seriously, it's like some people do not even know the difference between criticism (or just merely disagreeing with someone even) and "harassment"
I simply adore how in the same breath you accuse all of Anita's detractors of "playing the victim card" you then claim that what's been done to Anita isn't just criticism, it's harassment. Except no, it's not fucking harassment, no more so than "Beat Up Kevin Federline" is harassment, or even Jay Leno making a joke about Snooki's hair is harassment.
When you put yourself into the public light, people are going to make fun of you, make you like stupid, call you stupid, crack jokes at your failures, and yes, little Mr. Powerage, they'll make flash games where you get beat up, set on fire, shot with potion, forced to sit through one of Anita's videos, and pissed on.
Harassment is calling someone's house in the middle of the night to spew profanity at them, or setting their lawn on fire, or sending a flaming bag of feces through their window. It's not taking a potshot at them on the fucking internet.
which is what has been happening, like the threats of violence, death, sexual assault and rape, edits to her wikipedia page, as well as trying to get her Kickstarter project defunded and flagging her youtube video for terrorism.
Yeah, people do this to celebrities all the time. Every single celebrity gets death threats, it's nothing new. There are crazy people out there who will try to victimize easy targets, there are people who threaten to burn down O'Reilly's house, people who threaten to shove knifes into Ann Coulter's jaw, etc. It's absolutely nothing new, and it's not unique to this one woman.
That does not mean:
1. All criticism of Anita Sarkeesian is coming from those types of people.
2. The majority of Anita's dectractors are these types of people.
3. Anita is completely undeserving of any form of criticism.
4. Anyone who dares to criticism Anita is sexist.
5. This game is anymore offensive or shocking than any other "beat up famous person X" game.
All of which are things who've either claimed or implied.
this reaction has been effectively sending a message of "you said something we disagree with, we must destroy you." but don't you dare point out that what they've done here is wrong, or else they'll cry about how you're oppressing them and cry to the internet about how "any disagreement with her is misogynist!"
There have been tons of people who've pointed out what she said was wrong, even in this flash game the author claimed one of his prime motivations for making it was that Anita never did any research on her videos and clearly didn't need $60,000 to make a series of videos any talented person could make for free.
You've simply chose to actively ignore any and focus directly on the less intelligent comments so you can shout "Look at all these sexist people! They're so evil!" so you can come off as the wise knight in shining armor and Anita can come off as a poor innocent victim with a 500 IQ.
You keeping claiming her detractors are "playing the victim card" and yet you do the exact same thing, and you don't even realize the irony in any of it.
Imagine this is not the internet but a public square. One woman stands on a soapbox and expresses an idea. She is instantly surrounded by an army of 5,000 angry people yelling the worst kind of abuse at her in an attempt to shut her up.
The people who disagree with Anita aren't trying to "shut her up." We're pointing out how stupid the bullshit she spouts is. You're just trying to focus on the many bad comments (which are honestly no worse than someone like Justin Bieber receives every day) and trying to paint all Anita detractors as those same people.
Nobody's trying to "silence" her. Even the meaner, nastier comments aren't trying to silence her, they're just being mean and nasty. She has a right to say whatever she wants, however stupid, illogical, moronic, poorly researched, poorly thought out, mindless, brainwashed, idiotic, ridiculous, or simply untrue they may be. Even most of the nastiest comments aren't trying to shut her up, they're simply calling her a fucking cunt.
But now, let's put the shoe on the other foot, how does Anita respond to criticism? She actually DOES silence it. She turns off comments completely, she blocks any blocks comments that disagree with her (even the intelligent, well thought out ones) and she shuts off ratings. The only time she does allow negative comments is to screencap the meaner ones so she can pass off all her detractors as sexist.
This isn't like a woman preaching in Timse Square and 4000 men trying to shut her up. This like a going to Times Square, spouting a bunch of completely idiotic bile about how windows are sexist because they were made by men or something, about a dozen men all deconstructing her argument and utterly destroying it, then one guy yells "CUNT!" and suddenly the woman points and shouts "THIS CROWD IS SEXIST! THEY'RE ABUSING ME AND TRYING TO SILENCE ME! POLICE! POLICE!"
You're taking the shitty actions of a slim minority and making it look like all of her detractors think this, and it's bullshit. This really isn't an issue of freedom of speech in any way, for the most everybody's been pretty good at using that amendment to it's fullest. The only real issue with freedom of speech here is the fact that the game was removed, and now that people are pointing out how stupid that is, you're trying to paint them as evil sexist men who are just pretending to be victims and now you're trying to claim you're the one being silenced, in contrast to the fact that all of Anita's videos are still up, most without comments, and this game is going.
I could go on, i could go on all day in fact, but it's not worth, i know I'll never get through to you, you're too stupid, too stubborn, and this post has gone on too long anyway, so i'm done.
With all that in mind, i leave you with this: