Vox Day and the Hugos – Why We Should Just Say No.
Trigger Warning: Racism, sexism, homophobia, rape apologism, some truly heinous stuff. Approach with caution.
Today, the Hugo Award nominations were released. Given how strong a year it was in science fiction as well as for fandom activity, the finalists are ultimately a strong and diverse bunch, although there are notable exclusions. The lack of YA, for example, is glaring given how well science-fiction driven stories have fared in the category recently. Still, there was much to celebrate. Ann Leckie’s universally adored debut Ancillary Justice was nominated for best novel, as was Parasite by Mira Grant, the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire, making this her 4th consecutive nomination at the Hugos. Fan writers such as Mark Oshiro, Foz Meadows and the wonderful Book Smugglers also received much deserved acknowledgement for the great work they’ve put in, and we’re delighted for them all.
Theodore Beale, known best by his pseudonym of Vox Day, is a science-fiction writer and a bigot. He has described homosexuality as a “birth defect” and that others must “help them achieve sexual normality”, claims that “it is absurd to imagine that there is absolutely no link between race and intelligence” and says there is no such thing as marital rape. When author N.K. Jemisin (a woman of colour) called him out in a speech she gave at Continuum in Melbourne, Day responded in terms I can only describe as abhorrent:
“It is not that I, and others, do not view [Jemisin] as human, (although genetic science presently suggests that we are not equally homo sapiens sapiens), it is that we simply do not view her as being fully civilized for the obvious historical reason that she is not… The laws [Stand Your Ground Laws’ are not there to let whites “just shoot people like me, without consequence, as long as they feel threatened by my presence”, those self-defense laws have been put in place to let whites defend their lives and their property from people, like her, who are half-savages engaged in attacking them.”
There you have it. Vox Day dismisses a woman of colour and calls her an uncivilized half-savage who shouldn’t be surprised when she’s shot. This man is a sexist, racist homophobe rape apologist who has the gall to claim he is a victim while dragging good people like Jemisin through the mud for daring to call out his bigotry.
He’s also just been nominated for best novelette at this year’s Hugo Awards.
This man ran to be president of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) and 10% of that organisation’s voters were fine with nominating him. He was eventually expelled from the group, although as this Hugo nomination shows, clearly there is still some level of support for him.
I fully understand the uncomfortable paradox that comes with being a fan of something or someone that is extremely problematic, to say the least. This is nothing new to publishing itself, let alone science-fiction. Orson Scott-Card, anyone? Some of us have the ability to bridge that gap and turn off our brains, allowing us to enjoy the art separate from the artist. However, that’s not what’s going on here. This is essentially the sci-fi community validating the heinous words and actions of Day, even as they took active steps to say No to his bigotry. This is rewarding a man who viciously verbally attacked a woman of colour by implying she should be shot because oh look he’s such a good writer.
This is not on.
There’s only one way to deal with people like Day, who see themselves as above basic human decency, and that is to cut them out of the community like a tumour. Shun them, ignore them, no-platform the hell out of them. Our conventions, our fanzines, our anthologies, our community is not open to people whose racist arguments could have come straight from the mouths of slave-owners.
To do anything less is an insult to those who attacks who we claim to be allies of.
Look I’m a white person
I use a credit card
So racism against asians, blacks, hispanics and others is horrible and should stop, but racism against white people are okay?
In that case, get the fuck back to my rice fields.
tumblr user sparklescrotum weighs in
Bitch you gon call me ugly when you're fuckin BLACK? Lmaoooooo shit son you ugly by default the baby Jesus gave you some bad cards in your hand in the game of life like shit I can be pretty if I don't make faces but you'll always be a dirty jiggaboo. Go find some bleach and lemme know when you fix that nasty complexion of yours. Y'all look like a pile of dog shit. — not-racist-deactivated20140306
lets not play this “game of life”.
I win you lose
Comments on the trailer of the new Annie movie staring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx.
Would you just look at how racism isn’t a thing anymore in today’s society.
Every day, just a little more…
smh white people are insane
"Racism is dead and black people should just get over it."
If white people don’t disappoint you on a regular basis, you are not paying attention….
"Catwoman" Annie? When Eartha Kitt is the iconic Catwoman from the 1960s? SMDH.
That second comment needs it’s own post…
Take 5 minutes to watch this interview of Jesse Williams take on the Michael Dunn trial
If only I could be as polite and civil he was in the interview.
I am studying to become a teacher. I am black and I have natural hair. One of my colleagues found it necessary to pull me aside and inform me that “my current hair situation” just was not professional enough for me to go out to schools on teaching practice and she was surprised my lecturer hadn’t spoken to me about it. She reccommended that I “invest” in whatever the other black girls used because “I was smart enough to take steps to better myself and I’m too pretty for that anyway.” Made me confused, angry.
The cause of racism is often fear of the unknown - lack of knowledge about other cultures. Travel, explore and learn - open your mind.
I will ALWAYS, ALWAYS, reblog this every time it comes up on my blog. This is the BEST statement, I’ve ever seen.
I really love this. So many are dead-set on the view that people cannot better themselves but that simply isn’t true. Everybody deserves a second chance and everybody has the ability to better themselves.
i… really hate this lol
becoming a white liberal doesn’t absolve you of racism
This mindset is so toxic and banal. White people grow up getting taught that racism is caused by the fear of the unknown, when y’all out here summoning spirits and having adventures in the woods, so it’s not fear. Nobody else gets away with that reasoning. If there’s a crime committed by a POC and a white person is the victim, nobody will say it was fear of the unknown. It’ll just be a savage, uncivilized brown person living up to their stereotypes. Racism is caused by the fact that white folks vampire ancestors decided that because they easily burn in the sun that they’re somehow superior to people with more melanin. That’s it. Racism is caused by white supremacy.
Racism is caused by thinking that by being exposed to other cultures is enough to cure racism. It’s thinking that somehow the white man in this comic is the most important in this situation, instead of all the POC he’d hurt in the past, and will continue to hurt in the future because he’s still perpetuating racism. Racism is thinking that ~admiring someone else’s culture absolves racism. All he did was cover up his racism and this is how white liberals convince themselves that they aren’t racist, this special brand of NotMyGrandparents! racism is just as harmful, maybe even more than the extreme obvious KKK brand of racism. Because they will convince themselves that they don’t have these ingrained biases and don’t benefit from the system that was set in place for them to excel.
This is so fucking scary to me, that this is all it take for people to think they’re not racist
White people are childish.
got a racist response while applying to colleges in the uk, and the social justice in me just couldn’t not respond.
ok but like. why do ppl make a point to say “THE SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS WON’T BE HAPPY UNTIL THEY GET A FAT LESBIAN ASIAN GIRL IN A WHEELCHAIR” like that’s some sort of ridiculous extreme when actually that’s ……real people ….ppl like that actually exist what the fuck do you think you’re getting at……….
i want u to look at this Black man’s face in his response to the verdict. that is the pain of all Black people who are enslaved by this corrupt racist system.
That is the face of more than 500 years of racist and capitalist oppression against Black people. the face of all Black people who have been shut out from this unjust system and either imprisoned, tortured, killed, or all three.
that is the face Trayvon would have had if he were here to see that Zimmerman was found not guilty. shit, if Trayvon were alive HE’d be the one charged guilty.
god this is so true and it hurts. these photos hurt me, i am sad for him.
I read the article, but it wasn’t clear about who this man supposedly assaulted and when the supposed assault took place BEFORE the cops shot him.