This Saturday was international games day or international tabletop day or something like that. Anyway, i had hoped that it would be a brief respite from the Hugos drama, but I was wrong and made the mistake of accepting an invitation to a book club, in which I was behooved to to take up the cause as someone familiar with the situation of the Sad Puppies; normally, I’d keep my mouth shut, but when I’m hearing people being called white male racist homophobes who are going out of their way to exclude women and minorities from Science Fiction, I have to say “Wait a minute, that’s really, provably, not the case”.
Anyway, I’d hope that it was over and done with, but my friend sent me an email demanding citation for my remark to the effect ‘I was under the impression that the Anti-Puppies were the ones who wanted to burn the Hugos down if the Puppies won’ (maybe Jeffro can help me out, or I can at least find where I saw some of it in his G+ feed… but the last thing I want to do is dig through more TNH posts) and included this article* which begins with a hyperbolic laundry list of unrelated terrible things (I’m surprised they didn’t toss in the Holocaust for good measure; they had to save it for the second paragraph!) just to set the mood to make sure you know just how horrible the Sad Puppies are.
I wasted far more time on this than I should’ve on something where I can either ignore it and continue with an uneasy friendship until after Hugo Season or I can fire off an email (after doing even more research to find stuff like the guys who are all “After 2014, every Hugo Award should have an asterisk by it” and finding some incendiary anti-puppy quotes, which is the last thing I want to spend my monday morning doing) and escalate. Dude clearly wants to escalate, but I’m not sure I’m up for it.
I was going to write some thoughts on the Fan Writer award and why the Mixon article on Requires Hate just doesn’t quite feel like the right fit in that category, but I’m seriously too stressed out by Hugo drama which has spilled out of the internet and into my gaming groups to put my thoughts together on the subject. Like, it may have made me physically sick last week! And when I was finally getting better on Saturday… BAM! Let’s talk about how those racist white guys want to ruin things for everyone, also: gamergate!
*:This is seriously one of the most disgusting and trolly articles I’ve ever seen and I can’t believe someone actually sent it to me as though it would somehow make me think anything other than “Wow, the person who wrote this is a disgusting shithead”. Have I seen some stuff that Ted Beale has posted in places that I’m like “wow, that’s kind of gross and inappropriate”? Sure. Does John Wright come off as a hardass sometimes in his comments section? Who doesn’t!? But if you’re seriously trying to convince someone that someone is bad and you shouldn’t like them, if you’re going to resort to cheap tricks like ‘Cop homicide, Book Bannings, Republican Candidates… We’re not saying Vox Day is directly responsible for Ferguson, but it makes you think, doesn’t it?’ seriously, fuck you in your stupid fucking face.
Added because I needed something to laugh about this morning: