Arthur Chu's Long Descent Into Dumbassery

Arthur Chu’s Long Descent Into Dumbassery

Sorry I’m late. I’ve been on a Netflix marathon today, and I actually got to play a little vidya earlier as well. So it’s been a pretty great day. Also a there’s lot of drama with the /gamergate/ board on 8chan that I’m thankfully not a part of. Other than that, there’s not much going on this evening. But there is something I wanted to talk to you about, namely, the perils of SJW thought. It’s illustrated clearly by looking at the case of none other than Arthur Chu, the noted rape apologist (we broke that story..thanks Chu, for the Daily Beast archive shout-out).

Let’s take a look at some of his old work, contrasted with more recent stuff. 

Here he is in 2006 (courtesy of @Capt_Privilege), before cancerous radical feminism seeped into his thought process. I’m just going to print the entire entry, because I agree with it 100%:

I’m going to say something no one else I’ve talked to personally has openly said, in so many words, so far:

I not only think the Danish cartoonists had the *right* to put up their cartoons, I think they *should* have done it. I think that putting them up was the right choice. If I were in that editor’s place, I would have done exactly the same thing. If I were in the place of any high-ranking government official I would not only *protect* the cartoonists but openly align myself behind them, stand by their message, and rally with it. And I consider every single person who fired somebody over this, or stopped buying goods because of this, or accused the cartoonists of being “insensitive” or “inappropriate” or whatever as an ideological enemy.

Why? Because I believe that anyone who can’t submit their deepest beliefs and feelings to public criticism, satire, and scorn — who can’t take a joke — should be forced to do so. I believe we can’t live in a truly open and free society if we are enslaved to the sensitivities and concerns of those whose beliefs we do not share. I believe that the free market ideas is about beating people up verbally and intellectually and opening oneself to be beaten up verbally and intellectually without fear of physical violence or legal repression. That is the whole point of free speech, and if someone feels they’re getting the short end of the stick — that they’re being unfairly maligned, that they’re less popular, that they’re the ones being oppressed by the hegemony — well, tough rocks. Speech codes and hate-speech protections and cultural sensitivity training are to free speech as government bailouts and subsidies are to free markets. Fuck them.

I believe this very strongly. And I hate hypocrisy and doubletalk. And I would rather openly exercise free speech and have it *openly* smacked down by violence than keep my mouth shut and be implicitly smacked down by the threat of violence.

And this transcends any feelings I have or don’t have about Islam, Muhammad, religion, Europe, or anything. It doesn’t matter whether I think Islam the religious tradition has any validity, or whether I think Muslims are terrorists, or whatever — what offends me is being told I’m not *allowed* to say that Islam is bullshit, or that all Muslims are terrorists, or that Muhammad was a dirty pedophile. It’s the exact same deal as flag-burning — I won’t do it until you tell me I’m not allowed to, and then I’ll be the first one dousing Old Glory with kerosene, or using the ethnic slurs, or drawing the picture of the turban with the bomb in it, or writing the word “blob” five hundred times.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

That was certainly a breath of fresh air, wasn’t it? What happened to that guy? I could stand to have a few beers with him. He’s nothing like the sex-starved maniac who showed up on The David Pakman Show. He was well-reasoned and stood up for what he believed in…and what he believed in wasn’t utter shit.

Contrast that with his current take on Charlie Hebdo:

Charlie Hebdo is also a crap publication and people need to stop celebrating it and making martyrs out of its staff.

The editors, writers, and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo were human beings with families, friends, and loved ones. Their deaths should be mourned for that reason. But no more so than the Sodexo building maintenance man or the two cops who were also killed in the crossfire.

I join with those who call for grief at the deaths of twelve human beings—but I’m not down with mourning the work that Charlie Hebdo was doing or standing up and saying “Je Suis Charlie,” like what they did was a holy mission. If anything the work the two cops and the maintenance guy were doing deserves more respect and probably helped a lot more people…

There’s no particular merit to being an “equal-opportunity offender”—indeed, it’s lazy and cheap, a way to avoid being held accountable for anything you say because none of it is part of a moral worldview or to be taken seriously…

I wonder if this whole media blitz of unconditional support for Charlie Hebdo and its “message” is exactly what the terrorists wanted, in the first place.

Now that’s another a level of irony indeed—all the more so because it’s a level of irony that escaped the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo.

Disgusting finish to a disheartening article. Nice job shitting on their memory by portraying murderous terrorist thugs as somehow smarter. No, they were killers and they were scum. Anything more is over-thinking it. Just a couple of weeks ago, he wrote a column intimating that Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris were racists for harshly criticizing Islam. SJWism…not even once. It fucking rots your mind.

