In case you missed it, you should definitely watch both the prelude and the Anita Sarkeesian interview from last night's Colbert Report:

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Much in the same way Colbert recently dragged the whole Hachette vs. Amazon dispute into the mainstream, this is a significant turning point for Gamergate. I don't suggest you ever visit 8chan, but the Gamergate boards are in absolute dissaray over Colbert—who for some reason most Gamergaters believed was on their side—making a strong statement in support of Sarkeesian. (He even broke character somewhat at the end there to confirm that he is, in fact, a feminist. This is only something Colbert does when he really believes it's necessary.) It's turning into cartoon-villain territory in Gamergate-ville, with people making "you'll never take me alive" declarations:

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They're also counting down the large number of their heroes who have disavowed any approval of Gamergate, including Joss Whedon and Chris Kluwe, and pinning their hopes on the few heroes who have kept silent, like Neil Gaiman. (Sorry, guys, but I find it hard to believe that Gaiman is going to issue a full-throated defense of Gamergate anytime soon.) Some are expressing surprise that for the general public, "the word feminism isn't as tainted to them as it is on the internet." A few of them are actively and publicly giving up. I'm excited that Stephen Colbert is getting a high-profile late-night talk show, but I find it hard to believe he'll be able to actively change the conversation in the same way that he does on The Colbert Report.

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