YouTube is where atheism goes to rot and turn toxic

With a few exceptions — Aron Ra is good, so is Steve Shives, and every once in a while some youtuber shows some sign of awareness of what a swirling cesspool they’re swimming in and posts some solid mockery of the MRA/Atheist/YouTube axis, like this guy:


  1. microraptor says

    And that’s pretty much why I gave up on YouTube atheism years ago.

  2. says

    Holy crap. Obsession with Anita much? The weird digressions from a critique of the Ghostbuster’s trailer to dissing Anita again and again in the Thunderf00t video were nicely documented. At least the toxic obsessions were called out with style.

  3. Athywren - not the moon you're looking for says

    I’d actually never heard of Hbomberguy before yesterday. I had to subscribe to him after that vid, though – it was hilarious. I probably won’t see any of his other videos – I pretty much only use youtube for occasional “what was that song?!” searches and a capella versions of Sonic zone tunes, like this (I am such a grownup) these days – but it seems like he’s worthy of turning up in my suggested videos feed. Certainly more so than thunderf33t. I quite often criticise him for his obsession with Anita Sarkeesian, but I honestly thought I was being unfair to him before seeing that. I can’t help but wonder if he’s completely lost his grip on rationality over her, or if this is just what it looks like when you start catering exclusively to clueless anti-feminists?

  4. says

    Didn’t someone blog about another youtube atheist recently? I saw someone talk about DarkMatter2525’s video “Top 10 Reasons Jesus Hasn’t Returned” and I think they talked about the Islamophobia section of the video. But I can’t find the blog post now! Can anyone help me out? Where was that?

  5. Gregory Greenwood says

    Thunderfoot’s obsession with Anita Sarkeesian long since passed odd, left weird in its dust years ago, and is now racing through country that can only be termed disturbing. I wonder why he has chosen Anita as the particular focus of his paranoid fear of feminism?

    You would think that someone who drones on endlessly about how ‘rational’ he supposedly is would anticipate the risk that his endless hate-fueled tirades against this specific women – presented as they are to his fans that often share his obsessions and bigotries and treat his every word as inviolate truth – might represent. All it takes is for one of his fans to take him at his word during one of his more spittle-flecked rants and things could very easily escalate dangerously.

    Then again, I suppose in order to recognize that as a problem you would require a faculty for empathy, something which Thunderfoot has repeatedly demonstrated he sorely lacks.

  6. Gregory Greenwood says

    While I know Thunderf00t doesn’t exactly represent a hard target, I still appreciate how Hbomberguy expertly filleted the creep here. Bravo.

  7. says

    Anyone who knows the MRA for what they are should watch Hbomberman. I seriously cannot express enough how just amazing his piss-taking is. There are literally moments where he cannot speak when he is listening to their videos he’s laughing so hard.

    plus he has an amazing detailed takedown of why Fallout 3 is pure shit, and he does it like a proper person worried about ethics in game journalism.

  8. says

    He sure has mastered that imitation of Sweaty Phil’s unhinged giggling.

    That was an imitation and not just a loop of Sweaty Phil’s unhinged giggling, right?

  9. microraptor says

    Gregory Greenwood #9:

    I wonder why he has chosen Anita as the particular focus of his paranoid fear of feminism?

    Simple: she’s the one that MRAs always rail against. He’s certainly not going to spend any effort finding new target until the mob moves on.

  10. Azkyroth, B*Cos[F(u)]==Y says

    plus he has an amazing detailed takedown of why Fallout 3 is pure shit


  11. Vivec says

    I watched the video and disagreed with just about every point. Then again, I think 1 and 2 were awful and have aged poorly.

  12. Nicholas Sullivan says


    This popped up on /r/gamerghazi and didn’t watch it, I feel bad, because H.Bomberguy is awesome. That was rather well done, very funny, with some excellent editorialising with images and video clips of thundertwit being, well, thundertwit.

