Sunday, May 21, 2017

How dare you write that! The final word.

The final word on this SJW bunfight goes to John Robson of the National Post, for sheer eloquence in defending the obvious, and for mentioning Rick Riordan's books. Which rock.

This rubbish about cultural appropriation, if taken seriously, would produce not broad views but unimaginable narrowness, a death by suffocation of dialogue and sympathy. What would To Kill a Mockingbird be without black characters? Or Invisible Man without white ones? If we share Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of judging people by the content of their character not the colour of their skin, we should do the same with books, including efforts to see the world through the eyes of others to explore questions of morality and culture. Like, say, Percy Jackson's half-brother Tyson struggling against bigotry because he's … a cyclops.

I guess that's not appropriation, just as nobody's going after J.R.R. Tolkien for depicting hobbits, elves or trolls. But if you can't see that the Lord of the Rings is a profound meditation on the human condition, you need to get out more … to a library. And if you think Tolkien should have stuck to bookish male Oxford professors, as his subject and audience, you deserve to be cast into the company of orcs.

Indeed you have put yourself there, for Tolkien himself called this world's bullies who detest life in its infinite variety "orcs." Like those who decry "cultural appropriation" to silence the human conversation with nasty narrow zealotry.

May Zeus strike them with lightning bolts. Borrowed if need be.

Sadly, I must disagree with Mr. Robson on one point. They are not worthy of Zeus' lightning. I think a nice plague of boils is more what they deserve. Appropriately appropriated from the Jews.

The last-but-one last word belongs to Kathy Shaidle:

I give zero fucks about you people losing your jobs because you dared to talk like a normal person for once.

You are all — and yes, I KNOW THIS — closest conservatives.

You are the elites Charles Murray (who is JUST AS BAD half the fucking time, too, actually) identifies as "not preaching what you practice," to the detriment of the rest of the "society" you pretend to care about.

You present yourselves as liberals for careerist hack reasons, but you all live un-diverse, non-green, traditional-family lives, with your private schools and your genetic lottery media complex.

You also think my friends and I are "deplorables" and so on.

We're your mopeds, your shadows, your whatever Freudian thing that is.

You all commit the only sin liberals still recognize — hypocrisy — every day.

And finally, you and your Filipino nannies and Moleskine notebooks and "play dates" and French immersion and Priuses and artisanal jam just went boom.

Slather on your Burt's Bees and kiss my lumpy ass.

But I get the last word. Because its my blog.

I, in my own little way, am a writer. Most of my characters are white. Some are not. Most of my characters are human. Some are not.

I will borrow from Canadian Indian culture, or American Indian culture, or Australian Aborigine culture, or Chinese culture, or Indian-from-India culture, or Greek, Roman, French, German, Nordic, or any other culture I goddamn well please. Furthermore, I will get stuff wrong at times, and I will even make shit up from whole cloth to curtain over the gaps in the story.

I may even get people to pay me to do it! How about that, huh?

Your SJW tears are the sweetest wine. Fill my cup.

The Appropriating and So Inappropriate Phantom

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Happy "Everybody Draw Mohamed Day"!

Another year gone, and Molly Norris is still in hiding.

And the main stream media still doesn't care. Newspaper stories today about Molly? Zero.

The Phantom

Friday, May 19, 2017

Robert Spencer poisoned in Iceland.

This is a sad and alarming story.

After I spoke last Thursday in the beautiful nation of Iceland, a Leftist in Reykjavik poisoned me.
Perhaps I should have seen it coming. The international Left has rejected free speech, and has embraced violence as a suitable response to speech contradicting its narrative.

Read the article, but the precis is that some punk slipped drugs int Robert Spencer's drink, and he was in hospital overnight. He was several days getting over it. They caught the kid, which is good.

I learned my lesson. And the lesson I learned was that media demonization of those who dissent from the Leftist line is direct incitement to violence. By portraying me and others who raise legitimate questions about jihad terror and Sharia oppression as racist, bigoted "Islamophobes" without allowing us a fair hearing, they paint a huge target on the backs of those who dare to dissent.
Those who paint the targets, and those who shoot at them, think they're doing something great. Not only does the Left fill those whom it brainwashes with hate, but it does so while portraying its enemies as the hatemongers, such that violent Leftists such as the young man who drugged me feel righteous as they victimize and brutalize for the crime of disagreement.

Being the Odd that I am, I've always assumed that I'm a target. One of the many reasons I remain The Phantom at this blog and on-line generally is the certain knowledge that if I stick my head up, there's somebody with a bat ready to knock it off. Or a pocket full of Ritalin and Molly. In "Real Life (TM)" I rarely bother to speak my mind anymore, the reception is invariably poisonous. Bad enough in person, without the knife-in-the-back that comes from an internet based attack.

Richard Spencer is evidently a better man than I, he really thought he was engaging these people in a legitimate and rational conversation. He didn't get who he was dealing with.

Rational? No, not so much. Dangerous? Yes, very.

I understand who you are, Lefties. I can see you. So can a lot of other people who keep their eyes open and don't say much.

The Phantom

Oh, the irony.

I present y'all with a beautiful, exquisite irony: Camestros Felpatron, complaining that a Hugo nominated story is too nassssty to be read.

Don't read the John C. Wright story in the Hugo Packet

I appreciate that is rather like saying 'don't stick beans up your nose' but I am seriously suggesting people don't read it. It is (I assume unintentionally) a nasty violent sexual assault fantasy with overtones of child abuse.

This is of course completely different from the -intentional- violent sexual assault fantasies to be found elsewhere in the Hugo packet this year. Much worse.
Reading Mr. Flopatron's description, the story definitely sounds like something I don't want to read. In exactly the same way that his description of N.K. Jemsin's work sounds like something I don't want to read. In exactly the same way that I didn't want to read the Ancilary Whatsis, by Ann Leckie.

Nasty, brutish, and horrible, in short. The type of grey goo that leaves you listless and depressed. Frankly, I can be listless and depressed on my own, without paying for a book to make me more that way. It isn't a state of mind to be desired.

Now, naturally if you ask El Flopo about it, he will -staunchly- defend Jemsin's and Leckie's work, but not because it isn't nasty. He defends those stories because they are either written by a non-white person and therefore are Important, or include stuff about Gender and are therefore Important. Still nasty as hell, but its okay because Reasons.

John C. Wright, being a white dude and a religious conservative, he's not allowed to be nasty. There are no Reasons for him.

But the awesome sauce on top of the exquisite irony is, Mr. Flopper is advocating Hugo voters should vote something down without reading it.

Somebody get this Floppy Camel a wooden assterisk. He can wash it down with a cup of delicious SJW tears.

The Phantom-tron

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The groveling continues!

And now, the CBC grovels.

The managing editor of CBC's "The National" was reassigned Wednesday for what the public broadcaster called "an inappropriate, insensitive and frankly unacceptable tweet" he made as part of a controversial debate over cultural appropriation.

In a memo distributed to staff, CBC News editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire said Steve Ladurantaye will now work on its digital "storytelling strategies" and reach out to indigenous communities "as part of his learning process."

"As you know, Steve Ladurantaye apologized for his action," said McGuire in the memo. "He has made it his goal to better understand the appropriation issue from the perspective of Canada's indigenous people.

"We will support Steve in these efforts and I am confident that the work and conversations we are engaged in will, in the long run, make Steve and all of us better journalists and better leaders."

I have a question: how objective can the managing editor of the official Canadian national news show be if one ill-considered tweet gets him removed? Is he going to report honestly about anything?

Nope. And that is why I have not seen The National for night on to ten years or more. Because it is bullshit.

The Phantom

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Marvel cancels the SJWs.

Liberals don't live up to their own hype, for the most part.

No one is buying Marvel's lineup of social justice-themed comics. It's no surprise, given that few readers want politics to be forced down their throats. Thus liberal darling Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yona Harvey's Black Panther & The Crew is getting the axe after poor sales, just two issues after its launch. Its cancellation comes just weeks after a Marvel VP revealed that comics with forced messages of "diversity" were responsible for the publisher's sales slump.

Joined by Luke Cage, Manifold, Misty Knight, and Storm, the titular superhero who entered the limelight with Captain America: Civil War gathers his all-black crew of superheroes to investigate the death of a civil rights activist who died in police custody. It has echoes of Sandra Bland's death.

Set in a near-future Harlem-turned-police state patrolled by robotic police officers controlled by a private security contractor, the comic has every element you'd expect from a comic attempting to tell a story inspired by Black Lives Matter. The cops beat people up for no reason, too.

