I just watched an author whose work I really like get dis-invited from a gaming convention where he was supposed to be a guest of honor. Guilty of Thought Crimes. I’m so angry that I can only think of the people who instigated his ouster using the pronouns They and Them. Otherwise I’m gonna start swearing.
The author: Larry Correia.
The convention: Origins Game Fair.
They lied about him. They said derogatory things about him. Oh, how I wish I had kept that particular Facebook page up so that I could have gotten screenshots of the worst of it, complete with names, before Origins deleted it. They libeled him until Origins showed its yellow underbelly and rescinded the invite (linked post deleted while I was writing this, but I have screenshots) for “some personal views that are specifically unaligned with the philosophy of our show and the organization.” What does that mean? The executive director didn’t say, leaving it to the reader to assume that all of the nefarious things that They said must be true.
Now Origins is getting piled on by Larry’s fans and by people who think this is ridiculous. Origins deserves every last bit of slamming and mockery that comes its way. I’m doing my part by broadcasting what Origins did. Origins, you’ve made it clear you only want RightThink fans to show up, so may you get what you asked for.
Before that, it was John Ringo, who was recently disinvited from CarolinaCon for WrongThink, so I’ll mention that Con too. He scared Them so much that They couldn’t imagine being at the same Con with him. Couldn’t have that now, could they? So They threatened him credibly enough that the Con wasn’t sure it could keep him safe. Then They also had to libel him, and his wife as well.
Once again, Ringo’s fans (along with people who thought this was ridiculous) piled on. Amazing how things change when that happens. Instead of having a howling mob on Their side going after a single individual, They have a fight on their hands. Action might cost Them personally. Suddenly the libelous post disappeared.
If you want to see the future of the culture war in the U.S., look no further than the writing and gaming communities. They’re a few years ahead of the rest of the country, but because of that, we can get a glimpse of what’s in store. It’s gonna be ugly, but we can learn from these current examples. And the biggest lesson to learn is this: if at all possible, DON’T LET THEM SHUT YOU UP. Do They call you a racist, sexist, misogynist neo-Nazi? Point, mock, and laugh. Like the devil, that “prowde spirite,” They hate to be mocked. Feel free to lay down the facts, but don’t expect facts to persuade. This is a war of rhetoric and emotion. Oh, and document everything. They often try to hide Their tracks.
That said, if it’s your job on the line, then you may have to keep your head down for the sake of your family. But understand that if you work for a yellow-bellied company, your company will sell you out in a heartbeat to appease the mob. We’ve seen it again and again in the news. If you find yourself the target of Them, especially at the beginning when They may be a single person out to get you, document everything (yes, I’m repeating myself here). If someone wants you out, make it cost.
Start discovering which friends, acquaintances, and internet strangers will fight. Find out now, before you need them. Most of us don’t have large and vocal fan bases willing to duke it out for a worthwhile cause, and many of us may have to fight our battles alone (in fact, plan for that), but we have time now to discover allies. Use that time well.
Whatever you do, don’t think that you’ll somehow avoid all of this because you’re a nice person. “Nice” people are just easier prey, and more vulnerable to the charges of racist and sexist and whatever-ist. In fact, “nice” is the last thing I recommend that you be. But you can still be good, a far nobler calling in this Us vs. Them world. And a far harder one.
But no one said this would be easy. Just necessary.
Also, the International Lord of Hate himself has posted on his site. Well worth the read. I’ll leave you with this quote from his post:
This is just another new way for bullies to target people who disagree with them. Throw a fit, make up some accusations, and cry about how you feel unsafe. Now that they know it works, it is just another tool in their tool box.