Coke has this new social media campaign called #MakeItHappy where an algorithm would turn negative tweets tagged with #MakeItHappy into ASCII art. This week, Gawker, thought it would be a good idea to create a Twitter bot to tweet passages from Mein Kampf at Coke. Gawker even bragged about doing this.
What does this have to do with #GamerGate, and why is this one of anti-#GamerGate’s great mistakes? Gawker is a major media outlet opposed to #GamerGate. Like all other anti-#GamerGaters they have been trying to portray gamers as a hate group not that different from the Nazis. Yet, it is anti-#GamerGaters like Gawker that are giving visibility to Nazi propaganda. This has not gone unnoticed:
— WTF Mag (@thewtfmagazine) February 6, 2015
There’s another reason why this is a big mistake for anti-#GamerGate. This isn’t the only example of Naziism among anti-#GamerGate. Ian Miles Cheong, the Editor in Chief of Gameranx and a major anti-#GamerGate personality, was a former Nazi. Adjacent to anti-#GamerGate, Shanley Kane, the most recent Entitlement Princess of the Month, used to have a boyfriend that was a Nazi. When you look at that last part, it makes you wonder how much “women in tech” bullshit and its war on men of Indian and Asian descent working in tech is driven by a derivative of Naziism or white supremacism/nationalism. This is something that definitely needs further investigation.