Guest Editorial by Kevin Weinberg
Ethan Ralph is a guilty man. If I can make one thing clear in this short piece, then let it be that: Ethan Ralph is guilty. Having followed this controversy closely enough that I can now see it for what it is, then I can say, undoubtedly, that Ethan Ralph is guilty. And why is he guilty? Because it’s 2016, and Ralph is supposed to be supporting GamerGate, but instead, he’s supporting #GamerGate.
GamerGate, the movement that began in mid-2014, has like the rest of society been ushered precariously further to the left—swept away by the same current that carries across every facet of our lives and civilization. Its effects are visible, but they are entirely unavoidable. As time flows, society changes, rules are made, social protocols are adapted, and things that were once accepted practices become travesties. Who recalls the movie 3 Ninjas? It was a film released in 1992. Does anyone remember the use of the word “retarded” as an insult in this film meant for children? In today’s world, that would be considered socially unacceptable—a form of “ableism.” The word itself has become a swear to the extent it’s now bleeped out on live television.
In 2015, society changed as it tends to do every year—and like the past number of years, it has changed for the worse. The ideas of shared responsibility, “giving a platform to people,” and “guilt by association” are certainly not novel concepts, but boy were they reinforced dramatically in 2015. The leftist agenda seized these ideas and used them to get everyone from Twitter to Facebook held “morally” responsible for things they disagreed with, resulting in a massive increase in bannings, suspensions, and calls for increased moderation of free thought.
GamerGate, being as susceptible to the left-moving direction as any other group, was especially prone to taking on these dangerous, reprehensible concepts. And so, when Ralph chooses to run guest editorials on the grounds of free speech, it is inevitable he’ll become the target for those who disagree with the views expressed therein; furthermore, it’s now all but predetermined he’ll be “shamed” for his associations to those who are mass-disliked, and of course, he’ll be hit with charges that he “gave a platform” to their ideas—which, as I stated at the beginning, he is guilty of doing. I use the word “guilt” because, like it or not, these are social crimes in the world of 2016. They are as real as any other social rule.
Did Ralph ever receive credit or “moral points” for the instances in which he allowed people who hated him to shit on him on his own website? No. Not that I saw. Did people give him “SJ points” when he allowed opposing views to be aired freely? I certainly haven’t seen it. Now that our society has moved on and so has GamerGate, it is now the prerogative of GamerGate to declare that Ralph must choose between being a filthy hypocrite or being an “undesirable” who must face public shaming, near universal condemnation, and be treated as some kind of modern Hitler.
Very few individuals are either foolish enough or determined enough to resist the winds of social change. Ethan Ralph? He has kept true to the values and principles that GamerGate established in the very beginning, and the longer the movement went on, the further away and more detached he became from its core—and for this, he is also guilty.
I’d like to end this by saying just three more things.
#1: Every opinion I’ve written here is my own and is not endorsed by Ethan Ralph in any official capacity.
#2: All feminists are cunts, LOL fuck feminism.
#3: If I were in Ralph’s shoes, I would’ve chosen to be the hypocrite to escape being socially ostracized by a bunch of retards who have sacrificed their individual sense of self to play “follow the leader.”
That’s pretty much it. Oh yeah, and all feminists are cunts.