Animegate is even dumber than all the other ‘gate’ movements

First came Gamergate. Then came Comicsgate. Now there’s Animegate. What exactly is Animegate? It sprung up when sexual harassment allegations surfaced against voice actor Vic Mignogna. He’s known for his English voice-over work of Japanese anime shows that were dubbed for English-speaking viewers.

People who are pro-Animegate contend there’s no evidence Mignogna sexually harassed anyone. They created the #animegate and #istandwithvic hashtags.

I strongly disagree with Animegate. I think Vic Mignogna is a creep.

These photos are from Anime News Network and they feature Mignogna posing with a 14-year-old girl at a 2014 convention:

 

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Notice the right hand under the girl’s jacket. Creepy.
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Creepier.
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Creepiest.

Funimation conducted an internal investigation concerning Mignogna’s behavior and announced they would no longer work with the voice actor. Rooster Teeth did the same. How could they not? All they had to do is look at the three above photos posted by Anime News Network. Why would any company want to work with Mignogna? Generally, reputable businesses don’t want to work with creeps like him.

Ordinarily, I try to see both sides to a controversy before making up my mind. Before I was against Comicsgate, I was for it. I thought comics were too expensive and the books were delving too much into identity politics. Eventually, I could not ignore the underlying base of hatred and bigotry the hashtag movement attracted and fostered. In retrospect, I wish I had noticed it sooner.

Animegate is one hundred percent wrong

I’m having a hard time seeing both sides when it comes to Animegate. This is about as cut and dry as you can get. People who are supporting Mignogna must not have looked at the photo evidence. That, or they don’t see a problem with a 51-year-old man putting his hands and lips on a 16-year-old girl.

In conclusion, I think anyone supporting Vic Mignogna needs to reassess their position.  In this case, the sooner the better.

Boogie2988 mocks gamer because they come from a ‘broken home’

Steven Williams, the man you plays Boogie2988 on the Internet, did something on Twitch that exposed him as the person he really is.

Contrary to what a lot of people think, Boogie is not the rotund Mister Rogers of YouTube. He is a mean, self-centered, manipulative person who would rather lie than tell the truth.

Boogie2988 was on Twitch playing a video game with strangers. Here is the video:

Boogie does not know this person. He asked them personal questions and then used the fact the other person’s parents are not together against them. Boogie even tried to gaslight him into believing he had anger issues.

Boogie, a 44-year-old man then tries to turn it around by saying both his parents are dead and that he’s Batman.

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Batman vs. Boogie 2988 (Image: Frank Miller)

Boogie2988 is not Batman. He is a self-centered liar who feeds off pity. Boogie2988 is the type of man Batman beats up and leaves lying in an ally.

Boogie2988 only cares about himself

Again, Boogie does not know this person. He does not know if the other person has mental health issues. If they are “suicidal tendencies” or suffers from dissociation. These are two mental disorders Boogie claims to suffer from. Also, is this other person unlucky enough to have the world-famous Boogie mock on Twitch even 18? It’s not clear from the video if they are an adult or not.

From what I have seen on Twitter and Reddit, more and more people are beginning to see Boogie for what he is. This video seems to have resonated with many of them. Good. It happened to me a while ago. I went from being a fan to the opposite of a fan. I expect more people will do the same. Eventually, his YouTube channel will die and he will have to get a job.

Card collector sues Panini America over redemption cards

One of the most ethically questionable things sports trading card companies do is insert special redemption cards into packs. Upon finding one of these cards in your pack, you can mail them in to redeem them for an actual card. Why not just insert the cards? Because they don’t exist yet. The card manufacturer has not created them yet.

It is ethically questionable because collectors often have to wait for months or even years to get their cards.

One collector is fighting back. He’s suing Panini America in U.S. Federal court.

From Sports Collectors Daily:

Kevin Brashear, a collector from the Dallas area, has filed suit in federal court there, accusing Panini America of violating the State of Texas Deceptive Practices Act.

Brashear and his attorney, Scott Bickford of New Orleans, filed the putative class action lawsuit last week, alleging that the process often leaves collectors holding the bag when the promised autograph never materializes.  He also claims the expiration dates on redemption cards shouldn’t be allowed and that the stated time of 4-8 months for receiving an autograph after inputting redemption card data is often ignored.

I’m not a lawyer. I don’t understand why  Brashear is suing Panini America in U.S. Federal court. Shouldn’t he be suing them in Texas? The law in question is the Texas Deceptive Practices Act.

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A typical Panini redemption card. Instead of waiting on LeBron James to sign stickers that can be placed on cards, the wait is due to Panini figuring out how to etch crystal meth with a laser.

If I pulled a redemption card from a pack of cards, I’d immediately sell it on eBay. I never want to wait on a sports card company to do the right thing. Thanks, but no thanks. I’d rather get money for the card while I could.

