In a stunning example of internet censorship, famous YouTuber and Anita Sarkeesian critic, Dr. Phil Mason, otherwise known by his YouTube handle Thunderf00t, has had his Twitter account suspended for alleged harassment.
Dr. Mason has been, perhaps, the most effective and vocal critics of Sarkeesian who has made a fortune lambasting the gaming industry as being misogynistic and perpetuating “tropes” concerning women and femininity. Recently, she has claimed to have been the victim of death threats-claims her critics say may be contrived.
Dr. Mason has never, in any of his videos, threatened Sarkeesian or expressed any wish to see her harmed in any way. He points out in his latest video regarding his suspension from Twitter that having exposed herself to the the free market of ideas she should expect criticism.
“You try the open market place of ideas and when you roundly get your ass handed to you in the open market place of ideas, you try to shift the goal post” said Dr. Mason of the suspension.
Quoting Tyrion Lannister, a character from the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones,” Dr. Mason said: “When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you are only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”
*Update* It is official, Sarkeesian and co. are directly implicated: