A Hate Crime on The Internet
The website, GayGamer.net, was the target of a hate crime that involved flooding his site with hate speech and threatening e-mails. GayGamer was knocked offline “with a series of denial of service attacks”.
Flynn DeMarco, the sites owner had this to say, “By Friday the site, working with their host, was able to block the IPs where the DOS attacks seemed to be coming from. Then Friday evening someone began flooding the site’s forums and chat room with hate speech, including some death threats, and over-sized images meant to bog down the site, De Marco said. The flood of messages and images all originated from the same IP in Philidelphia, he added.”
Death threats? All for being an outspoken and courageous gay blogger who writes about the video game industry…
From Kotaku: “According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations a hate crime, also known as a bias crime, is a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin.”
From one gay blogger to the other, I would like to extend a gesture of solidarity with GayGamer. The culture of hatred, intolerance, and violence that permeates the often-anonymous world of the Internet needs to be challenged and changed. The courage to be yourself, write your truths, and fight injustices is a difficult and lonely path, but if we can unite against these attacks we can create an Internet that is civil and safe.