Cirsova has transcribed a fairly massive Geordie Tait interview. It’s interesting, but quite a lot to wade through, so I have pulled a few of the best bits out here for those that are interested. Even these excerpts are long, so pop some popcorn before you dig into this…!
Geordie Tait Interview Transcribed – Pt 1
KOP: Why is genocide ever justified, out of curiosity?
GT: Because these are literally evil people who are making people’s lives worse just by existing.
KOP: Okay, give me some examples, some links maybe, something I can show that these people are so evil that they needed to be genocided, at least something that would, you know, I can understand that, I can understand the concept of ‘Listen and Believe’, but I also understand the concept of ‘Trust but Verify’.
KOP: And I would want to trust it, but you’ve gotta verify it with me and everybody else, so that we understand that we are…
GT: I really think that, you know, I mean it’s so obvious to me, I just feel like you must not be looking for it. You must be just ignoring 90% of what the members of gamergate say, cuz it’s…
KOP: I’m not, I’m just saying can I get some links and stuff to show to the chat why we’re, why gamergate, is evil?
GT: I could try and find some. I didn’t actually prepare any. I could have.
KOP: No, no problem, we don’t have to rush it. Just look while we talk, it’s no big deal.
GT: Alright, I’ll try.
Geordie Tait Interview Transcribed – Pt 2
GT: I believe that a lot of people. When [Anita Sarkeesian] asked for X amount of money and then out of nowhere people donated – does anyone remember what the final number was?
KOP: It was a little over 100k, go ahead.
GT: A little over 100k which just blew everyone’s expectations out of the water. Now, me personally, and a lot of other people that I talked to thought that that was a sign of a silent majority that were so tired of just the general bullshit having to do, y’know, the, of women in video games, the many different shortcomings that needed to be rectified to have them as in the positions narrative, and, uh, otherwise that they should be. So that’s why she got all that money. I’m sure she was completely surprised by it and I’m sure that she didn’t have the expertise to use $100,000. But I don’t care.
KOP: I just have to say, though, getting money doesn’t make your ideology right. Lenin killed and took over and created communism, but that didn’t mean communism was right just because people thought it was a good idea at the time.
GT: Well, I think she’s right. I think she’s right, so…
KOP: That’s a fair assessment, but that doesn’t mean it is right, just means you think that.
GT: Jesus Christ, I know that, that’s common sense, but I think it’s right.
KOP: What does that…
GT: Because I think it’s right, and morally correct and very important and because you’re… the gamergate organization generally is against her efforts, and you know, has tried to sabotage her in various ways or, you know, I don’t know what I would call it. I’ve got to apologize because my vocabulary is not where it should be, not only have I been awake for 24 hours…
KOP: It’s okay, man, you don’t have to.
GT: Okay, so, let me just finish my point. Because I believe she’s right, absolutely with all of my heart, I have no doubt, I’m not going to change my mind, no one can ever change it. Because I believe that and because gamergate is, in general, against her efforts. I believe gamergate is evil because I believe she is good. I believe she is a force of absolute good and thus I believe gamergate is a force of evil.
Geordie Tait Interview Transcribed – Pt 3
GT: The point I’m trying to make is she just said that a lot of people in gamergate agree that the portrayal of women is bad, and it’s really been my experience that a lot of them don’t care, and, you know, don’t give a shit that the portrayal of women is bad and they were more the sort of people who would look at the response to that, you know, that Hitman Trailer with the nuns in it and they would say “Why were you complaining about that? That trailer was awesome. It’s just a bunch of complaining assholes white knighting, blah blah blah.”
KOP: Right, but…
GT: I think there’s tons of people like that in gamergate.
KOP: K, fair assessment. What if I told you it’s because people weren’t looking at it in a pseudopolitical or ideological way, they were looking at it as a form of entertainment and art?
GT: Uh. That’s what I mean when I say that they don’t think it’s important.
KOP: Well, it’s probably because its… and to most people, for most gamers, they would take video games, for them, as a form of art & entertainment, like if you went to go see a movie. It is art & entertainment. Or if you read a book, it is entertainment and art. Sometimes books can be intellectual properties, if they need to be, if you’re reading something like that, if that’s your taste, just as much as there can be (unintelligible) in games, documentaries, there have been historical games as well. It just depends on your taste. Once again, that’s art and entertainment and what you’re attracted to. I just want to say, it goes back to the same question I made before, which is what’s stopping, at least the anti-gamergate side, or let’s say as an example, Anita Sarkeesian, as you will, from making the game that portays women in the right aspect instead of critiquing the free market, if you will, that has been around since… a long time, now, I would say for the most part.
