@branthog: You really enjoy your hyperboles, don't you? There is one (1) article about this on GB while you are already talking about "daily articles".
Also, maybe I didn't see all the other articles in GB though, can you quote the part where Patrick falls you a sexist pig?
I know you're being intentionally obtuse, but I'm not talking about "one article'. I'm talking about this across the industry. In case you aren't aware, GB has been routinely named-and-shamed (including, apparently, by Brianna on MSNBCA this weekend) after which this piece was written. If you read elsewhere online, this is seen as GB finally putting their hat in the ring and engaging in the same click-bait-activist garbage every other site has been doing the last five years, that accomplishes nothing and only managed to fuel more toxicity under the guise that it's actually more valuable *signal*.
My gripe is obviously not that I somehow disagree with Patrick's viewpoint that it's shitty to send death threats to people or even the article itself, but with the discussion I've seen online today implying that this is a portent of GiantBomb "finally" jumping in and "taking a stance" and joining their side. That GiantBomb is finally jumping into the fray. I desperately hope this is not true, because that is exhausting, unnecessary, and accomplishes little than just generating more bitter noise. I hope I jumped the gun in assuming that this was signaling an active direction GiantBomb is likely to head off into (and if so, then it was the result of me coming directly here from a link in a discussion where this was being celebrated as GiantBomb doing exactly that).
I support inclusiveness and I hate death threats. Bold stance to take, I know. I'm also just very tired after five years of this junior college level political activism from angry trolls threatening people and angry idealists fantasizing about winning a Pulitzer on the back of their "Gamers Are Dead" articles. The content is almost always the same and the outcome almost always as useless and toxic (but it does generate tasty clicks).
I support these things, but I can't help but feel like being a gaming enthusiast for the last five years has felt less like a bunch of adults having and encouraging meaningful discussions and more like being stuck in a room full of kids who just recently graduated Philosophy 101 who won't shut up about their deep insight into the universe.
Anyway, I'm veering into elements that aren't relevant to this particular item. I believe I've made it clear enough at this point what "side" I'm on and that I'm just concerned with the assertion I've seen today that GB is going to jump into this mix of unending crap. GB has made their view point known. I don't need it to be repeated in a different flavor of the same article very couple days going forward and I hope that won't be the case. I probably jumped the gun, due to the context in which I found myself linked to this article. I hope I did, at least.
(By the way, I really do dig Patrick and I have always thought it was more meaningful that he and Alex make their comments about these issues here and there as a natural part of conversations rather than actively structured editorials. Their views come across with more impact and sincerity, I feel, than how it comes across on most other outlets.)
Patrick said they did not write this in response to her going on CNN or MSNBC. He has said so several times. They were not shamed into writing this piece.
But the timing lol
I personally read his email indicating his intent to cover this story yesterday. If you have concerns about the timing of this article, fine, but if you want to imply that it was a reaction to whatever events happened today then you're simply mistaken.
Just to clarify my statement (which I think is already clear), I stated that "it is seen as" in response to this; not that it was in response to it. (Because the discussion that linked me to this GB article from another site was about how GB was posting this article in response to the MSNBC appearance - so it is being seen that way).