Wednesday, 9 March 2016
(SATIRE) BREAKING NEWS! Anita Sarkeesian harassed online by Rasputin, Billy the Kid and Blackbeard the Pirate!
Videogaming expert and world-renowned historian, Anita Sarkeesian, was subjected to an onslaught of vicious online abuse from some of the most evil men in history.
This is according to Feminist Frequency – the internet-based organisation founded and run by Sarkeesian.
The website, which analyses the portrayal of women in popular culture, claims that during early March, 2016, Sarkeesian became the target of an orchestrated campaign of harassment, waged primarily over the social media platform Twitter. Her tormentors have been identified as the gunfighter and bandit, Henry McCarty (aka Billy the Kid), the pirate, Edward Teach (better known as Blackbeard) and Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, described in a song by Boney M as “Russia's greatest love machine.”
The harassment is thought to be a response to Sarkeesian's plan to abandon a long delayed and drawn-out series of short films, exploring sexist tropes in videogaming, and to instead focus on a new set of videos that will spotlight successful women who were sidelined by history. Feminist Frequency is currently in the process of raising $200,000 from public donations to ensure that these new films meet the high production standards of the website's previous output.
A spokeshistorian for the site told MODE5:
“What Anita endured went beyond mere trolling. These are wicked men, afraid that our films, which celibrate the achievements of strong successful women in history, will undermine and diminish their own notoriety. They are prepared to go to any lengths to silence us.
“In one tweet Blackbeard threatened to slice Anita from bow to stern with his hooked hand! Billy the Kid made a veiled threat regarding who would be quicker on the draw, perpetuating the trope of the white male lone gunman. Rasputin sent a series of tweets in Russian that we were unable to understand, but can assume, from his gender, were abusive.
“We request that our supporters donate to our fundraiser as a matter of urgency so that we can meet, or better still, exceed our target of $200,000. We believe that if can raise this sum of money these violent and unpleasant trolls will be shamed into silence.”
The spokeshistorian added:
“The way things are going at the moment, it can only be a matter of time before Hitler, Professor Moriaty and Darth Vader send us similar threatening messages.”
At the time of going to press none of the accused men could be reached for comment.
A spokesperson for the FBI said: “Given that Blackbeard, Billy The Kid, and Rasputin died violently in 1718, 1881, and 1916, respectively, we do not consider these threats to be credible.”