You’d have thought I learned my lesson from last time. But no. No, I’m an idiot. Clearly. I went off and read another Anti Sad Puppy (from here AP, with SP standing for Sad Puppy) rant about the Hugos. And surprise surprise, it ticked me off.
Thus this post. To vent.
In the offending post, the AP writer summarizes the who Hugo kerfuffle past and future as “a yearly smattering of casting ballots against the people who had committed the foul crime of being women and minorities.” This isn’t the first time this has been done by said writer. It no doubt won’t be the last.
I find this statement deeply fascinating. Because according to Entertainment Weekly, who as you may recall from my last ranty post on the matter, there actually are women and minorities on the Sad Puppy slate. Their comment on the matter, once again, is as follows:
CORRECTION: After misinterpreting reports in other news publications, EW published an unfair and inaccurate depiction of the Sad Puppies voting slate, which does, in fact, include many women and writers of color. As Sad Puppies’ Brad Torgerson explained to EW, the slate includes both women and non-caucasian writers, including Rajnar Vajra, Larry Correia, Annie Bellet, Kary English, Toni Weisskopf, Ann Sowards, Megan Gray, Sheila Gilbert, Jennifer Brozek, Cedar Sanderson, and Amanda Green.
Last week, Tor Books publisher, Tom Doherty found himself doing damage control for another ever so charming AP commentator who referred to all SP supporters as “extreme right wingers and neo-Nazis” while publicizing about a new Tor book. During the course of this post, Doherty states the following:
The Puppies groups were organized to support a slate of authors for the Hugo Awards, given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. Media coverage of the two groups initially suggested that they were organized simply to promote white men, which was not correct. Each Puppies’ slate of authors and editors included some women and writers of color, including Rajnar Vajra, Annie Bellet, Kary English, Toni Weisskopf, Ann Sowards, Megan Gray, Sheila Gilbert, Jennifer Brozek, Cedar Sanderson and Amanda Green.
Just for giggles, let’s also add to the point that according to SP supporters is the next leader in the “yearly smattering of casting ballots against the people who had committed the foul crime of being women and minorities” happens to be writer Kate Paulk. Who, just taking a general Google search, happens to be of the female persuasion.
Which means that the AP writer is suggesting that SP is, once again, “casting ballots against the people who had committed the foul crime of being women and minorities” by the cunning plan of putting women and minorities on the fecking ballot and having a woman run the show next year.
Criminal genius, is what that is.
The truth of the matter is, the real problem all too many of the AP people have is that the wrong sort of people got on the ballot. Not our sort, you know. One of those people. The same elitist crap they swear up and down they fight against.
It’s because of people like this that I’m not a Liberal.
It’s because of people like this that I don’t vote Democrat any more.
I have a hard time supporting people who think I’m stupid, or incapable of actually doing the research.
Now I’m not going to tell you that the SP crowd doesn’t have their more than their fair share of no-goodniks. They do. On the other side of the aisle, I believe there are plenty of AP who have better reasons for opposing the SP party than the mind bogglingly dumb one given above.
What I am saying, though, is that I’m very tired of reading posts and tweets and everything in-between trying to destroy people simply because they had a different idea about who was to get a Hugo. And my temper, never even, will no doubt boil over again.
Which means that there’s no doubt more ranting posts like this one in the future.
Because I’m not bright enough not to read posts that I know will cheese me off.