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Anita Sarkeesian, Video Game Critic, Explains 'Gamergate' to Colbert

By    |   Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 11:46 AM

Anita Sarkeesian, feminist video game critic, was welcomed Wednesday on "The Colbert Report," where she discussed the so-called "Gamergate" controversy and women's role in the gaming industry.

Sarkeesian said that she and other women in the gaming industry — including but not limited to video game creators and journalists — have become the subject of vitriol and threats for speaking up about problems of sexism and objectification in the male-dominated world of video games.

According to The Verge, Sarkeesian alone has been, "Targeted by bomb threats, driven from her home by warnings of coming violence, and forced to cancel a recent speech at a university for fear that a gunman would massacre students."

In his characteristic mock-conservative role as host of the show, Stephen Colbert pushed back against Sarkeesian's call for more feminism in the industry. He called Sarkeesian a "femi-Nazi," advocated for "separate but equal games" for men and women, and said it wasn't news that men like to see big-breasted, scantily-clad women in their video games.

Sarkeesian, known for her "Feminist Frequency" website, said that women should have a larger variety of roles in video games, and shouldn't be continually portrayed as damsels in distress and sex objects. For speaking out about these problems, she said many women in the gaming world have been punished unfairly in an attempt to silence them and drive them out of the industry.

"GamerGate is about — it’s about terrorizing women for being involved in this industry, for being involved in this hobby," she said.

In the end, Sarkeesian managed to get Colbert to break character, and agree that he was a feminist by the common definition: That women should have equal rights to those of men.



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Anita Sarkeesian, feminist video game critic, was welcomed Wednesday on "The Colbert Report," where she discussed the so-called "Gamergate" controversy and women's role in the gaming industry.
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