October 18th, 2014
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: email@example.com
Eron Gjoni is shockingly irresponsible. He wrote falsehoods that effected the lives of several women, including the journalists trying to cover the story, but he says he has no regrets, and he would do it all again. What a psychopath.
Although violent animosity against women in video games is not even close to a new phenomenon, it didn’t congeal into Gamergate, a coordinated movement with mainstream press attention, until Eron Gjoni, the ex-boyfriend of game developer Zoë Quinn, released a lengthy blog post alleging that she cheated on and emotionally abused him while they were together. And he would do it all again, even knowing the consequences.
“If I could go back in time and tell myself not to do this. I wouldn’t. That is, I wouldn’t tell myself not to. Because it’s for the best. Regardless of how the outcome is actually getting painted. As this giant harassment campaign against women filled with all sorts of death threats. On the ground the movement isn’t barely like that,” Gjoni, 24, told BuzzFeed.
About that outcome: Gjoni’s post initially led to bogus allegations that Quinn, who was already a frequent target of harassment, had slept with a Kotaku writer in exchange for favorable coverage. From there, it morphed into campaign against prominent “social justice warriors”—in this case, basically a synonym for “women”—in the gaming sphere.
(Full disclosure: Kotaku and Gawker are sister sites, both owned by Gawker Media LLC.)
After driving Quinn and feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian from their homes with threats turned out to be a bad PR play, the harassers changed tacks to focus on rooting out alleged corruption in video game journalism, picking up earnest supporters, sockpuppets, and media opportunists in the process. The death threats against women didn’t stop.
I’m sad to say I’ve known this type of guy too many times, the type who complains about a woman’s “hypocrisy”, mostly as a way to deal with his own hurt feelings of rejection.
But even having seen how it turned out, Gjoni feels he did the right thing. The tell-all about his history with Quinn was never meant to be about gaming, he says. It was intended as a “callout” of what he sees as Quinn’s hypocritical betrayal of the social justice ideals she espoused in public.
In his version of reality, he is the hero, and she was not pure enough.
I like this comment:
Two sad realities emerged from Gamergate: 1) that women are being threatened. 2) that there are people that think gaming journalism is important enough to warrant any type of movement.