I've been quietly amused by the number of SJW's who are trying to dismiss the current brouhaha over Tor as something 'manufactured by troublemakers', individuals who don't have a following and are 'nobodies' making a fuss over nothing. They take great care to attack 'Puppies' supporters and commenters, often going so far as to attribute emotions and attitudes to them that have no existence whatsoever in reality - but they never address the real issues involved, as I pointed out recently. It's a very strange, almost surreal attitude to life.
I'm sure many of my readers have seen SJW attacks on Larry Correia, Brad Torgerson, Vox Day and the like. Even humble little me has come in for his share of them - as, for example, in comments to this article at File 770. For your entertainment, here are some of them, with links:
- "Hey, you’ve got to give him credit for the small-town charm of his vastly over-inflated self-importance." (I do try to be charming. However, my wife and our cat deflate my self-importance on a daily basis . . . oh, shuckydarn!)
- "It’s probably also a conspiracy that he has not yet won a Hugo." (Yes, of course it is! I want my rocket ship so I can play with it in my bath! Waaaaahhh!)
- "This guy needs to try living as a woman as a month. I reckon he would last a day, at most." (You should have seen my wife's reaction to that one . . . )
- "Why has this “brave fighter” against racism never said anything to condemn Vox Day?" (Uh-huh . . . precisely the line that's been taken by SJW's against every other prominent 'Puppy'. "Condemn Vox Day or your credentials are meaningless!" And who are you to prescribe to me, or anyone else, whom I should or should not condemn? At least Vox has never spoken about me the way SJW's have. Gee, thanks, Vox! I feel suddenly better about you!)
- "Is it just me, or is the Puppies’ sense of entitlement and lack of connection to the real world becoming even more off the wall?" (Verily, the mind doth boggle . . . Yes, it's just you.)
- "I can just hear Grant now ... 'I am an angry white man! I drive a Lexus!' " (Er . . . no, I drive an eleven-year-old regular-cab work pickup truck without fancy trimmings. I can't afford a Lexus. However, I am a white man, if that matters; and yes, I am angry. To understand why, read my open letter to Mr. Doherty at Tor. I daresay you haven't yet - or, if you have, you've ignored what it says. Pity about that.)
- "Who the **** are you?" (I get the feeling that as far as SJW's are concerned, I'm "a voice crying out in the wilderness" - and the further I go into the wilderness, the better! Maybe I won't be able to find my way back!)
- "Who the hell is Peter Grant that he should make Tor pee down their collective legs?" (I doubt very much whether I have that much influence there . . . but I must admit, it's a nice thought. I wonder if I can get Tor to do a collective Chris Matthews?)
I hasten to add that I really am small fry in this debate. Most of the other dramatis personae in this fight are far better known than I, have published more books than I, and have much wider influence than I. However, I think I have enough of a platform through this blog and my books that my voice has been heard nonetheless: and I think my background gives me a unique perspective on this debate that is, perhaps, a closed book to most of the others involved. I hope I've been able to open its pages to them a little. The same can be said of R. K. Modena, a.k.a. Shadowdancer, who's expressed her own perspective on this crisis very movingly. She sums up:
This is why I prefaced this post with a history of who I am, and a rather summarized description of my experiences. I have faced real racism, real discrimination. I have stood OPENLY in support of the Jews, of Israel, for which I have been stalked by someone on the side of the Antis FOR NEARLY SEVEN YEARS AND RECEIVED THREATS AGAINST MY CHILDREN FOR.
Peter Grant has fought against it.
Brad Torgersen goes to fight ISIS / DAESH – against REAL terrorists, REAL religiously motivated hatred, REAL rape culture, REAL KILLINGS OF GAYS.
You who sling mud at us, who question our honor our integrity, our hardships and experiences are doing so FOR THE PETTY REASON OF AN AWARD FOR FICTION.
With Irene Gallo’s original response to the protests of her words, and her subsequent non-apology, it is clear she is unrepentant in her contempt, in her hatred.
The difference between her and my father is, she is ‘sorry’ that ‘we were hurt by her calling us Nazis’, not that she is sorry at all ‘for calling us Nazis.’
. . .
Irene Gallo and her like are not building, they are destroying. They are discriminating against merit, and favoring things extant to merits.
There's much more at the link. I highly recommend you read her article in full. It's worth your time.
As for relative influence, let's look at the Alexa rankings of a few of the Web sites involved, listed in descending order of global rank, as of about 9 a.m. this morning (click the image for a slightly larger view):
Yep. I'm small fry . . . and I don't care. I have a voice, no matter how small, and I'm going to use it. If that makes SJW's unhappy, too bad. So sad. Live with it. I don't give a damn about insults or threats from the uninformed and uncaring. They want to call me and those like me 'neo-Nazis'? I've faced down real neo-Nazis, and shown my readers here what they were like. After facing them down, what makes SJW's think they can intimidate me?