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To quote Wikipedia (simply because it's convenient and seems to have the facts in order): "On May 17, 2012, [Anita] Sarkeesian began a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new series of short videos that would examine gender tropes in video games. The Kickstarter campaign was featured as a campaign of note on the official Kickstarter blog, and reached its funding goal of $6,000 within 24 hours, eventually raising $158,917 over the course of a month. It also received a large number of negative comments, including threats of death and rape, racial abuse, and an extended attempt to have the campaign suspended ... "

Hip-hop artist/video blogger Jay Smooth has some opinions on this:

This female person thanks you, Mr. Smooth!

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Jun. 25th, 2012 02:43 am (UTC)
Okay, I'd never heard of Jay Smooth, but I gotta say -- I think I like him!
Jun. 25th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)

I've got his videoblog on RSS feed in my f-list because he just makes so much sense. His usual topics are race relations and national politics. I don't think I've ever heard him discuss something quite so fannish before, but of course it's also a social justice issue, so it's not much of a departure.

Jun. 25th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
He does make a lot of sense! I think I'll be following his goings-on in the future. Thanks for the introduction to his stuff! :D
Jun. 25th, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
He's ten pounds of awesome in a five-pound bag.
Jun. 26th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)

He certainly is!

Jun. 26th, 2012 05:54 am (UTC)
I'm definitely getting that impression!
Jun. 25th, 2012 09:38 am (UTC)
I like that guy. I've been linked to him before. I wish my school boys English was good enough to get this, but it isn't. Even when I worked as a grammar school teacher it probably wouldn't have been, even though he has such a clear diction.

ETA: and of course (since I had some money available) when I heard of that shit storm the first time (having come across some of her previous videos), I contributed to her Kickstarter campaign.

Edited at 2012-06-25 09:40 am (UTC)
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)

His accent is slightly off from the stereotypical accent of, say, a mainstream U.S. newscaster (which is an educated version of the U.S. Mid-Atlantic accent). He has a bit of a New York City accent. I hadn't considered that he might be hard to understand, because my parents' families were all from NYC (in their generation, anyway - before that, they were from eastern Europe).

Edited at 2012-06-26 02:00 am (UTC)
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
No, the pronunciation would be fine, but he's got some really educated word choices, stuff that maybe grammar school kids over here would get to in grade 11 or 12, but not middle school boys like mine. The biggest problem is one of his biggest attractions, his smooth rhythmic delivery - my kids would just be overwhelmed for so long a time that working with this example would be a project of more than one lesson, and I haven't got time for those at a boys school even normally.
Jun. 27th, 2012 06:33 am (UTC)
Oddly, accent-wise he is quite easy for me (nearly deaf) to hear, which surprised me. I still wish he'd subtitle his vids, but I can catch way more of it than I can with most other people. The only other celebrity I've been able to understand that well is Mira Furlan, for some reason.

Jun. 26th, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
He's on Tumblr too! http://jsmooth995.tumblr.com/

Includes both crossposts of his regular vlog stuff and random chattier little posts. <3
Jun. 27th, 2012 06:35 am (UTC)
Ooh, Jay Smooth. ♥ My girlfriend points me to his vids now and then, and he's generally really good. Surprised to hear he's talking gender rather than race, but thoroughly unsurprised that he's awesome on this subject as well. ♥
Jun. 27th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, he's been doing the occasional commentary on gender issues for ages, too - I really love this interview where he talks about his upbringing and his heroines including his awesome mom, amongst other things. (The stuff about the perspective you can develop when you're mixed and ambiguous-looking and the common assumptions that are revealed when people constantly pass you for white, ooooh it's so dead-on.)

(Pssst, Cho-nee-chan...you know his mom's Jewish, right? ^_^)
Jun. 27th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you!
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