Yeah, that sounds like exactly what I want to read in a comic. The author continues"

 Given Marvel's failed forays into "culturally relevant" storytelling, it's clear that any attempts to cultivate a new audience shouldn't come at the cost of alienating existing readers.

If there is any market at all for Black Panther & The Crew, it certainly isn't with the social justice warriors who cry when their stories are canceled but refuse to spend any money on them.

There's a theme here. The theme is failure. SJWs agitate to get something, some company does it for them, then it crashes because nobody buys it, and the SJWs blame... the company!

But why would a company that is in business to make money pay any attention to these whinging morons? How could they think that would end well?

Awards! SJWs have taken over things like the Hugo Awards, and they nominated Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, drawn by Brian Stelfreeze. As I understand it, this comic had remarkably poor sales as well. Mr. Coates is two for two. But it got a Hugo nomination.

Why did it get a Hugo nom if nobody liked it? That's a pretty good question, and the answer is Sad Puppies. We joined WorldCon and voted for stuff we liked, four years in a row. The SJW response was a four-year-long tantrum. Then they changed the voting rules, to keep us out.

This year there's no Sad Puppy presence at all, and Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet is the result.

I guess they'll have to vote for some other unpopular SJW thing next year, because Marvel seems to have finally started listening to their audience instead of moronic SJW whingers.

The Phantom

Saturday, May 13, 2017

How dare you write that! Update!

It appears there have been some developments in the Writer's Union farce I spoke of.

Well, there was some Huffing and Puffing. When the article starts "Dear White People..." you know it is going to be comedy gold. Even better, the guy who wrote it, is a White Guy.
Cultural appropriation has become one of those Trump-era terms that gets people literally all a-twitter. But there's one thing you may notice when the topic hits your feeds and timelines -- the people who are dismissing it as a joke are, well, white folks.
Like late at night on May 11, when a host of media bigwigs "hilariously" started Twitter-organizing an actual "Appropriation Prize" in reaction to the resignation of Write Magazine's Hal Niedzviecki after online uproar surrounding his editorial calling for one.
Wait, appropriation prize? This is good!

It began with Rogers' exec Ken Whyte. Soon, National Post editor-in-chief Ann Marie Owens, Maclean's editor-in-chief Alison Uncles and CBC managing editor Steve Ladurantaye joined in, along with many columnists from various publications.
By this morning Steve Ladurantaye had tweeted an apology for his "dumb glib tweet about a dumb glib idea" and Owens joined in with "Apologies for any offence caused by what began as free speech protest thread -- Twitter no place for glib."
But their not-glib point was made clear if you noticed the pale skin tone of everyone piling on in that thread.
Sure thing, white guy.

There was also more groveling. So much more. The editor groveled:

I regret that my words failed to acknowledge the profound and lasting adverse impact of cultural appropriation on Indigenous peoples. I began the piece glibly, which resulted in some readers misunderstanding my intentions. I understand and accept their point of view. I have the utmost respect for the Indigenous writers who contributed to this issue, and did not in anyway mean to diminish or demean their work, the importance of their authentic experiences and voices, or their struggle against racism and colonialism in Canadian society. To anyone who found the piece an inappropriate introduction to the work in the issue, I sincerely apologize. I have spent the last twenty years fostering and providing a forum to writing from the margins. Anyone who is familiar with my work knows that I would never intentionally demean or diminish the experience of other people. I appreciate individuals taking time to share their thoughts and respond to the piece, since I do value the opportunity to learn from this experience and from the thoughtful feedback of others.
I have resigned as editor of Write Magazine. In my time as editor I've worked with many great writers, helped to foster many voices, and am particularly proud of my collaborative work developing an ongoing column written by writers exiled from their home countries and now living in Canada.
Sincerely, Hal Niedzviecki
Be it noted, Hal Niedzviecki is a Jewish dude. Clearly, he could know nothing of colonialism, appropriation or racial hatred. So privileged, the Jews. (Yes, Internet censors, that is sarcasm.)

But then there was more groveling.

The Writers' Union of Canada deeply regrets the pain and offence caused by an opinion article in our member publication, Write magazine. The Writer's Prompt piece offended and hurt readers, contributors to the magazine and members of the editorial board. We apologize unequivocally. We are in the process of contacting all contributors individually.

