Video game developer, writer, and professional Patreon grifter Zoë Quinn is back in the news. Quinn recently went to Twitter to accuse independent video game developer Alec Holowka of sexually and verbally abusing her many years ago. Holowkaof co-created the hit indy video game Night in the Woods. On Wednesday, in response to Quinn’s assertions, Holowkaof’s partners cut ties with him.
Yesterday Holowka’s sister Eileen Mary Holowka took to Twitter to announce her brother took his own life.
This seems to take cancel culture to a whole new level. Or does it? Is suicide the ultimate goal when someone accuses someone else of something awful in the court of public opinion?
The problem with claims such as Quinn’s is they do not have to be substantiated. She doesn’t have to prove Holowkaof did anything nefarious. All she has to do is make the claim. On the flip side, there’s absolutely no way for someone like Alec Holowka can prove his innocence.
Alec Holowka suffered from mental illness
From everything I’ve read about this story, Alec Holowka suffered from mental health issues. I also read that he made significant strides in treatment in the past few years. And then this happened. Did Zoë Quinn know about Holowka’s mental health status when she made claims on Twitter about something that supposedly happened nearly ten years ago? I’m not sure she would even care if she did, not when she could earn even more free Patreon money from her new-found victimhood status.
Did Holowka’s former partner’s know about his mental health problems? If they did, I doubt they cared, not when they could use the issue to proclaim their sanctimonious virtue on Twitter. Quinn made the allegations against Holowka late Monday night. On Wednesday, less than 48-hours later, the other developers behind Night in the Woods announced they believed Quinn’s allegations.
I wonder how “agonizing the consideration” really was when they arrived at their decision so damn quickly.
Cancel culture is terrible
I despise how people will pig pile on someone in the world of social media in the attempt to get someone de-platformed and/or fired. What’s the long-term goal? Once someone gets fired, but then finds employment somewhere else, is the goal to get them fired from that gig too? Does it only stop when the accused is dead?
It looks like Quinn deleted her Twitter account. Too bad she didn’t do that seven days ago.