I was out at dinner with Zoe Quinn, watching her get harassed in realtime by a cabal of irate internet denizens. That was around the time Jontron decided to give his nod of approval to the people behind it. After a few beers, I said “I am going to Tweet a picture of me giving the middle finger to a toilet at him, because fuck his shit." I didn’t go on the warpath or prepare a longwinded argument about why I disagreed with his statements, I sent him a photograph of myself flipping off a toilet.
Sorry, sometimes I’m twelve.
I don’t know Jontron personally. I don’t follow his work on YouTube, but I’m aware of how popular he is. I think it completely sucks that someone with such a large following can be so destructively oblivious to how much influence they have, and how much weight his opinions have. One of the most dangerous parts of internet/YouTube culture is that people can get famous without leaving the house, attracting a huge fanbase without the slightest impetus for personal growth, aside from some snarky comments. When people become famous, on the internet or otherwise, people often stop growing up. When there are thousands of people applauding your every move, why should you listen to someone telling you to check yourself?
When I give advice to depressed kids on this stupid blog, I mostly do it because it seems like a nice thing to do, but it also helps me keep my head out of my ass. It forces me to think about a time when a whole lot less people gave a shit about who I was or what I thought about anything, and to keep everything in perspective. It makes me question myself and consider being in different circumstances. Does that mean I’m a perfect, flawless glistening spectacle of human perfection? Fuck no. But I try to keep an open mind an not let my opinions and attitude ferment, clot, and crystalize into a personal dogma of pigheaded stubbornness.
Like I said, I don’t know Jontron, so I’m not trying to pass judgment on him. However, I didn’t like what he had to say about a friend of mine, so I sent him a picture of myself making a rude hand gesture at a thing that people poop into. I wouldn’t say we have beef, per se, and I’m not sure if that counts as a joke, but it’s something.
I’m sticking my dick in a beehive by even addressing the Zoe Quinn/Jontron situation, but fuck the entire issue. Fuck it into a burning pile of broken shit and nuke it from orbit. How Zoe Quinn has been treated has made me want to quit my fucking job. No matter how much you disagree with her views or disapprove of her lifestyle choices, if you think what Zoe’s done warrants the amount of shit that the internet’s sent her way, you need to take a step back and reassess your entire fucking worldview.
…Hey, if anyone decides to screencap this post and put it on 4chan, can you throw some fun photos of animals along the side? I just think that would be a nice time for everyone.