Ethan Ralph, a laughingstock in the alt-right movement, was arrested earlier this year for assaulting police officers while under the influence. He was charged with two felonies and multiple misdemeanors after an August incident in which police said he was found asleep and intoxicated in a Virginia hotel lobby, and then attacked the officers who sought to rouse him.
This December, Ralph revealed that he pled guilty to one felony count of assaulting a police officer. It is not known if he was also under the influence when entering his guilty plea. Ralph is set to spend a minimum of six months in jail.
Ethan Ralph runs an amateur soapbox called The Ralph Retort, which he uses to rant about politics, social justice warriors, and whoever’s pissed him off for the day to anyone who will listen. His motto is “F*** being nice.”
He made a name for himself at the height of GamerGate when he wrote hit pieces attacking any and all on both sides of the debate. Ralph spewed bile at its supporters, accusing them of being “ethics cucks.” Ralph published hitpieces aimed at John “TotalBiscuit” Bain, game critics Liana Kerzner and Oliver Campbell, and Twitch streamer Nicole Sund.
Despite claiming that “thousands” loved his work, Ralph quickly became one of the GamerGate fiasco’s most hated personalities after he used the death of a GamerGate supporter named Lily Feng to publish a series of articles attacking people grieving for her. When his publication was called out on it, he published a fake apology attacking detractors even further.
Most of his articles, which he dubs “NEWS HITS,” are typically defamatory claims about people he doesn’t like backed by little evidence. A piece on game journalist Leigh Alexander was titled “TWITTER HIT: Leigh Loses It & Alex the Cuck’s Cousin Allegedly Puts Him on Blast,” and a story on Arthur Chu, penned anonymously by someone claiming to be a “former family member” refers to the Jeopardy contestant as a “WASTE OF SPACE.”
Unable to offer insightful commentary, his articles mainly contain insults pertaining to his subjects’ appearances. Much like the now-defunct Gawker, Ralph’s website is considered a tabloid for its lack of sourcing and willingness to publish anonymous claims without proper vetting.
Ralph made it a routine of lifting otherwise interesting stories from Reddit and elsewhere in the GamerGate community, and manipulating them to the point where no one else would touch the stories due to the association with him.
With Ralph going to jail, it remains to be seen whether his tabloid blog will continue to be updated by its other contributors.