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The Shirtstorm is a controversy that took place on November 13-14, 2014 over a shirt depicting Barbarella-type women [1] 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 [2]. Taylor apologized publicly.

Relation to Gamergate

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


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

  • Verge writer and GameJournoPros member Chris Plante wrote [3] [4] 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. [5]