The metastasizing cancer that is the Social Justice Warrior influence on fandom has claimed another scalp, this time without any effort on my part – or on the part of any of the other known evil anti-SJW Puppy-affiliated types.
How can this be, you ask (actually, you don’t because you know exactly how this kind of phenomenon works and you’re quite probably basking in sweet, sweet schadenfreude (please don’t, it’s kind of sad to watch a venerable institution commit slow-motion suicide while fighting off everyone who tries to help – and sadly, this isn’t the joke about the Irishman who died after falling into a vat of beer)). It’s simply that without an external enemy to blame for all things, the uber-SJWs have done what they always do (whether they call themselves SJWs, progressives, activists, Communists or whatever) and turned on their own.
Inevitably the SJW types with fewer victim points end up under the bus wondering what they did wrong and lamenting their misfortune – and may even (although it doesn’t happen often) realize that the bus is lurching towards a cliff anyway.
The sequence of events as I recall them from the original posts (don’t go looking, they’ve been friends-locked, presumably so unfriendly types don’t make nasty comments, although possibly to avoid embarrassing the guilty) are something like this: Male Person A, who has been involved with organizing Worldcon music programming for approximately eternity or so, at some time in the past was friendly with Female Person B. Female Person B later informed Male Person A that she wanted nothing to do with Male Person A ever again, under any circumstances.
Male Person A, being the nice, kind, SJW-loving male that he is, obliged and made no attempt to have anything to do with Female Person B from that point forward (at least according to his now friend-locked posts).
Back at the Worldcon, Male Person A notices that Female Person B is part of the Worldcon staff. Being a good little dupe… ahem… person, he informs the committee and offers to make any reasonable accommodations so as not to cause Female Person B any distress.
So far so good, right?
You see, there is a Worldcon staff group chat. Male Person A made the heinous error of failing to notice a post from Female Person B immediately before he posted a link to a relevant humorous video snippet. The fecal matter promptly hit the rotating blades, leading to a chain of emails in which Male Person A was clearly informed that he should have somehow exercised the telepathy he didn’t have to know that Female Person B was going to hit Send a second or so before he did and thereby make his post appear to be a reply to hers, and given the option of resignation or ritual execution… sorry, being fired.
The Worldcon official statement is a masterpiece of making all the correct-sounding noises without actually admitting anything or committing to anything concrete – and as we cynical Evil Beings know, if you don’t commit to anything concrete you can twist what you said any way you please.
Now, my perspective on this, without knowing any more detail than I’ve related here, is pretty simple and straightforward. Absent the kind of wrongdoing that leads to restraining and/or extradition orders, if you are so fragile you can’t stand to see evidence that another person even exists and might accidentally post to the same chat channel as you, you are the one who should be fired, not this other person.
Because, dear Female Person B, you, as a Worldcon official, are in what is colloquially known as a “high stress position”. There is a non-zero chance that you will be faced with an extremely angry person getting in your face and screaming at you (I honestly would not be surprised if at least one incident like this happens at every convention simply because the science fiction con scene is a hotbed of socially inept geekery and any group of people will include its share of assholes). If you can’t handle someone posting to the same chat room, how are you going to deal with pissed off fans? Pissed off Big Name Authors? Do you think that some of the genre’s legendary assholes (some of whom are very much in your political camp) will simply walk away if you break down and cry?
No. They will not. Because they are assholes and they revel in their ability to make weaker people (aka you) break down and cry. They will use your weakness to their advantage. Because this is what assholes do.
And by the way you have chosen to bully a kind, gentle, and apparently rather weak man who has no clue what he did to upset you (at least, to the best of my knowledge), you have made it clear that you are an easy target, Female Person B.
So when, as will inevitably happen sooner or later, those you consider your own kind turn on you, remember this: the sterile, unproductive ideology you and yours have embraced always leads to the easy targets getting taken out first.