There’s always that one guy—the person who toes the line, who always has something to say even though no one really wants to hear it, who never knows how to be respectful when a beloved celebrity passes away.
On Twitter, that person is Jonathan McIntosh, outrage doctor. Lesser known as the former producer and writer of Feminist Frequency, McIntosh has over the past couple years turned to Twitter to opine about everything—and we do mean everything. If a video game has a female character in it, he’ll find a way to complain about how it’s sexist. If there’s a holiday on, he’ll complain about its racist origins. Nothing escapes his perpetually offended gaze for being somehow “problematic.”
And apparently, if you’re a badass like Carrie Fisher, you can only be remembered by your latest photograph in Star Wars Episode VII and not for the life you lived.
Jonathan McIntosh is a living meme. His behavior has made him the butt of jokes. The term #FullMcIntosh was coined by gamers to describe anyone so out of touch with reality that they put forth an illogical argument for the sake of stoking outrage. The term is a play on a line from the movie Tropic Thunder, in which Robert Downey Jr.’s character tells Ben Stiller that he should “never go full r*tard.” You never go full McIntosh.
McIntosh’s unholy outrage might lead one to wonder if there exists a paraphilia for self-righteous indignation.
Over the past few days and weeks, McIntosh has been more insufferable than ever before. Upon learning of Carrie Fisher’s death Tuesday, the outrage doctor immediately politicized the tragedy. He penned a series of Tweets that raised the ire of her fans.
“For those sharing images of Leia as a slave, the search term you are looking for is ‘General Organa,’” he wrote.
McIntosh conflated the outfit of a fictional character with real sex slavery. He stated: “Look fellas, the problem with Leia’s ‘slave bikini’ isn’t so much the bikini part as it is the slave part. Sexual slavery shouldn’t be sexy.”
“The idea we should depoliticize or ignore the politics of those who have passed away is what’s really disrespectful,” said McIntosh when pressed on the issue, before he complained—as he usually does—about how negative criticism flooded his timeline.
In the days before Fisher’s death, McIntosh went on a wild tangent about the video game Overwatch and its gay character, Tracer. Both regular gamers and progressives alike were upset by his remarks on Tracer’s appearance.
“You know Blizzard, maybe don’t make your first [sic] openly lesbian character in Overwatch be one that’s specifically designed for the male gaze,” he tweeted, which he followed up with anticipation that he would receive rebuttals for it.
“Sadly, games and comics creators consistently design their gay female characters so their straight male fans can also find it “totally hot,” wrote McIntosh. He wrongly assumes video games are designed exclusively for heterosexual men, excluding women who also find the character attractive.
“It should go without saying that queer women do not exist for straight men. The comic book and gaming industries must have missed the memo,” he continued. “It’s good Blizzard is responding to demands for diversity. Maybe try designing some characters that make straight dudes super uncomfortable.”
Yes, McIntosh is arguing that Blizzard should have chosen a more unattractive female character to come out as gay for the sake of making gamers uncomfortable. Had a less conventionally attractive character—like the Tumblr-inspired Zarya been selected instead, McIntosh would have had a conniption about lesbian stereotypes.
The outrage doctor was also among the first to complain about Cindy’s cleavage-baring outfit in Final Fantasy XV, voicing his righteous indignation in a live playthrough of the game.
Jonathan McIntosh is streaming FFXV and it's exactly what you expect.https://t.co/L8ixSFehkj
— Nicole Sund (@Nonsensicole) December 5, 2016
McIntosh also voiced his outrage over Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s inclusion of moral choices, and argued that developers should not provide players a choice on whether to be good or evil.
The outrage doctor dived to the lowest of lows when he blamed video games for the Pulse shooting massacre in Orlando.
The question is not “Do games make people killers?” Nope. The real question is “How do games that fetishize guns contribute to gun culture?"
— Jonathan McIntosh (@radicalbytes) June 12, 2016
When video games aren’t grinding his gears, the self-described “pop culture detective” sets his sights on movies like Rogue One. Upon its release in theaters, he decried the movie for “drawing on orientalist or terrorist stereotypes.” Essentially, he argues that Rogue One is racist.
He falsely described the rebel insurgents on Jedha as wearing turbans, and followed it up with an incorrect statement about how “most leaders of the good rebels are white and all the extremist rebels are POC.”
Predictably, McIntosh fields complaints by blocking anyone who voiced their anger towards him, all the while complaining about it. He even brags about the number of people he’s personally blocked on Twitter, deciding—like The Simpsons’ Principal Skinner—that it’s everyone else who’s wrong.
Based on the 15,000+ accounts I’ve had to block over the past 4 years I think we can safely conclude something's very wrong with gaming.
— Jonathan McIntosh (@radicalbytes) December 22, 2016
If you ever engage him on Twitter, don’t be surprised if you see this screen: