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Friday, April 24, 2015

A statement by the Literally Wus

Try to read this statement about RavenCon with a straight face. I dare you:
A statement from Frank Wu and Brianna Wu about RavenCon

This weekend, we are both invited to be guests of honor at RavenCon. Every time we’re asked to be GoHs at a convention, we consider it a huge responsibility. We take our work as guests seriously - both in representing the convention, and participating in programming in a way that is entertaining to attendees. Our long track record of professionalism speaks for itself.

The toll that the hate group Gamergate has taken on our family has been well documented in press, interviews and documentaries. Brianna has received 83 death threats in the last 8 months, and Gamergate regularly disrupts her speaking invitations at colleges. We’ve tried to stand firm to our beliefs and march forward.

Sadly, the same reactionary anger has spread into the science fiction community with the hijacking of year’s Hugo awards, deliberately sabotaging them for bitter, regressive political purposes. Many of the forums that orchestrate harassment against Brianna and other women in the game industry have avowed supporters of the Hugo hijacking, many of whom participated in the voting and strongly support Vox Day.

What makes RavenCon particularly uncomfortable for us is that a number of those attending directly orchestrated or benefited from the hijacking. We’ve heard numbers as high as six.

Frank Wu has won four Hugo awards. They are near and dear to our family. And we agree with John Scalzi, Connie Willis, George R. R. Martin and others about the travesty this has been. The hijackers have contempt for the awards while also desperately wanting the legitimacy they feel it would grant them.

To put it bluntly, attending this con makes us tremendously uncomfortable. But we agreed to attend, long before Gamergate, and we will follow through with that professional commitment.

Neither of us wish to discuss the Hugo hijacking with any person responsible for this atrocious action. Both of us would consider it a professional courtesy if you didn’t attend Brianna’s Gamergate panel tomorrow.

Let’s all enjoy what brings us together, rather than focus on what brings us apart. There’s plenty that science fiction fans can agree on. We hope we can all enjoy RavenCon.

Frank and Brianna Wu
I know when I hear about John Flynt, the first thing I think about is his "long track record of professionalism". Not about his pretending to be a woman, his pretending to flee his house, his being caught autoharassing, his failure as a game developer, or his ludicrous, but modestly successful attempts to promote himself as a victim of misogyny. As for the 83 claimed death threats, I would assume Mr. Flynt himself likely accounted for at least 80 of them. But it would be interesting to hear someone count how many lies Mr. Flynt tells in his #GamerGate panel; I'd put the over/under north of 30.

And I'm guessing every single one of these six logical fallacies so often relied upon by SJWs will be on display.

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143 Comments:

Blogger Cataline Sergius April 24, 2015 8:06 AM  

We’ve heard numbers as high as six.

OH DEAR GOD! NOT SIX!

We could have handled three or four or even five! BUT NOT SIX!!


Anonymous Nathan April 24, 2015 8:06 AM  

Interesting, though. It's a bit of a de-escalation from making calls to put together a good squad at PAX East. Other than that, it plays more like she knows she has a weak hand, so please, please, please don't challenge her,

Anonymous p-dawg April 24, 2015 8:11 AM  

Of course, if you're not "responsible" for the mess, meaning you think exactly the same way they do, they'll be happy to discuss the Hugos. They just don't want to have to defend their position. It's much easier to win an argument when you don't have to actually have one.

Anonymous jack April 24, 2015 8:13 AM  

I understand that JCW and the lovely and talented Jagi are attending Ravencon; from their blogs.
It would be nice if all that professionalism mentioned extended to them as well. Won't be holding my breath on that one. For sure John and wife will be the epitome of courtesy and tact. However, if anyone knows how to defend himself verbally it would be an intelligent, old school gentleman. I would pay really good money to watch and listen.
I got his Architect of Aeons yesterday. You all should too. Can't wait to tear into it.

Blogger Felix Bellator April 24, 2015 8:14 AM  

Funny, seeking quality science fiction is now a "bitter, regressive political purpose." Good to know.

Blogger Stephen Ward April 24, 2015 8:15 AM  

"Numbers as high as 6"?! Crap, the last con I attended had more that 6 homeless wander in and munch on the food.

Blogger Cataline Sergius April 24, 2015 8:15 AM  

If you ever doubt the rightness of our cause, just take a look at this picture and remind yourself, this artist has won FOUR Hugos.

Blogger The Deuce April 24, 2015 8:17 AM  

I got auto-spammed, Vox. You need to let my post out, because it's funny!

Blogger D. Lane April 24, 2015 8:18 AM  

We’ve heard numbers as high as six.

Damn it. And I had just made it half way through.

Anonymous RL April 24, 2015 8:20 AM  

As a faceless minion in the ELoE and a RP, you are right, I couldn't read it with a straight face.

Blogger Kryten 2X4B 523P April 24, 2015 8:24 AM  

Tim Nancy's Rainbow Haired Six - now available from Tor.

Anonymous Harsh April 24, 2015 8:25 AM  

Six! It's like an army of hate!

Blogger Jeff Weimer April 24, 2015 8:31 AM  

So they're holding a GamerGate panel at RavenCon, but they don't actually want to have a true back and forth discussion of the issues at hand - merely a monologue.

Blogger Vox April 24, 2015 8:33 AM  

"You only got six?"

"Six is all we need. And two just came along to watch."

OpenID malcolmthecynic April 24, 2015 8:33 AM  

Neither of us wish to discuss the Hugo hijacking with any person responsible for this atrocious action. Both of us would consider it a professional courtesy if you didn’t attend Brianna’s Gamergate panel tomorrow.

