I recently started watching videos by InternetAristocrat, a YouTube user who discusses a variety issues, most notably social justice. His latest video, episode 2 of ‘The Hugbox Chronicles’ is what brought my attention to Kat Bailey and her most recent article, “Yes, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Did Make Me Feel Uncomfortable”. I recommend my readers give this video a watch before continuing.
Finished watching? What more can I say that InternetAristocrat has not? For starters, both Kat Bailey and USgamer owe Dave Cox, the producer of the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series, an apology. She purposefully misrepresented what he was saying to support her narrative that the “Family Scene” was “constructed with the intention of evoking sexual assault.” Cox has since responded to Bailey’s accusation, stating very clearly that the scene is not intended to be sexual, let alone evoke sexual assault.
That tweet, at the time of writing this post is fifteen hours old. When I asked Bailey about this on Twitter, she responded by saying that I didn’t understand the concept of subtext. Despite knowing of this tweet (I sent her the link to it during our exchange), Bailey has made no effort to correct or even amend her post. What does this say about her credibility? It’s obvious that she has no intention of being honest about the intention of the “Family Scene”. To Bailey, perverting the intention of this scene to push her social justice agenda (the tweet InternetAristocrat refers to), matters more to her than her credibility. Why should anyone trust a gaming journalist without any journalistic integrity?
If USgamer had any credibility, they would have already pulled this article or, at the very least, demanded Bailey set the record straight on the “Family Scene”. The fact that there hasn’t been any action taken by those in charge to address this issue speaks volumes. I understand that controversy helps bring traffic to the website, and with increased traffic comes increased advertising revenue, but how low are USgamer’s standards as to what is and isn’t acceptable that they’d allow this dishonest article to be published in the first place? This is the worst kind of click-baiting.
In the end, I have to say I share InternetAristocrat’s disgust with Kat Bailey and her dishonest article. She has hijacked the discussion about Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 to push her social justice agenda, slandering Dave Cox in the process. If the gaming community wants to be taken seriously, it must be willing to call out these activists for their blatant dishonesty. That also means calling out gaming websites like USgamer that promote this kind of dishonest activism. Until gamers are willing to do so, this nonsense will only get worse.
UPDATE: Gavin Mannion at lazygamer.net has written an article addressing Kat Bailey’s piece. Would it surprise you to learn that Bailey, the social justice activist, wasn’t even honest about what occurs during the “Family Scene”?
However this can all actually be ignored as other journalists at the same event along with the developers have come out and stated that Dracula actually feeds of each of the family members not only the woman.
If Bailey had been honest about what actually happens, she couldn’t push her social justice agenda. As commenter Gideon Venter stated, “People look for causes to champion. And invent them when they find none.”