More anti-#GamerGate critics are coming out in acknowledging that within some of their ranks there is the existence of the very kind of perversity they supposedly claimed that #GamerGate was about.
[Update 10/14/2016: The wording of this section was altered at the request of Bob Chipman in accordance with our Right of Reply policy] This time it was Bob “MovieBob” Chipman who acknowledged that he was complicit in the current climate of “abuse” and silence” by dismissing past claims about Faraci’s uncouth behavior, which permeated the inner circles of the anti-#GamerGate ranks. In particular, the scenario that Chipman is referring to is yet another case involving second-hand claims levied at former Birth.Movies.Death editor-in-chief, Devin Faraci, separate from another recent claim made against the movie critic and tech journalist.
In a series of tweets posted up on his Twitter account on October 13th, 2016, MovieBob — an avid anti-#GamerGate critic — wrote…
“OK. No more being a chickenshit about this. Someone I love tried to tell me what theyd heard about Devin Faraci a year ago. I didnt listen.
“I was dismissive, thickheaded, didn’t want to hear it and ALL for stupid, selfish, shortsighted reasons. In doing so, I was complicit in a status-quo of abuse and silence, caused pain to someone I care about and likely made others around me feel less safe and able…to be open themselves. There’s no excuse for it, no justification, no getting around it.
“I did the exact wrong thing. PERIOD.”
This confession came after a weekend of tumult involving Faraci being accused of having sexually assaulted a woman a decade ago, where he claimed he didn’t remember it happening but believed her anyway and begged for her forgiveness. The incident Chipman is referring to is not the same as the one that Faraci recently acknowledged.
Faraci received a lot of criticism for the move because many felt it was dismissive of the victim’s plight and that he didn’t actually acknowledge the hurt he may have caused her. The founder of the company that owns Birth.Movies.Death had Devin Faraci come offline and prevented him from tweeting anything else. Shortly thereafter, Faraci announced that he was stepping down as editor-in-chief from Birth.Movies.Death.
Chipman further wrote about the topic of sexual abuse, something that seems to be rampant within Chipmen’s circle of peers consisting of movie critics and tech journalists. The movie critic and outspoken pundit wrote…
“Silence hurts. Not believing hurts. Being dismissive hurts. Don’t do it.
“I am ashamed of myself, of my (lack of) actions and my callousness to those whose love I proved I did not deserve. I have to live with that. Bottom line: Believe women. Believe people when they try to tell you these things.”
[…] “Well, one more thing: I’m sorry. That can’t POSSIBLY account for all of it, but I am. Truly.”
A lot of people are criticizing MovieBob Chipman for enabling alleged sexual abusers like Devin Faraci and for not speaking up sooner, especially for espousing the beliefs of third-wave feminism and taking a position that comes across as a male feminist.
Other supposed male feminists, like tech journalist Matt Hickey, were engaged in similar incidents of sexual misconduct along with a former member of Crash Override Network, Robert Marmolejo, who turned out to be a sexual harasser, as reported by Mombot in a piece on Medium.
MovieBob Chipman has been a strong anti-#GamerGate proponent, making many videos and Twitter comments criticizing the consumer revolt. Back in September, 2014, Chipman wrote…
“It’s hard for me to “objective” about the organized campaign of harassment going on via social media, both before and now through the #GamerGate stuff. Mostly because so much of it is being launched against people who are my friends and colleagues, but also because it’s difficult for me to even find a proper way to respond – hence why I’ve occasionally been seen to resort to harsh language, angry name-calling or simply retweeting the anguish I’m seeing from others (those first two I’ve apologized for already, the third demands none.)”
It turns out that the people Chipman are friends with have been involved with countless instances of corruption, as evidenced with the Crash Override Network leaks, the GameJournoPro leaks, and plenty of breaches of Federal Trade Commission regulations. We can now add to the list that Chipman was defending friends and complicit with covering for individuals who have been involved with alleged sexual assault.
[Update 10/14/2016:] In compliance with One Angry Gamer’s Right of Reply outlined in the Ethics Policy, Chipman explained in multiple e-mail messages that he did not feel that this was a newsworthy story and that the focus should be on the victims. He also stated that his quotes do not infer complicity in covering-up Devin Faraci’s alleged sexual assault, but that he was complicit in the general and broader atmosphere of a “cycle of silence”. Chipman requested that none of the e-mail statements be posted or quoted in full.