Anita Sarkeesian talk cancelled following death threats [Update]

Anonymous emailer threatens deadliest school shooting in national history

[Update: The event has been called off, Utah State University has announced. Sarkeesian confirmed she was “forced to cancel [her] talk at USU after receiving death threats because police wouldn’t take steps to prevent concealed firearms at the event.”]

Utah State University received an anonymous threat today advising the school to cancel a speaking event featuring Anita Sarkeesian, the pop culture critic behind Feminist Frequency and the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series, or risk “the deadliest school shooting in American history,” the Standard Examiner reports.

“If you do not cancel her talk, a Montreal Massacre style attack will be carried out against attendees, as well as students and staff at the nearby Women’s Center,” reads the sinister email. The anonymous author claims to be a student at the university, and wishes to take revenge on feminists for supposedly ruining his life.

“I have at my disposal a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs,” the message continues. “You might be foolish enough to just beef up security at the event, but that won’t save you … One way or another, I’m going to make sure they die.”

Sarkeesian has received multiple death threats this year, including the bomb threat levied at the Game Developers Choice Awards in San Francisco, where Sarkeesian accepted an ambassador award for her advocacy work. Another forced Sarkeesian to to flee her home after her personal information was leaked online.

As of press time, the seminar is still planned to take place on Wednesday, October 15 at 11:30 AM.

Terror threat against feminist Anita Sarkeesian at USU [Standard Examiner]

Kyle MacGregor Burleson