Friday, May 12, 2017
The New Hampshire state Legislature is deciding whether to discipline one of its members for his role in setting up a misogynistic online forum.
Two-term Republican Rep. Robert Fisher, 31, was identified last month by The Daily Beast as the creator of the Reddit community The Red Pill, which champions so-called "pickup artists" and blames feminism for societal woes. (The forum takes its name from a scene in the 1999 film The Matrix in which Keanu Reeves' character, Neo, is offered a choice between a red pill, which represents reality, and a blue pill, which represents illusion.)
Testifying before a state House committee Tuesday, Fisher argued that his online statements revealed by the Daily Beast investigation — including comments deriding women's intelligence, detailing ways for men to dodge rape accusations and questioning whether rape itself was wholly bad — have been misreported and misconstrued.
He has never "hated women," Fisher assured the Legislative Administration Committee and criticized the journalism that brought his comments to light.
The committee has until next week to make a recommendation. The state House will vote on the committee's decision June 1.