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.
Sarah Mirk is Bitch Media’s online editor.