"Your actions are atrocious and we think you're terrible people. Now show us courtesy."

Blogger Leatherwing April 24, 2015 8:34 AM  

So JCW and wife are attending? That's 2. Now if we can only decipher who the other 4 are , the Mr.'s Wu can have safe experiences.

And please, no Black people at his panel on Racism. It would make him uncomfortable.

Blogger CSAFarmer April 24, 2015 8:41 AM  

So a call for 'profesional courtesy' from the 'bitter, regressive' hijackers responsible for the 'travesty'. Wow. Just wow.

I've raised sheep with more self-awareness than this; maybe a name change to 'Frank and Brianna Ewe' is in order.




Anonymous jack April 24, 2015 8:41 AM  

@Leatherwing So JCW and wife are attending?

Thats my understanding. I can see JCW attending the Gamergate thing and maybe throwing some studied logic and intelligence into the proceedings. Then, again, he might not want to waste his time.
Got a giggle out of the Yoda frame and saved it as Yoda speaks of the sjw.

Anonymous Alexander April 24, 2015 8:43 AM  

Please don't show up when we all get together to talk about you. It wouldn't be professional or courteous of you.

'High as 6!' needs to become part of the vernacular. It's way better than over 9000.

Anonymous physics geek April 24, 2015 8:45 AM  

I am actually going to Ravencon today. If I had had the time, I would have made a Sad Puppies/Gamergate t-shirt, which I would have worn at every single session the Wu-boo-hoo Clan attended. Ah well, there will be other cons at which I can make the SJWs cry.

Blogger CSAFarmer April 24, 2015 8:46 AM  

See, I thought 'watch your 6' meant something completely different.

Anonymous Difster April 24, 2015 8:46 AM  

I would love to see Mr. Wright and Mr. Flynt in a verbal sparring match or what would end up being the verbal equivalent Mr. Wright pouring gasoline on and subsequently immolating Mr. Flynt.

Blogger Durandel Almiras April 24, 2015 8:49 AM  

I don't understand why people believe these con-artists. Why do so many want to believe the lie?

Blogger crazyivan498 April 24, 2015 8:49 AM  

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Anonymous indpndnt April 24, 2015 8:52 AM  

Tim Nancy's Rainbow Haired Six - now available from Tor.

+1

Blogger Jourdan April 24, 2015 8:52 AM  

This is an excellent sign. Not only are they crying pathetically, there are ceding territory pre-emptively. SJWs never back out of panels or official organizations; as we see with the other story from London today, they control such things.

This is a huge victory.

Blogger DaveofSpades April 24, 2015 8:52 AM  

Difster, it's sad that you have to add "verbal equivalent " or the SJWs would take it literally & call it another one of these fabled death threats.

Blogger David April 24, 2015 8:52 AM  

"Dear GG'ers, we're going to review our fairy tales and PR self-promotion in a forum at the con. Please don't attend, as we strongly prefer to have only blind credulity in the audience."

Blogger crazyivan498 April 24, 2015 8:56 AM  

She won't discuss the Hugo highjacking. yeah right.

Blogger Gunnar von Cowtown April 24, 2015 8:56 AM  

"We’ve heard numbers as high as six."
If that's not a misprint, these people are completely beyond parody.

Slightly off topic; where would you guys rank Frank Wu on the socio-sexual hierarchy? I absolutely cannot wrap my mind around the concept of a dude who would have anything to do with a tranny, much less a blatantly unconvincing tranny, much less marry said blatantly unconvincing tranny. It skeeves me out beyond the capacity for rational thought.

My gut reaction is that he's worse than omega, or at best an extremely broken and dysfunctional gamma. Yet the fact that he "kinda got the... kinda girl" complicates things.

Blogger David April 24, 2015 8:56 AM  

I have enjoyed SF/F since Tom Swift and his Flying Lab, through the space opera of Heinlein and well into the fun of Corwin, Sten, Conrad, Dilvish, and (reiterating) Lazarus Long.

When I read of what passes for "fun" at these conventions, I can't imagine enjoying the company of the Freakish Left.

Blogger Joshua Dyal April 24, 2015 8:57 AM  

Interesting, though. It's a bit of a de-escalation from making calls to put together a good squad at PAX East. Other than that, it plays more like she knows she has a weak hand, so please, please, please don't challenge her,

Who is this "she" you keep referring to? Frank Wu or John Flynt?

Anonymous Nathan April 24, 2015 9:02 AM  

@Joshua,

Point, but at my last job, I couldn't refer to the trans there as eunuchs. The enforced habit's stayed with me.

Blogger Jack Aubrey April 24, 2015 9:05 AM  

Six!

Death
Famine
War
Conquest
John C. Wright
L. Jagi Lamplighter

I'm backing that team.

Anonymous totenhenchen April 24, 2015 9:05 AM  

THREE shall be the number though shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be THREE.

Blogger Jourdan April 24, 2015 9:06 AM  

The Witcher III is coming out in a few weeks.

Why is this important?

Here is why: The Witcher series of games are much beloved by computer gamers. Note, though, that a very traditionally liberal/left wing part of the over-arching story in these games is "racism." Note that despite this, no right wing or conservative forces have called on CD Projekt to change their game or re-write their story. It is simply commented on, discussed, and each person can decide for himself if this painfully-PC story line ruins the game for them.

