The thing that’s really struck me over the last few days, is how much the Sad Puppies campaign reminds me of GamerGate. You have the SJW media smearing a wide swath of people based on nothing but the word of rad fem activists. Once a couple of reports get out, and they set the tone early, the ideologues focus like a laser on reinforcing that narrative at all costs. It saddens me to see this happening again in such a familiar way, but the resolve of the Sad Puppies supporters gives me confidence in the final victory.
Luckily, they were blessed to catch Entertainment Weekly blatantly misrepresenting the facts, and got a key retraction. Still, the rest of the media was full of SJW talking points (i.e. lies), and I didn’t see any retractions out of them. Author Larry Correia said it pretty well on his site:
Yesterday the following media outlets ran articles about the Sad Puppies campaign, in which they either directly said or insinuated that it was run and populated by racist straight white males with the goal of keeping scifi white and male. (not true)
It was almost like they were all reading off the same script.
Most of them said our slate was exclusively white, straight, and male (not true)
Most of them said that last year was a big win for diversity (I believe last years winners were all white and one Asian).
Most of them said our slate was exclusively right wing (not true, in fact the majority skew left, we have socialists, liberals, moderates, libertarians, conservatives, and question marks. To the best of my knowledge, I believe that last year’s “diverse” winners all espoused the same social justice politics).
But there is no bias in this perfectly functioning system. My side said that political narrative trumped reality in this business. Believe me yet?
Yea, I believe you. This pattern is all too familiar for me. I’ve been here chronicling GamerGate since mid-September. The site is brimming with stories in this same vein. SJWs ostracize their opponents. They smear with accusations of racism, sexism, and transphobia. But when you look at the record, they are the only ones engaging in those behaviors. These transgressions are excused as being “for the greater good.” But to me it’s obvious that their primary concerns are their own personal aggrandizement and enrichment. Radical feminists want to censor the arts. Their views on masculinity, safe spaces, and “rape culture” are no doubt disturbing. The offensive ideology isn’t what makes me have unmitigated contempt for them, though. It really isn’t. It’s the hypocrisy and the lies.
I’m not sure how all this will play out. I know that I’ve seen a lot of people excited about voting for the Hugos. If you ask me, we’re gonna see a good number of winners from the Sad Puppy slate when they hand out the awards in Spokane on the 22nd of August. I know I’m considering registering myself. You get some free books out of the deal as well. That doesn’t sound too bad to me. In the grand scheme of things, $40 is not a very high price to pay in order to cast a ballot against some SJW thugs. Also, John C. Wright is going to be in Richmond later this month at the same convention as Brianna Wu. That just happens to be where I live, so I might attend that one in person. I haven’t decided yet.
At least Wu is keeping it classy, though:
How awkward is it gonna be when I show up hahaha? pic.twitter.com/YCnq6mLi3Z
— Ethan Ralph (@TheRalphRetort) April 9, 2015
I’ll be back in a little bit with another post. We had a slow Wednesday, but I’m going to ramp it back up headed into the weekend.