If you are into reading Science Fiction you may have heard of the Hugo Awards. They are nominated and voted on by the fans of WorldCon and they are considered to be a prestigious honor. Sadly this may not be the case much longer, as a small cabal of straight white men have gamed the nomination process in a backlash against diversity. Why did they do this? Because liberal “Social Justice Warriors” have conspired against them.
Well Boo freaking Hoo.
You see, in the past several years SciFi has made great strides forward in recognizing the world consists of more than straight white dudes (SWDs). Accordingly, Hugo awards have increasingly nominated writers who looked at the world via a different perspective, and those writers have often won.
You can see what comes next a mile away, can’t you?
Yup, a few SWD writers, deciding that there was some sort of liberal conspiracy at work decided to game the system to get their own writers nominated. They named themselves the Sad Puppies as a satiric take on the ASPCA commercials featuring abused dogs – because animal abuse is absolutely hilarious, don’t you think?
As if that wasn’t bad enough another, more radical faction emerged who called themselves the Rabid Puppies. The leader of this faction is a man by the name of Vox Day (real name Theodore Beale). If you have not heard of Vox Day, consider yourself lucky because there is ample evidence in his own writings that he is a racist, sexist, homophobic pig of the worst order. Some say that’s just a persona he puts on, but at the end of the day if he is out there writing shit like calling a black woman writer “half savage” it doesn’t matter. Anyone who allies themselves with this swine loses all credibility.
Of course several other members of this little (and I do mean little) cabal have denied racism or homophobia play a part in their pity party, they just want to put the fun back into science fiction! According to them Science fiction has become preachy and political and snobbish. Plot and storytelling should come first! Never mind that plot and storytelling go perfectly well with a message of tolerance and diversity, see Octavia Butler if you doubt that. Besides, if it is all about the story, why go there with the hateful “Damn Liburruls” language? Why play the angry white guy card if you’re not a real angry white guy? And WTF is wrong with social justice anyway?