If it seems at times like leftist social justice warriors get outraged and freak out over the most inane and meaningless things, that’s because SJWs do get outraged and freak out over minor and petty stuff.
As unbelievable as it may sound, the latest issue to garner incensed commentary and angry online protests from SJWs is the abuse and death of a certain character in an immensely popular new video game. Seriously.
The Daily Wire reported that liberal snowflakes are melting down over the fact that gamers are able to attack and even kill a feminist character in the newly released video game “Red Dead Redemption 2,” a sort of freewheeling, open-world, “Grand Theft Auto”-style game set in the Old West that was created by “GTA” producers Rockstar Games.
The character in question is a non-playable character — also known as an NPC — who appears in the large city of Saint Denis, which bears a striking resemblance to the New Orleans of old. The character is a suffragette — the earliest form of American feminists, who advocated for a woman’s right to vote — who stands on the street in the city and repeatedly demands “Let me vote!” to all who pass by.
It just so happens that the suffragette is located near a tailor shop that players must frequent, but the suffragette’s constant cries for the right to vote can sometimes interfere with the dialogue that takes place within the tailor shop, which undoubtedly can become rather annoying or lead to mistakes. Would you like to hear some protester constantly yelling while you are trying to shop? Probably not.
Thus, a gamer by the name of Shirrako who livestreams his gaming experiences on YouTube posted a video in which he used the game’s main character to silence the annoying suffragette who won’t stop yelling, namely by walking up to her and shutting her up by punching her and knocking her to the ground.
That act of pixelated misogyny and violence was too much to bear for writer Emanuel Maiberg of Vice Motherboard, who issued a sort of diatribe against how “much of video game culture is ensconced in blatant misogyny” and took great issue with how some people found humor in the knocking out of the annoying early feminist.
Bear in mind that this is just a video game, one in which the main character is an outlaw and anti-hero that can interact with and do bad things to virtually every other player and NPC in the game, including mere talking, shooting, robbing or beating them up.
Maiberg was especially displeased at the number of views Shirrako’s brief video had received, as well as the additional videos Shirrako posted that featured him finding new and ingenious ways to kill off the annoying suffragette, but most of his ire was aimed toward the comments that were left by other viewers on those videos, which he deemed to simply be “horrible.”
Maiberg ultimately contacted Shirrako for comment on the reception his videos earned. Shirrako said, “I know you’re probably expecting some political answer but the truth is it was simply a funny moment from one of my streams which I’ve decided to upload as a separate video.”
“Not sure if it was intentional by Rockstar Games but the NPC is made to be rather annoying, when you try to shop for clothing in the game, your dialogue with the shop keeper keeps being interrupted by her shouting, so I simply wanted to shop in peace, I’m sure that as a gamer you’re familiar with these annoying NPC situations,” the gamer added.
As to the misogynistic and anti-feminist comments on the video, Shirrako said, “I mean obviously I don’t agree with the sexist comments, but there is not much I can do about them, I don’t like censoring people’s opinions, regardless if I like them or not.”
Maiberg went on with his article to note that there are other, far less annoying suffragettes in the game, but then contemplated the role Rockstar Games maybe should have played in providing historical context or “sophistication and political commentary” and other such SJW nonsense. Recall, this is just a video game.
He ludicrously concluded, “I don’t think video games alone can be blamed for real-world violence, but they are a part of our cultural infrastructure that allows someone to roleplay as an anti-feminist murderer (a very real, ongoing problem in the real world), upload a video of it to YouTube for profit, and allow others to use that video as a jumping off point to discuss how much they hate women in the real world.”
Again … This. Is. Just. A. Video. Game. Not sure if that can be stressed any more than it has been already.
Regardless, the fact that an outlaw in an open-world video game can do outlaw things to various NPCs was simply too much for this SJW with nothing better to get outraged about, so precious digital space was consumed by his rantings against the supposedly inherent sexism of video game culture and demands that early American SJWs characters in a game, like the suffragettes, be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Because obviously that is the most pressing issue in our society right now, the treatment of female characters in video games.
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