Watch Anita Sarkeesian on “The Colbert Report”

anita sarkeesian on the colbert reportLast night, Stephen Colbert invited Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian to talk about the recent escalation of harassment against her and other women in the video game industry. 

The segment is short and snappy. It’s a good to-the-point primer on why Gamergate is a big deal for people who haven’t been following the story. 

Here’s their exchange from the start of the show: 

Colbert: “Let’s call this what it is. You and the other feminazis in the gamer world are coming for our balls, to snip ‘em off, put them in a little felt purse, and take ‘em away so we have to play your nonviolent games.” 

Sarkessian: “There is something going on and it’s women being harassed, threatened, and terrorized—”  

Colbert: “After you first attacked male gamers for enjoying looking at big-breasted women with tiny armor that barely covers their nipples. What is wrong with that? I’m a man, baby! Newsflash, I like it!” 

Sarkeesian: “One of the problems with this is it actually reinforces this cultural myth that women are sexual objects and sexual playthings for male amusement. And we’re not.” 

Colbert: “We’re saving them! They’re damsels in distress! Am I supposed to let the princess die? That seems kind of hostile.” 

Sakessian: “Maybe the princess shouldn’t be a damsel and she can save herself.” 

Later in the segment, Colbert asks why exactly women are being threatened. Sarkeesian’s response sums it up: “They’re lashing out because we’re challenging the status quo of gaming as a male-dominated space.”

Nicely done, both of them. 

Related Reading: As Anita Sarkeesian’s Experience Shows, Online Harassment Can Be a Life and Death Issue. 

Sarah Mirk is Bitch Media’s online editor. 


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