‘Silicon Valley’ Star Thomas Middleditch Shuts Down Haters With Nerdy Instagram Post After BlizzCon Appearance Bashed

“Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch seemed like a logical choice to emcee the talent and cosplay competition on Saturday at BlizzCon, an annual fan event hosted by Blizzard Entertainment, creator of such video games as “The World of Warcraft”, “Diablo” and “Starcraft”.

However, the B.C.-born actor wound up miffing some in attendance when he mispronounced the names of some of the games’ characters, and, even more pointedly, poked fun at the geeky gamers for their nerdiness, stereotypically joking that hardcore gamers are virtual shut-ins who rarely leave their parents’ basements.

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This did not go over well with many who watched the event via livestream (probably from their parents’ basements), and they took to Twitter en masse to slam his performance, issuing tweets such as these:

Following the criticism, Middleditch unleashed a social media missive of his own, effectively shutting down the haters with a photo of his uber-nerdy gaming setup while writing that gamers should find a sense of humour and stop taking themselves so seriously.

“When you grip your culture so tightly that it’s sacrilegious to even comment on it, or mispronounce a video game character name in a slew of absurd fantasy names, you’ve ruined it,” he writes, adding: “Part of me liked it when us nerds had to keep to the shadows, before it was all mainstream. Granted, I wouldn’t have a career if that were the case but at least we’d all still be nice to each other because it was such a relief to find someone from the same tribe. Now it feels like some of us have banded together and just want to pay forward the bullying we received…”

Got some flak for not being a "real gamer". Well, I may not play YOUR game but you probably don't play mine either. Unless you know how to cold start an A10 Warthog? Just remember, we are all on the same side and it's OK to poke fun at ourselves. It's important. When you grip your culture so tightly that it's sacrilegious to even comment on it, or mispronounce a video game character name in a slew of absurd fantasy names, you've ruined it. Part of me liked it when us nerds had to keep to the shadows, before it was all mainstream. Granted, I wouldn't have a career if that were the case but at least we'd all still be nice to each other because it was such a relief to find someone from the same tribe. Now it feels like some of us have banded together and just want to pay forward the bullying we received to someone who's not as 1337 h@x0r. I know games, pen and paper, cosplay, LARP'ing, whatever, is all really important to us…that doesn't stop you from having a sense of humor about it. Let's be fwendz d00dz.

A photo posted by Thomas Middleditch (@tombini) on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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