Ethan Ralph From Has Been Arrested, Jailed
The Ralph Retort

Once known as a loud and aggressive voice during the early days of #GamerGate, Ethan Ralph became notorious for his unbridled opinions and attack-dog nature against anyone who was unfortunate enough to get stuck between his crosshairs. The Ralph Retort was both an information source and later a trashing ground for hit-pieces designed to tear down and destroy the opposition. Well, the owner of The Ralph Retort, Ethan Ralph, has been arrested and jailed for disorderly conduct and assaulting law enforcers.

Gamertics did a brief write-up on Ralph, picking up the news after it was reported that he was being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center in Virginia.

The thread over on Kotaku in Action has been keeping track of developments, linking to tweets from Super Nerdland’s John Sweeney who revealed that bail has been denied for Ralph at the time of writing this article.

Ralph had become infamously reviled in some circles of #GamerGate due to the hit-pieces targeting people like Liana Kerzner, Oliver Campbell and other so-called “#GamerGate e-celebs” for one reason or another. While there was a time when Ralph was considered a reliable asset for exposing elements of corruption or wrongdoing – including pointing out in a report that Brianna Wu was still giving interviews from home while claiming to have fled away in terror from #GamerGate – the extremist nature of The Ralph Retort ended up pushing a lot of moderates away.

Sadly the pit bull nature of Ralph’s reporting – gaining him both followers and critics alike – ended up seeing him and his outlet being compared to sites like, which is now defunct.

Ralph’s arrest was triggered when police found him asleep and drunk at the Holiday Park Dr. location. When they attempted to wake him up he apparently assaulted the officers, which led to his arrest, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s daily report.

Gamertics is reporting that there’s a potential $2,500 fine and up to six months in jail as a minimum mandatory sentence, and a potential maximum amount of jail time of five years if he’s convicted.


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  • Cmdr. Goatlips

    He really went cheap with the toupee’.

  • Afrikoka

    So a typical gamergate dude.

  • Sand Ripper

    Funny how he always called out Leigh Alexander for drinking too much. At least she never ended up in jail because of it.

    I didn’t mind Ralph. I visited his site regularly for a while, but a little of him goes a really long way. Hopefully he can work this out somehow and avoid doing time.

    • C G Saturation

      I wonder how often women get jailed for drinking too much. They’re probably more likely to accidentally sleep with someone and then wake up the next morning accusing everyone of rape.

      • In the USA they seem to actually praise and award women for lying about r@pe. So that should tell you all you need to know.

  • buddyluv324

    And it looks like our favorite opportunist, Scooby Wu, has decided to once again play internet super hero:

  • Alistair

    SJWs probably want to make a example of him, he was very outspoken remind you of some-One “donard trump”

  • Reaper of Salt

    GamerGate/GamerGate+/ggrevolt and Anti-GamerGate are gonna have a field day with this.

  • The Order of the Banana

    Ralph is innocent! #RALPHLIVESMATTER

  • C G Saturation

    Yeah, he looks and behaves like I imagined. He’s always come across as a bit of a sensationalist who jumps the gun at the slightest.

    When I read about how he assaulted a cop, I joked to a friend that if he was black and shouted the magic Soros-funded phrase to evoke immunity, he’d probably have gotten away with it. Not being racist of course. The whole point is that race shouldn’t even be a relevant factor in how to react to assault, but the world has become a very silly place.

    • Indeed. Escapism is the only thing we have in this shitty, depressing and cynical world.

      • C G Saturation

        Come to think of it, it’s interesting how often guys’ methods of escape get attacked and demonized. Like we’re not allowed to catch a break just because we have Y chromosomes.

  • HisShadowX

    I remember when he called all in GameGate, “traitors” for not following KingofPol. He surely made a name for himself he hasn’t done anything different then any other journalist. Before I judge I’d like to at least hear his side of the story

  • Arbitrary

    “…pushing a lot of moderates away.”

    So nothing of value was lost, then.

  • Cwbintennessee Michael Winton

    He was also denied bail

    I thought thousands loved him

    • Live the dream

      He has dozens of fans all over the world

  • Otter jesus DMCA

    His Girlfriend is on Kiwifarms lying about having talked to Ralph.

    • I feel it would have probably been easier just put “Calls.”

  • Nerd Gamer

    He dindu nufin! After seeing his ugly mug It’s easy to understand why he’s a red piller.

  • GonzoLewd

    The fact that he’s 30 years old makes me laugh even harder at this.

  • He’s never going to live this down. RIP Arbys Murder

  • Dancouga

    In b4 Ralph commits suicide in prison & his followers turn him into the next sandra bland

  • Matthew Hage

    And now he sees what not being nice gets him in the REAL world.

  • Teridax

    What does this have to do with video games?