I do not know Kevin Brashear, but I wish him a lot of luck with his lawsuit. I’m hoping the judge orders Panini America to pay Brashear lots of money and then for good measure, orders CEO Mark Warsop to be Brashear’s personal butler for at least 90 days.

Then and only then would justice be served.

The confusion about unaccompanied minors on Uber

Uber does not allow people younger than 18 to sign up for or have an Uber account.

This is what Uber says:

A rider must be at least 18 years of age to have an Uber account and request rides. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older on any ride.

As a driver-partner, you should decline the ride request if you believe the person requesting the ride is under 18. When picking up riders, if you feel they are underage, you may request they provide a driver’s license or ID card for confirmation. If a rider is underage, please do not start the trip or allow them to ride.

I will never ask a rider to see their ID card for confirmation. The reason? Because I cannot imagine a situation where I believe a person requesting a ride is under 18. Uber says I should ask for an ID card if I believe the rider is under 18. I tend not to believe in things that are not substantiated by evidence.

If a person has an Uber account they must be 18 otherwise they would not have an account. Remember, Uber says:

A rider must be at least 18 years of age to have an Uber account and request rides.

Knowing this, why would I believe a rider is a minor? Why would I ever feel they are under 18? Uber states in black and white that riders must be 18 to have an account and to request rides.

Also, I don’t know how to read ID cards. Living in Maryland, I suppose I could find out a rider’s age if they present a Maryland driver’s license, but then I would need to do math involving the rider’s birthday. That seems like a lot of work, especially when I am not being paid for said work. Uber does not begin paying me until the rider is in my car and I begin the trip in the app.

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What if the ID card is not a Maryland driver’s license? Living and driving in Western Maryland, riders can live in West Virginia or Pennsylvania. I have no idea how to read a West Virginia or Pennsylvania driver’s license, nor is it a skill I want to learn.

What if they do not even have a driver’s license? They are requesting an Uber. They very well might not have a driver’s license. What would I do then? If I wanted to learn how to read each and every type of ID card people may have and then ask people for their ID cards, I would have become a professional cigarette salesman.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Asking for an ID card is an unnecessary intrusion to someone’s personal privacy. It is also a thing someone prone to power trips would enjoy doing if given the opportunity. A person’s ID card not only has their date of birth, but it also has other information a person may not want anyone to know. For example, a person’s full legal name, their sex, their height, and their weight. People should never show their ID card to a complete stranger, especially without a valid reason.

As an Uber driver, I am aware of the fact that many Uber drivers are creepy.  Some even have YouTube channels and publish videos they record of people without their consent.

Considering how creepy some Uber drivers are, showing your ID card to one seems like an especially bad idea.

It is a dangerous time to be a Lyft or Uber driver

Lyft driver 39-year-old Kristina Howato was dropping off 20-year-old Fabian Durazo at his destination when he began stabbing her. She was able to exit her vehicle, but Durazo followed her and continued to stab her.

She was taken to the hospital where she and her unborn child were pronounced dead.

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Fabian Durazo

Durazo fled the scene in her vehicle. Police were able to catch him because Howato’s vehicle was equipped with onboard GPS.

Lyft responded to the incident by issuing the following statement:

We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of this tragedy, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims. The safety of the Lyft community is our top priority. The passenger’s account has been permanently deactivated, and we are actively assisting law enforcement with their investigation.

Lyft permanently deactivated the killer’s account? They are not messing around. It’s one thing for Lyft to deactivate his account, but to permanently deactivate it? I’m sure Durazo will spend years on death row reflecting about his permanent Lyft deactivation and wish there was a way he could get them to reinstate his account.

As an Uber and Lyft driver, I often think about the inherent dangers of picking up complete strangers in my car and driving them where they want to go.

Sometimes passengers do not even need to get into your vehicle to evoke a feeling of danger.  Uber once sent me to an abandoned house on a dead-end street to pick up a passenger. No one showed up so I eventually canceled. While waiting I could not shake the feeling someone was watching me, trying to decide if I was an easy target to rob. It may sound paranoid, but I could not think of a valid reason someone requested a pick up at such a house.

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There are things Uber and Lyft could do to make things safer for drivers. I simply do not believe Lyft when they claim safety is their top priority. Their top priority is maximizing profits. Safety will only be a concern if it affects their ability to maximize profits. This is why I hope Kristina Howato’s family sues Lyft for creating a situation ripe for her and her unborn child’s murder.

Anyone who has driven for Lyft for even two weeks can site the things Lyft should be doing to make things safer. For whatever reason, Lyft has decided not to do those things. Kristina Howato’s family needs to make them pay for that. That is how you create meaningful change in an economic system based on capitalism.

You have to sue the bastards.

The next Batman movie will not star Ben Affleck as the title character

Matt Reeves will be directing the next Batman movie titled The Batman. It’s scheduled for release to movie theaters on June 25, 2021. Reeves will be casting the movie without Ben Affleck as the title character. Rumor has it he will be casting a younger actor to play the iconic character.

Not only is Reeves directing the movie, but he is also writing it.