Tara Voelker's thoughts. A lot about video games, a little about life
Haters Gonna Hate, Revisiting Raychul Moore
So, it’s funny how things come full circle.
In one of my original blog posts – Sex Sells, I ripped on Raychul Moore. I went so far as to say some of her work “sickened” me. I was pretty harsh. Now, the point of the post wasn’t really about Raychul herself, but about people who have no opinions on topics but use their bodies as a means to get attention. I was talking about girls flashing their chests while the girls who have interesting things to say get completely over looked. And that kind of thing still gets me.
So why am I talking about going full circle? Well, I’m coming to the defense of Raychul Moore. When I made my blog post, my feelings at the time was Raychul knew little about video games and was some horrible person who realized her writing talent was sub par and couldn’t get a job with out some cleavage and took the fact she had ample to her advantage. Since then, I’ve met Raychul in person. We became Facebook friends, went out to dinner together and we’re even meeting up at GDC next week. Since taking the time to know the real Raychul, and not the Raychul I thought she was via image search, I’ve learned something. Raychul totally loves video games. And sometimes I think she’s a much bigger nerd than I am.
I no longer think she’s out there just slutting it up for fame or money. She likes gaming, she likes cosplay, and likes having her picture taken. It gets a lot of attention from gamer guys. And girls are caddy. So, people like me, who assumed she was just some bimbo looking for attention, attacked her. Not cool. And Raychul knows that I think it wasn’t cool of me to be so judgemental.
Do I always agree with her reviews? No. Do I always like her writing? No. Does she rock a Cami costume well? Of course. If Raychul and I lived in the same place would we be like BFF? Probably not. Does this make her some bitch who is trying to use her boobs for fame and power? No.
So, why bring this up now? This was all sort of resolved a while ago for me and Raychul. Well, because Raychul was going to be going on a podcast, and was excited about it. I saw her post it on her Facebook and everything. Then, I saw her post made today:
“Haters gotta hate. Just wish they would stop hating on me. http://bit.ly/f1eCIw”
The link goes to the show she was going to be on. They did a preview of her. Or really, went her her website and made all the same assumptions I did, but did it worse.
How did they do it worse you say?
- I was only one person, they had four.
- She was going to be a guest on their show.
- When they asked her to be on, they did not mention ripping apart her resume as part of the program.
- I spent one page complaining about Raychul. They spent over 10 minutes.
- RAYCHUL WAS TO BE A GUEST ON THEIR SHOW.
It’s really just bad form. There isn’t another way to put it. When someone is asked to go on the o’Reilly Factor, they know what they’re in for. When you ask someone who makes their living by talking about video games to talk with you about video games on their show, they don’t expect to have the person who invited them make an entire segment where the host pretty much call them stupid. That just breeds bad vibes. So boo on them.
I guess I’m just saying this was really unnecessary. I feel if they had brought all of this up while Raychul was there, it would have been one thing. But they didn’t. They pretty much just made their audience biased against her by calling her stupid before coming on. Maybe these guys are just taking queues from Fox News.
Anyway, I think I wanted to post this because the girl on the show, Candice, very much made it seem like any *real* girl gamer would totally be appalled by Raychul. And I’m here to say I’m not. I’m having dinner with her next week.