To me, it is overwrought and annoying but the other parts of the game are so good that it outweighs my concern.

The Witcher series thus proves that when GamerGate folks say they are interested in developer freedom and not a political line, they are telling the truth. If they were interested in a political line, they would be firing away at CD Projekt.

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler April 24, 2015 9:09 AM  

"Regressive" politics?

Social Justice is an existential genocidal ideology! All SJWs are purveyors of death? "Regressive"????? Because we don't want to join in the death cult?

When is being a Traditionalist, a Nationalist, and an Orthodox Christian, regressive? These are all good things. Regressive?

Frank Wu needs his head examined.

Anonymous Dictionaries be raciss April 24, 2015 9:09 AM  

"So they're holding a GamerGate panel at RavenCon, but they don't actually want to have a true back and forth discussion of the issues at hand "

They even fucking lie about the word "panel."

Anonymous Sun Xhu April 24, 2015 9:13 AM  

"I wish you were raped by 50 donkeys" is NOT a rape threat.
"You should be strung up by the Taliban, and executed." is NOT a death threat.
"I hope you are raped to death by 50 rabid weasels," is NEITHER a death threat nor a rape threat.

The "other three" that John Flynt received were of that ilk. Same with all the "death threats" and "rape threats" that GRRM's "close personal female friends" received.

Blogger Cataline Sergius April 24, 2015 9:15 AM  

@Gunnar

Slightly off topic; where would you guys rank Frank Wu on the socio-sexual hierarchy?

Lambda.

Though possibly in denial. Though possibly not.

Anonymous p-dawg April 24, 2015 9:15 AM  

@Jourdan: Lefty politics is one thing, but how do you get past the terrible controls? (Note that I am an inveterate FPS player so it's not my usual genre, I don't know if most of those style games are as jerky on the controls.)

Anonymous B Lewis April 24, 2015 9:25 AM  

The same message, reduced to its essential content:

Be On My Side

Because I am a man pretending to be a woman, I have been deemed an Official Victim and an important person by the Important People in our hobby who think and believe exactly as I do.

Video game players who do not condone my pretense of femininity and who do not think and believe exactly as I do are evil. As a man pretending to be a woman, I am afraid of them.

Now there are evil science fiction fans, who do not condone my pretense of femininity and who do not think and believe exactly as I do. They disagree witht me on the Internet, which means they want to kill me. A lot of the evil video game players agree with them. This one guy, whom I really hate, is their leader.

Some of these evil guys (maybe even six) will be at RavenCon.

The man pretending to be my husband is an Important Person among the Important People in our hobby who think and believe exactly as I do. We agree with other Important People in our hobby who think and believe exactly as we do that only people who think and believe exactly as we do should be allowed to win our hobby's awards.

As a man pretending to be a woman and an Official Victim, I deserve Special Treatment. I may not get the Special Treatment that I deserve at RavenCon. Even so, I will go anyway. This proves that I am brave. Also, though I don't really believe that the Evil People will try to kill me, I will pretend that I do, and by doing so increase my status as an Official Victim

We are afraid of people who do not think and believe exactly as we do. If you are a person who does not think and believe exactly as we do, you should not be allowed to participate in our hobby. Please do not frighten us publicly by being in the same room with us.

Most people in our subculture think and believe exactly as we do. These are the only people who should attend RavenCon.

Frank and Brianna Wu

Blogger Guitar Man April 24, 2015 9:33 AM  

Based on Vox's description, is Wu a dude, a chick, or a tranny?

If Wu is a typical convention guest of honor, then that means John Wright is bound to stick out like sore thumb among those freaks.

Blogger John Wright April 24, 2015 9:34 AM  

@ David
One of the first SF books I read as a young child, young enough that I was proud for having made it all the way through myself, was Tom Swift and his Triphibian Atomicar.

Bitter and regressive, eh? For science fiction fans, they seem to know nothing about science fiction.

OpenID joshtheaspie April 24, 2015 9:35 AM  

As HIGH as SIX! Woooooooooo Spoooookyghoooost.

Anonymous wEz April 24, 2015 9:43 AM  

I also love the 83 death threats bit. What qualifies as a death threat? Because I recieved a death threat at work regarding a joke ("if you ever lie to me again ill kill you"). And in my last soccer game, after dribbling around a defender I heard him say "you're dead!". Now, of course I took these comments that were said "to my face" as hyperbole for effect based off embarrassment, frustration, etc, (like any normal person would) as long as their isn't any obvious warning signs that would back up such claims.
I'm sure every one of those 83 "death threats" were of a similar vein, but this bitch uses them for sympathy and emotion in her twisted passive aggressive game.
I wonder how many "death threats" vox has recieved in the last 8 months if he used the same qualifiers lol.

Blogger The Deuce April 24, 2015 9:44 AM  

Guitar Man:

Based on Vox's description, is Wu a dude, a chick, or a tranny?

This is all you every need to know about that: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/02/13/the-wacky-world-of-wu-the-tortured-history-of-gamergates-self-styled-feminist-martyr/

Blogger MidKnight April 24, 2015 9:51 AM  

Neither of us wish to discuss the Hugo hijacking with any person responsible for this atrocious action. Both of us would consider it a professional courtesy if you didn’t attend Brianna’s Gamergate panel tomorrow.

Note the critical section of weasel words.

If they were willing to entirely drop the topic of GamerGate and the Current Hugos, I'd gladly do them the courtesy.

