10 Things You Need To Know About The #GamerGate Scandal
9. Everybody Receives Death Threats
Its obvious that being part of the spotlight means you open yourself up to criticism and unfortunately, threats. This is unavoidable and every famous figure has to deal with it. Icons such as Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian have however used these to their advantage to play victim and get people on their side, rather than just ignoring them. Their followers, in turn often use this to perpetuate the narrative that only women (in this case women in videogames) receive this kind of harassment. Associate editor of breitbart.com Milo Yiannopoulos was recently sent death threats for his article about cronyism and corruption in video game journalism but instead of wearing the insults to look brave he simply tweeted:
Email death threat count now in double figures. Things I won't be doing: calling the police, making a video, writing a blog post.
This exemplifies that fact that you will receive pointless threats if you are an icon regardless of gender and regardless of what you say.