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Oh, dear lord 
13th-Dec-2014 01:48 pm
calm, metal
So, I hop on twitter this afternoon, and it appears that some chucklehead is trying to stir up "MetalGate", a la "GamerGate".

Frankly, I don't think it's going to get any traction, partly because he doesn't even have the pretend grievances of GamerGate. There's no "ethics in metal journalism" here - he's just straight up mad that a couple of people wrote articles essentially saying, "Hey, metalheads, maybe we could be less racist/homophobic/misogynistic."

Still, ever since GamerGate erupted I have been wondering whether there were any special factors that made the metal community (which is in some ways demographically similar to the gamer community) resistant to this kind of toxic storm, or if it was pure luck that we hadn't had a GamerGate style blowup. I can make arguments either way. I guess now we get an empirical test.
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