A self-proclaimed nerd, and wife of Wil Wheaton, has recently deleted her Twitter account stating in her blog that “it just isn’t fun anymore, so I need to walk away from it and that’s okay.” Her twittercide came shortly after her husband went on a mass-blocking spree, blocking anyone who wrote the words “Shut up, Wesley”
“Shut up, Wesley” is a famous line from the fictional TV series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, where he played “Wesley Crusher”, a young character that wasn’t always well received by fans of the show. Captain Picard says this line when Wesley tries to warn the crew that they are talking to Data’s evil twin.
Encyclopedia Dramatica (EDdotSE), a wiki that defines itself as “a central catalog for organized reference pages about drama, memes, e-pals and other interesting happenings on the Internets” began retweeting some of Anne’s Tweets after they and many of their followers were blocked by Wil Wheaton. Anne has been unpopular with Encyclopedia Dramatica and Gamergate fans ever since she donated to Feminist Frequency, a web-show that is often detested for their complaints about sexism in video games, their call to censor those games and their frequent requests for donations. The host of Feminist Frequency, Anita Sarkeesian, also has a background in pyramid schemes, which for many, brings into question her own set of ethics. Once Encyclopedia Dramatica retweeted Anne’s tweets, a flurry of responses came in that ultimately led to her deleting her account altogether.
Here are some of the more notable tweets that preceded Anne’s depart from Twitter:
— mrbraindead (@mrbraindead12) January 16, 2016
@AnneWheaton @EDdotSE Tell Wil its easy to talk big and bad when everyone who disagrees can’t even speak
— derrick (@ohhhhhmama) January 16, 2016
— Vance (@SodaSentry) January 16, 2016
— Grant Warkentin (@grantwarkentin) January 16, 2016
And some that came after her twittercide:
o shit. @annewheaton pic.twitter.com/MyEVfRbnP2
— EncyclopæDramatica (@EDdotSE) January 16, 2016
@EDdotSE oh great more ammo for the sjw’s
— Richard Head (@Spark1892) January 16, 2016
— cray-drienne (@adezero) January 16, 2016
In loving memory of “Web-Geek Wheaton” ? pic.twitter.com/V7kdu4n3lr
— EncyclopæDramatica (@EDdotSE) January 17, 2016
@EDdotSE > Feminist Frequency Supporter Anne Wheaton Ouch, that's gotta hurt. Even 'Wife of Wil Wheaton' would've been better
— Rapebert Shekelstein (@ReLiC71) January 18, 2016
@mombot I guess Anne Wheaton forgot she could just, ya know, go to protected tweets mode and ignore people. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Not very difficult.
— Patrick (@PatrickJD84) January 18, 2016
can I have @annewheaton since no one's using it?
— The Cringe Channel (@cringe_channel) January 18, 2016
And the GamerGate crowd weighs in in response to Brianna Wu:
— #GamerGate (@GamerGateTweets) January 18, 2016
Will Anne come back to Twitter? She mentions in the comments of her blog that Twitter gives her 30 days to decide before they delete it forever and hints that she could possibly return. As for Wil Wheaton, he’s still active on Twitter and continues to build his block-list which now includes over 12,000 users.