I retired from my efforts on this blog over a month ago when Lucasfilm fired Gina Carano. Quite honestly, if people can’t see that Lucasfilm is not a company that anyone should patron after that, then there isn’t anything that I could write or point out to convince them otherwise. So it seemed like a good book end to close this blog and move on to other things. 3 years of this was enough for me.
But now I’ve been pulled out of retirement to address current matters.
By now we’ve all seen the libelous article published by Rewriting Ripley, which falsely accuses myself and many YouTubers of being racist, misogynist, alt-right white supremacists. Mainly because we didn’t like The Last Jedi.
It really was only a matter of time before someone did a hit piece on this blog and attempted to falsely smear me as a “white supremacist” even though I can’t stand genuine racists, and have stated multiple times on this blog how science tells us that there isn’t any such thing as separate human races. That’s hardly a rallying cry for white supremacy. Racism and bigotry is always wrong, no matter who it comes from, or who its aimed at. But, people who criticize Disney Star Wars are routinely and falsely demonized by organized activists in the media and by those within Lucasfilm itself as racists, misogynists, and worse. They make claims of “harassment” when people respond to their public tweets, while simultaneously calling their own organized responses to others and mass flagging operations as “activism.”
They point to this tweet I made as some sort of evidence of their claims:
It should be noted, that this event on January 6th came after nearly a year of watching Antifa “activists” burning American cities and intimidating citizens with fear and violence, in acts that echoed the Chinese Red Guard of the 1960s.
So it felt like someone was punching back.
It should also be noted, that I made that tweet when I first heard of the protests at the capital, and didn’t know that it would escalate the way that it did. I thought it would be another incident where protesters would eventually get their ass handed to them by police and security, because we’ve seen that happen before.
Additionally, Proud Boys have nothing to do with white supremacy. If you read their tenets, they clearly state “anti-racism,” and the organization itself is multi-racial. It’s a fraternal organization. The main tenet I disagree with is closed borders, because I support immigration. Again, not very white supremacist of me.
They claim that my Geeker Gate article is about keeping diversity out of fandom, but it really has nothing to do with diversity or the lack of it at all. It’s about keeping a medieval mob mentality at bay, and most of those who subscribe to it are white themselves.
So the claims in the article are pure hogwash.
But none of this is about the matters on the surface. This is about the need for control over the lives of others. It’s ironic that those who give all of the lip service about evil “fascists” unknowingly engage in quintessentially fascist behavior themselves. Because that’s what fascism is; the need for control over others, especially their speech. They don’t have control of the conversation, and they’re angry about it.
Even through all of this, I didn’t have much of a problem with Rewriting Ripley’s article because it stuck to the issues. I’m fine with people expressing perspectives that oppose my own. So when I posted this, I meant it:
I believe in punching back in some cases, but they did not publish anyone’s private information, so there was no need to do this to them. I even attempted to show that my statement was in good faith by deleting my blog as @RewritingRipley requested. But none of them accepted the gesture so I brought it back.
Others online are claiming that I have doxxed them in the same fashion, or that I sent them nasty emails, or that I’ve been running this blog for 6 or 7 years. All of those claims are false. This blog didn’t even exist until after The Last Jedi was released to theaters. Still others are attempting to blame me for the doxxing that others have done. I have never published the private home/work addresses, phone numbers, emails addys, or full names on this blog.
Although now, some are speculating that the women of Rewriting Ripley deliberately put their names in their podcast, and in their article which they later deleted, to give their opposition enough clues to dox them. And there are curious direct relationships with Lucasfilm, some of which haven’t yet been published. They’ve also been caught using sock puppets to send themselves threats. Clearly they’re willing to lie and fabricate anything to smear their perceived political opposition. If any of this lands in court I suppose we’ll find out the whole truth then.
I was more than happy to retire from my efforts here and walk away from this blog over a month ago. But depending on how things pan out in the future, I may be compelled to post some more.