Brad Wardell's site for talking about the customization of Windows.
Published on March 13, 2015 By Frogboy In Blogging

A Social Justice Warrior is defined as:

pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently engages in arguments on social justice on the Internet, often in a shallow or not well-thought-out way, for the purpose of raising their own personal reputation. A social justice warrior, or SJW, does not necessarily strongly believe all that they say, or even care about the groups they are fighting on behalf of. They typically repeat points from whoever is the most popular blogger or commenter of the moment, hoping that they will "get SJ points" and become popular in return. They are very sure to adopt stances that are "correct" in their social circle. source

They’re not liberals. They’re not conservatives.  They’re narcissists who hate people in order to feel good about themselves in front of their peers.

It’s Friday and I’ve decided to indulge myself by publishing some of the asinine comments from a SJW subredit. The best thing you can do with SJWs is point and laugh at them.

Let’s begin with: https://www.reddit.com/r/GamerGhazi/comments/2xva7w/about_the_brad_wardell_thing/

To recap: Brianna Wu asked me to have coffee with her at GDC.  Bri is very active in the “anti-gamer gate” movement who runs an indie game studio. She and I have clashed in the past and after we got to know each other better we realized that her views and my views have a lot of overlap.  Our basic difference is that she sees GamerGate as a hate group and I am sympathetic to GamerGate’s stated goal of cleaning up indie gaming journalism. 

Anyway, Bri shared on twitter that she and I had a pleasant sit down together and her followers went bonkers leading her to feel obligated to restate that she and I are not in some sort of alliance, etc.  After being viciously insulted online, Bri felt obligated to make a Reddit post to assuage the irrational fears of her supporters. Now, her liking me or not liking me doesn’t affect whether I found her to be a pleasant individual in person or not. I found her to be quite pleasant and interesting. But then again, I don’t define myself by hating other people.

Let’s take a look

MaxwellTolvo writes:

I feel I should preface what I'm about to say with this, I'm very scared and do not feel safe.

I really have nothing to add to that statement. It just gives you the mindset of the SJW.  He/she continues:

Your tweets about Brad were disheartening to me, but I had not personally been harassed by him(My friends have been) so I didn't feel betrayed on that front.

What does “harassed” mean? Maybe it’s taken on a new meaning? Let’s take a look at the meaning in English:

: to annoy or bother (someone) in a constant or repeated way

The key thing about harassment is that it involves repetition.  If you (or I) criticize someone, that’s not harassment.  If someone posts “I wish Brad would die in a fire” and I respond “I’m in Michigan so at least I’d be warm” that is not me, harassing them. 

The grand total of people I’ve harassed is 0. 

Salarta writes:

I think Brad Wardell is playing you.

For what? What exactly do I get out of this? I didn’t tweet about it.

Brad Wardell has hurt a lot of people, and he's fine with that. He hasn't apologized. He's not sorry in any way.

Define “hurt”? And who are these people I’ve hurt? I assume they mean emotionally. Isn’t that really on them? For example, the weirdos on the Subredit could all claim this post is “hurting” them.  I don’t think that’s on me. That’s on them to take a little responsibility for their own online behavior. Similarly, if I were the delicate snowflake these people clearly are, aren’t they hurting me with their mean words?

But they are right about one thing: I’m not sorry. And I won’t apologize. I have nothing to be sorry for and nothing to apologize about.  People making up crazy things about me or someone else doesn’t somehow give them leverage over their target.

Maybe I don't really understand what it means to be a CEO, and this is a necessary evil. Maybe being a CEO means consorting with evil.

Maybe they don’t understand what it’s like to have a job? Maybe they don’t understand what it’s like to be a parent? Or to have responsibilities? They don’t really articulate what they mean.  As CEO, I run one of the world’s most progressive studios of our size in terms of equality of treatment for all human beings regardless of race, sex, orientation.

Rarebitt writes:

Just to make it clear - Brad Wardell has sexually harasser his emplyees. He has confessed in engaging in sexual harassment, he just refuses to call it that.

This is interesting circular logic. I have both confessed to sexual harassment AND refused to call it that.  Well, let’s make sure we understand what that is:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that tends to create a hostile or offensive work environment. (source)

Bear in mind, I’ve not even been accused of doing the above.  I was once sued for sexual harassment (that was the allegation) but none of the allegations actually involved anything that involved harassment or sexual.  The internet hub-bub boiled down that I mocked an employee, who happened to be female, for complaining about unspecified jokes I tell around the office.  That’s not sexual harassment. And in fact, if I choose to go around quoting Family Guy or Simpsons that is also not sexual harassment though, even there, I don’t tell dirty jokes or even tell what might be considered off-color jokes.  But if I want to go around my office singing “Every sperm is sacred” and you don’t like it, tough shit. Find another job. I realize that this makes SJWs lose their minds but that’s really not anyone’s problem but theirs. At this point, I feel I can safely say that I’m the world’s most qualified internet lawyer on what constitutes sexual harassment.

