December 21, 2013

John Scalzi joins the ranks along with the snooty comicbook writers

As I noted in our post yesterday, writer/blogger Ed Trimnell had an experience with scifi author John Scalzi much like I (and Doug Ernst, and Avi Green) have had with several comicbook writers.

Today, Trimnell has still more following some e-mail queries as to whether he was going to "force [Scalzi] out into the open." Ed, of course, says "no" (that isn't his concern, after all), but what was interesting is that he links to an article by "Mrs. Instapundit," Helen Smith, regarding Scalzi's treatise from earlier this year in which he says "white guys have it so easy." I was unaware of Dr. Helen's post at the time, but it's telling she wrote about it because Scalzi and her husband, Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds, are supposed to be pals. At any rate, Helen wrote of Scalzi's conclusion:

I say “bullshit.” Straight white men are today’s whipping boy. Scalzi’s fawning commenters start out telling him how brilliant his little essay is while this Uncle Tim and some (but not all–some commenters fight back) of his sycophants eat it up.

In my upcoming book with Encounter Publishing entitled “Male Strike: Why Society’s War Against Men is Suicidal and What to Do About It,” I discuss these Uncle Tim types (those who put down other men) whose life is made easier by pandering to women and other men who are either Uncle Tims themselves or White Knights trying to save a damsel in distress. There is always a benefit to putting down straight white males. What’s yours, Scalzi?

She links to this site, which has a very good response to the author as well. Best line from it?

But the problem with Scalzi's piece isn't his metaphor or his condescension: it's their implication. SWMs (straight white males) must be properly silent and guilty for who they are, or they're assholes. Expendable.

Personally, I have less of an issue with Scalzi's [questionable] point(s) than with his condescension and snark. Like the usual comicbook cadre, I truly am at a loss to figure why these folks act the way they do when their career depends upon selling their wares to the public. Such relies on public goodwill and relations. As I've said ad nauseam, why in the world would anyone patronize a person who spits in your face?? I've bought all of Scalzi's Old Man's War novels, including the latest, The Human Division. But y'know what? That's probably the last one I'll purchase. Even if Scalzi wrote something that was WAY out there (say, like Communism is the greatest governmental system in the history of man), I'd still be inclined to buy his stuff ... as long as he treated those who disagree with him politely and amicably. Or, just ignored them.

And I know I've said this before, too: Is it because guys like Scalzi have "made it" that they don't care anymore -- about how they come across to the public? I mean, unlike comicbooks, which is a slowly dying medium (and may explain why guys like Ron Marz act the way they do online), science fiction novels, it seems to me, will continue to flourish for quite some time.

I just don't get it.

Posted by Hube at December 21, 2013 11:22 AM | TrackBack

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Scalzi's childish actions online (he also abused his position as SFWA head to attack fellow authors that he and one of his cronies deemed to be "sexist.") have disgusted me to the point that I will NEVER buy any of his books.

His most recent novel, Redshirts, apparently won a Hugo Award, even though it was basically just glorified Star Trek fanfiction.

Posted by: Carl at December 21, 2013 06:35 PM

Trimnell tells us to NOT boycott Scalzi, or anyone else, with whom we disagree:

I'll have to disagree with Trimnell on that one, I'm afraid.

Posted by: Hube at December 21, 2013 06:48 PM

Scalzi also demanded that science fiction conventions that invite him as a guest implement sensitivity, etc. policies that would open them up to huge lawsuits if enforced. He even started a movement to that effect among his peers.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at December 21, 2013 08:06 PM

I hadn't heard that one, Jeff. Unreal.

Posted by: Hube at December 22, 2013 08:15 AM

Unreal indeed. I'm not a convention goer, but I would not want to go one that was frequented by or knuckled down to Scalzi's politically correct demands, that's for sure.

Posted by: Carl at December 28, 2013 08:51 PM