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Sault Ste. Marie man gives Canadians a bad name

- July 6th, 2012

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Ben Spurr has honoured his community and this great nation of ours by designing a video game in which participants get to beat the living crap out of a young woman. Specifically, U.S. blogger Anita Sarkeesian, who had the nerve to plan to eventually discuss tropes of women in videogames.

It’s a heartwarming tale of a hometown boy done good. Writes the Sault Star:

The backlash includes the game, which was posted to www.newgrounds.com by a user calling himself Bendilin, 25, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

The game’s creator accuses Sarkeesian of “scamming,” money out of donors, and claims she, “Uses the excuse that she is a woman to get away with whatever she damn well please (sic).”

Ah yes! It’s a classic twist on the Nigerian Royalty scam, but instead of duping people out of money on false pretenses, Sarkeesian accepts voluntary donations through a reputable fundraising site and explains exactly what she’s going to do with the money. Genius!

In the game, cleverly named “Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian,” users click on a picture of the research student and watch as she develops bruises and cuts. But in case you were worried there might be some misogyny at play here, relax! The game’s creator has rationally explained that his artistic endeavour “isn’t about ‘punching women.’  It’s about punching a selfish person. There’s a difference.”

What a beautiful expression of gender equality. I hereby declare sexism defeated.