The whole thing is worth taking the time to read, but I wanted to share a few choice bits:
Note, a lot of the anger this week is about how my people are wrongfan having wrongfun, and thus are bad and should be dismissed, blocked somehow, or excluded. That kind of talk only proves my original point that started this all, and really, it is that sort of asinine, outlandish accusations that caused more of the previously apathetic fans to shell out their $40 to get involved too.
We’re getting condemned for bringing politics into the awards, but we all know politics have been in the awards for a long time. We just did it openly.
I never expected us to sweep the awards. Frankly, I was shocked by the results. I didn’t realize just how many regular fans had been turned off for so long.
Do you know the biggest single reason SP3 got more fans involved than SP2? My guess is that it was after the other side moved the goal posts, and danced in the streets about our “humiliating defeat”, and called all those outsiders first time voters stupid homophobic racist sexists and other super gracious acts, and Hugo award winning former SFWA presidents take to Twitter to have all caps rants about how my people are motivated by hate and racism, you shouldn’t be shocked when my people are increasingly motivated.
I don’t want the Nielsen Hayden’s throne of skulls. It doesn’t look very comfy to sit in.
(RE:)-The Hugos belong to a select few
My, how the tune has changed in just a few years. I loved when Teresa Nielsen Hayden proclaimed that, because when I said the same thing several years ago, I was a lair.
Think about this carefully moderates and SMOFs, the Hugos are either:
1. The most prestigious award in genre fiction that represents the best of all of fandom
2. An award for the favorites for one small group of people at one small convention.
You can’t have both.
Honestly, last year Fandom (capital F) insulted hundreds of outsider fans’ taste and intelligence, called them names, and basically treated them like trash (while the majority kept their mouths shut at best, or gave tacit approval at worst) and now you’re shocked when Vox Day has appealed directly to those people you mocked to vote in a manner that especially pisses you off?
There were like 2,000 total nominations. If it had been a GamerGate plot there would have been 20,000 nominations, and they would spammed it across the internet and had a great laugh about it.
Oh, quick note moderates and SMOFs, if you don’t want GamerGate to get involved in the Hugos, don’t blame me. Tell your Social Justice idiots to shut up on Twitter! TNH(Teresa Tielsen Hayden) is the one invoking and provoking them, not me.
Brianna Wu—who is despised by hundreds of thousands of gamers as an opportunistic vulture—took to Twitter after the nominations were announced, blaming GamerGate for ruining the Hugos, and then she tweeted about how the awards were precious and sacred to her because her husband has 4 Hugos. That is like waving the red cape in front of the bull.
But yeah, No Award a bunch of obviously worthy creators over politics and brag about it on the internet in advance. If I truly wanted to destroy the Hugos credibility to all but one tiny, insular little group of fans, that’s exactly what I’d do.
To me, the most shocking revelation is that barely over 2000 nominating ballots were submitted for what I thought was the biggest and most prestigious award in Science Fiction. Really? That few people are voting for who is the Best of the Best in a system with relatively open voting? No wonder these people are terrified: they are afraid that it will be revealed that not only are they in the minority of fandom, they are an insignificant part of it. The worst thing that could happen to them would be even a few hundred fans of Science Fiction standing up and saying “I disagree”; the success of Sad Puppies showed just how weak their hold over things like the Hugo Awards is and they are at DefCon 1 over this.