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The Red Room Was Censored by Patreon

Yesterday I got an e-mail from Patreon informing me my account was suspended for not complying with their guidelines. It wasn’t just software being overzealous, a human worker from the Orwellian-named “Trust & Safety Team” revised a post that got my Patreon account suspended for “glorifying sexual violence”. I’m glad that Patreon’s Thoughpolice is working for the safety of all the woke grifters using that platform (Anita Sarkeesian & friends come to mind).

By the way, the post that offended their sensibilities was the following:

“Wretched Bastards

Wretched Bastards is a low-magic, dark fantasy role-playing game. Besides being deadly and bleak, it is meant to be sleazy. The main characters aren’t heroes at all; they are greedy, violent, lecherous, cruel, untrustworthy scoundrels. They will lie, backstab, betray, double-cross, kill, pillage and rape through this grim fantasy world. They aren’t heroes, because there are no heroes in the kingdom of Riget, only a handful in the Kharabas continent, and not a whole lot more in the world of Antillia; however, they aren’t the villains either: the malefactors here are the filthy orcs, who keep coming down from the mountains, located south from the village of Fork, trespassing into human territory.”

You’ve noticed the Wrongspeech there? Maybe not, it was just a single word: rape. You can’t write rape on Patreon. Well, maybe you can, their Trust & Safety employee read the post after all! I suppose if a male trans threatened to rape JK Rowling with his shedick, he wouldn’t get cancelled for Wrongspeech…

Luckily (or not) I had just a couple of subscribers and was getting about 12 dollars a month. This allows me to just close my account and say fuck you very much to Patreon without any regrets. If you are considering opening a Patreon account my advice is: DON’T!

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The Red Room Patreon Account

Why should this bum have a Patreon account? Well, I can only think of a couple of good reasons: maintaining the Red Room blog and YouTube channel have some inherent costs and, if I am to take reviews a little more seriously, I need to purchase reviewing material. I’m not expecting to have regular patrons (if you are so inclined, you will have early access to any updates and some free material), but custom pledges would be very welcome and provide extra motivation.