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The Shirtstorm is a controversy that took place on November 13-14, 2014 over a shirt depicting Barbarella-type women that was worn by European Space Agency scientist Matt Taylor during a TV interview on the Rosetta / Philae space probe mission to comet 67P. The shirt's designer Ella Prizeman had given Taylor the shirt as a birthday present and a wish for good luck on the mission. Taylor apologized publicly. [1] [2]

Relation to Gamergate Edit

The Shirtstorm took place at the same time as the Gamergate controversy, and several people connected the issues under the umbrella discussion of sexism in male-dominated fields. [citation needed]

Notable incidents Edit

Critics Edit

Of those who condemned Taylor for wearing the shirt, some are notable:

  • Verge writer and GameJournoPros member Chris Plante wrote 1 2 the article I don't care if you landed a spacecraft on a comet, your shirt is sexist and ostracizing. Plante claimed to have "received multiple death threats from people who identified as members of Gamer Gate."
  • Twitter user @roseveleth condemned the shirt.[3].

References Edit

  1. https://twitter.com/ellypriZeMaN/status/532927131098300416
  2. Sarah Knapton, Rosetta mission scientist Dr Matt Taylor cries during apology over 'offensive' shirt, The Telegraph, 14 Nov 2014, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/11231320/Rosetta-mission-scientist-Dr-Matt-Taylor-cries-during-apology-over-offensive-shirt.html
  3. https://twitter.com/roseveleth/status/532538957490561024

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