GT: Okay. I think the main problem with that is that it… I would like more people to be political thinkers, um, and not just, vanish into a wasteland of only caring about the artistic side. I think that too many people do that. I think it’s an excuse that they make. I think it’s the worst kind of, y’know, anti-intellectual garbage, just, to listen to someone say “That trailer is sexist” and then, y’know, look over at them and say “Can’t you just enjoy it? Fucking shut up”.
KOP: Okay, if I can interject. Then if that’s the case, then why not make games that are educational to the subject at hand? And not say that because, let’s say Bayonetta 2, “She’s so sexy, but she’s also a witch who can do magic who’s fighting figuratively fictitious ant-creatures and monsters that don’t exist in our world in a world that does not adhere to our world at all.” You get what I’m saying? That’s entertainment, but if you’re looking for what you’re talking about, Geordie, that’s still falls back to if that is what you want and you’re looking for, then why not make an educational game based off that so people understand it better?
GT: I’ll tell you why. Because educational games suck. You want an exciting action game like the best ones in our industry but you want it to contain, like, the correct message, and not just be vacant and stupid.
Geordie Tait Interview Transcribed – Pt 4
KOP: …would you say if, um. Would you say that if anybody were to question, let’s say, Anita Sarkeesian’s views, do they also deserve to “meet the gas chamber” as you put it?
GT: No. Not necessarily.
KOP: What if they doubted it?
GT: It would depend on their motives for doubting it.
Sargon: But you don’t know their motives.
KOP: Hold on, Sargon.
GT: I can judge their motives.
KOP: Whoa, hold on. But when you say “depend on their motives”, if they doubt it, is it just a simple yes or no, should they meet the gas chamber if they doubt Anita Sarkeesian’s views?
GT: It’s not a simple yes or no, no, their motives have to be…
KOP: Would you say some people might, and some people won’t?
GT: Uh, no, because I don’t even know what you’re talking about.
KOP: I’m asking you, with Anita Sarkeesian’s views, if somebody doubted them, you said it’s not a yes or no question, so would you say that it depends what they view, whether or not they should “meet the gas chamber” as you put it in your other facebook post or not?
GT: I would judge whether or not they should ‘quote-unquote’, cuz you insist on using that, “meet the gas chamber”…
KOP: I’m just using it because it’s what you suggested for gamergaters, so…
GT: Yeah, sure, yeah, okay.
GT: But I know that it’s kind of inflammatory, right, just to keep repeating that? Anyway, um…
KOP: Okay, alright, anyway, so, continuing on, I think we’ve got the understanding of what you think on ‘cult’. Geordie, do you have any questions for Sargon before Sargon asks you the next question?
GT: Well, I haven’t answered your question yet. Let me just quickly finish. Uh, I think that if someone were to ask me “What do you think of this person who disagrees with Anita Sarkeesian?” and at first I would say “Well, I don’t know anything about them, so let me look at some of their other tweets and the people they associate with and their previous behavior, previous articles they’ve written, statements they’ve made, so on and so forth.” And if I thought, from reading that or talking to the person that they were just a misogynist and like… even if they claimed, it’s, um… they don’t like Anita Sarkeesian because they think that she’s, y’know, was given too much money, and just, y’know, not worth the $100k, they’re jealous or whatever, or they’re just a misogynist. Any of those reasons? They’re just, y’know, a force of evil. And for that reason, if they died, I would not care. Y’know, good.
KOP: So, Geordie, just to follow this up, to wrap this up, would you say that basically the anti-gamergate side’s ends or goals that you guys have would justify whatever means necessary to basically make that – the politically correct term – against gamergate?
GT: Uh, no, I wouldn’t say that. I don’t think I’m like other anti-gamergaters at all.
GT: I can’t really speak.. I wouldn’t want to speak for them because I know I say things that are a lot more extreme than the things that they would say. But I would have no… I would literally have no problem if all these fucking, y’know, Republican fucking d-bags…
GT: …would just vanish of the face of the fucking earth.
KOP: Okay, I think we got an understanding from there. Alright Sargon, you have another question Sargon? Go ahead.
Sargon: Well, yeah, I want to know how you know what their motives are?
GT: By reading what they’ve written. And seeing who they associate with and what those people have said to them. So on and so forth.
Sargon: Is your motive to start another Holocaust?
GT: Obviously not.
Sargon: I’ve read what you’ve written.
GT: but it would be totally…
KOP: whoa, whoa, whoa…
Sargon: Let me finish.
Sargon: I’ve read what you’ve written, and that’s essentially what you’re saying. So it would be unfair for me to assume…
GT: It’s not even close.
Sargon: …your motive is. Shut up, right?
Sargon: It would be unfair for me to say that your motive would be genocide because you’ve written this really hyper emotional “I hate gamers” post. So, for you to then go round and say “I know that he’s a misogynist because of the way I interpreted what he wrote”, that’s… do you see why that’s a double standard?
