I was skimming though my Twitter stream and happened to see a retweet from Veronica Belmont (@Veronica) by Felicia Day (@feliciaday) about a Gizmodo article that had them both rather incensed. I went ahead and clicked through to see what had them both so very up in arms and what I found was a piece of yellow journalism if indeed this could be called journalism at all. It seemed less fitting for Gizmodo and more appropriate for some muck-raking gossip blog.
The two met for a drink later in the week and made the usual small talk-work, college, etc. But then she mentioned that her brother was a gamer and he mentioned that he played the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. She laughed it off as a joke (because who would seriously admit to liking a game? AM I RIGHT?) and continued chit-chatting but this seemed to bother him. Apparently people donâ€™t appreciate it when you belittle their interests and are so dismissive of them that you canâ€™t see past your own bullshit and give them some modicum of respect. Later he took her to a one-man show based on the life of the serial killer Jeffery Dahmer. I will admit this is not something one should take a first date to. Period.
Well being a glutton for punishment Alyssa decided sheâ€™d go out with him again the following week. Now Alyssa has a 3 Strikes rule when it comes to men that sheâ€™ll accept as men and enter into a courtship with. She decided it best to confront her date with these questions three: â€œDid he still play? “Yes.” Strike one. How often? “I’m preparing for a tournament this weekend.” Strike two. Who did he hang out with? “I’ve met all my best friends through Magic.” Strike three.â€ So at this point Jon has struck out, due to his inexcusable enjoyment of a card game and his apparent Godhood amongst the unclean nerdy masses he was unfit for Princess Alyssaâ€™s affections. Clearly she only enjoys the company of â€˜DudeBrosâ€™ and other knuckle-dragging leftovers from before Homo-Sapiens and Neanderthals became two distinct species. The lesson she learned from all of this dear reader? That sheâ€™s a snobby, stuck-up bitch? Nope. That she is petty and rude? Wrong again. The lesson that one Ms. Alyssa Bereznak learned from her time with Jon was to always Google your date before you go out with them! As a matter of fact maybe you should run a full background panel. I mean fuck! What if she had ended up on a date with some crazed dweeb who liked to dress up as a fucking Klingon at Star Trek conventions!
The worst part of all of this is that this horrible woman had the fucking gall to not only write about this and call it journalism, but to write about it on Gizmodo! And use the manâ€™s real name! Letâ€™s break down whatâ€™s wrong with this scenario. You post a derisive and cruel write-up about your petty, shallow opinion of a nerdy guy on a blog like Gizmodo!? Nope, no nerds there! Thatâ€™s like intentionally shitting where you eat! Itâ€™s not only mean, rude and pathetic, itâ€™s fucking stupid! Sheâ€™s practically asking for the Internet to hate her. (And queue the 4Chan memeâ€™s!) She even has the nerve to try and rationalize her actions and opinions by calling it human nature. I will agree that making snap judgements is human nature. But accepting those judgements immediately and not allowing yourself to fully understand someone before berating them in public for having the audacity to be nerdy is not. Itâ€™s shameful and cruel.
Based on this one article alone Gizmodo has lost my readership permanently and it would seem that many others are vowing the same. If I thought it would matter I would ask that Gizmodo ask Ms. Bereznak to quietly leave their blog and move on to a place more suited to her bullshit.
The Ice Queen ends her tirade by saying the following: â€œMaybe I’m an OKCupid asshole for calling it that way. Maybe I’m shallow for not being able to see past Jon’s world title. I’ll own thatâ€. Indeed you will own that, Asshole.