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Internet Mob Drives VG Voice Actor Troy Baker Off Twitter

Video game voice actor Troy Baker (“Booker DeWitt” in Bioshock Infinite, “The Joker” in Batman: Arkham Origins) discovered the wrath of the “professionally offended” when he decided to retweet a joke he found funny on twitter. Now one may ask-what vile disgusting thing could he have posted that could lead to so much dogpiling that he would choose to abandon the social media platform?

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There is nothing else forthcoming-that was the ENTIRETY of the joke.

Almost immediately, the #SocJus mobs pounced upon his account with relentless outrage, tone-policing and verbal abuse (as would be becoming from groups who constantly claim themselves to be victims of online harassment):

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And after hours of this, Baker made a decision:

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…and those who made this happen celebrated in a mature and respectful way:

However, dissenting voices chimed in to point out that PERHAPS this whole situation had been blown out of proportion and a little rational re-evaluation was in order:

This lead to a twitter hashtag called #IStandWithTroy being created (which as of this writing has received 434,000+ impresions):

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Later, writer Erik Kain posted his thoughts on the uproar to the Forbes website in an attempt to sum up the situation:

…And it is a shame that people can’t take a joke, especially one that’s pretty obviously not malicious. Nobody should be above a little ribbing.

Humor is the great leveler, after all. It’s part of what makes us human, regardless of gender or race. If you can’t joke about a particular demographic, you’re basically saying that demographic isn’t equal. I don’t know about you, but I find that pretty terrible.

I also find the ferocity of our current online outrage culture rather frightening at times. People should be allowed to make bad jokes. They aren’t necessarily bad people because of it. We’ve all said off-colored things in private; sometimes those things slip into public. Sometimes we must tame our urge to rage against something, anything, someone, anyone who offends us. Being outraged, shaming others—are these really the tools of progress and change?

As I’ve said previously, internet mob justice isn’t justice at all.

We at Geek Juice have always been vocal that as a satirical pop culture website first and foremost we believe in the concept of potentially offensive humor as free speech. The lesson modern hacktivists cannot seem to comprehend is that just because you disagree with something does not mean it is hate speech and must be banned or shamed out of existence. We feel that hugbox/safe-space culture does society a disservice and essentially creates mindsets that won’t be able to function properly in the real world-humor is a great way to make that point in a more digestible way than lecturing, histrionics and rhetoric.

But in this case, we honestly don’t see more than a joke making fun of an aging rock icon, an actor whose had many questionable cosmetic surgeries and a recent cause celebre who while making a personal choice we have no problem with DOESN’T exclude her from being a target of humor.

TL:DR-sometimes a joke is JUST a joke…man up, ya pussies.

mister X

*This article does not necessarily represent the views of all members of Geek Juice…but it does for a lot of them (and we’re mature enough around here to agree to disagree like adults)

Sources: Twitter, Forbes

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misterX
Media manipulator-amateur analyst-professional smartass: creator of several different web series that mostly cover his befuddlement at mainstream tastes, love/hate relationship with cult films and sometimes just his desire to make u laugh while thinking…
4 Comments
  • DrWawee
    July 23, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I reported every last one of those people who attacked troy for harassment. It’s time to stand up to SJWs

  • LarryBundyJr
    July 23, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    They tried this shit on me too when I made a joke, But these fucking scumbags with their passive aggressive bullying is truly sickening.

    Can’t do anything now in case it upsets a special snowflake :D

  • vastle12
    July 25, 2015 at 8:15 am

    SJWs = pack of cunts

  • GunsmithKitten
    July 27, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    As I mentioned elsewhere in another of X’s articles, this has an extra side effect; it helps empower the genuine bigots out there and somehow gives them credibility they don’t deserve. SJW’s ruin shit for everyone, it seems.

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