Milo Yiannopoulos’s Credibility (sort of)

Okay, so you can’t really ruin the credibility of someone who didn’t have any to begin with, but it’s been a slow week for #GamerGate news, since they’re still trying to milk being asked to leave Calgary Expo for sympathy, so I figured I’d put together a bio on one of the big #GamerGate names and why he’s an asshole. Here we go!

Milo Yiannopoulos (formerly Wagner, @Nero on Twitter) is mostly known as Brietbart’s token misogynistic gay. He has opportunistically attached himself to #GamerGate despite hating gamers; given #GamerGate’s love of calling Anita Sarkeesian “not a real gamer”, they are cool with @Nero, for whatever reason.

I’m posting this today because he made himself look like a fool on Twitter today, and it was pretty funny. It’s sort of like the rhetorical equivalent of Sideshow Bob and the rakes:

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Calgary Expo

The “Honey Badger Radio” group, which is associated with notable hate site A Voice For Men and #GamerGate, bought a booth at Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo, apparently so they could sell their rape joke merchandise. They were asked to leave, but not before they could disrupt a Women Into Comics panel. They proceeded to rally their army of #GamerGate minions to yell at the official Calgary Expo Twitter account.

The Mary Sue and We Hunted The Mammoth have writeups.

UPDATE: So Calgary Expo was over, but they are still continuing to fuck up the con’s Twitter hashtag. If you want to wade into the ongoing fiasco, GamerGhazi is doing a pretty good job of keeping up with that, though they are still on reddit, so your mileage may vary on how much them being great cancels out the shitmess that is that website. The eternally wonderful @srhbutts tweeted about how dangerous one of the “kicked out” folks is as well as how they lied on their application.

A writeup is also available at Comics Alliance.

The Hugo Awards

Brad Torgensen attempted to get people to nominate a slate of conservative stories for the Hugo awards. Noted racist Vox Day jumped in on the action, #GamerGate got involved, and the end result is that they took over basically all of the nominations for this year’s Hugos, with a bunch of the nominated stories coming from a tiny barely-more-than-vanity-press. A few people have withdrawn their stories because they don’t want to be associated with that mess. Overall, the quality of the stories are very low, fans and writers alike are disappointed, and it’s all kind of a mess.

Gawker wrote about GamerGate involvement, We Hunted The Mammoth wrote about Vox Day a few times (he is an endless font of disgusting, bigoted statements), Connie Willis turned down the opportunity to present during the awards and Susan Grigsby posted a lengthy explanation of the whole fiasco in a greater sci-fi and internet context.