Gamergate’s Zoe Quinn on “crowd sourced” online abuse, plus: tensions rise in Catalonia and Kaepernick files a grievance against the NFL

Zoe Quinn, the target of the now-infamous Gamergate online harassment campaign, talks to Brian Edwards-Tiekert about what it was like to be bullied and abused online. Quinn explains the threats she faced, including threats of sexual violence, threats against her family and death threats.

Before that, contemporary Catalan and Spanish culture specialist Edgar Illas joins the show to discuss brewing tensions in Madrid. He contextualizes Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s decision to revoke autonomous rule in the Catalonia region.

Then, writer Michael Harriot breaks down Colin Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL, which alleges that the 32 teams of the NFL collectively colluded to prevent him from being employed by the league. Harriot and Cat Brooks also discuss the consequences of Kaepernick’s grievance and where Kaepernick’s actions fit in the history of Black athlete protests.


  • Edgar Illas is the Director of Catalan and the Hispanic Literature Program at the University of Indiana and author of Thinking Barcelona, Ideologies of a Global City
  • Michael Harriot is a staff writer at The Root, host of The Black One podcast and editor-in-chief of the daily digital magazine NegusWhoRead.com
  • Zoe Quinn is an independent game developer and author of Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate
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