The intention behind the magazine is to offer space for honest and challenging discussion and to be sincerely encouraging to all voices. The Union recognizes that intention is not enough, and that we failed in execution in this instance. We remain dedicated to honouring the very hard work we have set ourselves, and to taking responsibility for systemic wrongs in which we as an institution with a place in helping to define Canadian culture have participated.

The editor of Write magazine has resigned from his position, and the Union has accepted his resignation.

We offer the magazine itself as a space to examine the pain this article has caused, and to take this conversation forward with honesty and respect.

The Writers' Union of Canada
Predictably, some person from the Toronto (Red) Star had to throw her hat in the ring:

The best-case explanation for the ill-advised support for the "appropriation prize fund" is they all thought it was a joke.
Did you hear the one about those people who can't use the Whites Only door? They finally got a magazine where they all got to write and, like, one of our own topped it with a piece gutting this whole appropriation thing, and all those people are spouting their usual rage.
Haha. Here's my money.
These are but a few of the raging lunatics screaming for white blood to be spilled. I've seen comments about gargling glass on Twitter.

It seems to me that there is a very unwholesome interest in shutting people up on the part of some. That alone is worth me contributing money to an Appropriation Prize fund.

The Appropriating Phantom

Shut-update! Jonathan Kay is resigning as editor-in-chief of the Canadian magazine The Walrus.

Having perused  The Walrus on occasion,  it is as Lefty a rag as can be imagined, and Jonathan Kay is well hoisted upon his own petard this time.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

How dare you write that!!!

Seen at Small Dead Animals (as usual, because Kate never sleeps) we have this morning's outrage and five-minute-hate.

The editor of the Writers' Union of Canada's magazine has resigned after complaints over an article he wrote in which he said he doesn't believe in cultural appropriation.

Hal Niedzviecki, editor of Write — a publication for the union's members — published an opinion piece in the spring 2017 issue titled "Writer's Prompt." In the article, in an issue dedicated to indigenous writing, Niedzviecki wrote: "In my opinion, anyone, anywhere, should be encouraged to imagine other peoples, other cultures, other identities.

"I'd go so far as to say there should even be an award for doing so — the Appropriation Prize for best book by an author who writes about people who aren't even remotely like her or him."

Oh noes! Quick, everyone grovel!

On Wednesday, the Writer's Union of Canada issued an apology for the piece, announcing Niedzviecki's resignation and pledging to review the magazine's policies.

"The Writer's Prompt piece offended and hurt readers, contributors to the magazine and members of the editorial board," said the statement. "We apologize unequivocally. We are in the process of contacting all contributors individually.

That's not enough groveling!

Nikki Reimer, a member of Write magazine's editorial board, announced her resignation in a blog post published to her website on Wednesday. She said she "would have strongly objected to this piece had I seen it prior to publication."

The astute reader will recall Amanda PL the painter had her show cancelled by this same SJW whinging. It is going around, as they say.

Now, the SJWs like to pretend this is supposed to be about protecting the "victims of racist Colonialism" and getting brown people noticed in the arts. (And yes, I'm using the term brown people to be deliberately provocative. Tough.)

Because what is actually occurring is not the promotion of various non-White artists, or the increased display of their work, or grants for them to continue working, or advertising them in the media, or anything like that. Instead, the SJW brigades are censoring artists. Amanda Pl is NOT ALLOWED to paint what she chooses to paint, because the SJWs are using the heckler's veto to scare galleries into cancelling her show. Hal Niedzviecki is NOT ALLOWED to have the opinion he expressed in his column, heckler's veto exercised again.

Because the hecklers are no-talent hacks, and lazy assholes to boot. They couldn't organize a two man rush on a three hole shit house, much less a gallery showing of their favorite artists. Also, their writing is crap and it is not selling. At all. Much easier to whine 128 characters at a time on your phone, from the bar, than do something constructive.

At some point, probably pretty soon, the likes of the Writer's Union and the gallery set will grow very wearing of groveling to the SJWs every week, over some new imagined outrage. The hecklers will be shown the door, and that will be that.

In the meantime, I'm having fun mocking them. Popcorn is hot, beer is cold, got my feet up and I'm loving the show.

The Phantom