I’m a 57 year old politically disgusted heterosexual male. I can more or less claim white. Family stories say there are a few other things in there, but none particularly show so, who cares? Now that you know I have privilege you can dismiss me and move on to a more diverse writer. Or stay if you aren’t a bigot. I’m good either way.
I was going to leave the whole ball of idiocy with the Hugos alone. I am strongly connected to the Sad Puppy side by ties of friendship and love. I still think it is a nutty situation with no heroes. It does on the other hand have villains. Like I said, I was going to leave it alone, yesterday changed my mind. This blog was supposed to be an intro to who I am so my readers got a better feel for where I come from. That isn’t what my hands are typing. When your subconscious is doing the writing, let it. At least I feel that way. My forebrain can enjoy itself with daydreams while my hands do the post.
What changed my mind was the departure of Annie Bellet and Marko Kloos from the nominations. I have read neither, I have heard good things about both, there is so much to read and do that I can’t get to everything. Since I wasn’t going to vote in the Hugos it didn’t really matter. What changed my mind was the reason they departed. They became disgusted with the present situation. Can’t say I blame them.
To the best of my knowledge the Sad Puppy team (hereafter abbreviated to SP) have been polite gentlebeings taking a stand on principle and trying to do good. Vox Day and his team (Hereafter abbreviated to RP) have been somewhat trollish but not too bad for a political fight. I don’t know RP, don’t read his blog, never met him. I have a poor opinion of him because he tends trollish from what I have seen. I prefer mannered people. Still, not horrible as far as the Hugo mess goes.
This cannot be said for the SJW side of this mess. While it is not all of the SJWs, there have been a few standing against these tactics, it does seem to be the majority. They harass everyone that doesn’t bow down to their commands. This is why several people have left the process, culminating today in the departure of two more writers. A lot of this can be laid at the door of a few editors from Tor who are upset that their power is being threatened. They had the result of a SP/RP sweep before anyone else and were discussing it on Making Light. How they got their data I’m not sure. I would guess they knew the fix was in when their ringers were shut out. I could be wrong, they could have gotten someone from the committee to give them the information, that seems unlikely. They were talking about this, then accused the SP/RP folks of cheating and getting the information ahead of time which is the rankest of lies. Blaming someone else for their crimes.
They have used slander and libel, actionable libel that may have lawyers involved and every kind of hit campaign. Maybe it is actionable slander, one is in print, the other is verbal, I can never remember which is which. The have used threats of doxxing. They have come out and said that those not part of the original cabal are not true fans. They have claimed misogyny, racism, and every other lie they were able to remember. They have attacked the SP group as religious nuts and portrayed the group, a very diverse group, to be all straight, white, Mormon, males. I gotta tell you that I am marrying one of the nominees and she is far from male, or Mormon. Actually the Mormon label confuses me, most of the Mormons I have known have been nice folks.
Their latest trick is to insist everyone repudiate Vox Day. Now I don’t think highly of Vox Day but, why should I repudiate him? I’m not a follower or a friend. And I will not obey the bidding of some arrogant idiots. They are not the boss of me.
For these reason I am coming out in favor of the least dirty side. Whether they are right or wrong, the SP group have been honorable. I will always stand with honorable people against villains.