I loves me some good drama, and I do not consider myself a chauvinist. I'm all about TOTAL equal rights for women. Equal pay, fight in the military, head of household, you name it. I also support political correctness. Does it makes sense 100% of the time in practice necessarily? No, but def appropriate and necessary for the most part.
So I was expecting a good, Kaneda-esqe shit storm, with wildly inappropriate behavior getting called out and spanked down. I was disappointed, confused and saddened all at the same time.
I watched the Twitch stream and rewound some parts to listen carefully to what was being said in the background. I read the Tilt thread.
With all due respect to the women involved who felt disrespected - and their feelings and opinions are perfectly valid and important - I feel for the guys doing the stream. You can tell how shell shocked they were at the accusations and how things played out.
I wouldn't say they said or handled everything perfectly, but they took some pretty strong criticism for some pretty mild, and obviously not ill intentioned comments. They seem like nice guys and true pinball fans. I disagree with the tilt poster that said "they weren't even watching the match" or "they weren't doing play by play" (paraphrasing). They most certainly were, and their commentating was balanced, informative and quite entertaining IMO.
It goes to show how everyone can have an off day; that even folks who would never assume they are the least bit sexist might learn a little something about themselves (and others); and that issues like sexism and racism run deep and are very complex. And are very real and can be very painful. And impact EVERYONE, whether every person is aware of it or not.
I hope everyone involved in this comes out better and wiser on the other side. I'll posit a guess that they are all good hearted people, and they obviously share a love of pinball.