Introducing ‘boner culture,’ this Gamergate blogger’s latest cause

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Won’t somebody think of the boners?

Step aside feminists, there’s a new culture war on the horizon. Meet “boner culture,” where everything has to be about cis men’s erections.

The term was coined by none other than Gamergate “journalist” William Usher, tweeting for his blog One Angry Gamer. Over the weekend, Usher penned a post on Mortal Kombat 11’s Jade, criticizing game developer NetherRealm Studios for making the recurring character “fully covered up just like the other women on the roster” to make sure she won’t “tantalize men.” He went on to break down Jade’s new look in all of her unexposed glory, analyzing just how NetherRealm has let down Mortal Kombat’s biggest fans: horny gamers.

“As you can see, they gave her a zombified skin tone and made sure that there is zero cleavage on display,” Usher explained. “Her boobs are duly shrunk, and not only does she have boob armor on but she has an undersuit on underneath that, so you literally cannot see anything.”

Tragic. When the story hit Twitter under the headline “Mortal Kombat 11 Adds Jade To The Roster, Who Is Fully Covered Up And Lacking Sex Appeal,” the story wasn’t received well, as most Mortal Kombat fans generally prefer to play the game as opposed to masturbate to it.

The negative responses weren’t lost on Usher, and as criticisms poured in, he doubled-down on his original point. After one Twitter user pointed out that Mortal Kombat 11 has a costume selection system, Usher jumped in to defend his piece by arguing on behalf of “boner culture,” the most important of all gamer cultures.

“The verdict is still out on whether [or] not [the developers] added any sexy-time gear pieces to the game,” Usher tweeted on Feb. 18. “For the sake of boner culture, hopefully the sexy outfits are still a viable option via the gear customization.”

The response was swift. By Wednesday morning, Usher had already scored a ratio of 75 replies to 10 retweets and 35 likes. Twitter user @9_volt_, who regularly makes fun of Gamergate, shared Usher’s tweet one day later, scoring over 5,000 retweets and 20,900 likes.

Twitter quickly took @9_volt_’s side and joined in on the fun.

https://twitter.com/pithyalyse/status/1097948483296944130

The boner jokes were fast and deadly.

Others pointed out that Usher is getting upset over an undead woman in a video game who beats people to a pulp. Like, you can refrain from rubbing one out this time, fellas.

For the record, Usher appears unfazed by the backlash. While responding to a dunk that called his tweet “an almost ironic joke,” he responded, “there ain’t nothing ironic about boner culture.” One day after the initial “boner culture” tweet, Usher also published an article saying Warner Brothers and “SJW journalists” are “buttblasted” over the controversy.

As for whether Usher actually believes in “boner culture,” who knows. @9_volt_ explained to the DailyDot that he has “had fun mocking [Usher’s] site for years now,” but even he is confused if the “boner culture” statement is serious or just a creepy joke.

“If you look at the history of his website it is not that hard to believe that he was being serious,” @9_volt_ told the Daily Dot over DM. “But if I had to guess, I would say he was trying to be funny and failed miserably. Or succeeded, depending on how you look at it.”

The Daily Dot reached out to Usher for comment and is awaiting his response.

Ana Valens

Ana Valens

Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Waypoint, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone's Glixel, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.