‘Stand against’ Gamergate, says Canadian Prime Minister

By Patrick Garratt, Thursday, 22 October 2015 10:52 GMT

“Video games misogyny in popular culture” must be opposed, says country head.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has identified himself as a “proud” feminist and said Gamergate should “clearly” be opposed by those respectful of the rights of others.

“I am a feminist. Proud to be a feminist,” he said during a TV interview, as reported by Canada’s The Star (via MCV). The comments were cut from the segment.

“My mom raised me to be a feminist. My father raised me, he was a different generation but he raised me to respect and defend everyone’s rights, and I deeply grounded my own identity in that, and I am proud to say that I am a feminist.

“The things we see online, whether it is issues like Gamergate or video games misogyny in popular culture, it is something that we need to stand clearly against.”

Gamergate began in August 2014 and has been responsible for the harrasment of many women working in the games industry, notably Zoë Quinn, Brianna Wu, and critic Anita Sarkeesian.

Justin Trudeau, 43, was elected this week as Canada’s Prime Minister, ending nearly a decade of rule by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.

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