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


TheOtherSean said...

The Society for Cultural Appropriation (to be confusingly abbreviated as the SCA?) needs to step in to support more of it. "Support Cultural Appropriation!"

The Phantom said...

It could be a department of the Sad Puppies Directorate, one part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

Then it would be VRWC, SPD, SCA Dept.

Sam L. said...

I doubt it will be as soon as you think.

The Phantom said...

That's okay, Sam. I've got lots of popcorn.