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Someone asked me to contribute to the #IStandWithTroy hashtag, regarding voice actor Troy Baker quitting Twitter after being the victim of a particularly nasty moralist dogpile. Once I figured out what the hell was going on, I realized that 140 characters wasn't enough for my thoughts on this issue.
Baker got caught in the trap many of us do: merely mentioning a person or topic related to transgenderism in an even remotely humorous fashion runs the risk of being equated with transphobia. Being labelled "transphobic" means that you lose all right to basic human consideration in some corners of the Internet. It can lead to a hate campaign that lasts for months. I've survived one.
My "crime" was a joke I made about my dog with the Feline Frequency parody account. Yes, you can't even interact with a parody account these days without getting in serious trouble. Totalbiscuit was also the subject of similar attacks because he made a comment about toastkin. Based on his SoundCloud recordings, he's as confused by the whole thing as I am. While I think perhaps we both could use some more education on the subject, the level of vitriol flung at us has been thoroughly ineffective at teaching us anything useful.