Destructoid Lets Jed Whitaker Go Following String Of Controversial Articles
Jed Whitaker GamerGate
(Last Updated On: July 21, 2017)

Jed Whitaker recently took to Twitter to proclaim that he was “fired” from Destructoid. He claims that the new owner of Destructoid is getting chummy with #GamerGate, and that he would prefer to offer his services elsewhere.

Given the 150 character limit on Twitter, Whitaker wrote out his departure missive and then pasted it as an image on the social media network.

If you’re unable to read the text, Whitaker writes…

“Destructoid found the excuse they were looking for to “fire me”, which is a rich way to say stop letting me write there for essentially no pay.

 

“I can’t speak for everyone but I haven’t been paid to write there for over a year since the Dtoid UK team was let go. Aside from page view bonus.

 

“They have been trying to find a reason to be rid of me ever since the site was bought out and I wrote something that pissed off GamerGate, a hate group of which the new CEO has been openly engaging with on Twitter.

 

“Honestly, I’m relieved. If anything this can push me to go somewhere that actually supports me, or just take time to myself.”

According to the FBI report, there was no evidence that #GamerGate is or has been a hate group.

Whitaker mentions that at one point he was only making $300 a month at Destructoid, and that the pageview bonus was rather small since it was 50 cents per every 1,000 views.

He claims that people will see him around at other sites. Those who supported Jed Whitaker and his writing offered their condolences and well wishes on Twitter.

Meanwhile, however, many were glad that Whitaker was gone from Destructoid over on Kotaku in Action.

Whitaker was oftentimes the topic of discussion when he would write purposefully inflammatory content that caused people to archive Destructoid’s content, such as the time when he imported Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 just to perpetuate the narrative about sexist gamers, or likening those who enjoyed Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni to pedophiles; a comparison that netted a response from Destructoid publisher, Niero Gonzalez, who amended the review, writing…

“We’re not running any stories containing the word pedophiles anymore, even in jest. The comments below are way, way off the topic of videogames so let’s put this one to bed, eh? Also, it’s of course worth mentioning that we do enjoy this sort of game. I for one acknowledge that some games are junk, but that can be precious brain-dead junk.”

That one article is just a small sampling of Whitaker’s misdeeds in the eyes of the gaming community. DeepFreeze.it, the #GamerGate funded database that keeps track of journalist malfeasance, has a couple of entries regarding Whitaker’s sensationalism regarding topics such as claiming that Fire Emblem: Fates encouraged gay conversion therapy, and was also one of the many media outlets who helped promote a discredited research survey about male teenage gamers and sexism. You can read Jed Whitaker’s entire profile over on DeepFreeze.it

Destructoid has been in the cross-hairs of #GamerGate for a while, with many people wanting the site to do better since it was one of their go-to hotspots for gaming news. Publisher Niero Gonzalez has been engaging with the community and attempting to find ways to improve the quality standards of the site, including updating the ethics policies, tightening up the content control and attempting to address articles that don’t meet those standards, which happened recently when Jonathan Holmes attempted to cover for composer Alex Mauer by purposefully leaving out key details regarding the situation of Mauer filing multiple false DMCA claims against the developers of Starr Mazer: DSP and River City Ransom: Underground.

(Thanks for the news tip Burch)


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  • So good to see these hipster cucks get their due.

  • Gluten-free Cheese Puffs

    Press F to pay your respects.. Bwahahahahah!

  • Raging Papist

    The ride never ends GamerGate. Score one for the good guys,

  • MONAD

    Niero seems to genuinely want to do better and inform people. It’s the retards he’s surrounded himself with that want to fuck everything up.

    • everyone’s doing their best. thanks for the shout out!

      • MONAD

        This is the kind of response and level headedness that make me want to give Destructoid another shot. All this PC nonsense does is divide and create animosity between people that normally would get along. Keep doing what you’re doing in getting rid of these idiots and Destructoid will gain its readership back. Slowly, but surely.

  • Mr.Towel

    Holyshit.

    Less than one week after I told Niero that hiring a more political diverse team will automatically get rid of extremists… Jed is fired, LOL!

    I mean, I don’t think Niero hired anyone but the timing is just too comical.

    Also, I’m keeping an eye on Destructoid now. Yeah, I’m masochist, I know, shush.

    I do hope Jed takes his head out of his ass and listen to the other side. Or at least stop bad mouthing his previous employers, for his future employers won’t like to know that. Damn spergs. Later they keep asking themselves why they’re always unemployed and playing Call of Duty: Infinite WELFARE all day long.

