There’s a feature on the iPhone, I don’t know if it’s new with this update or not, that allows a user to designate an emergency contact be sent a message when the lock button is pressed five times. The idea behind this is to give people a sort of defense if they are attacked or need medical help. There is a lot you could use it for, but a Twitter user tweeted out a message that showed a screenshot of how to use it and asked that all women set it up in case their attacked. She was just passing on what she thought would be friendly advice.
Nothing controversial there.
But she got jumped on and a few hours later (now) the account is protected and the tweet can no longer reach people that are not on her approved list of readers.
This isn’t surprising and is kind of the pattern of things. Men who claim they’re not sexist and there’s not a problem turning right around and creating a problem by being the thing they say they’re not. A lot of the question was “why didn’t she send the message out to everyone?”
Which would be a fair point if we weren’t looking at problems like sexual assault on campuses and really just anywhere else. It’s not that men might not need it, but perhaps in her particular group those topics are more relevant. And it’s not like men can’t see the message just because she addressed women directly. It’s not like anyone is stopping them from using the tip.
I read an article yesterday where Dan Harmon, one of the creators of the show RIck and Morty is pretty pissed that some of his show’s fans have been going on Twitter and other social media. He had A LOT to say about his feelings:
“These knobs, that want to protect the content they think they own—and somehow combine that with their need to be proud of something they have, which is often only their race or gender. It’s offensive to me as someone who was born male and white, and still works way harder than them, that there’s some white male fan out there trying to further some creepy agenda by ‘protecting’ my work.”
The important thing here to focus on is the “creepy agenda” bit because that’s where all of this stems from. These people aren’t upset that this girl didn’t share the details of some iOS feature with them or that Rick and Morty has seen a drop in quality due to women being on staff. They’re just out to nitpick women and attack the for anything that they find that seems like a target and though many of them aren’t necessary the exact same people that we would refer to as the Alt-Right, they benefit from the behavior the Alt-Right displays as well as partake in a bit of those same behaviors.
It’s of note that when you look at someone like Dan Harmon who has created things that adored in female and male geek circles like Community, Harmonquest, and Rick and Morty and you look at these people who do these kinds of things and the talking heads that drive them forward there doesn’t seem to actually be much in the way of creativity between them. They create controversy and make online videos or write books just to drive their platform and agenda while their fans ignore what most of the entertainment world is basically screaming at them at this point.