Circumcision Is Tearing Apart The Silent Hill Wikia, Maybe Avoid It For Now

There are a lot of things I expect to end up writing about here on RoH. New game announcements, maybe something’s being made into a movie, who knows. But that list most certainly does not include circumcision, the act of surgically removing a man’s foreskin. Yet here we are.

For those of you familiar with Silent Hill 4: The Room, you should know all about Walter Sullivan; the homicidal maniac that was abandoned in apartment 302 and raised by the series’ resident cult, The Order. What you may not remember is an excessive amount of symbolism linking Walter’s disturbed outlook on life being linked to having been circumcised as an infant. Well, visiting Walter’s Silent Hill Wikia page for the last few days has taught anyone who cared to know all about this possibility as one of the Admins for the Wikia has written out a long, rambling diatribe about just that. Detailing not just a theory about how this Admin believes that Walter was a victim of genital mutilation, but also goes into excruciating detail about how circumcision is actually a construct of Satanism and the Illuminati and that doctors are puppets of this conspiracy. Not just in the game lore mind you, but in our world.

It actually gets worse from there. A long list of explanations as to why circumcision is bad has now been laid out smack in the middle of the page, as well as a fervent defense of why it should be considered child abuse and a human rights issue. Honestly, that’s all fine, I guess. Don’t really know about the Satanism/Illuminati thing, but everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. The real question is: What the hell does any of this have to do with Silent Hill?

Believe it or not, that’s from after the Admin consented to trim it a but, this is an edited version of the page, originally it also included this text:

When the other users and contributors to the Silent Hill Wikia noticed this sudden addition to Walter’s page, they questioned it in the Wikia’s forums, where this whole episode took a turn for the… well, frankly startling and upsetting. It even turned into something of a Twitter side show as both fans and even the actual developers of the games themselves took part in the shock and hilarity of all this, you can actually read the whole storified event here.

Admin AlexShepherd, the one who edited Walter’s page, came back with not just a defense of his actions, but an angry, violent attack against anyone who questioned the edits. Eventually locking the page from being edited further by users other than him, deleting and editing other comments on the thread, and writing long, angry, rambling thoughts on the Illuminati, Satansim, how Americans are “sheeple” being controlled by blind faith and politics, and that the Silent Hill franchise as a whole is a social commentary on how screwed up America is. Um. The worst is yet to come, however. People even started to notice this weirdness infecting other areas of the Wikia, as Shepherd edited other characters to fit in with his circumcision theories as well as a bizarre and equally unfounded little additions about things like a theory that the character Alex Shepherd from Silent Hill: Homecoming being homosexual, despite the fact that Homecoming is one of the only games in the series that actually has a romantic interest character. Again, doesn’t matter if Alex is or not, it’s totally cool if he is, but there’s literally nothing to substantiate this in the games, not to mention even less to substantiate bringing the circumcision stuff over to poor Alex’s page too.

By and large, the people arguing with him weren’t really against the concept that maybe circumcision is bad, but mostly that it didn’t have anything to do with Silent Hill, and that maybe at best the whole thing be relegated to a theories page. But Shepherd seemed to look straight past that and demanded that the edit not only stay in its prominent spot, but also that anyone who questioned him was neither a true fan nor an intelligent human being. Sniping typos and providing pseudo-science sources for his beliefs, it soon became a raging war as his explanations began to become less and less about the terrors of genital mutilation, and more about how America, and all of religion is everything that’s wrong with the world. This uh, well, didn’t go over well with the others in the thread seeing as many of them are American, religious, and in at least one case, actually Satanist.

Shepherd dismissed most of the backlash as being non-applicable since most of the comments from users and other moderators where female, saying that as women they could not possibly have enough perspective on male genital mutilation to even contribute to the discussion.

When one user pointed out that that argument was not only really misogynistic, but also that she has a son, he not only dismissed this as well but made the argument personal, attacking her over whether or not she had her son circumcised. Obviously, she didn’t take this extremely invasive and personal question that well, yet he further demanded to know. Wow.

Somehow, that actually gets worse. Enjoyableari was pretty understandably upset by this. Shepherd told her to grow up. I don’t even know what to say.

So, yeah. Pretty much everyone on the Wikia, even some just joining the conversation are mortified and appalled, calling for his immediate removal on the grounds that he’s not only broken Wikia’s terms of use but has also been an abusive Admin. He isn’t taking this too well; when another Admin called for a vote with the Silent Hill Wikia community to vote yay or nay on the edited content and to remove Shepherd, he completely ignored it and touted his own status and level of respectability as being higher than everyone’s and that he, nor the content shall be removed. The other admins have contacted Wikia higher-ups in hopes to either have Shepherd’s Admin status revoked or simply banned entirely. What’s clearly an Admin who in the early stages of this could have been forgiven for maybe just being on a bit of a power trip or even just having a really bad day has now turned into several days worth of abusing his power as an Admin, and just being a generally awful person to the other users and admins.

