Let’s talk about Apex Legends
A new free-to-play battle royale game. Seems like a dime a dozen in 2019, but there’s a bit more to unpack with this one. EA has been a studio that has made several missteps in the last few years (okay, last SEVERAL years). While their track record hasn’t been stellar, this game from respawn entertainment might be worth our time. It seems like a decent mashup of an overwatch/paladins style roster with a battle royale twist set in a post-apocalyptic setting, which could be an interesting game
Let’s talk about the roster so far:
Overall, while the roster of legends is small at launch, they’re already incredibly diverse. Notice how more than half of them are POCs.
The first shooter/main DPS character is a black woman.
The tank-style character is likely of Pacific Islander descent. And even more…
… is a confirmed Queer character. Overwatch already has Tracer and S76, but it took them awhile after launch to confirm they were gay.
I think Apex sought to create a diverse roster of characaters from the get to, and no matter how you feel about yet another battle royale game, EA, or how well this game performs, we should give credit to studios who strive for more diversity and inclusion in gaming. Doing so may prompt other studios to do the same.
Ok but … seriously this is the new rule for 2018 and beyond.
The Truth of BuzzFeed’s Grindr BBQ
The Buzzfeed article was titled “This Man Invited People To A “BBQ Not Orgy” On Grindr And It Was Surprisingly Heartwarming.” It’s about how Chris Bowman, a 61 year old man from Apex, North Carolina has been hosting an annual summer BBQ. He advertises this BBQ through the gay dating/hookup app, Grindr. It’s about how the event is surprisingly sweet and Bowman, who is a recovered alcoholic, wants to give back to the community and bring people together.
TL;DR Chris is a registered sex offender with a history of pedophilia and preying on young people. His ‘not an orgy’ and community talk is a gaslighting tactic to groom young people into having sex with him. Buzzfeed, Vice, and other social media outlets giving his event a platform endangers LGBT youth.
Buzzfeed Link: Click Here
Time for the real shit. Buckle UP.
A group of four of us (J, M, S, and A) attended the BBQ in the summer of 2017. J received an invite similar to the one shown in the Buzzfeed article over Grindr, and we’re young and dumb so we decided what the hell, let’s go. We rolled up and saw a fire truck and ambulance already there. He’d invited the local fire department and EMS to attend the BBQ. The food was admittedly very good, and the crowd was a strange mix of after-church and from Grindr. Most of the other folks at the BBQ seemed fine and kind. Buzzfeed got that right. Here is what they left out:
HE’S A SEX CRIMINAL
His page on the NC registry: Click Here
More information about his charges & appeal: Click Here
1997: Chris is giving Daniel, a 14 yo boy, a golf lesson. He locks the doors to the store and turns off the lights. He comes up behind Daniel under the impression of adjusting the child’s technique. He reaches down into Daniel’s underwear and molests him.
1998: Chris’s daughter has two friends over for a slumber party. They are sisters. When everyone is asleep, Jessica, a 15 yo girl, is walking down the stairs of his multi-level house. Chris approaches, pulls down her shorts, and performs oral sex on her. He stops when Jessica’s sister stumbles upon the scene.
2005: Chris provides his house as a location for two friends, a 24 yo and 18 yo, to have sex with their underage girlfriends, 14 yo and 15 yo.
He appealed his 2005 convictions that testimony from 1997 & 98 was inadmissible in the determination of guilt phase of his trial.
Chris knew who we were and immediately inserted himself into our group. We figured, yeah we’ll talk with him a while—he gave us all this food, so we kind of have to (!!THIS IS HIS STRATEGY!!). Anyway, we listened to him talk about orgies, sex, golf, and drugs in Europe for about an hour. Topics he hit:
- Orgies he’d attended in downtown Paris where you circled the arc de triumph in your car until forming a chain of other searching cars that would eventually peel off into a warehouse or somewhere to initiate the orgy. It’s cool you, should totally try it sometime! OKAY.
- He talked a lot about how his favorite drug to use was Black Beauty
- He talked a lot about how good the golfing was in Scotland (He molested a 14 yo boy in 1997 while teaching a golf lesson!)
- He spent a lot of time trying to convince us to attend the “BBQ After Dark”
The heat was incredible that day and we were starting to get tired of his weird sex talk. Chris saw this and asked J what was wrong. J told him it was just kind of hot. Chris followed up by inviting J to go on and take his shirt off. J said no, he was fine. Chris said, “Oh no, come on! Take your shirt off! I’ll take my shirt off!” J ignored it. We were all uncomfortable. Throughout the ENTIRE event, Chris constantly reminded us about the after dark portion of the BBQ, which we were all very invited to. We had no plans of going, but kept our refusals soft and polite out of respect, because again, the BBQ is a tactic to make you treat him kinder and feel bad about thinking he’s creepy.
THE NEXT DAY
This was when the solicitations started. For the next year and a half until J deleted his Grindr last fall, Chris continued to send J messages trying to move things forward. He also tried to pick up A and S through J’s Grindr. He’s talked about how he’s really excited about the buzz the event has been getting and how he’s hoping the event will grow and grow. J hasn’t responded to the messages that have kept coming for over a year. Attached are a few screenshots.
We tried to contact Buzzfeed after the article was first published about how they had misrepresented the nature of the event. When they didn’t respond, we didn’t think it mattered too much. Maybe we were being too critical? The food was good… However, now that we are aware of Chris’s history of pedophilia, we want to make sure anyone who decides to attend knows what to expect.
i’m tired of vaguing about it. watching you people post about and idolize bts is the most irritating thing and even more because i’m black. everyone knows they’re racist. it’s fucking known that the leader has said the n word. it’s known they’ve worn cornrows and have been called cool when we’re called dirty and ghetto. it’s known that they’ve appropriated our culture multiple times. not to mention that photoshoot. and it’s even worse because i know y’all act like they’re all pure n shit (which is a whole other type of racist stereotype) and then turn around and call us scary and ghetto. and on top of this? stop using aave. i’m especially tired of being told i sound like a kpop stan because i use language my community created.
((ok to reblog, don’t add on if you aren’t black))
Forget the other answers, this is correct
oh and can cis people stop announcing which of their friends are trans?
i have no fucking need to know who is or is not trans, all youve done is outed them and proved to me that i cant trust you. the first thing i find out about your friend shouldnt be that they trans. actually i should never find that out about your friend from you
sick and tired of cis people using my existence near them as a diversity token. stop telling me about your childhood friend whose trans. stop telling me their deadname. all that does is show me that you’ll tell the next stranger my deadname and how im trans and it makes me feel physically sick
pls donate to my gofundme so I can kick dysphoria’s ass and be happy like this all the time:
DiZ voice echoes “you should share some of that hatred with Sora.”