Howdy, fellow ‘blasters. You’ve probably heard about #GamerGate by now, but you may not know much about it. The first half of last night’s Colbert Report focused entirely on the controversy that has led to death threats being made against female game designers, journalists and commentators. Colbert’s first guest was Anita Sarkeesian, creator of the vlog “Feminist Frequency” and central figure in this gaming story that’s garnering attention from mainstream press across the globe. Colbert stays in character but also allows Sarkeesian to make her point, which is straightforward and incredibly valid.
The second half of the show includes an interview with Harvard historian Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman. There’s tons of great information within focusing on the third oldest superhero ever. Yes, we live in a world in which the most even-handed televised coverage of women in games and comics is on Comedy Central.
You can catch the episode now on Hulu and any number of streaming video sites of questionable legality. Enjoy!