Tweeter Causes Uproar Over Violent ‘Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian’ Game

Via the Toronto Standard (thanks to Warren Ellis for the tweet):

UPDATE: Stephanie Guthrie received multiple death threats following the publication of this article. Police are now involved and the offending users have been reported to Twitter for account violations.

Women in TO Politics organizer Stephanie Guthrie isn’t known for keeping quiet. When gamer Bendilin Spurr launched the violent and sickening “Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian” game, Guthrie took to the Internet: “So I found the Twitter account of that fuck listed as creator of the ‘punch a woman in the face’ game. Should I sic the internet on him?”

The Internet said ‘yes,’ but not without its own share of misogyny. One user called Guthrie “a cunt.” Trolls tried to scare her. She continues to receive death threats.

But Guthrie wouldn’t be deterred. She called out the Sault Star newspaper, which has since picked up the story (kind of), warned potential employers not to hire Spurr, and sparked enough conversation to further increase her ranking as a prominent local tweeter on politics and feminism.

“My primary motivation for confronting Bendilin Spurr on Twitter was to hold him accountable as a person for his actions behind an Internet avatar,” she says. “I felt frustrated knowing that he leads a whole ‘real life’ where it might be unknown that he spends his spare time on the Internet doing things like making a video game about punching a woman in the face for having an opinion. What happens on the Internet has consequences off the Internet.”

It all started when feminist pop culture critic Sarkeesian launched and won a Kickstarter campaign to generate funds for a video series that explores and deconstructs common tropes and stereotypes of female game characters…

[continues at the Toronto Standard]

7 Comments on "Tweeter Causes Uproar Over Violent ‘Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian’ Game"

  1. DeepCough | Jul 10, 2012 at 11:39 am |

    Honestly, creating a beat-em-up game using the very woman who is just trying to explore the female
    stereotypes in video games as a punching bag was not the best move.

  2. I propose a game:  “hunt for degenerates”, those confirmed should be lined up and thrown off a cliff, the steeper the better.  A little drastic I know, but wouldn’t that just cleanse our overpopulated society. 

  3. disinfo, y u censor ur posters? ლ(ಠ_ಠლ)

  4. The article certainly doesn’t help rebut the absurd argument that “females are just pathetic emotional creatures with no talent.”

  5. SeaOrgZingy' | Jul 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm |

    Internet will prevail, this opportunist can’t even imagine what’s cumming to her
    she hangin with pedos and cats’ killers now..
    YOU CUNT CENSOR THE internet!

  6. Proof enough chivalry is dead. Men used to censor their own, where was Spurr’s”bro”? He was supposed to slap sense into him, prevent this, but someone bitched out, probably his parents.

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