David Futrelle is beside himself with gleeful horror at the revelation that a so-called death threat was sent via email to several campus officials at the Utah State University, warning them that allowing the allegedly beleaguered Anita Sarkeesian to speak there would result in “the deadliest school shooting in American history.”
“I’m giving you a chance to stop it,” the email author added thoughtfully. Even for an entirely fictitious MHRA psycho, I thought that was terribly decent of him.
You see, like many actual MHRAs, I have come to regard all claims made by, and on behalf of, this woman with a cynically weary eye. The fact that Anita Sarkeesian manages to remain miraculously unscathed—which I strongly desire to continue—amidst her numerous, unsupported claims of threats to her person is only a minor reason for my cynicism. So is her uncanny ability to time these damseling episodes for maximum effect, publicity, and fiscal reward.
This time, my cynicism is driven by the fact that this particular “threat” is such a transparent fraud that only a complete cretin could possibly fall for it. As if on cue: “All this because she made some videos discussing sexism in fucking video games,” wails Futrelle, rather obscenely, as he makes another embarrassing attempt to mount his very nervous-looking steed to defend Sarkeesian—a woman whose only imminent danger seems to be her ill-advised penchant for wearing earrings as big as her head.
“Feminists have ruined my life and I will have my revenge, for my sake and the sake of all the others they’ve wronged.” The only thing missing is the swish of “his” cape as he exits, stage left, with his “semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs” cunningly concealed beneath “his” jauntily angled fedora.
By “all this,” Futrelle is, of course, referring to the email sent to officials at Utah State University. Here it is in its entirety:
There is no doubt whatsoever that this email was written by a feminist posing as an MHRA. The entirely fictitious character, who is supposed to have written it, conforms so closely to the feminist mischaracterization of MHRAs as dangerously violent psychopaths who dream of brutally silencing women that it could only have been written by someone whose goal was to maintain and embellish this outrageously slanderous threat narrative.
The character created as the author of the email is an artful pastiche of those mythical MHRAs, Elliot Rodger and Marc Lépine, neither of whom had any connection with known MHR organizations, despite fraudulent feminist claims to the contrary. They were personality-disordered psychopaths—who certainly loathed women yet mysteriously managed to include a significant number of men among their victims—but they were definitely not MHRAs.
The feminist author promises to “write my manifesto in her spilled blood” in order to raise the spectre of Rodger, who wrote a lengthy manifesto that primarily detailed his inability to get laid and revealed that he was the kind of sad and crazy pussy-beggar who would probably have been persona non grata in the MHRM had he ever attempted to gain entry—which he never did.
Marc Lépine is referenced with the comment: “feminists have ruined my life and I will have my revenge, for my sake and the sake of all the others they’ve wronged.” This is intended to echo Lépine’s statement in his suicide statement that “I have decided to send the feminists, who have always ruined my life, to their Maker.” The author must have been concerned that the connection may have been missed because she heralds Lépine as her “hero” and promises to carry out a “Montreal Massacre style attack” against the attendees of Sarkeesian’s planned talk.
The “MHRM produces crazed murderers who target women” threat narrative has been so closely observed throughout the text of the email that it could only have been written by someone who assisted in its construction. Two of the reasons why feminists posing as MHRAs are so easy to detect are the style of language they employ and the fact that their purported representation of MHRAs has the unmistakable tone of caricature that frequently devolves into the realm of pantomime.
“Anita Sarkeesian is everything wrong with the feminist woman, and she is going to die screaming like the craven little whore that she is if you let her come to USU.”
Really? And her little dog too?
This statement sounds more like it came from Snow White’s wicked stepmother as she raises a Sarkeesianesque eyebrow in envious rage than a real-life psycho. There isn’t the slightest hint of articulated performance in the glib and terrifying words of genuinely deranged psychopaths like Elliot Rodger and Marc Lépine. They expressed their evil intentions with a glibness that was almost surgical in their coldness and disregard for the sanctity of human life. Compare the cartoonish nonsense about writing manifestos in “her spilled blood” with this quote from Lépine’s suicide statement:
The chilling sincerity is believable in a way that the email sent to Utah State University is not. The only commonality between the anonymous email, Marc Lépine’s suicide statement, and Elliot Rodger’s manifesto is that none of them were written by MHRAs. They were written by people whose bigotry and desire to enact violent revenge on their ideological opponents are consistently and unequivocally condemned by A Voice for Men, the flagship of the MHRM.
The only question that remains is: Who has a history of making death threats via emails to venues hosting talks on potentially contentious issues and has a vested interest in publicly demonizing the MHRM by maintaining a false threat narrative through attempted character assassination and misrepresenting everything we stand for? If you answered “feminists” without sneaking a peak at the key below, congratulations, you are no longer a newbie in the MHRM.
Of course, there is always the possibility that I am wrong and that the email was actually sent by an MHRA whom no one in the movement has ever heard of. If you believe that, then you probably also believe that Chanty Binx has rolled up the sleeves of her white lab coat and is currently working hard on men’s issues in Paul Elam’s sammich mines.
It is important to note that evidence suggesting that Anita Sarkeesian colluded in this fraud is as non-existent as the evidence proving that the email was written by an MHRA—and this article does not suggest otherwise.