The thread has gotten so much traction it’s even shown up on a completely unrelated news site, NYMag.com of all things. The once remarkably thorough and informative Wikia has become a laughing stock overnight, smashing any and all credibility it has ever had. It remains to be seen what will become of AlexShepherd, or the Silent Hill Wikia as a whole, but if you feel like helping get the Silent Hill fandom back on track, a friend is building a new Wikia called Silent Hill Fan. While it’s only just starting, and there isn’t much there just yet, but at least nobody will start screaming at you about the cons of circumcision.

All jokes aside, I do want to stress not seeking out Shepherd and attacking him over this; it won’t make the situation any better and honestly, everyone seems pretty surprised by all of this. According to other Admins he is known for being nice and committed to the Silent Hill community, and this whole thing just came out of left field. It’s possible he might very well be going through either an emotional or mental breakdown in his actual life right now, and this is the outcome. That said, he is clearly abusing power, and his actions have been unacceptable towards his pears – there’s a pretty staunch difference between trying to argue your point and attacking the people you’re arguing with on a personal level, much less attacking the way they raise their actual, real life children. In my honest opinion, just stay away for now. Sit on the sidelines until an alternative source of credible Silent Hill series facts appear.

I hope this gets resolved soon, but it’s been going on for three days now. I’ve used the Silent Hill Wikia in the past, and it’s a shame to see it go downhill. Even sadder yet, someone potentially suffering from some serious problems has yet to receive help.

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COMMENTS

  • Nope

    It would seem to me that he is having a bipolar break. They are very serious and I hope someone can get him to a hospital immediately.

    • Dev

      Maybe , I’ve known a few schizophrenic / highly paranoid manic-depressives and some of the patterns are familiar, but you can tell at the same time that a large portion of how a person responds to their own illness (if they acknowledge it at all) is down to their predilection for conflict and externalising their problems. He is probably ill, but it doesn’t excuse his behaviour towards that woman, for example. Some people just try harder to keep it together than others too, but again that’s a lot to do with acknowledging that something is wrong to begin with.

    • Aeq

      Or he’s an idiot. Firstly, from the comments he has made previously along with this, it’s not possible to come to the conclusion that he is. The way he acts is the way anyone without BPD can act. I hate this mentality that “This person said something bad! They MUST have a mental health issue!! I can’t explain it otherwise!!” In this age people are finding it hard to believe there are people out there who exist and are horrible. Nothing excuses him from being the stupid person that he is.

  • Keichiro

    lol Silent Hill wikia has never been a credible nor a reliable site of information about the franchise. Now all the over-theorizing thing has just reached its highest point, I really hope the site goes down since it has been spreading wrong information made by people who think their personal theories are correct, and I also hope that new site doesn’t get success in spreading the cancer.

    If people really want to know something about SH, they can seek interviews of Team Silent or even better they just can play the games again.

    • John Gallacher

      alex shepard has been banned from the entire wikia network, so hopefully that will bring some more sanity to the wiki

      • killer89

        Assburgers still remain.

  • Dev

    This is quite typical behaviour from conspiracy theorists. Fear and paranoia, and a blanket sense of outrage, eventually lead to lashing out. His total lack of respect for the community he was a part of, and the democratic nature of creating a Wiki resource, are very telling. As soon as he started asserting his beliefs on everyone else and abusing his admin status would have been time to kick him out of that community, because he clearly doesn’t know how to behave respectfully. And never mind even getting to all that abuse he gave that woman about her son. He’s a prime arsehole before there’s ever anything medically wrong with him.

    Unfortunately, this misogynistic streak is all too normal in so-called atheist activism, and its depressingly easy to connect the dots of what ideas he has latched on to, and it gets rounded off by an incredible, fundamental disrespect for anyone who disagrees or even questions what he is saying.

  • He’s an admin?? Oh dear. Definitely needs removing.

  • fnd

    How can there be an article about the evils of circumcision without mentioning the obvious: IT WAS THE JOOS ALL ALONG.

  • Xander

    “animal holocaust genocide”
    Animal holocaust genocide mutilation execution bad harm

    Seriously, though, what evidence is there that Walter was circumcised? Or is this just someone with an agenda working from a conclusion to find evidence?

  • Xuchilpaba

    This guy has all the qualities of being a ‘silent hill’ producer. C’mon, a new game. A new twisted SH kinda story: Forgotten Memoirs of Walter’s Foreskin.

  • Nickolaidas
  • Hikari Sana

    dafuk

  • Bulbasaurus Rex

    I’m commenting on this article late but: This doesn’t surprise me honestly, I haven’t used that wikia in over two years because of AlexSheperd. He doesn’t like being questioned and honestly it seems like he feels that his word is law. Seriously, I made the mistake of correcting his edits. I don’t know if he’s changed since then and I don’t really care to find out if he has. He reminds me of some of the admins over on the Resident Evil wikia which I also don’t use because of overzealous often incorrect admins.

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