This saddens me beyond belief. Dozens if not HUNDREDS of other people have posted similar things, some of them FAR better written and detailed than I could ever hope to manage. This should be a DEAD subject. It should be one where everyone's already agreed that the whole thing was asinine, that the 'gaters are filth, and moved on.
The very fact that I haven't been getting "Jesus, Ryk, will everyone just DROP it already" as the major response... is the most infuriating, saddening, and tragic proof that this is a REAL problem, and one that isn't CLOSE to being dealt with by our society, and so you WILL keep hearing about it until someone finds a way to make it clear to even the most reactionary SOB that this behavior IS NOT ACCEPTABLE in a civilized society.