  13. Saganite, a haunter of demons says

    It’s hard to tell, whether it’s an actual obsession or just a cynical cash-in because that’s what (some of) the masses crave right now. If it’s the latter, he’ll turn toward something else eventually (same general topic, different specific target, I’d wager) and considering Sarkeesian apparently announced she would focus on other topics in the future, I suppose it’ll beome clear eventually. I mean, even if he feeds his audience exactly what they want, eventually they’ll tire of the same exact thing over and over again, right?

  14. Gar Lipow says

    Someone was trying to support a bit of nonsense with “a bunch of video discussion o youtube says so.” I offered to bet ten bucks that it was wrong. He did not take me up on it. I agree that with ,a few exceptions along the lines of those mentioned, that is the level of most youtube atheism.

  15. Muz says

    GG #9
    “Thunderfoot’s obsession with Anita Sarkeesian long since passed odd, left weird in its dust years ago, and is now racing through country that can only be termed disturbing. I wonder why he has chosen Anita as the particular focus of his paranoid fear of feminism? ”

    It’s got to be $$$/attention at this point. He knows he can get 100,000 views every single time from gamers who won’t let go just by giving her scorn.

  16. vaiyt says

    Feminazi Ghostbusters! One would think they spend the entire movie killing men and capturing their ghosts. But no, what makes them feminazi is the crime of existing and being women.

  17. dianne says

    One would think they spend the entire movie killing men and capturing their ghosts.

    That might make a good movie.

  18. Scott John Harrison says

    Glad more people are finding out about Harris Bomber Guy. I been following him for years and my only disappointment is his older stuff from his youtube isn’t there now…and you are missing out on his sweet introduction song.

  19. says

    Funny, I watched the new Ghostbusters trailer when it first came out, thought it was “Meh” and…

    That was it.

    It came as a big surprise to me that I was supposed to believe it was evidence of feminism’s hand in the destruction of popular culture.

    Who knew?

  20. =8)-DX says

    Thunderfoot basically uses Anita as an anti-feminist dogwhistle. Something he doesn’t like? Mention any tangential relation it has to Anita (feminism, games, sjw, crowdfunding, vaginas, boobs in media, wearing makeup, sexual harassment, being female), show a picture or clip of her and then just read the hundreds of comments patting you on the back for such a hilarious takedown of stupid feminisms har har rape joke, triggering SAFE SPACES!?!?!?

    It’s almost as if he didn’t get the irony: he’s ignoring an actual living woman’s life, work and ideas, and turning her into a media trope to reinforce the sexist stereotypes of his chosen target audience, because their concerns are all that’s relevant .. hmm there was a YouTube series about that kind of thing wasn’t there? Called Tropes vs. ….ah.

  21. Jeremy Shaffer says

    While I was watching this I started thinking back to Thunderfoot’s videos on creationism, and how he sort of latched onto Venom Fang X in those as well. He would address others, but the later ones pretty much seemed direct responses to VFX*. Even then it wasn’t nearly as obsessive as he gets with Sarkeesian, but I wonder if just needs an actual target to latch onto; one he doesn’t think can really strike back at him, or not very effectively if they do. Can he even discuss a subject without having a physical representation that he can imbue as the literal incarnation of the topic itself?

    * I’m working off memories that are about a decade old, and about a man I’ve largely written off as irrelevant for consideration.

  22. Athywren - not the moon you're looking for says

    Tentatively related to the weird obsessive hatred of feminists who like games and would like them to be better – I just read this article, about a time when Thunderf00t’s forebears were panicking about feminists in trousers.

  23. Alex the Pretty Good says

    Sometimes, I still feel ripped off for having watched so many TF videos before his FTP breakdown.
    I remember actually expecting greatness when PZ announced on this very blog that TF would be joining FTB.

    Less than a month later I had unsubbed from his channel … and that’s the first (and up till now only) unsub I ever did.
    And still YouTube keeps serving him up in “sugested channels” … ugh.

    More to the subject of the video … when TF’s incessant obsession with Anita’s videos was illustrated, and how he even uses it in other Social Injustice Defender videos, I finally remembered why this tactic sounds so familiar. “Anita Sarkeesian” is TF’s “Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam”.

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