Look at the Chu we had before. He seemed happier, wasn’t afraid of free speech, and thought anyone who couldn’t take a joke should go fuck themselves. I’d like to think of myself as the exact same way. This is the true “liberal tradition,” not some idiotic victimhood quest that isn’t even the slightest bit coherent. It’s like a mad cash grab without any heart and soul. Where is the movement to free Muslim women? You won’t see one. Instead, rich and privileged white women, and water-carries like Chu, sit online and cry into their lattes all day like anyone gives a shit. Get the fuck over yourself, and work on something that actually matters. Dawkins said it best himself:

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Ethan Ralph

Founder, Owner, & Editor-in-Chief of TheRalphRetort.com. Political fiend, gamer, & anti-bullshit.

  • masterninja

    There was a time where I would have agreed with Arthur Chu….i have seen it all now!

    • Social Justice Whitey

      ,,,masterninja, i hear you,,,here is me reading Chucocka’s words from his past life,,,, http://youtu.be/oep4mRpmrkQ

  • The Deuce

    Ralph, hate to be an ass, but the word you’re looking for is “descent” 🙂

    Chu’s about as far from decent as you can get.

  • The Deuce

    What happened to that guy?

    Well, he’s actually married. I’d bet good money that his wife, like Jim Sterling’s, is a feminazi type.

    • ThePete

      That would explain the transformation.

      • Aj Retro

        So you’re saying he’s a goony beard man (not that he has a beard) selling out his beliefs so he can cum in a rainbow haired she-twink?

    • Terry “Death to Equality” Xu

      he’s married to some white college feminist, probably learned it from her

  • chris perez

    Didn’t we see the same thing with big Harper? Go back about a decade and they seemed to be rational, decent people. That to me says that they made a conscious decision to become the people they are today. In my opinion, they sold out their beliefs for popularity and financial gain. They really are the scum of the earth.

    • Izkata

      Also Leigh Alexander, who did a flip-flop on her descriptions of GTA, and Ben Kuchera, who was apparently into ethical concerns in gaming journalism a few years ago

    • Terry “Death to Equality” Xu

      Social justice turns people into tards by allowing them to forego rational thought in the name of compassion.

      • Skilenton

        Given the behaviour we see consistently from SJWs, I find it hard to believe that anything they do is motivated by compassion.

      • Toastrider

        “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.” — C.S. Lewis

    • REAPER

      It absolutely baffles my mind. But, in the end they sold their dignity for cold hard cash. In their minds it all about the Benjamins.

    • Simple Chicken

      liberal social justicey things are better funded than their opposing views. There is money to be had by being a sjw “activist”.

  • WTF Magazine

    What happened in the past 10 years to turn all these people into frothing assholes?

    • AmazingL4rry .

      The economy crashed, the industry changed, they started crapping out of the system and this is the angle they’ve contrived to try and hold on.

  • KLLRFRST

    “Just a couple of weeks ago, he wrote a column intimating that Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris were racists for harshly criticizing Islam.”

    Newsflash for you, PikaChu – Islam is a RELIGION, not a RACE. You can’t be racist against a religion. There are followers of Islam of every race, not just from the Middle East.

    • JoeBanana

      One word: Antisemite. :p

      • Archfriend

        “Jewish” describes either people from the ancient country Judea, or the un-named religion practiced in that country, or sometimes both. Kind of confusing, but you’ll find many Jews are atheist.

        • JoeBanana

          Judea was never an ancient country but rather it’s best known as a province after Rome took over. Also how is their religion -unnamed- if it has a name – Judaism?

          And your atheist malarkey is a great point of how much of a hipster joke the whole atheism movement has become, what you want me to listen and believe to your gargle and not the actual jew definition for jews? Sure. <3

          "Know thy self, know thy enemy.
          A thousand battles, a thousand victories."

  • Terry “Death to Equality” Xu

    Dancing monkey wants his 15 minutes in front of white liberal elites

    There’s nothing wrong with equal opportunity offense, or “punching down”.

    The idea that only the powerful should be criticized is an equalist construct designed to give them room for hypocrisy without causing cognitive dissonance – which is precisely why oppressed minorities should be held to the same standards even if it compounds their problems.

  • Erthwjim

    I guess they take the saying “if you can’t beat them, join them” way too seriously.

