of nothing. There was another alt right YouTuber around that time that jumped into gamer gate. But Sargon came up a lot.
 
Oct 26, 2017
2,894
#48
Nope, it was cops, but at this point I'm sure that they would sooner or later say this to cater to gamergaters
If she didn't say it why are we sharing false information? I won't ever defend Owens or her ilk, but I feel like its easy enough to fight their rhetoric that honestly. I've seen this image posted around here before, frustrating to hear it's false and still being spread.

Also, what a ridiculous thing to say in the first place.