The Washington Post Wrote-Up My Recent Run-in With the Law & Hilarity Ensued
I always knew that my recent run-in with the law would make some headlines once it was revealed to the masses. I must say, though, I never thought it would be featured in The Washington Post. But, today it was. A journalist who works for their site contacted me today and asked if I was willing to talk about the recent controversy I’ve found myself embroiled in. I then decided that I would go ahead and talk to the guy. Of course, I recorded everything that was said, although I’m not sure if I will release it or not. The article itself was sort of fair, minus a couple things I take issue with.
Gamergate activist charged with assault on officers, public intoxication in Virginia
A Virginia man known for his association with the alt-right movement and the Gamergate scandal has been charged with assault on law enforcement and public intoxication.
Loudoun County deputies responded at 6:45 a.m. Aug. 27 to the Hampton Inn in the 22700 block of Holiday Park Drive for the report of an intoxicated man asleep on a couch in the lobby, a spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said. The hotel is near Dulles International Airport.
Deputies approached the man, later identified as Ethan O. Ralph, 30, of Richmond, and tried to wake him, but the man became combative and tried to walk away before resisting arrest and taking a swing at a deputy, the spokesman said.
Ralph, editor-in-chief of the Ralph Retort, a conservative news website, was charged with public intoxication, obstruction of justice and two counts of assault on law enforcement. He remained in jail until Wednesday, when he was released on $3,500 bond.
In a telephone interview, Ralph declined to discuss the incident but said he was resuming his duties at the Ralph Retort, which publishes articles such as “DESPARATE: Google Gmail Automatically Sending Emails from Trump Campaign to SPAM Folder” and “Jewish Overlords Pull The Plug On #BLM Broadway Show After Blacks Declare War on Israel.”
“If you want to call me alt-right, that’s probably fair,” Ralph said.
The alt-right, known for its white nationalism and anti-government sentiment, was denounced by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a high-profile speech last month.
Ralph is also known for his role in Gamergate — a vitriolic culture war that erupted online in 2014 between those who say there should be more room for women in gaming and those who aren’t concerned with inclusiveness.
“Some people really hate me, and for good reason,” Ralph wrote last month. “I have wrecked countless SJWs [social-justice warriors] and other assorted progressives/regressives over my last two years. Am I the biggest? No. Am I the baddest? No. I have put in some solid work, though.”
Ralph was also accused of “doxxing” game designer Brianna Wu — publishing documents containing her personal information online. Wu fled her home in 2014 after receiving death threats.
“After he published the information . . . the posts [were] truly terrifying,” Wu said in an interview. “It puts so much information out there in one place, it puts a target on my back.” She added: “I think he attacks women in the gaming industry because it’s trying to fill some hole in his heart.”
Ralph denied wrongdoing.
“Anything that was posted was public information,” he said.
As some on social media criticized Ralph for his arrest, Ralph described it as “a personal issue that I got myself into.” He said he hoped his case wouldn’t be turned into “an alt-right or a Gamergate issue,” but thought it inevitable.
“If one of my adversaries or critics had gotten arrested, there’s a good chance I would have written about it, too,” he said.
Ralph is due back in court on Oct. 25.
Like I said, this is about as good as you can expect from an outlet like The Washington Post. But there are a couple things I take issue with. For one, I did say it’s probably fair to call me alt-right, given my affiliations and the things I speak about and cover here on the site. Moyer left out the very next thing I said, though, which was I personally consider myself an independent. The quote is accurate, I just think it’s a little misleading. It’s nothing I’m up in arms over, but it shows you how these things go. Again, I did say it was fair to call me alt-right, so it’s not like I can very well rage about it now. However, that’s not what I personally identify as. Holy shit, I sound like a Tumblr retard now. Perhaps it’s time to move on.
The other thing that I thought was amusing is the way the alt-right was described as a white nationalist movement. The post seems to be indirectly calling me a white nationalist, which is pretty funny. I do think we’re missing a healthy dose of nationalism among our elites, and I am white. However, when people hear the term white nationalist they think of Nazis and skinheads. I am neither. That’s one reason I made sure to get this picture put into the article, which was probably my best move in a long while…
You can really tell how much I hate women and minorities hahaha… pic.twitter.com/pjUpYr5APW
— Ethan Ralph (@TheRalphRetort) September 9, 2016
— WildGoose (@WildGooseAbuse) September 9, 2016
This particular article didn’t call me a woman-hater, but several this week have done just that. The accusation is laughable on the face of it. GamerGate was never about hating women or singling them out for criticism. In fact, many of the people I criticized were men. Jonathan McIntosh, Arthur Chu, Ian Miles Cheong, David Gallant, Wil Wheaton, Chris Kluwe…the list goes on and one. Saying GamerGate was about targeting women is just not true. I love women and in fact my favorite person on earth is a woman. Oh, and I put her in charge of this site during one of the darkest periods I’ve ever been through. Saying I hate woman, or minorities, or anything else like that is just garbage.
Of course, you see Wu co-signing the garbage, which says all that needs to be said about her character. I also talked about how Wu wanting to have me do time because of anger about what was written online shows what a trash person they are, but that was also left out. I may do a full post on that, so that may be for the best.
Like I said, though, the article is not horrendous. He did reach out to me, we talked, and although I feel like he left out some key bits, it’s still a semi-fair write-up. That’s more than I can say for most of the shit I’ve read about my situation since I’ve been out, and for that reason I’m fine with the post.