That said - they're doing a frigging PANEL on GG. I would NOT show up to simply sit down and shut up. If they want to talk, so will we, and we will have our say.

They ask for a "courtesy" from us when they have no intention of doing the same, as if we cannot possibly have a legitimate point of view.

Blogger Jourdan April 24, 2015 9:51 AM  

@p-dawg - The control design is..unique, that's for sure. For the most part, like with the equally hard-to-master control system in the Gothic series of games (must be something in the potatoes), one must just work with it. The game is certainly worth it. The Witcher II is better in this regard than Witcher I.

However, once one does get used to it, it's incredibly fun when Geralt pulls of a double-backwards spin, followed by a front-flip.

Blogger Keith Glass April 24, 2015 9:51 AM  

The Wu's are one of the reasons I passed on RavenCon this year. Not that I'm a regular, but I have better things to do that dealing with SJW drama.

Blogger Bogey April 24, 2015 9:52 AM  

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Blogger Bogey April 24, 2015 9:54 AM  

Its real face

Now read the "about" on the creature's web page and try not to laugh your ass off.

Also have a look at it standing next to some of the worst game art in history.

OK, I saw it too, I think I'm going to vomit now.

Blogger borderwalker April 24, 2015 9:54 AM  

"kinda got the... kinda girl"

Hilarious!

Blogger skiballa April 24, 2015 9:58 AM  

Jourdan,
I don't want to go too OT, so I'll keep it simple. I can't speak for most gamers/sff fans, but I don't think the message in The Witcher is strictly "racism is bad". And two points should be made,CDPR is faithfully adapting Andrzej Sapkowski's story, and the racism present advances the storyline, and is not just message fiction.

Blogger skiballa April 24, 2015 9:59 AM  

Also, props to CDPR for dealing with their community manager who felt that comparing GG to the KKK was a good idea.

Blogger Guitar Man April 24, 2015 10:01 AM  

The Deuce.

Just. Wow.

Anonymous Steve April 24, 2015 10:03 AM  

Slightly off topic; where would you guys rank Frank Wu on the socio-sexual hierarchy?

Greasy haired he-twink.

Anonymous Stilicho April 24, 2015 10:04 AM  

Try to read this statement about RavenCon with a straight face. I dare you

"Straight" face?

Anonymous Steve April 24, 2015 10:05 AM  

John Flynt married Frank because it was close as he could get to becoming a Wu man.

Blogger Bogey April 24, 2015 10:07 AM  

Wu posted how awesome it is to have playable female Storm Troopers in the upcoming Battle Front game.

Anonymous Stilicho April 24, 2015 10:08 AM  

Slightly off topic; where would you guys rank Frank Wu on the socio-sexual hierarchy?

Rishathran

Blogger Jourdan April 24, 2015 10:09 AM  

skiballa - First, excellent handle.

Second, I agree with you, completely. I know the racism angle is more nuanced than that found in the U.S. media on any given day. It's just that I'm so damn tired of it, I really don't want to deal with it at all. That said, that is my issue, but that's the point I'm making: the developer is free, and I'm not pressuring him to drop that angle. Nor would I stand for anyone pressuring them to drop the sex cards.

Speaking of which, girls really should have those made. They could leave them on nightstands.

Blogger Salt April 24, 2015 10:10 AM  

I hope there's a few Calgary Expo tee shirts there, and better yet a few in support of Honey Badgers.

Anonymous Steve April 24, 2015 10:10 AM  

David - When I read of what passes for "fun" at these conventions, I can't imagine enjoying the company of the Freakish Left.

If you read the account of the rainbow haired she-twink who was evoxerated last night, WisCon is apparently a hotbed of lesbo-on-tranny rape.

When they talk of "safe spaces", what they mean is turning conventions into a sort of temporary mental asylum.

Blogger Poor Guy April 24, 2015 10:10 AM  

Wait, they are having a GamerGate panel and they don't want anyone from the other side to even show up. lol.

Blogger Bogey April 24, 2015 10:11 AM  

Slightly off topic; where would you guys rank Frank Wu on the socio-sexual hierarchy?
We already know that Wu will stick his wee in a place that few gammas would even venture.

Blogger Bogey April 24, 2015 10:15 AM  

When they talk of "safe spaces", what they mean is turning conventions into a sort of temporary mental asylum.

100 years ago these freaks would have been safely locked away sleeping on hay.

Anonymous Steve April 24, 2015 10:16 AM  

Bogey -
I'm not sure Frank is the one sticking his wee-wee in that 'family'.

Blogger skiballa April 24, 2015 10:16 AM  

Jourdan, I hear you, and there lies a key part of the contention we have with Wu. We can accept a work as it is, even if aspects bother us, and still see the quality overall. A-GG will decide that the work is worthless overall based on a single aspect, based on feelings.

And yes, the cards would be interesting...but I'm not sure anyone's SO would appreciate them all that much.

Blogger darkdoc April 24, 2015 10:20 AM  

"We already know that Wu will stick his wee in a place that few gammas would even venture."

You assume he has a dick. Frankly (pun intended), I think he is dickless.

Blogger Salt April 24, 2015 10:24 AM  

ClarkHat ‏@ClarkHat 17h17 hours ago

John C Wright and Brianna Wu are going to be at the same SF con http://www.scifiwright.com/2015/04/personal-appearance-6/ … Almost tempted to fill two suitcases w popcorn & go


Blogger Kallmunz April 24, 2015 10:25 AM  

We can all mock the number six but as far as I can tell that would be a major contingent. Take a look at this video from last year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLJRqTrZQQQ.
I can't see more than 30 people. Six people from the Legion would turn that con upside down.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan April 24, 2015 10:25 AM  

She he bear pig man have any proof of those death threats? I would put them front and center on my blog at least for entertainment purposes

Anonymous Profit April 24, 2015 10:26 AM  

"83 death threats" Soooo... that is what 2 hours of playing Call of Duty online?

