Okay, so in doing research to respond to some of the readers of my flash fiction story We Don’t Want Your Kind Here, I had to revisit my essay Who is a Nazi and Why Should I Care?. This led me to search the #WorldCon76 and #WorldCon2018 twitter hashtags for any mention of Nazis, which led me to this twitter conversation by Patrick S. Tomlinson (here’s one of his books on Amazon), and the screenshots below:
Yeah, what a great guy, huh (However, if the allegation that the protesters deliberately were blocking access to a bloodmobile was true, I’d have a problem with it, too)?
I posted the link to the full thread above but here it is again (TLDR). I find it mind-boggling that people who consider themselves “the good guys,” leftists and progressives dedicated to protecting and promoting disadvantaged populations (among other things), can so easily turn around and express hostility and downright hatred, just because there are (gasp) other people on Earth who may disagree with their viewpoint.
Incidentally, as my “Nazis” article states, the people being accused of being Nazis are not actually Nazis. To find out why they were protesting, read Jon DelArroz’s blog post (and this guy is so unpopular, that just after he bought his ticket at WorldCon, he was personally ejected from the event).
I’ve read all of the criticisms against Mr. DelArroz, but usually the punishment comes after the crime, and merely buying a ticket isn’t a crime (okay, he did say he was going to videotape all of his interactions at the Con, but that was more for his protection, especially since another unpopular commentator was physically attacked at a Con).
Look, I get that there are extreme viewpoints at both ends of the spectrum, but those of us in the middle are caught in the crossfire. Yes, I’m conservative (but the word doesn’t have one hardcoded definition), and religious (same disclaimer), and male, white, old (past age 60), a Dad, a Grandpa, married to the same woman for over 35 years, live in Idaho, cisgender, straight, claim standard personal pronouns, you name it. Absolutely none of that makes me a Nazi.
And yet, I can only believe, if Mr. Tomlinson and his ilk had their way, my fictional story We Don’t Want Your Kind Here wouldn’t be fictional.
Oh, I have no idea if some of the reviews of Tomlinson’s book (I posted a link to it above) are fake, but as I write this, 40% of them are one star. Even if I knew Tomlinson and personally disliked him (right now, I just dislike how he characterizes people he disagrees with on twitter), I’d still write an honest review of his work (though I’m hardly motivated to add to this person’s income by purchasing a copy of his book).
I’ve heard it’s pretty hard to “game” Amazon reviews, but to be fair (because unlike some people, I actually try to be fair), here’s an article called How to spot fake Amazon reviews.
I really need to take a break from the twitteratti haters for my own peace of mind. That said, I’ll probably post a link to this blog post on twitter. I really dislike bullies, and in my opinion, Mr. Tomlinson qualifies for the role.