This week’s Rebellious non-debate over whether anyone, conservatives especially, should care about #Gamergate or video games in general missed the point so hard that it spun around and smacked itself in the face - unless of course, the point was to generate a clickbait debate that went nowhere, in which case, great job to all concerned and you don’t need to read any further.
In case you are actually interested in whether #Gamergate matters, though, the answer is a resounding yes. I’ve already explained this from a purely pragmatic level, in that #Gamergaters, whatever flaws they may otherwise have, are prime real estate for conservatives who want to win both elections and the broader culture war. That in itself should be a reason to care, but as I explained a couple of columns ago, conservatives looooove to find reasons to dislike “the other guys” and to sit back and gripe about how they are screwing everything up.
I get it - we wouldn’t be conservatives unless we judged everyone and everything harshly. If you think video games are toys for little kids, I can’t really do much to change that, but I do think it’s completely fair to ask if you are going to behave any differently when it’s your favourite thing under attack by the social justice warriors.
For example, how many people think chefs - people who prepare food - are “indulging in a vice?” Anybody want to tell Gordon Ramsay that to his face? Well, guess what: The restaurant business is officially just as sexist as video games, as per the SJW’s…but, I guess these guys aren’t as tough as we originally thought, being pushed around by feminists and all that there. Nope, I don’t think the real conservatives will be lending a hand to chefs accused of sexism anytime soon.
Very well then, how about…heavy metal? Pantera, Slayer, Judas Priest? Now those guys know what’s what! Their music has the words “heavy” and “metal” in the title! How much more manly can you get? No way they’re going to be told off by…oh. It looks like the metal world had its own version of #Gamergate as well, and the social justice warriors kicked the metalheads’ leather-clad behinds all over social media. That’s disappointing. Well, guess it’s too much to ask for guys wearing eyeliner to stick to conservative principles.
OK, OK. Death metal is for wussies too. Now pro wrestling - there’s something the SJW’s could never mess with. Some SJW’s love pro wrestling, and Vince McMahon is pretty much Donald Trump already, and…hold on, sorry, no, WWE has decided to erase Hulk Hogan from their company’s past over a taped phone conversation from 2007 where the n-word was runnin’ wild, brother.
They didn’t even wait for the Internet backlash - they just ended Hulkamania pre-emptively. No more clips of the Hulkster lifting Andre the Giant over his head at Wrestlemania 3. Well, clearly wrestlers are a bunch of wimps! Cuckservatives, every one of them! No wonder McMahon’s wife can’t win a Senate seat. Why are red blooded conservatives watching a bunch of nearly naked dudes grabbing each other’s bodies anyway?
So it goes, until every kind of entertainment - yes, even the stuff you like - has been picked clean of anything potentially offensive. Pointing your finger and laughing at the incapability of those who have been overrun already isn’t going to prepare you for the day when they get in your face, accusing you of being racist and sexist and homophobic for liking something.
“First they came for the gamers, and I did not speak out because I was not a gamer...”
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