GT: You… Like… My head hurts from the stupidity. It’s not even close to the same thing at all. Even if I did manage to shove everyone in gamergate into a gas chamber, they’re not, like… the Jews were innocent. That’s why it was such a tragedy. People in gamergate are scumbags. It’s a huge difference.
KOP: Okay, so you would say that Gamergate is not innocent and that the Jews were and…(unintelligible)
GT: It’s like a house landing on the wicked witch of the west.
Sargon: Do you know what a principle is?
GT: uh… it has multiple meanings.
Sargon: Okay, could you give me any of them?
Sargon: Uh… okay. A principle as in, um, a method of action or a method of reason. The principle of something, rather than…
GT: I mean, I know what you mean. That definition seems… I can’t really think of the exact definition but I do know what the word means and what you’re talking about.
Sargon: Yeah, so, this is… but a principle is… I’m just going to quickly look it up: “A guiding sense of the requirements and obligations of right conduct”, right?
Sargon: That’s a dictionary definition of the word ‘principle’.
Sargon: Do you know how that applies… do you know why I’m asking you about principles right now?
GT: Uh… It’s a leading question as usual so you can try to…
Sargon: Well, it’s actually directly related to what you have literally just said. You think that the Holocaust was bad because it happened to Jews and, as far as you’re concerned, Jews have done nothing wrong. I don’t know either way, I’m just saying what you’ve said. And then, but, you are happy to apply the principle of genocide to gamers, because, in your mind, gamers have done something wrong.
GT: No, I think assholes have done something wrong.
Sargon: Whatever. Whoever. The people who are supporting gamergate, whatever you want to call them, you say they have done something wrong…
Sargon: …and therefore you think they deserve gas chambers. Right.
GT: Or whatever method (unintelligible)…
Sargon: …but that is the same principle the Nazis were operating under. You’re just changing the noun. You know, you’re changing Jews to Gamers or whatever you want to call them, but the principle of pushing people into gas chambers is what’s wrong. Do you understand?
GT: Nah. I don’t think so. I mean, what’s wrong is that they were innocent and they were pushed into gas chambers.
Sargon: No, it’s what’s wrong is that they were pushed into gas chambers, regardless, for being Jews. That’s the thing that’s wrong.
GT: Yeah, that is wrong.
Sargon: Right. And so you’re saying you want push, I don’t know, gamergaters, or whatever you want to call them, into gas chambers for being gamers.
GT: No, for being fucking assholes, misogynist pricks. Right wing dickheads, fucking guntoting dingleberries.
Sargon: So you think they deserve it for being right wing?
GT: I think they deserve it for being an actual damaging force in multiple countries and societies in the world over that are sabotaging women, have been for years. I’m finished with them. I’m totally finished.
Sargon: Do you know…
KOP: Hold on, Sargon.
Sargon: …that the Germans said exactly the same thing about the Jews in Germany?
GT: They were wrong.
Sargon: Yeah, but… that makes you wrong.
GT: I’m not fucking wrong, I’m absolutely right.
Geordie Tait Interview Transcribed – Pt 5
Sargon: Right, okay then, can we talk about something you do care about then? I’m very curious about, um, misogyny
Sargon: Could… I mean, could you define it for me? What do you think misogyny is?
GT: What do I think misogyny is? Well, it mostly takes the form, uh… I would say, of contempt… Most of it is just not caring about what is an obvious problem. At least in gamergate. But there’s also just a lot of really repugnant comments and like stupidity. You know, prejudice against women. That’s what I would say misogyny is.
Sargon: Right, cuz the definition everyone else is working to is, um, the hatred of women by virtue of them being women. That’s… That’s the definition that everyone else works on, so when you say someone’s a misogynist, they’re like “well, there are women that I don’t hate”. So, when you say that…
GT: Well, I’m sure that there’s plenty of women (unintelligible).
Sargon:…they’re a misognynist, it doesn’t make any sense to them.
GT: I mean, it’s possible to be a misogynist and have women that you don’t hate.
Sargon: Sorry, say that again.
GT: It’s possible to be a misogynist and have women that you don’t hate.
Sargon: I don’t think that’s true.
GT: It is obviously true.
Sargon: Why is it obviously true?
