[Trigger warning for rape jokes and threats of rape]
Don’t know about it yet? You’re lucky. Here’s a timeline. Geek Feminism and Shakesville have multiple posts on how Penny Arcade fucked up not so much with just(!) an insensitive rape joke in their webcomic, but with their mockingly dismissive responses (and how that played into their fans’ responses) to people’s objections to that webcomic. That it started to become a negative PR issue for their related PAX fan convention, which was handled disingenuously with one “official” apology line and a recanting back-channel mockery line, with the predictable calling-out posts regarding the insincerity, has led to an escalation in the level of outrage, harassment and threats directed towards objectors in recent weeks. (n.b. after reading a post from Erron Kelly pointed out in comments, I’d like to clarify that the bulk of actual harassment is more likely to be spillover from 4chan’s long-running vendetta against Shakesville rather than from PA fans per se.)
1. It is censorship to criticize something with which you disagree.
2. It is not censorship to tell me to STFU.
Via QoT, here’s two measured and thoughtful posts:
- Melissa’s latest on the escalation from fanboys into harassment, stalking and rape threats to her and other rape survivors and allies
- an open letter to Penny Arcade from Lesley of twowholecakes.com
Further Troll Logic
1. People who speak up about their own feelings and their personal experience of being hurt in response to an issue are overreacting, oversensitive, and just don’t get it.
2. Declaring that no harm has been done and no hurt has been experienced is helpful, useful, and mature.