  • Italy GG

    Seems like there’s a bit of overrection from the police to me.
    The arrest record says they forced him to wake up while he was passed out drunk and he predictably reacted on impulse. Just nightstick the kid and drop his fat ass by home with a fine and 200 hours of community service.
    I’ve done the same many times in my teens all I got from the police was a nightstick on my knees and a lemonade

    • scemar

      it’s murrika
      cops are often autistic aggressive assholes there who have no perspective of common sense and reason in their actions
      who often escalate conflicts into unnecessary levels of confrontation instead of treating people like people

      • Well at least Ralph wasn’t black and didn’t try to run, otherwise he might be dead.

        • scemar

          tho considering his political stances, intuition tells me they wouldn’t have staged any riots over him

      • You should not insult people with ASD like that.

  • How does someone like Ralph fall so fast?

    Plus he looks like he like scalped someone for their hair and sewed it on his head. It doesn’t look right.

  • TheShitlord

    It was only a question of time until his ill temper got him into serious troubles.
    Ralph’s problem was not that he was fierce towards opponents, but that he was pathologically unable to cope with criticism even coming from allies.

  • scemar


    • I couldn’t believe it either when I saw the headline and image as well

      • gixxerharry .

        And Nora is caught trying to steal his site

    • giygas

      Ralph is a gud boi he dindu nuffin

  • Ralph is most definitely aggressive and pit-bullish in his reporting, but he would always say what he thinks and would never back down or shy away when harsh criticism were thrown at him.

    He was aggressive, but the most important thing has always been that he operated on the truth using facts, reason and logic. Therefore it would be unfair to compare his site and reports to Gawker.

    His kind of attitude is actually a refreshing change and is needed, because I really do think that people have gone far too soft on the regressive leftist SJWs, which has basically allowed them to infest virtually everything, which includes mainstream media, news media, academia, education, politics, government, entertainment media, campaigns, etc.

    He is the most hardline Anti-SJW you can get, and in my opinion, that’s a good thing in this current climate.

    Have to see what happens to him now. Even though he was drunk, it is still a very stupid thing to do to assault police officers.

    • GonzoLewd

      You kidding me, he was just about as butthurt as one could get. Like that time Broteam trolled him about being small and Ralph posted a video on twitter measuring his height and later deleted it.

      • scemar

        that’s so funny

    • EroBotan

      yeah, i prefer him than those SJW-lites who claim to be in gamergate

      • Arbitrary


      • Elilla Shadowheart

        Ralph dinndunuffin’ he’s good bois just like ggrevolt.

    • Livnthedream

      >Ralph is most definitely aggressive and pit-bullish in his reporting, but he would always say what he thinks and would never back down or shy away when harsh criticism were thrown at him.

      Replace Ralph with Gawker and it sounds like most of the defend Gawker at all costs pieces.

  • scrumpmonkey

    John Sweeney here.

    There are more sources for this too; his location is still listed as the “Loudoun
    Adult Detention Center”

    This is a week after his arrest, he’s already been Arraigned (on the 29th) so it seems bail really has been denied for some reason.

  • Michael P

    lol He must’ve been wasted out of his skull, WTF was he thinking? I have no love for the police but assaulting them over something so small ain’t worth it and if they had arrested him, he likely would’ve been left to sleep it off in a cell and released the next day. Being denied bail is worrisome too, he might’ve landed a good one on one of the officers!

    Holy shit, hopefully his face for radio protects him from Bubba and Nora gives him an earful when he gets out, she’s probably worried sick.

  • rotekz

    Is that it?! Getting drunk and assaulting police officers? Jeez it’s a relief that is all he is being done for.

    I like Ethan a lot. He’s a straight talker and was the one reliable source during all GamerGate stuff.

    • scemar

      yeah overall it seems pretty normal stuff really, so he drank more than he could handle, passed out in a park, was woke up by a cop and reacted in a stupid angry drunk way, there’s some poor judgement there but not the end of the world

      it’s not like he actually molested someone or pulled out a gun or committed fraud or something

      and “assault” can mean any number of things coming from some first world cops who overreact to anything

      • C G Saturation

        He probably burped in their general direction. “ASSAULT!!”
        He’s lucky they didn’t shoot his dog and grenade his baby.

      • A hotel lobby is what I read.

    • durka durka

      “He’s a straight talker’

      is trump also a straight talker?

      • Arbitrary

        “is trump also a straight talker?”

        Yup, and rather a lot of people quite like him.

        • C G Saturation

          I was thinking earlier that people are so used to politicians lying to their faces and saying only what they want to hear, that the idea of a politician saying the facts is seen as very, very offensive because it shatters their delusional safe zone.

          People nowadays are so damn spoiled that they go to great lengths to preserve their collapsing delusions. They will gladly pick a proven liar who backstabs them while stealing their money, over someone who focuses on facts and tries to make the world a better place.

  • Nanya

    It sucks, he was very useful for keeping up on #GamerGate on Twitter back in 2014, since it moved so fast back then.

    But, what can you do? Sucks to be him.