GT: (unintelligible). Okay, I’ll tell you how it’s true: you have contempt for women who are trying to, you know, rise up from their position of being chattel and marginalized and, you know, not allowed into the best spots in industries and underpaid. Having, you know, all of that stuff. So, you don’t like that, but you’re totally fine with your, you know, meek and cowed wife who you driven down into the ground over the course of 8 to 10 years, and you’re fine with, you know, the, uh, the women on twitter who says, you know, “I don’t believe in feminism”, uh, “I’m fine by myself”, and like “I have my own definition of feminism” and “I don’t care about this other thing and I don’t hate men and I don’t hate anything that’s going on” and, so of course you’re fine with that person, even though you’re a misogynist, cuz she’s tapdancing on top of the fucking dugout. So…
Sargon: But hang on. Okay, so, you’re saying that I like some women if they’re traditional women, traditionalist women, right?
GT: Yeah, but this is not… This is just one example.
Sargon: I’m really just trying to understand what you’re trying to tell me, because you’re not working off the standard definitions that everyone else uses, so I really am trying to give what you’re saying credence. Like, so, there are some women that I like because of the way they act, and there are some women that I don’t like because of the way they act.
Sargon: Is that… And so that’s what makes me a misogynist.
GT: Uh. That isn’t what makes a misogynist.
Sargon: That’s part of, sorry, that’s why you’re calling me a misogynist: because there are some women I don’t like.
GT: That’s one way a misogynist could be. They could also hate all women, as you say, or they could hate one woman because she’s a woman, like every other woman still be a fucking misogynist. (unintelligible)
Sargon: What if I don’t like certain women because of the things they do?
GT: Depends what they do.
Sargon: Well, okay, maybe, um, uh, I don’t know, maybe they’re trying to defame… deface an Argentinian cathedral?
GT: Okay, are they doing that because they’re women?
GT: So, you think that they’re doing that because they’re women?
Sargon: No, that’s not true, they’re doing it because they’re feminists.
GT: Oh, you think they’re doing it because they’re feminist? That’s not the same as…
Sargon: Oh, I know they were, that’s what they were saying.
KOP: Hold on, Geordie, he’s, hold on. I don’t think Geordie knows. Geordie, he’s referring to a recent, not too long, a couple months ago, there was a radical feminist group, the – I can’t remember the name off the top of my head, I know, Sargon, you know what I’m talking about – in Argentina and they went on a riot against a church where there was a priest, a couple priests, while they rioted and destroyed everything because they hated men.
Sargon: Yeah, so I don’t personally, very… like those women very much, because they’re trying to deface someone else’s property, and because the people they were attacking hadn’t done anything to them.
GT: They hadn’t?
Sargon: No, not at all. Not as far as we know, anyway. I would find it hard to believe a small group of very religious men had done anything to this 7 or 8 thousand strong mob of feminists.
GT: I actually disagree that someone who’s hyperreligious is less likely to have done something to women.
Sargon: It doesn’t matter if they’re likely or not, it’s just that we have no evidence to suggest they did anything. So…
GT: It sounds like there hasn’t been much information come out, but like if they didn’t have a reason to do that, then fine, you know, they should’ve expressed themselves in a different way. But I think they’re justified in just generally being mad at men.
Sargon: Okay. But if I say I don’t like those women because of what they did, am I misogynist?
GT: That’s a tough question. You’re giving me a real corner case here. It… Y’know…
Sargon: I’m just trying to understand.
GT: I would have to really examine. I would have to really examine those women and what they did and why. And I would have to know your background, like, do… are you a religious person? How do you treat other women in your life? And you know, stuff like that. And so, you know, I would need more information.
Sargon: Okay. Um, okay, so, it’s possible to be a misogynist who doesn’t hate all women though. There can be some women I like.
GT: Yes. Yep.
Sargon: Cuz, it, the way that it sounds like your describing misogyny is anti-feminism.
GT: Not quite. I mean… But it takes the form of, y’know, anti-, I don’t know what I would call it. Women who are… uh, standing up for themselves in various ways? So… You know, sometimes that’s the case and sometimes it’s just there’s no reason for it and you dislike a very meek and cowed woman just for her nature of being a, y’know, very, sl…, just, “pathetic”, you would think, “look at her with her head hung.” You know, meek and scared when I raise my hand, I don’t like that, so I don’t respect that, so I don’t like that woman.
Sargon: I don’t ever raise my hand to women, man.
GT: Of course, sorry, I’m not talking about you, I’m talking about a hypothetical other misogynist.
Sargon: Right, okay, so you… you kinda seem to be talking about like a guy from the 50s or something.
GT: What? No.
Sargon: You just said like “When I raise my hand to her she’s all meek and stuff” and I’m just thinking in my own life experience and I don’t think I’ve ever met a meek woman. Um, most of them are quite outspoken, do you not find? I mean, I don’t know what it’s like in San Francisco.
GT: Um, I mean, I think that I’ve met women who are easy to manipulate and, y’know, I could’ve taken advantage of easily. And of course I’ve met women who are just real firebrands, that would never be possible. Um, I mean, I don’t know.