The Gamergate war rages on. Feminist media critic, Anita Sarkeesian, has canceled her speech on the negative portrayal of women in video games following violent threats. The talk had been scheduled to take place tonight at Utah State University, and was expected to dig into the sexist themes rife in the gaming community.
USU announced the cancellation in a tweet yesterday.
The tweet prompted several frustrated comments. "This sets a horrifying precedent for your students," one female commenter responded. "Terror wins when women speak."
The "terror" she's referencing is the threat a purported student made to USU should it allow Sarkeesian's lecture to go on. An email sent to university staff threatened "the deadliest school shooting in American history."
“I have at my disposal a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs,” the person added. "One way or another, I’m going to make sure they die."
Sarkeesian, who has received death threats in the past as part of the Gamergate war between feminist critics and hard-core gamers, insisted that she canceled the talk over security fears. Utah has a concealed carry law, which means students and anyone else attending the lecture could have come armed with a gun.
Pretty sickening, right? Though Sarkeesian won't be delivering her lecture, the Feminist Frequency founder will continue to fight against misogynistic tropes in gaming.
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