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AbleGamers backs out of charity event after reading it will 'weaponize porn'

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The site was then attacked, presumably in retribution

[Update: Looks like AbleGamers' site is back up.]

[Update 2: I asked AbleGamers to comment on those questioning if they were DDoS'ed or if their site went down because of unusually high traffic. The told me "Three different representatives from our web service provider said that DDoS was what appeared to be happening. We do not have a server with DDoS protection because it costs an extra $500 at the company we currently use. I'm not sure what proof they want beyond the word of our web service provider. I do not know how to provide proof of this beyond what we are being told." I also have a comment from Mercedes Carrera coming up which will be reported in a separate post.]

[Update 3: AbleGamer's has gone on to state that "a phone representative [from our web service provider] said that there was a block of 10 IP addresses responsible. The one listed [in the image] below was the main address". We've attached a redacted copy of the image provided. We've also obtained comment from Mercedes Carrera regarding the situation.]

It's really hard to know who to trust on the internet these days, what with so many groups working to subvert and manipulate each other for their own ends. Case in point, AbleGamers were recently approached to partner with porn star Mercedes Carrera (seen above) to air a charity live stream to help "grant assistive technology to people with disabilities enabling a greater quality of life utilizing the power of video games."

A little later, AbleGamers saw a post on Reddit about the event was "a GamerGate stream" meant to "weaponize porn" and would only be a charity event "for now". That was enough to get AbleGamers to walk away from the event, though the organizer of the stream later apologized to them for the way the event was represented on Reddit, stating that they "do not wish to link GamerGate to the charity drive". 

Doesn't seem like that big of a deal, right? As I've been saying for months, GamerGate is a flag, not a movement or an ideology. It's a flag that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. If you don't want to be associated with a particular flag, or with the "culture wars" in general, then good for you. Nothing to be upset about either way. 

All the same, AbleGamer's site was immediately DDoS'ed after they posted their official statement on the matter, bringing their servers down and effectively silencing their attempt to make their position clear. Somebody is pretty angry at them, I reckon. We'll see if the same thing happens to Dtoid today, as we've chosen to reproduce AbleGamer's statement below. Read it while you still can. 

AbleGamers is a labor of love founded by a disabled veteran to help his sister with multiple sclerosis. We raise money to grant assistive technology to people with disabilities enabling a greater quality of life utilizing the power of video games. Our mission statement has been and will always be to help anyone in need.

On December 5 2014, we received an email requesting permission for a charity event from an associate of Mercedes Carrera. The email had very few details other than"Would you be okay if a porn star raised money for your cause and donated it to you?" As a sex positive organization, our immediate response was "Absolutely. We would be honored to be."

After we gave permission, AbleGamers Twitter account began receiving messages about the upcoming charity drive including a link to a Reddit post detailing the event.

In doing our due diligence we discovered the event organizer was putting together a GamerGate stream that would be "a charity stream" because they "cannot mention that it is a GG stream as it "might shy away BZ (Brazzers)" and others.

AbleGamers became concerned by the lack of transparency in the original emails having made no mention of GamerGate. We became further alarmed as the post continued adding GamerGate "[h]as just weaponized porn."

We sent a polite response voicing our concerns at the post and how we must decline to be involved in the event. AbleGamers wished them the best of luck with the event and their future endeavors.


In response, the event organizer offered apologies for the post citing that a coworker made the Reddit post without their consent. The organizer apologize for any misconceptions as they “do not wish to link GamerGate to the charity drive.” And that the person had been removed.

Another email was sent shortly afterwards with further apologies offering support from the organizers and Mercedes Carrera. 

The decision to bow out of a potentially huge fundraiser was not easy. We continued to discuss how we should proceed, but before we could reconvene in the morning, the email response from AbleGamers declining to be the beneficiaries was posted on Reddit with a lot of anger and a few requests for an explanation.

AbleGamers is a group of diverse volunteers from many different backgrounds. All of our volunteers have their own personal feelings on GamerGate and what it stands for. However, as an organization, AbleGamers is 100% neutral

AbleGamers did not deny donations from GamerGate. We declined to be a party to an event where there was a lack of transparency and people began discussing how to use the event as a weapon for the agenda of a political movement.

Let us be clear, we encourage, except, and ask for donations to continue the support of gamers with disabilities, which we have been providing for over a decade, for anyone who wishes to be charitable. 

It does not matter if you believe in GamerGate or not. It does not matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat. It does not matter if you are a porn star or a preacher. It does not matter if you are Christian or atheist. 

We are a charity organization, nothing more, nothing less. We fight for social justice issues meaning the equality of people with disabilities to be able to enjoy the same games as everyone else. AbleGamers does not and will not choose “a side” -- We are all gamers. We are all humans. We should work together and not against each other.

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