Over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten to know a neutral named Stephanie Greene. She goes by @ on Twitter, and is known to be very personable with all sides. Even though her opinions clash with some of our members, she’s gotten along well with GamerGate. As you can imagine, the anti’s have rejected her. She doesn’t fit their narrative, so her outreach has to be rebuffed. What you may not know, is ABC also rejected her attempts at clarification.
You see, a video of her’s was used in the infamous Nightline segment from last month. But instead of being honest about their presentation, Nightline producers used it as a tool to portray GamerGate and its supporters negatively. Even though the video was put up in a completely different context, Nightline ignored that, and played to their pre-constructed narrative. This is literally everything we’ve been fighting against the last six months.
Here’s some commentary from the article she posted on all this earlier today:
I spoke with their representative on the phone after these emails. They first asked why I felt their piece was so widely rejected and was wondering what they could do to fix it. After explaining the issues with the portrayal of men and women who game, their definition of harassment, and how the piece looked more like a hit piece against Gamergate, I was informed that the “story” was too hard to “spin” to fit their ideals. They asked me to try to make solutions for women gamers only and made it very clear all they wanted were “female victims of the video game industry” because it was an easier story to market. I was shocked; they asked for my opinion on the piece and for more information, agreed that these issues should be addressed, and yet when I expressed my disapproval they focused only on women and what could and could not sell. The final message I got from ABC was:
There you have it, solutions to help deter online harassment is too “in the weeds” for ABC. I provided countless screen shots of both men and women addressing the issues with harassment and calling for change per her request. The people of the gaming community are not enough for ABC to show the truth. Gamers are too small of a market to help but plenty big enough to badger and humiliate to make a quick buck.
When Stephanie went to tell her story over on GamerGhazi, here’s what she found:
— Stephanie (@Sushilulutwitch) February 16, 2015
Same old story…they ban you for anything that deviates from the Kool Aid Cult. Whereas GamerGate cherishes ideological diversity, our opponents hate it. If neutrals hang around long enough, they come to learn that. Keep fighting, people. Our enemies can’t keep from exposing their true nature.