Put that pitchfork down, there is only so much space for a headline so read the article before picking that pitchfork up again.. good? Okay so let’s go, thanks to dualshockers for raising this issue originally.
My dislike for the humanoids who live on that fat island near New Zealand is well reported already but if there is one thing that I’ll give the Australians is that they aren’t afraid of much and have a very strong sense of freedom of speech.
Generally this ends up with some crude comment at an inappropriate time but they at least seem to allow each other to say whatever they like without serious ramifications. So you know a twitter mob has caused a lot of damage when it has forced the Australians to change what they’ve said.. or planned to say.
A panel was suggested for the upcoming PAX Australia event where the community was invited to join a select few to discuss racism, sexism and how the gaming industry is possibly taking itself too seriously.
The exact wording can be seen here
So can you spot the highly irrational statement?
“Any titillation gets called out as sexist or misogynistic and involve any antagonist race other than Anglo-Saxons and you’re racist”
Controversial? Yes, but what’s the point of having panels of debating anything that doesn’t have two sides to it? Controversy is what drives panels and in a country that prides itself on freedom of speech I can’t see anything wrong with it.
However Twitter users disagreed.. and they did it strongly.
Following this the panel’s description was changed to rather say:
So no longer is the panel aimed at discussing claims of sexism and racism on a formal platform but rather just to mundanely discuss having fun in the industry.
What really gets me is that in the original description they purposefully called out people being personally attacked for having a differing opinion to the race-card pullers and feminists and yet they still instantly went on the personal attack front to get the discussion removed. It’s a sad world that we live in when open and honest commentary is silenced by the few who feel it may not aide their cause. When I think of bad guys in gaming and ladies in gaming I think of monsters and lead (or co-lead) characters respectively.
If you can only think of non-white bad guys and sexually depicted females then I hesitate to say that maybe the problem lies a little closer to home.
On this note I was disgusted to see our local twitter community personally insulting Zoe a little while back for not kowtowing to their personal opinion on feminism in the industry. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. I personally expect better from everyone and especially locals who apparently have a name to live up to locally. Discussing these issues publically is highly encouraged but if you sink down to personal insults and mocking then you really are not worth your opinion. Oh and if you want rAge to start having some panels again then voice that as well.
Apparently they weren’t well attended previously.
Do you disagree? Let me know in the comments down below or direct them at me on twitter and I will happily converse as much as possible on this issue.
Last Updated: June 21, 2013