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yeah this is the line for me, leave our nerds the fuck alone

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Mar 29Liked by Brandon Gorrell

A classic they said/they said scenario… it’s their word against theirs

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I have a feeling this kind of thing would not happen at a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament.

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Sounds like the offended judge has too thin a skin to be a judge.

To me, that is the much bigger issue. People are too easily offended, and being offended has become the apex of the pyramid of oppression. This has been getting worse for decades. 25 years ago, it was a woman offended by an overheard joke between two men. Today, it is pronouns. But it is the same problem. People who believe they have so little agency words are “literal violence.”

The other problem I see is this compulsory idea of stating one’s pronouns. That should be entirely optional. There needs to be a choice of “You may assume my pronouns.” Now, I realize, in video gaming, where opponents are often online, with individuals who may have names that are not obviously gendered to others, or who have pseudonyms, and perhaps avatars, again which make determining gender difficult, so in this scenario, it may be encouraged or required. But these two were playing each other in physical reality, on the same stage. Mandating pronouns in this case is just preening virtue signaling. It is the Seinfeld episode where Kramer won’t wear the ribbon.

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This would be a great chance to teach conflict resolution. Why is the default in all these situations to ban/cancel/ostracize?

Over something so trivial.

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This is horrible - the Judge needs to be put in a different position where his/her biases doesn’t affect the players and running of the tournament. It’s bullying plain and simple.

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