I also had a conversation with him on twitter once and when I said that it's up to people to set their own boundaries and say when an unwanted touch or sexual comment constitutes harassment, he said I had "an entitled view of the world".

Why yes, you do have an entitled view on the world if you think what you personally define as offensive should somehow entitle you to control what happens in an office environment.  Now, to be clear: physical touch is a different thing.  But I wasn’t accused of that. My offense was about “words” and unspecified ones at that.  If someone objects to something said to them, they have every right to complain and that should be the end of it. However, as any employment attorney can tell you, the pervading culture at a company overrides an individual’s preferences on what happens there in general.  Hence, if you find Homer Simpson quotes offensive, then you are welcome to find another job.

Inchoatercia writes:

please understand people like Wardell have done real, tangible harm, and absent even a tiny bit of contrition for that harm, that hate is going to continue to drive his actions.

Like Wardell? So what, “real”, “tangible” harm has been done? Do you know what tangible means? And who is it I hate? I don’t hate you. I may laugh at you. Ridicule you. But I don’t hate you. What’s there to hate? I may resent having to pay for future subsidies for you to become a career student after your music theory major fails to land you a job but that’s a far cry from hating.

Now, this is just touching the tip of the iceberg. 

A lot of what separates people like me and SJWs is how they deal with this abuse. SJWs wilt. They try to turn their hurt feelings into a weapon to extract concessions from others.  They absolutely rely on the good nature of other people to further their agenda.

By contrast, people like me can’t help but laugh at this idiocy.  I try not to indulge too much in ridiculing these abusive twerps. But it’s been a long week and frankly, these creatures need to be exposed for what they are. And the journalists who use them as props to further their own ridiculous agendas should be exposed for what they are.


Comments
on Mar 13, 2015

I seem to remember screaming at you across the office "Why was I cursed with a boss like you? You're nothing but a misery!" So in reality, I've probably harassed you more than you've harassed me. Sorry about that!

I don't understand why she says you've hurt people, though. She also says the allegations against you "are factual" and then goes on to say that "the case was settled." What she's saying is pretty misleading. It also makes her out to be some kind of hero for condescending to speak to you Finally, I was one of the "two female employees" at the meeting. I have a name. I don't appreciate being relegated to just a gender. I can't help but think that her post is carefully calculated to make her seem like the brave returning warrior and you the evil monster she went to slay. Apparently you are the dragon terrorizing their town. 

Having said all that, toughen up because I don't intend to stop harassing you Now, get back to coding you assassin of joy. 

 

on Mar 13, 2015

Yes, ma'am!

on Mar 14, 2015

Thanks for standing up against SJWs. As my way of saying thanks I've bought SoaSE: Rebellion to give you more evil CEO bucks.

on Mar 14, 2015

I tend to think that so many people just don't want to see any grey in their heroes. The issue is black and white to them; with us or against us. When one thinks critically about things and actively tries to suppress their own biases, one often finds something to agree with or sympathize with on the "other side."

on Mar 15, 2015

I think you're being quite irrational to call them crazy over this. Their entire claim to fame is their victimhood. By that standard,  what they're doing is perfectly reasonable. 

Brianna compromised their cause's legitimacy by seeming to make peace with you. For that, she had to make amends to her support base, and as is habit, she used her talent of earning sympathy to get back into their good graces. The entire statement she made is an exercise in plausible deniability. The double meanings should make perfect sense when viewed from the angle of "she is not acting out of principle, but out of self-interest".

on Mar 15, 2015

Though I would like you to clarify what you mean by this: 


However, as any employment attorney can tell you, the pervading culture at a company overrides an individual’s preferences on what happens there in general.

 

For example, if you work at a construction company, and the culture there is overwhelmingly of sexist remarks and misogynistic behaviour, should that override employees preferences on what should happen? Otherwise, you should perpetually look for a job where that doesn't happen?

on Mar 23, 2015

Goodness. These SJWs... appreciate your take on it. And agree completely. As the other of the two females at the table that day, with a completely pleasant coffee conversation, I can't believe it blew up like it did on the internets. Good grief!