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A quick note to those on a Puppy Slate

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[Edit to add a clarification/tl;dr: from the comments]

TL;DR: Hey, nominees, your silence is being read as agreement with everything that Brad and Vox and Wright are saying. If you don't agree with that, you probably should say so.

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Hi.  I know some of you, some I don't. 

I do not particularly care at this point if you knew what was going on when you got on a Puppy slate. And I'm not going to ask that you withdraw. 

I am going to ask that you take a stand. 

Because it is pretty clear at this point that the leaders of the Puppies will try to speak for you (as Juliette Wade discovered here:
http://file770.com/?p=22293&cpage=2#comment-256184 ).

And this creates a problem for you. 

Because the head Puppies (and Mr. Wright) are espousing some pretty hateful stuff.  

And yes, Brad, it's now documented that "[you] don’t mind being linked to Vox, because I don’t hate and fear Vox like a little schoolgirl who’s been stung by a wasp.”, so when Vox asserts “White American men simply don’t rape these days. At this point, unless a womann [sic] claims it was committed by a black or Hispanic man she didn’t previously know, all claims of rape, especially by a college woman, have to be considered intrinsically suspect.”, that means you don't mind being linked to that kind of racist crap. 

Though Torgenson has gone off the rails a bit as well. 

Which brings us back to the other people on the Puppy slate. 

I'm not asking you to withdraw your nomination.

I am asking you to take a stand against the racism and sexism and homophobia that the most visible Puppies seem to enjoy (or enjoy being linked to).

Not some feeble "let's all get along" speech, but simply taking the time to denounce racism, sexism, transphobia, and homophobia.

Because right now, whether you like it or not, you are linked to racism, sexism, transphobia, and homophobia.

And in this case, silence means that you're okay with that.

2 comments :

Pedro TerĂ¡n said...

Look, what you're saying here is: "That Torgerson [sic] guy fails to submit to my wishes even when retaliated with vitriolic vilification. I'll let the nominees know that, since that's not working, I'm moving on to them."

Do you really not have something less embarrassing to say?

Steven Saus said...

No, that's not what I'm saying.

I'm saying "Hey, nominees, your silence is being read as agreement with everything that Brad and Vox and Wright are saying. If you don't agree with that, you probably should say so."

As mentioned, I personally know some of the nominees. If they do agree - or don't care that their name is being associated with the most extreme things those three are saying - that's their choice. My opinion of some people will plummet a bit, but they may not care about that. That's their choice.

I'll post the above clarification as an edit for those who don't read the whole thing.