Anonymous The other robot April 24, 2015 10:30 AM  

Have I got this correct? Frank Wu has won a Hugo four times for best fan artist or something?

Fans awarding themselves seems like a new low.

Blogger D. Lane April 24, 2015 10:35 AM  

Take a look at this video from last year

Dude in the Warhammer costume was kicked out, right? 1:38 is triggering.

Blogger Jourdan April 24, 2015 10:36 AM  

That this thing and its sad art won a Hugo at all is all the proof one needs that Vox's contentions with regard to the Hugo's are spot-on.

Blogger rcocean April 24, 2015 10:43 AM  

"They ask for a "courtesy" from us when they have no intention of doing the same"

That's because to them you're evil and they're good.

OpenID cailcorishev April 24, 2015 10:44 AM  

"We’ve heard numbers as high as six."

Of course, zero is a number as high as six, so that could be one of those lies that's not technically a lie. SJWs love those.

Anonymous Jon Bromfield April 24, 2015 10:48 AM  

"I'm not sure Frank is the one..."

Sure wish I had the Strap-On concession at WisCon.

Anonymous Wiccapundit April 24, 2015 10:49 AM  

"83 death threats"

Cf: "I have in my hand a list of 205 Communists ..." - Joseph McCarthy

"We've heard numbers as high as six."

She could count that high without taking her shoes off?

Anonymous Elijah Rhodes April 24, 2015 10:51 AM  

I would like to make a pithy comment but I fear it will increment the threat counter to 84.

Anonymous cheddarman April 24, 2015 10:59 AM  

This whole Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies and assorted allies and fellow travelers movement has turned out to be comedy gold.

The more the SJWs react to Vox and his allies, the more they distort their own Observe, Orient Decide Act loop and spiral out of control, and show themselves for the circus freak show that they are.

Anonymous Earache My Eye April 24, 2015 11:00 AM  

"We’ve tried to stand firm to our beliefs and march forward."

First of all, somebody who claims to be standing but also simultaneously marching says he is a WRITER?

But we'll let that pass. What has me perenially curious is, what is the endless obsession with these types of people with "marching forward"? Why are they always "marching" somewhere? Why is everything they do felt to be "progress"? Progress from what to where? Was the Great Leap Forward (again with the marching and the leaping and the Forward bizniss) "progress"?

Can youse all just sit down in a comfy lawn chair and have a nice mint julep for half an hour? The rest of us would appreciate the quiet.


Blogger Russell April 24, 2015 11:02 AM  

They are having problems with up to 6?

What will happen when we crank the number up to 23?

OpenID pancakeloach April 24, 2015 11:03 AM  

"Six people from the Legion would turn that con upside down."

Dangit, now I almost want to go. But the con programming doesn't really appeal to me, and I don't want to give money to people who think a lying con artist makes an appropriate GoH.

Blogger David April 24, 2015 11:06 AM  

Tempest in a Teapot.

Like so many things promoted in the Main Stream (collectivist) Narrative, the moment anyone looks past the PR window dressing you find people whose statements and actions are too far off the Reservation for words.

These people are Poster Children for my view: "Being different for the sake of being different is the ESSENCE of conformity."

Look at the photos. Look at the Media Adoration for these people who turn themselves into what once populated the Traveling Circus as Side Show Freaks.

They (the collectivists) have defined deviancy down for so long that now, in order to Be Different, a man has to surgically mutilate himself and figuratively dance naked in the moonlight in order to be NOTICED. Andy Warhol, your timekeeper is calling.

If a trend, any trend, is in place long enough, it eventually reaches the point where parody and satire no longer work, so extreme becomes the leading edge. This is when you know you're looking at a phenomenon that will induce astonishment among later observers, and that they'll nod in smug understanding of why such things were so brief in time and how their purveyors and participants disappeared as if by magic when the time of their sub-narrative evaporated.

Anonymous Earache My Eye April 24, 2015 11:13 AM  

"We’ve heard numbers as high as six."

That cracks me up in so many different ways I can't even list them. Hell, the number of my reasons may even go as high as......... six. Or, as various aboriginals would put it, "many. My father, and his father before him, never saw such a number."

SIX, you say? Good God, sir!! Shame the devil!! The deuce take it! Man the torpedoes!!! Women and children first! King and country! Other slogans! Don't forget all the stuff about marching! (What was that funny thing Phil Ochs said about marching? Oh, yeah, right)

Are you with me, Doctor Wu? (Somebody hadda do it. Sorry if you get that one all the time, I bet it grows tiresome.)

Blogger Bruce Lewis April 24, 2015 11:14 AM  

Instead of going to see this circus freak, why not come see me? I'll be appearing at A-Kon in Dallas, 5-7 June. All are welcome at my panels. (I'll be pimping my books.) Lee Madison, my good friend and creator of the Sad/Rabid Puppies logos, will be there, too. Drop by and let's have a Jameson.

Anime cons are waaaay less political and waaaay more about Having Fun than are SF conventions. Because they are centered upon an aspect of Japanese culture, sexism is a feature, not a bug. Bonus: barely-legal cosplayers!

