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A Hate Crime on The Internet

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The website, GayGamer.net, was the target of a hate crime that involved flooding his site with hate speech and threatening e-mails. GayGamer was knocked offline “with a series of denial of service attacks”.

Flynn DeMarco, the sites owner had this to say, “By Friday the site, working with their host, was able to block the IPs where the DOS attacks seemed to be coming from. Then Friday evening someone began flooding the site’s forums and chat room with hate speech, including some death threats, and over-sized images meant to bog down the site, De Marco said. The flood of messages and images all originated from the same IP in Philidelphia, he added.”

Death threats? All for being an outspoken and courageous gay blogger who writes about the video game industry…

From Kotaku: “According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations a hate crime, also known as a bias crime, is a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin.”

From one gay blogger to the other, I would like to extend a gesture of solidarity with GayGamer. The culture of hatred, intolerance, and violence that permeates the often-anonymous world of the Internet needs to be challenged and changed. The courage to be yourself, write your truths, and fight injustices is a difficult and lonely path, but if we can unite against these attacks we can create an Internet that is civil and safe.

5 Comments

  1. Wow…thanks for posting this…this is such a reality check. I stand with you…as someone who plans to start other sites for us gay folk, I never even thought about the possibility of hate crimes cyberstylized……we have so much growing to do as human beings!

  2. Greiver!

    I AGREE!!!! I HAVE FAMILY LIVING UP IN AFRICA AND THINK RE5 IS RACIST! KYM! WE NEED TO GET TOGETHER AND SCARE CAPCOM FROM RELEASING THE TITLE!

  3. CD

    There will always be small minds with passionate views that wish to hurt others.

    It is, however, naive to assume it can be easily challenged or changed.

    “The culture of hatred, intolerance, and violence that permeates the often-anonymous world of the Internet needs to be challenged and changed.”

    This can only happen with strict regulation… something which violates freedom of speech.

    Awareness of the issue, in my opinion, is the key.

    I just don’t see the internet becoming unanimously “civil” anytime soon without unwanted regulation. We have enough trouble doing that outside of the digital realm.

  4. As I see on the current manner of gaygamer.net, the people that did it must have been righteous homophobes, any man or woman, gay or straight is equal as same as in color and nation. And those attpemts of intimidation are sad acts of injustice.

  5. Zach

    Thanks for posting about this. I’ve been a user on GayGamer.net for quite sometime (I was their first Gay Gamer of the Week!) and it always makes me shocked and appalled to see such blatant acts of ignorance abound on the internet.

    You’d think that a community where open source is the new mantra would be more OPEN towards people of other persuasions/race/beliefs. Even if you don’t accept them for yourself and don’t believe they are right it’s not anyone’s place to play “decider”.