Feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian canceled a talk at Utah State University after an anonymous threat was emailed to university staff promising "the deadliest school shooting in University history.”
Sarkeesian is the host of a online video series Feminist Frequency that challenges how women are portrayed in video games - often as non-playable sex objects or “background decoration.”
"I have at my disposal a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs,” the anonymous email said. “This will be the deadliest school shooting in American history and I'm giving you a chance to stop it. You have 24 hours to cancel Sarkeesian’s talk."
Sarkeesian says she didn’t cancel the Wednesday speech over the threat but because school officials "wouldn't take steps to prevent concealed firearms” at USU's Taggart Student Center.
To be clear: I didn't cancel my USU talk because of terrorist threats, I canceled because I didn’t feel the security measures were adequate.— Feminist Frequency (@femfreq) October 15, 2014
School spokesman Tim Vitale says the under state law the school’s police aren’t allowed to prevent attendees from bringing concealed weapons to the event.
Two months ago, Sarkeesian fled her home after she received sexually violent death threats following the release of a video on her website called "Tropes vs Women in Video Games." Despite the threats, she posted the second part of that video on Aug. 25.
I’m safe. I will continue my work. I will continue speaking out. The whole game industry must stand up against the harassment of women.— Feminist Frequency (@femfreq) October 15, 2014
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