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The Sarkeesian Effect: Inside the World of Social Justice Warriors (2015)

The Sarkeesian Effect focuses on the controversy surrounding feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian, Social Justice Warriors, and the GamerGate movement. The title is a play on 'The Streisand Effect'.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Owen Jordan Owen ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Bradley Wardell Bradley Wardell ... Self (as Brad Wardell)
Jack Thompson Jack Thompson ... Self
Karen Straughan Karen Straughan ... Self
Hanna Wallen Hanna Wallen ... Self
Rachel Edwards Rachel Edwards ... Self
Mercedes Carrera ... Self
Cathy Young Cathy Young ... Self
Christina Parierra Christina Parierra ... Self
Nick Robalik Nick Robalik ... Self
Timothy Meehan Timothy Meehan ... Self (as Tim Meehan)
Mallorie Nasrallah Mallorie Nasrallah ... Self
Jason Miller Jason Miller ... Self
Jim Goad Jim Goad ... Self
Paul Elam Paul Elam ... Self


The Sarkeesian Effect focuses on the controversy surrounding feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian, Social Justice Warriors, and the GamerGate movement. The title is a play on 'The Streisand Effect'.

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Cathy Young: They will find some jerk on the internet saying something really really asinine, or someone deliberately trolling, someone saying sexist things to upset feminists. It's this really toxic vicious cycle because I think people know by now that feminists get very upset by things people say on the internet. So, you know, if you want to get a rise out of someone one of the easiest ways to do that is to get on the internet and just make a rape joke or say something misogynist or whatever. And then you...
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Low quality, but the only response blatant media bias.
25 November 2015 | by ViperbaneSee all my reviews

Let's get the obvious out of the way. This project (Disclaimer: I had no part in funding or promoting this film in any way) had a great premise, but drama and inexperience of the two main producers greatly reduced the quality of this film.

The video quality is, mildly put, poor. You'll find Troma films from the 1980's with greater image quality.

The audio is absolutely terrible, it is quite amazing that they failed the audio with the budget they had available - speaking as someone that have filmed plenty of YouTube videos outdoors and indoors, I know first hand that even a budget microphone and a little bit of knowledge produces a much better end result than this.

My only real complaint is towards the end where a longer narrative part jump cuts numerous times between an animated clip and Anita Sarkeesian talking about something.

The rest of the framing, camera angles and editing are mistakes commonly made by people new to the production of video making.

The same goes for the audio levels, but as the captured audio from the interviews are of such low quality from the start, it is not a good place to compare it with the background music that on some few occasions do steal focus.

My final critique is regarding the length of this film, it needed not be anywhere near the 2 hours and 36 minutes it is - It can easily be shortened by 1 hour if not even more.

The message of the film, however one sided it is, is a necessary one - it counters a blatant media bias.

(In case you are still oblivious to what is going on - Media (mostly, but not exclusively limited to games media) openly thinks of and behave towards gamers as "loser virgins living in their mothers basements and that they are unwashed, smelly as well as ugly with no prospect of ever leaving home or finding a girlfriend, they were also born with white skin so they are the privileged class in the western world with all the power, with which they are violently oppressing and physically preventing women and minorities from ever being allowed to play even the smallest video game on any kind of console or computer".

That sounds quite absurd does it not? Even if gamers were just trying to keep women out of gaming and that was the entire message, then gamers have done an embarrassingly poor job since 53% of gamers are women in 2015 according to these very same journalists and media outlets.

It should be made clear that Sarkeesian, the "journalists" mentioned in this film, Quinn etc. have no interest in talking or debating this, hence the lack of their "side" in this documentary, their motives are purely financial and their fan base will quickly turn on them if they step out of line, but that is too much to go in depth here. Further, there is no denying the facts that the games media had been on a crusade spewing hatred on gamers, it earns clicks to their websites which in turn increases their ad revenue.

To elaborate briefly; There is nothing stopping you from becoming a gamer, despite these journalists attempt to claim there is. Girls and ethnic minorities have played video games since the start in the 1970's with the rest of us, but the main games media have tried for more than a decade to obscure this fact, which is where the #NotYourShield came from - These gamers simply wanted media to stop talking on their behalf, especially since all media said was pure nonsense and contained more fiction than the actual games themselves. It is this mistake that journalists made when they decided to "kill the gamers" in 2014.

Gamers, long used to being mocked and ridiculed, finally said "No." Games Media realised it had finally gone too far with its overbearing and often bullying tactics tried to back pedal, only to find themselves up against their very own audience of gamers who were fed up and demanded accountability from these "journalists".

Instead of owning up to their mistake, journalists doubled down, started attacking the gamers instead branding them as misogynists and openly declaring war on its own audience culminating in an embarrassing episode on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (Season 16 Episode 14 Title: Intimidation Game) that made a cringe worthy episode grabbing details from the very headlines produced by these journalists and showed them how reality would have looked like if what they proclaimed was even remotely true.

Since the coordinated "attack" on gamers in 2014, gamers proved just how meticulous, dedicated and determined they are about their passion for gaming and have unearthed substantial amounts of quite embarrassing details regarding these "main figures" from Anita Sarkeesians early day trying to "teleseminar" her way to some quick money and fortune, to Zoe Quinns colourful past and the slew of so called "journalists" and their misdeeds.

This is what this film tried to capture and to some decent length succeeded with. It was definitely not value for money spent making the film and the price charged on the video website is not on par with its overall quality. To the credit of the producers, they did do a good job of letting people previously ignored or even actively blocked by the media speak, for that alone the price of the rental is worth while.

However as with any film or documentary telling you only one side, you should always do your own research, for this particular title you'll find that it is factually accurate, but being constantly attacked with "bad" identity politic labels, even reviews here on IMDb states that so and so is "racist/homophobic/misogynistic" - These labels do not counter any of the facts, arguments or events that took place or were presented within this film.

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14 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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