  • Nick_Soapdish

    We’ve seen plenty of people backpedal from offensive shit they’ve said in the past (Kuchera, Sterling, Cheong) saying they’re better people and the sexist, racist stuff was a thing of the past.
    This might be the first we see someone backpedal from being a reasonable human being. “I might have been rational and support free speech then but I don’t now! I’m much worse now then I was back then!”

    • Aj Retro

      Kuchera and Harper showed signs of decency in the past, as recently as 2012 or so. Kuchera had concerns about ethics in his line of work, and Harper balked at the “sexism in tech” narrative.

  • Gone

    I still don’t exactly understand who this douche is? As much as I understand, he was some dipshit on Jeopardy (that’s still on?!) and.. then magically has something to do with freelance writing and video games? Why does he have a voice anywhere about anything again?

    • Dave The Sandman

      Because, at least according to Chu and his white knight fanmob, he is some sort of ultra genius and can turn his laser mind to any world issue. As a polymath megamind all must listen and believe.
      Then of course there are people like you and I who think he is an opinionated windbag parroting the SJW party line for shekels and whatever cred bones get lobbed his way. A jumped up third rate bomb chucking blogger who fools himself into thinking he is some sort of killer SocJus approved combo of Ed Murrow, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Foot and John Pilger.

  • MeteorMess

    “How to turn yourself from an average normal dude into a batshit insane one in less than 10 years”

    This sex-starved (Ralph, you brilliant motherfucker) midget could write a book.

  • Les Ismor

    I keep telling people, it’s ALL about attention. It’s enough for “normal” people like us (no offense to anyone) to be all, “Yeah, racism, sexism, ‘insert whatever -ism here’ is bad”; but, these people found out they get more attention (jobs, money, followers, etc…) if they have a fucking bogeyman to rail against. It’s so much easier than working.

  • Gregg Braddoch

    Chu “Freedom of Speech is Awesome!” waaait for it…. “Freedom of Speech sucks and should be banned! Only idiots use it!”

  • REAPER

    This proves that once again feminism poisons everything.

  • Simple Chicken

    Ok so I’m a lil dyslexic. When I read:

    “Chu’s Long”

    I actually thought it was “schlong” then laughed my ass off when I saw what he was holding then fell outta my chair when I found out I had read it wrong. roflmao. It’s the little things…

    • JoeBanana

      heh sounds more like Sexlexia to me…

      • Simple Chicken

        oh no you di int!

        You did not just mention sex on the same page as an Arthur Chu post?

        And now I must hurl.

        • JoeBanana

          But chu-chu does it for snu-snu! ie white knight 101

          You’re welcome

          • Simple Chicken

            Hahahaha!!!!

  • Aj Retro

    It is so incredibly saddening to see how many of these now-insufferable cuntnuggets used to be honest, decent, ethical and sensible people. They gave up their intelligent thought, their empathy and their basic human decency in the name of the $ocial Ju$tice cult.

  • Jaker_K17

    Honestly, it’s scary to think someone can so easily go from a rational, well-minded person to a batshit insane SJW retard. I would have preferred to learn they were always this bad rather than going from a normal person to a shell of their former self, who has sold their soul and their beliefs.

  • Fatherless

    I’m not so sure. Chu’s early understanding of free speech is itself a bunch of sound bites, too. For him free speech was just about having the right to call people names. He sort of only half understands how free speech supports a social good, and he doesn’t discuss how calls for safety and comfort can be abused to promote indefensible positions. It seems to me that his intellectual understanding was pretty shallow to begin with and was never strong enough to withstand the temptations of factional bias.

    • Toastrider

      Free speech is like strong medicine. It’s good for you, but I guarantee you won’t always like the taste.

      It’s having to, as Voltaire put it, defend to the death someone else’s right to say something stupid.

      It’s gritting your teeth and allowing white supremacists to put on a parade, even though your grandfather was happily turfing those bastards during his European tour of ’44.

      It’s watching people make utter fools of themselves on a chan messageboard, spouting conspiracy theories that would make Alex Jones, Gene Ray, and the Ancient Aliens guy look over and go ‘Yeah, you’re ridiculous’.

      It sucks. But the alternative is a thousand times worse.

  • Archfriend

    Yeah, this is what saddened me about gamergate. I had old pals I could get along with, back in the day we bonded by being as offensive to each other as possible. Gradually they all became SJW, and I found myself walking on eggshells trying not to “trigger” them. After seeing what they had to say about GG I dropped them without a second thought. What’s happening in the world? We’re finding ordinary kids going out to join ISIS, these days, it’s just as bizarre.

  • utera

    So many of these people flipped over the years..