It’s okay, John C. Wright, you’re pretty too. 16

Remember this fucking guy? He has done a public flounce from SFWA now. It’s delightfully pompous as flounces go, and I highly recommend it if you need a dose of evil glee to round out your Monday. (Though I am forced to wonder why someone who seems so enamored of strict gender roles has decided to emulate a stereotypical teenaged girl, albeit one armed with a thesaurus and a King James Bible.) No idea why the flounce occurred today of all days, as SFWA has been nicely quiet for some time.

My best guess is

  1. Mr. Wright is jealous that the other super misogynistic embarrassment to science fiction (you know, Theodore Beale) is getting all the attention and desperately wants the cute girl whose parents gave her a mustang for Christmas the internet to pay attention to him and validate his outrage.
  2. Mr. Wright’s membership is up and he decided to not renew in the most flamboyant way he could find without shelling out the money for a sky writer.
  3. A confluence of luck that made both happen at the same time?

(Dear people who keep trying to blame the syphilitic outbreak on the Hugos on SFWA, get it straight. We give out the Nebulas. Address your complaints to WSFS, and then buy a supporting membership in Loncon 3 so you can vote. Because that’s how the Hugos work. SFWA has nothing to do with it. And I hope Mr. Wright knows that considering he was until today a member of the organization.)

There isn’t really that much to say other than the evil belly laugh for which hairy-legged feminists like myself are renowned, the sound of which causes agony to all good god-fearing men. Well, other than to point out a couple things in his florid love letter to his own ego that he really should be ashamed of typing. You know. If shame is a thing he does.

Instead of enhancing the prestige of the genre, the leadership seems bent on holding us up to the jeers of all fair-minded men by behaving as gossips, whiners, and petty totalitarians, and by supporting a political agenda irrelevant to science fiction.

Sorry dude, if you have a problem with gossips and whiners, you really shouldn’t have typed out that entire letter there and posted it on the internet.

Instead of men who treat each other with professionalism and respect, I find a mob of perpetually outraged gray-haired juveniles.

I really wish you guys would get your internet persecution complexes straight. I thought we were The Young. (DAH DAH DAAAAAAAAAH!) Now we’re gray-haired juveniles? Did we have a terribly dye job accident? Also, the fact that Wright again and again talks about men and completely ignores the fact that there are people of all genders in the org makes me INCREDIBLY glad the door isn’t hitting him on the ass on the way out.

But all of this is honestly just mockery on my part, and really has no meaning beyond me just being a jerk for the sake of being a jerk. Mr. Wright can be upset that women are allowed to speak in public or whatever has his ass in a twist and it really does not matter in the long run. Except for this one right here, and this is where I draw the line:

Instead of receiving aid to my writing career, I find organized attempts to harass my readers and hurt my sales figures.

Does he provide any evidence for this? No. And I will flatly state as a member of SFWA who frequents the message boards, I have not heard word one of even a breath of an idea that could even begin to approach the hint of the shadow of  anything of this nature. Mr. Wright further states in an addendum to the letter that he will not be providing any evidence because he’s totally a professional, and professionals don’t kiss and tell provide evidence for their accusations.

This is bullshit. And is also commonly magical internet speak for “uh oh I don’t actually have any evidence oh shit just pretend to be taking the high road and hope no one notices!” And the more I think about it, the more it just flat fucking pisses me off. It’s all fun and casual taunting games until someone makes an accusation that can actually be supported with evidence.

If this is an actual real thing that has happened, it needs to be stopped. Because going after someone’s readers and harassment is never okay, whether you like the person involved or not. But considering the nature of the rest of the letter, unless he has evidence of this organized harassment of his readers with the intention of hurting his sales figures, Mr. Wright would be far worse than a man in love with his own persecution complex. He would be a liar. The rest of his complaints are the standard differences of opinion, and they are what they are, agree or not. This one is an actual accusation, and as such should be backed up with actual facts if he wants to have any hope of credibility.

Or as we say on the internet: Deets or GTFO.

ETA 4/29: Apparently SFWA requested evidence as well and Mr. Wright was too much of a “gentleman” to provide it.

And Steven Gould, president of SFWA, had a few things to say about these accusations, which includes both his personal opinions and notes on SFWA policy.

And the flounce continues!

16 thoughts on “It’s okay, John C. Wright, you’re pretty too.

  1. Reply Natalie L. Apr 28,2014 20:00

    /wipes away a tear. This is beautiful. And indeed: Deets or GTFO.

  2. Reply untiligettoseeyou Apr 28,2014 20:07

    He doesn’t care about credibility or evidence, because he knows his fans will bend over and suck his dick no matter what he says and that all those evil women and those awful emasculated men are just trying to oppress him as a male writer.

  3. Reply emily Apr 28,2014 20:37

    does he get extra points for including “jihad”, “orwellian”, and “hellish” all in one sentence?

    should be a new type of godwin there.

    • Reply Rachael Apr 28,2014 20:38

      Seriously. I just couldn’t do anything but laugh. But we are both hellish hell things from hell!!!!!!! HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Reply Cynthia Gonsalves Apr 29,2014 12:56

      Hell, add two more ones and you hit bingo!

  4. Reply Andrew Barton (@ActsofAndrewB) Apr 28,2014 23:48

    Paging through the replies to that post, I see that the esteemed Mr. Wright lets it be known that the REAL reason VD was kicked was that the A in SFWA now apparently stands for “Anti-conservative Antichristian.” Shucks, you learn something new and diametrically opposite to the facts that you were in a position to observe every day!

  5. Reply Michal Apr 28,2014 23:53

    Two words: Good Riddance.

  6. Reply Jason K. Burnett (@jasonkburnett) Apr 29,2014 08:59

    I’d never heard of John C. Wright before, and now I hope I never hear from him again.

    You, on the other hand, have just gained a new fan.

  7. Reply Cynthia Gonsalves Apr 29,2014 12:55

    Oh, this is a piece of awesome and win. I hope the door *does* hit him in the ass on the way out.

  8. Reply karisperring Apr 29,2014 17:21

    I don’t think Orwell was on the side of the political spectrum that Mr Wright seems to think he was…
    It fascinates me how right wingers like to appropriate from the left in this way, without any apparent sense of irony. I wonder he realises that the prescriptivism Orwell was criticising is currently far more present in the rhetoric of the right?
    Wonderful article by you here; thank you!

  9. Reply Clark Wierda Apr 29,2014 18:46

    I’m with Jason here. My wife and I are the exception to the adage that even bad publicity is better than no publicity. We remember the name and why we remember it.

    Well said. Also true of the linked, well justified, rant.

  10. Reply Paula Helm Murray Apr 29,2014 21:07

    I’m a member. I am kind of staying out of it, but watching with lots of popcorn and a refreshing fizzy beverage.

  11. Reply delagar May 3,2014 13:55

    I also had never heard of John Wright until he wrote that endless screed about how women characters should be strong through their girliness. I then tried to read some of his fiction (the portion that was available free through Amazon): it’s as unreadable as his blog.

    tl;dr He’s no loss to SFWA.

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