Stephen Colbert took it upon himself to “defend” GamerGate in an interview with video game critic Anita Sarkeesian on Wednesday.
“It’s a sub-culture war,” Colbert told her, arguing that feminists like her were attacking gamers “for enjoying looking at big-breasted women with tiny armor that barely covers their nipples. What is wrong with that? I like what that looks like.”
Sarkeesian explained that what GamerGate is responding to are the people challenging the idea that video games have to be a “Little boy’s club.”
“There’s many of us women who have been playing games our whole lives,” Sarkeesian said. “So they’re lashing out because we’re challenging the status quo of gaming as a male-dominated space.”
Colbert also asked Sarkeesian to respond to the allegation that she and other feminist critics are colluding with media outlets to compromise “ethics in gaming journalism.”
“What if there was no ethics in Hollywood journalism?” he asked her. “If we can’t trust Entertainment Tonight or TMZ, where would we be? Is that what you want for gamer journalism?”
“That is a sort of compelling way to reframe the fact that this is actually attacks on women,” said Sarkeesian, who has been forced to leave her home and cancel a public appearance after being threatened for her work. “Ethics in journalism is not what’s happening in any way. It’s actually men going after women in really hostile, aggressive ways.”
Colbert also argued that GamerGate supporters were, in their own eyes, defending their “traditional gamer lifestyle.”
“Yes, there’s a ‘traditional gamer lifestyle,'” Colbert said. “God ordained that it is one man, one joystick. Read your Bible, folks — it’s right there in Sega Genesis.”
Watch the interview, as posted by The Mary Sue on Wednesday, below.
William Barr personally gave order to disperse protesters ahead of Trump photo op, DOJ confirms
The Attorney General of the United States personally issued an order for peaceful protesters to be moved ahead of President Donald Trump's recent walk outside the White House grounds, a report said on Tuesday.
A Justice Department official confirmed to The Washington Post that Attorney General William Barr gave the order when he was seen outside the White House prior to the president's walk to St. John's Episcopal Church.
But on Monday, a White House spokesperson had denied that the protesters were moved to accommodate the president.
‘That is not her Bible’: Kellyanne Conway attacks bishop who criticized Trump photo op
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday lashed out at Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington over criticism of President Donald Trump's photo op at St. John's Episcopal Church.
Buddle had issued a statement condemning the president's actions after active duty military cleared the streets of protesters so that he could have his picture taken in front of the church.
“He took the symbols sacred to our tradition and stood in front of a house of prayer in full expectation that would be a celebratory moment," she said.
Fox reporter gets earful over looting question: ‘Your ancestors profited off me and that’s repercussions’
A reporter for Fox affiliate KTTV in Los Angeles got an earful from Santa Monica residents after he asked why protesters were so upset following the police killing of George Floyd.
After apparent looting in Santa Monica on Sunday, reporter Phil Shuman asked a bystander to explain the unrest.
"It's just collective anger," the man said.
"Collective anger at what?" Shuman wondered.
"You already know," the bystander replied. "At the injustices that's been happening. Look, cops are killing people. They are breaking the rules."
"Well, one cop is accused of killing one person," Shuman interrupted.