Hope to see you all there,

Anonymous Big Bill April 24, 2015 11:15 AM  

When I think Science Fiction, I think Homer Hickam and "October Sky", not MZB, pedophile cults, and transsexualal video gamers.

It is a pity we cannot agree to disagree and have separate genres with separate awards and separate associations.

The Hugo and Nebula awards meant something up until about 1980-85, Niven, Pournelle, Heinlein, etc.

Anonymous EWK April 24, 2015 11:16 AM  

"Try to read this statement about RavenCon with a straight face. I dare you".

OK, I'll bite. Here we go.

"Our long track record of professionalism speaks for itself."

Failed right here.

Fai

Blogger Russell April 24, 2015 11:24 AM  

Every time I think all this has hit Peak Hilarity, something else happens to move it to another level.

Anonymous Porky April 24, 2015 11:32 AM  

Kind of like Freethoughtblogs.... where Freethoughts are welcomed. And by "Freethoughts" we mean "our thoughts".

Blogger CM April 24, 2015 11:37 AM  

Completely OT - The home of The Temple of Artemis replica is now the home of the church of Artemis worship:
Sex-Club becomes a church

Blogger IM2L844 April 24, 2015 11:38 AM  

"The hijackers have contempt for the awards while also desperately wanting the legitimacy they feel it would grant them."

That's right. We're totally jealous of your glorious status and all that you possess. All we really want is to be accepted into the warren.

You see this sentiment repeated over and over again on twitter and in the comments of various blogs. Fucking morons. I swear, it's like trying to reason with a three year old who is intent on sticking a fork into the electrical outlet. It can't possibly be that you want to prevent him from killing himself and burning down the house. You just want his oh so special fork and the joy it brings.

Blogger CM April 24, 2015 11:45 AM  

Neither of us wish to discuss the Hugo hijacking with any person responsible for this atrocious action. Both of us would consider it a professional courtesy if you didn’t attend Brianna’s Gamergate panel tomorrow.

So... they get to slander, unquestioned, gamergate and yet refuse to talk to anyone "responsible for this atrocious action"?

Ok... you refuse to talk to the other side, than kindly shut your pie hole about them.

Blogger John Wright April 24, 2015 11:46 AM  

@ Salt

Sorry, but in person, I am a soft spoken, shy, and courteous man, so there will be no fireworks ignited by me.

Anonymous IsMise April 24, 2015 11:46 AM  

Numbers as high as six. They'd better unhitch the hamsters and circle the wagon.

Anonymous Daniel April 24, 2015 11:50 AM  

The reason they've only heard as high as six is because ours goes to eleven, and they've gone deaf.

Anonymous Viidad April 24, 2015 11:55 AM  

John Wright: "in person, I am a soft spoken, shy, and courteous man"

We need to fix that. Someone show up and slip some PCP into John's ginger ale and send him in with a torch and a megaphone.

You can do it, John. GO!!!

Anonymous NateM April 24, 2015 11:56 AM  

Every Wu down in Whoville liked Social Justice a lot,
But the Grinch, who lived out of Whoville, did not.
The Grinch hated Social Justice — Every SJW season.
Oh, please don't ask why, They'd distort all the reasons.

Anonymous Viidad April 24, 2015 12:00 PM  

"SIX? Try counting to A TRILLION muf#$%#!!!"

Anonymous Daniel April 24, 2015 12:00 PM  

Sorry, but in person, I am a soft spoken, shy, and courteous man, so there will be no fireworks ignited by me.

So...are you indicating that you don't wear a crucifix to conventions?

That alone will explode any vampires on the premises. Technically, that would be due to your actions.

Blogger Double E April 24, 2015 12:07 PM  

Vox, I accepted your challenge to read the post with a straight face. I was doing pretty good, only a few twitches, until I got to the line "We've heard numbers as high as SIX!"

And then I: http://replygif.net/i/1485.gif

Blogger Salt April 24, 2015 12:15 PM  

I'd expect Mr. Wright to be immediately accosted, arrested, and jailed the moment that fedora goes through the door.

Anonymous Steve April 24, 2015 12:23 PM  

John Wright strides into the Sunset Lounge, his brow furrowed in concentration.

"I sense something. A presence I've not felt since-"

The thought is abruptly severed when he sees the lambent gleam of Glamdring, flickering like cold fire in his battered sword belt.

He sighs. "And I am already weary."

Suddenly a fell voice rends the air. A lisping voice, burbling with madness, tinctured with hate.

"YOU DARE TO SHOW YOUR FACE AT MY CONVENTION, CIS-WIZARD?"

The crowd flees in panic. Wright stands alone before the terrifying sight of a Transrog. A creature neither man nor woman, but an unholy combination of the worst features of both.

The Transrog towers in its red patent leather heels, radiating menace and foul perfume.

"This is Accorded Neutral Territory, Transrog. We need have no quarrel here."

But the Transrog laughs mirthlessly, a ghastly, crackling sound, like a nest of spiders set alight.

"FOOL! KNAVE! PUPPY! THERE IS NO NEUTAL TERRITORY, CIS-WIZARD! THIS IS A SAFE SPACE, WHICH MEANS YOU MUST DIE!"

Out of the shadows crawls the Frank-thing, his bare torso slick with sweat and glitter, a fever grin of fear and anger on his swollen face.

"Let me take this one, Mistress!", keens the Frank-thing. "His beard will make a fine trophy! I will wear it and feel like a man!"

