Pontifications and Ruminations: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Forgive me if I’m a teensy bit punch drunk and scattered today. It’s been that kind of week.
Anyway, I was checking links for interesting things to rant about and came across a lovely sample of the mindbogglingly stupid, chronicled by Nathaniel Hoover. I have no particular fondness for My Little Pony or the brony culture, but if that’s what floats someone’s boat, who am I to say there’s anything wrong with it. I can guarantee some of my little… ahem… quirks would freak a few folks out.
I can say after reading his description of the deranged idjits that the Evil League of Evil really needs to issue its members and minions with the Cutie Mark of the Beast. The frothing madness such a mark would inspire would be totally worth any misunderstandings.
That’s the good.
Then someone pointed me to lovely example of pontification without knowledge. To be fair, the guy does list himself as “a geek among tree-huggers” and in my experience anyone who is that deep into Green anything has an instant shutdown mechanism for anything that might challenge their political dogma. Which of course means his little letter to conservative science fiction is so much fertilizer. If you don’t mind it killing your plants in the process of forcing them to put out lots and lots of green leaves before they keel over from lack of substance.
He describes himself as a “fascinated and appalled rubbernecker” but it’s pretty bloody obvious that nothing so-called “conservative science fiction” can do would satisfy his call for good behavior. Those “racists” “conservative science fiction” is supposedly sheltering in its ranks (wait, we have ranks? That’s news to me. I thought all non-mainstream science fiction people were equally uber-evil and beyond ranking) include a positive rainbow of diversity beside the folk he wants to protect from us. Let’s see… he takes the inevitable swipe at Vox Day (I think it’s become an initiation thing. You’re not allowed near the mainstream SF establishment until you’ve posted some long diatribe about how evil he is. Actually reading the source material isn’t so much unnecessary as actively discouraged), who is politely described as multi-ethnic (and impolitely as “mongrel”), a bit of a sideswipe at Larry Correia (who apparently ceases to be Hispanic because he doesn’t toe the line), and then characterizes the whole mess as “the racist right”
Apparently he approves of Jemisin’s speeches (the ones I commented about last week) because those – and the attitudes revealed by her Australian speech – were what led Vox Day to make the comment that sparked the SFWA purge. A comment, I might add, that – while not exactly the most polite thing to say – was aimed purely at her attitude and behavior. One can be a savage – or “half-savage” – and still be a decent person. Just one who is not willing to live by the mores of Western culture (speaking of which, there is a reason why that particular culture is the one dominating the world, and that’s a really long, world-building-y post in itself). Hell, I’ve been known to describe myself as crude and crass, neither of which are particularly polite. Am I going to chuck a fit if someone agrees with me? Not frigging likely.
So that one’s the bad.
Now, the ugly. I honestly don’t know what to say to this. I’m not a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley, nor do I have any reason to dislike her. None of her works ever really caught me, so I can’t speak on that front. I can say that at least one of Zimmer Bradley’s proteges gives me a severe case of the creeps, but that’s not – and cannot – be a condemnation of the women herself. I’ll leave it to you folks to read the assorted other links here – including ones which include transcripts from the relevant court cases – and make up your own minds. I’ve got my opinion, and I’m not saying more without more evidence, since this is a criminal matter even though she’s dead.
And finally, a little light relief. I may even use some of these (suitably adjusted) for comic relief somewhere sometime. Who knows?