Crime

GamerGate Panel Cancelled After Bomb Threat


A panel on Gamergate, the highly controversial debate over sexism and journalism in the video game world, had to be canceled Saturday after bomb threats.

But planners of the panel at Little Havana's Koubek Center, part of Miami-Dade College, didn't skip a beat. They headed outside to the carport at a nearby foreclosed house and had the discussion there.

According to WPLG and Polygon.com, the building was swept the night before the event and multiple bomb threats on social media were ignored. But after it got started at 10 a.m., a specific one that mentioned a time put the kibosh on the whole thing.

Here is what the debate looked like outside:



Koretzky noted that #SPJAirplay was trending, which he says showed the panel had drawn some major attention.  And here is what he had to say about the event: 



"Whoever called in that bomb threat was a real clueless asshole. Theoretically, you call in a bomb threat because you hate what’s happening inside the place you’re threatening to blow up. So why call it in when our debate was 3 1/2 hours old with only 30 minutes to go?

"Thanks to the bomb threat, our hashtag #SPJAirPlay trended worldwide. It was briefly No. 1 in the country. God bless stupid felons.

"After the bomb threat forced us to evacuate the Koubek Center, half the panelists and a third of the audience continued the discussion in the carport of a foreclosed house. (attached) In 90-degree heat and 90-percent humidity, the panelists stood in front of NO TRESPASSING signs while police officers literally looked the other way. For those who traveled from as far away as London, I felt good about giving them a real Miami experience."
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Chuck Strouse is the former editor in chief of Miami New Times. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and won dozens of other awards. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and has worked at newspapers including the Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times.
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