"YES, MY PET," assents the Transrog in a tone of malicious amusement. It briefly pets the Frank-thing's cheek with a monstrous, hairy hand. "DEAL WITH HIM FOR ME."

"Aieeeeeeee!", screams the Frank-thing, launching himself at John Wright with the feral intensity of an angry squirrel.

Wright doesn't move. A single word passes his lips, and the Frank-thing cowers as if struck.

"Faith."

"Noooooo...." wails the Frank-thing. But Wright continues.

"Hope."

"Arrrrgghhhhh!"

Wright takes a single step forward and the Frank-thing grovels on the carpet tiles. The wizard sees that all of the fight and much of the bodily fluids have evacuated his would-be assailant.

He bends down and whispers kindly into the Frank-thing's ear.

"Superversiveness."

"Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" squeals the Frank-thing, as the glitter slides off his writhing body. "Whaaat aaare yoooouuu doooiiinnggg tttooo mmmmeeee?"

"An act of mercy, my friend." murmurs Wright, as he helps his former foe to his feet. The Frank-thing is no more. In his place stands a normal middle-aged Chinese-American man, his eyes now clear of the madness that had haunted them only moments before.

"Thank you, Mr Wright.", smiles Frank Wu. "She - she DID things - to me, and her game... oh! That awful, awful game......"

"SILENCE, FOOL!" roars the Transrog. "CURE MY PET, WILL YOU, CIS-WIZARD? I'LL FLAY! YOU! ALIVE! FOR! THAT!" It punctuates every word by slicing a whip made of razorwire through the air.

The Sunset Lounge darkens as the full terror and fury of the Transrog is mustered.

Wright pulls Glamdring from its belt and steps calmly between Frank Wu and the enraged Hell-beast.

"I think not, Transrog. But if you insist on conflict, you shall have it."

But Wright is dismayed when he sees a whole phalanx of rainbow haired she-twinks rush into the conference room to stand beside the Transrog, each one wielding a poison-tipped Hugo award.

"YOU DIDN'T THINK THIS WOULD BE A FAIR FIGHT, DID YOU, CIS-WIZARD?", shrieks the Transrog.

Just as Wright grimly pulls his hat tighter on his head and juts out his bearded jaw in defiance, the doors behind him fly open.

"You want to take on John C. Wright? You take on all of us." cries a new voice.

It is Michael Z. Williamson, and he is flanked by a platoon of unhappy puppies. Some of them look very rabid indeed.

"RETREAT! RETREAT!" screams the Transrog, as it slithers into the darkness with its followers.

John Wright grins puckishly.

"See you at Sasquan!"

Anonymous Anonymous April 24, 2015 12:28 PM  

I had never heard of Brianna Wu before reading this post. After seeing the images of John Flynt and Brianna Wu still could not decide which was the more convincing woman. The coin chosen as final arbiter bounced off the floor and landed on its edge.

Blogger Mark April 24, 2015 12:29 PM  

Steve, I know it's faint praise, but that was better than "If you were a Dinocrap"

Blogger GK Chesterton April 24, 2015 12:39 PM  

We could have handled three or four or even five! BUT NOT SIX!!

Indeed that's the thing that struck me the hardest. Out of whole convention of people six people fill them with dread? Six? I'd be embarrassed to even say something like that.

Anonymous Curious but not an SJW April 24, 2015 12:41 PM  

Does Brianna Wu have Yellow Fever?

Blogger automatthew April 24, 2015 1:13 PM  

steve, that was glorious.

Blogger Joshua Dyal April 24, 2015 1:16 PM  

Steve, I know it's faint praise, but that was better than "If you were a Dinocrap"

It would be an event of deliciously hilariously irony if all of the nominations for Best Short Story 2016 were parodies of "If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love."

Anonymous Bz April 24, 2015 1:23 PM  

Hahaha, the Transrog is an instant classic. You wouldn't happen to secretly be Jim Butcher?

Blogger Chiva April 24, 2015 1:27 PM  

Of course SIX is a bad number. It is the number of MAN after all.

Man was created on the sixth day (Genesis 1:26)

Anonymous Viidad April 24, 2015 1:28 PM  

@Steve

(applause)

Anonymous Stilicho April 24, 2015 1:41 PM  

There is no number of phallic Hugos that can replace the penis he lost.

Anonymous The Original Hermit April 24, 2015 1:54 PM  

Self castration is obviously immoral, and far be it for me to recommend suicide. But it eventually comes toa point where some one with an iota of self awareness has to say: "I have no value to society, virtually no one of the opposite sex finds me in any way attractive. Time to devote my life to science, and by science i mean risky medical experiments".

Blogger Joshua Dyal April 24, 2015 1:58 PM  

Are we absolutely certain that John Flynt isn't actually Adam Lanza in disguise?

Blogger Corvinus April 24, 2015 2:09 PM  

I'd say Gamma, since that rank is half-Lambda anyway.

Blogger Salt April 24, 2015 2:25 PM  

Damn, Steve but that's great.

Blogger Mark Citadel April 24, 2015 2:29 PM  

Literally pathetic. Again, I doubt any actual death threats were received. This is a little like the rash of LGBTBBQ hate crimes that turned out to be hoaxes last year. And they go out of their way to mention Vox. I wonder why...

Anonymous BigGaySteve April 24, 2015 2:39 PM  

.Anecdotal evidence.- I have to admit I used that logical fallacy at the moslem presentation at the local campus today but in my defense the Boston marathon moslems are back in the news and few know they had 3 gay male neighbors beheaded a year before.