    • we’ve hired seven new people since the company was acquired

      • Mr.Towel

        Oh, good to hear. Thanks for the heads up!

        I’m keeping Destructoid on my daily bookmarks tab, no ad-block. You might me see me around there for a while. Let’s see where this restart leads to.

      • totenglocke

        I might start reading destructiod again…

      • Alistair

        Well it good you doing some spring cleaning the website I visit the site the other day. Not seeing anything bad keep it up dude. 😊

  • Alistair

    Apart from my shitty jokes it be a good week for destructoid.

    Thank about it, if you going to be a bad website why fix the problem.

    But the taste is in the pudding, we have to wait and see what became of reform destructoid.

    Firing JED is the start of a much needed clean up,

    I hope they continue the purge because they won’t survive if they don’t.

    • Unrelated but you aware of this in the UK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3pWnG5ay4A

      It’s s*it like this that makes me completely despise feminism.

      (apologies Billy as it’s unrelated to the article topic, but it’s the same kind of SJW garbage that infests Western mainstream media and society)

      • I heard about that. It’s some serious bull for sure. I wouldn’t be surprised if some SJW American companies ended up doing the same.

      • Alistair

        Oh yes I read up on that, chris Evans is the highest pay followed by a woman that present strictly come dance. She be strictly went dancing all the way to the bank.

        But that itself doesn’t bother me, it how they get that cash and the way the BBC had tried to push a agenda.

        Look at the election of trump the BBC clearly wanted Clinton to win. The same BBC that give stars huge pay outs while families struggles to pay their way.

        • I know the BBC and Chris Evans are rich, but the thing that is unacceptable is how the whole issue is turned into a witch hunt against men by the feminists.

          Whilst completely ignoring the simple fact that the people with the higher talent and work the most hours should get paid more.

          If you looked at the interview in the video, the c*nt of an interviewer (who was quite rude as well) basically wanted to cut the men’s salaries and have the money be given to the women for so-called “equality”.

          How much Chris Evans, etc. earns is irrelevant, the issue here is that it’s become a case of feminists ignoring facts and lynch-mobbing men as usual. And these SJW parasites have the nerve to say that women are the “oppressed” ones who don’t have any power.

          The BBC are complete cucks, but in this case they are actually doing something right because they are paying more wages to people who have the highest talent. But as usual, the SJWs/feminists have turned it into war against men.

          • Alistair

            I agree it is irrelevant because all sections of the workforce shouldn’t have to give out how much pay they get.

            But The question is how did BBC was force to give out the stars pay roll. ITV doesn’t do it or channel 4 even 5 that itself is rather odd and suspect.

  • AlecJ

    So the company was so evil that he continued to work for it, for essentially “nothing”, in his view, until they decided to end the relationship?

    What kind of gutless turd would write for someone they consider evil for no pay?

    Unless, its all a complete lie, of course, and this piece of human garbage is merely using the only excuse he knows will garner him some sympathy from the sjw club.

    How do these people look in the mirror?

  • Anonymous

    Good. Nothing of value was lost. This guy has single handedly been trying to turn Destructioid into Kotaku with his SJW BS. I’m sure Kotaku or Polygon could give him a job he’d fit right in with their ilk.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Just because someone openly engages with someone you don’t like doesn’t mean they are apart of it. That’s what I fucking hate about SJWs. They won’t have any sort of debate.

  • Disqusted

    A few years too late. If he wasn’t being paid to write for them, why was he writing for them?

    Going by the gaming media’s track record, this guy will probably show up in the news again later as a serial rapist or something.

  • MusouTensei

    Are Polygon or Kotaku hiring? He fits right in there, because he’s trash.

    • Disqusted

      They tend to suck up the slime into one big ball of shit.

  • Bamf

    I fat guy who can 5 weiners in his mouth and complain.

    His parents must be proud.

  • jlenoconel

    He got fired because he called gamers pedophiles. It had nothing to do with GamerGate.

    • Disqusted

      Oh? If he specifically said so, that means he’s extremely likely to be one himself.

      • lucben999

        That NeoGAF mod who recently got arrested for his stash of child porn loved accusing people of being pedophiles for having anime girl avatars.

        • Alistair

          You mean my avatar with big titties 😩

          She my wafui with big tities.

          So Jed can find his own.

          Jk.

      • MONAD

        SJWs always project.

  • Cwbintennessee Michael Winton

    Real talk tho, memes aside

    I’m glad Jed got fired and hopefully he’ll wake up and realize that activism is meaningless and gets a real job and improves his life.

