As the conflict known as #Gamergate continues roiling the internet, some #Gamergaters have been surprised to find that their geek idols aren’t exactly on their side. Take, for example, science fiction author William Gibson, coiner of the term “cyberspace,” who retweeted this on Tuesday:
Confess I’d never heard of #gamergate till tonight. But reassured that there are vast unknown fields of crazy remaining to explore.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 15, 2014
“Fuck. Fuck. Fucking hell,” an 8chan user wrote on the site’s GamerGate message board after reading through Gibson’s Twitter feed. “I have been waiting for his new book forever but now I dont even want to buy it…I feel devastated.”
Dozens of irate gamers responded with the names of other fallen heroes who’ve “betrayed” them by criticizing macho video game culture. Here’s a sampling of the offending tweets:
From screenwriter and director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers):
TERRORISM ISN’T BLOWING THINGS UP. IT’S USING THE FEAR OF VIOLENCE TO COW US AND CONTROL OUR ACTIONS. http://t.co/piK9w1cqNC
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) October 15, 2014
From comedian Patton Oswalt:
.@assclit I’m not a gamer. The misogyny of “GamerGate” sickened me, which you could have learned with two clicks of research.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 14, 2014
From actor and filmmaker Seth Rogen (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up):
@AdamBaldwin please stop supporting this stupid cause.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) October 15, 2014
(Adam Baldwin has been one of #Gamergate’s most outspoken supporters.)
From actress Felicia Day (The Guild):
@Nelsormensch @kirkhamilton A cliched bloodthirsty roaming gang from post-apocalyptic fiction seems to be ruling gaming fandom right now.
— Felicia Day (@feliciaday) September 4, 2014
From computer game designer Tim Schafer (LucasArts, Double Fine Productions):
I think everyone who makes games should watch this video from start to finish. http://t.co/5W56lFNVp2
— Blad the Impaler (@TimOfLegend) August 26, 2014
From animator Mariel Cartwright (Skullgirls):
Gamergate gets me pretty fucking down. Well, see ya
— Satan (@kinucakes) October 12, 2014
Lamented another 8chan user, with no apparent irony: “Unfortunately even misinformed people can put out their opinion on whatever they want, and they’ve got a large platform to do it with via the internet.”