."I wish you were raped by 50 donkeys" is NOT a rape threat.".

Does "I wish it went to one of Marian Barry's tranny crack hoe parties" count as a rape or death threat?

.I'd expect Mr. Wright to be immediately accosted, arrested, and jailed the moment that fedora goes through the door.

A rainbow feather boa can let you slip into areas which ban badthink, you can wear it on the way in & then discard it.

Blogger John Wright April 24, 2015 2:42 PM  

Only one technical correction is needed:
"Wright pulls Glamdring from its belt "
Should read
"Wright pulls Glamdring from his ornate Chinese walking stick "

I carry my blade inside my cane, like a gentleman.

Blogger John Wright April 24, 2015 2:46 PM  

"I'd expect Mr. Wright to be immediately accosted, arrested, and jailed the moment that fedora goes through the door. "

Excellent idea. Swore out a false complaint in order to arrange a false arrest on a choleric and vindictive unemployed lawyer with time on his hands. They would most likely be involved in court until the end of the natural lives of their grandchildren.

Blogger darkdoc April 24, 2015 3:17 PM  

"Let me take this one, Mistress!", keens the Frank-thing. "His beard will make a fine trophy! I will wear it and feel like a man - since I AM DICKLESS!"

"Aieeeeeeee!", screams the Frank-thing, launching himself at John Wright with the feral intensity of an angry, dickless squirrel.

Blogger Cataline Sergius April 24, 2015 3:18 PM  

They would most likely be involved in court until the end of the natural lives of their grandchildren.

Err...um John...

Anonymous DavidKathome April 24, 2015 3:32 PM  

It looks like the Rabid Puppies theme is now spreading to campuses as Straight Pride week.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/23/straight-pride-posters-youngstown-state-university_n_7120038.html

Blogger Gordon Throws April 24, 2015 3:41 PM  

Lost it at "The toll that the hate group Gamergate has taken on our family"
>Two men
>Thinking they are a family

Blogger Noah B April 24, 2015 3:55 PM  

"Err...um John..."

They could always abduct children and attempt to pass them off as their own.

Blogger SirThermite April 24, 2015 4:00 PM  

@Steve

Good show! if you have a book I'll buy it, sight unseen

Anonymous NateM April 24, 2015 4:05 PM  

"They could always abduct children and attempt to pass them off as their own."

child that ugly, not likely the parents would complain

Anonymous BigGaySteve April 24, 2015 4:52 PM  

"Lost it at "The toll that the hate group Gamergate has taken on our family">Two men >Thinking they are a family"

I have a rule of thumb, something must be bigger than my thumb or its not a man.

Blogger John Wright April 24, 2015 4:52 PM  

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Blogger Subversive Saint April 24, 2015 5:08 PM  

Ok... I knew I shouldn't do it but I searched "Brianna Wu" on teh Interwebs...

....
...
..
.

How can I clean this image from my mind?

Blogger cognito April 24, 2015 5:13 PM  

So, look at the awful Brianna Wu here:
https://cbsboston.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/wu.jpg

Blogger ScuzzaMan April 24, 2015 5:35 PM  

They're having a GamerGate forum, but it is a professional courtesy if nobody with any dissenting opinions is present?

Unglaublich!

Anonymous DWM April 24, 2015 5:51 PM  

"Much Butt Hurt I Sense In You"

"Cry Like A Bitch You Should"

This cracked me the hell up, dang.

But Brianna Wu isn't even a woman. So why does she think she knows anything about the plight of women? She/he/it doesn't even have the balls (especially since she had them removed by surgery) to officially come out of the closet as being transgendered or whatever the correct term is these days.

She has always avoided the question and never stated in the media. Even all those interviewers during the height of Gamergate couldn't find the nerve to ask her if she had changed her sex.

Blogger Dave W. April 24, 2015 10:28 PM  

Ralph from The Ralph Retort is going to be at the Wu panel on Gamergate (ROFL, I can't even type that without laughing... "Wu GG panel").

Whoever's running the official Ravencon twitter has already threatened him with the police. I need popcorn for this!

http://theralphretort.com/will-brianna-wu-grant-me-an-interview-today-at-richmonds-ravencon-4024015/

Blogger Dave W. April 24, 2015 10:51 PM  

Wu had Ralph thrown out. I'm shocked, SHOCKED I TELL YOU!

http://theralphretort.com/full-account-of-big-baby-brianna-wu-having-me-tossed-from-panel/

Anonymous The other robot April 24, 2015 11:06 PM  

Big Baby Wu!

That seems like a name that would stick.

Blogger Eric April 25, 2015 12:32 AM  

Time to devote my life to science, and by science i mean risky medical experiments

There's no point in experimenting on someone that messed up. The results are meaningless.

Blogger epobirs April 25, 2015 8:01 AM  

"Neither of us wish to discuss the Hugo hijacking with any person responsible for this atrocious action. Both of us would consider it a professional courtesy if you didn’t attend Brianna’s Gamergate panel tomorrow."

No fair having a different opinion from us! What is the point of a panel where everyone is in complete agreement?

It should be noted the Frank Wu's Hugos are for Best Fan Artist, aka artist who doesn't get paid often or at all. As noted once by Phil foglio, BFA Hugos lead mainly to more BFA Hugos. They don't make much difference to turning pro.

Blogger MrNiceguy April 29, 2015 1:57 PM  

Brianna Wu can count to 21, but it requires removing pants

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