    If not then i’ll continue to laugh at his misfortune because being an SJW is not as lucrative as it was a few years ago oopsies

  • Cwbintennessee Michael Winton

    HAHA FAGGOT GOT FIRED
    Good
    ~ Signed another faggot that hates faggoty activist shitqueers like Jed Whitaker

  • Sand Ripper

    An angel got its wings today.

  • ParasiteX

    Wait? Does that mean Destructoid might actually be worth reading now?

    • Disqusted

      No.

      • MONAD

        Well, not yet, but it’s getting there. Seems like Niero’s actually listening to feedback. They haven’t completely regained my trust back yet, but firing Jed was a good first step.

  • Matt [in Middletown]

    The image of Jed walking out the door, cardboard box in hand and Nintendo switch controller sticking out of his backside as Jed intended it, is hilarious.
    Good riddance Jed.

  • LowLifeOcelot

    I feel bad for him. Maybe I should brought lot of Joycon to him, if you know what I’m mean.

  • Keystone

    Good fucking riddance to rotten trash.

    Also I wouldn’t at all be surprised if one day he becomes another goony beard who gets arrested for the stuff he criticized gamers about. Every “article” he wrote had an air of projection to it.

  • conrad1on

    Poor Jed just keeps choosing to work for bosses that turn out to be evil.

    https://twitter.com/conrad1on/status/807784805433802754

  • ThyPancakeConsumed

    “They have been trying to find a reason to be rid of me ever since the
    site was bought out and I wrote something that pissed off GamerGate, a
    hate group of which the new CEO has been openly engaging with on
    Twitter.”
    Both FBI and Crash Override Network couldn’t find anything about GamerGate being hate campaign or group, yet you keep it in your mouth even more preciously than those sausages. Be careful tho, nobody likes when teeth is used, Jed.

    • totenglocke

      Well, GamerGate hates “journalists” who post lies, so you could do some mental gymnastics to call it a “hate group”.

  • If his pay was as shit as he claims, why didn’t he leave earlier? I suspect his ability to slander people without consequences was more enticing than the prospect of better income. But oh well, you got hoisted by your own petard, so why should I care?

  • Feli Aslan

    Another one bites za dusto.

  • RichardGristle

    LOL What a damn clown.

    “Woe is me! Everyone is so mean, and it’s always the fault of everyone else, not myself!”

    These people keep getting fired for racism, shitty journalism ethics, and molesting kids but… watch out for that hateful, elite organization known as GamerGate! GamerGate took er jerbs!

  • This is interesting. A mainstream video games media outlet with a CEO that is fair and not a left-leaning SJW libtard? I guess miracles do happen.

  • Alistair

    Not surprisingly as we spoke of destrutoid in a different article.

    Been looking on deepfreeze and Jed is on number 5 that is the lower the number the more dirty you are.

    And Jed has the click bait status and his page.

    Edit: correction he at number 2, that means he dirtier.

  • Michael P

    The Goober Garbaz dun did it again, press F to pay respects.

    HA HA HA FUCK OFF JED!

    • VersVlees

      Press F to type FUCK YOU JED. Have fun standing in line for the soup kitchen.
      Also why are you talking shit to your boss on twitter with your IRL account? At least do it anonymously on some burner twitter account. Are these current year game journalist that narcissistic and/or stupid? (if you see shit they did on deepfreeze.it you know the answer is yes)

    • fnd

      FFFFFFFFFFFF

  • Hawk Hopper

    According to this, Destructoid got bought by Enthusiast Gaming and the CEO got linked to Whitaker’s Deepfreeze page. I wonder if the old internet never forgets machine did him in.

    https://twitter.com/truthswarm/status/884494542103351298

    • Phasmatis75

      To be fair I think most CEOs are clueless and trust the people around them. When given correct information he seems to be doing a good job of fixing the problems.

  • Hawk Hopper

    Jed Whitaker: hey kiddies, it’s your old pal, jedder pedders!

    Unemployment office lady: I’ve seen methheads with better hiring prospects than you.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9cc2dcb159f3a43b57ffdf104cd476ddd3019b0d502b2b6ec5f15ac3ed75615e.jpg

    • RichardGristle

      What’s the over/under on Jedo Pedo getting arrested, anyways?

      • Keystone

        Pretty high IMO. He has “sexual offender” written all over that goony bearded face; right next to “massive tool.”

  • Meteor

    Considering the average Whitaker article I’m surprised he was not the one paying to get published.

  • jlnod15

    Well that a good sign EDIT: But I hope that writer…learns and does better things.