I’m assuming you’ve heard the news by now that infamous MRA GamerGater Sargon of Akkad and Nazi James Allsup have been deplatformed from Patreon. I’m going to tell you why this is a great thing.
I probably don’t need to explain that Nazis are bad, so I’m not going to say very much about James Allsup other than that he’s a white male, and decolonizing Patreon is a step in the right direction. Maybe one day Patreon will deplatform all of its white users for being white but for now, we’ll have to be satisfied with this little tease.
Sargon of Akkad, for all his efforts to distance himself from the alt-right, is an even better catch. While Nazis would like nothing more than to erase us, it’s people like Sargon who constantly argue that hate speech should be allowed. If Nazis couldn’t spout their hate speech on social media, there might not even be an alt-right. I will celebrate every alt-righter who gets taken down, but the real prize for me is the free speech extremists who guarantee that the alt-right can continue recruiting impressionable young minds.
But that’s just scratching the surface. Sargon of Akkad has a history of antagonizing feminists in their efforts to liberate women. Make no mistake, ladies and allies, this is nothing more than the new face of patriarchy. Sargon, a man with a wife and kids, built a patriarchal space not only in his home, but online. And Patreon, by cutting him off from his stream of donations, has done what we could not do alone: smash Sargon’s patriarchy online and offline.
This is what deplatforming hate looks like. This is what smashing patriarchy looks like. Viva Patreon!