What are the shady things Anita Sarkeesian has done? Also I looked up her video about Hitman, etc. and that was hugely disappointing :(
lol how much time do you have.
For one, it’s taking her curiously long to produce her Tropes vs Women in Video games series. She received approximately 2600% of her kickstarter goal of $6000, yet over two years later she’s not even halfway done. Her videos are not very complex, and even if she bought entirely brand new equipment and software, that doesn’t account for all the money she received. And she hasn’t really been very forthcoming about where the money is going. Maybe she is using the money to pay herself so she can work on this full time (which is fine), but that shouldn’t take two years, and she should say so if that’s the case.
Phrases that have come out of her mouth:
- I still love [video games]
- I’ve been playing video games for a long time!
- I’m a gamer, and I enjoy games.
- I’m not a fan of video games.
- I would love to play video games but I don’t want to go around shooting people and ripping off their heads.
Basically, whether or not she even likes video games seems to be dependent on who she’s talking to do at the moment. And if she doesn’t even play or like video games, I’m not sure she’s qualified to make such an in depth criticism of them.
She regularly uses gameplay footage and artwork from independent creators without crediting or asking. It’s probably legal because of fair use, but it’s still poor form, especially considering that many of the people who’s footage she used specifically request a credit.
Almost NONE of the games she features or mentioned are properly researched by her, and she constantly makes inaccurate or incomplete assertions or implications about them (like implying that Hitman encourages you to kill strippers, when it unequivocally doesn’t).
She has doxed (i.e made personal information public) some of her critics (who are often douchebags, to be fair. but doxing is seriously not okay).
She disables both ratings and comments on all her videos. The rationale for this is that she was getting threats and and violent comments, which is somewhat true (this backlash is part of what made her kickstarter so popular in the first place). But that’s part of the deal man. Either you want to start a discussion or you don’t. If you’re just here to “talk at” us, you’re of no use to anyone. In most places where people discuss her videos outside of YouTube, there is mostly constructive discussion.
As far as I’m aware, she has never seriously addressed or responded to any honest criticism of her videos (or her in general). She mostly just makes sarcastic tweets and shit like that.
probably some more stuff I’m forgetting, but you get the picture
i am not sure if she is a charlatan/con artist or just really, really inept. I feel like by assuming the former I am giving her more credit.