If you’ve been paying attention to the Sad Puppies campaign or the Hugo imbroglio generally, you have probably seen some of the invective spewed by Tor employees at the Puppies. If you haven’t, here’s the Cliffs Notes.
The Nielsen-Haydens have been infamous for years now for attacking anyone who disagrees with their radical brand of “social justice,” and fellow Tor senior editor Moshe Feder has said some pretty despicable things too. John Scalzi has been viciously attacking anyone who won’t fall in line with the SJWs for years on his blog and Twitter, including me personally.
The real tipping point for many, though, was the Facebook post by Irene Gallo. If you’ve been following, you’ve seen it. Ms. Gallo took a little swipe at the Puppies in the post promoting a Tor product and, when asked what she was talking about, proceeded to label the Puppies racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic neo-nazis. Gallo included Tor authors in this attack, including John C. Wright, for whom she’d designed covers in the past.
Predictably, there was some major blowback. Gallo posted a non-apology, and Tom Doherty posted a statement distancing the company from Gallo’s comments. Doherty also made it a point to say that the Puppies are not in fact baby eating Moloch worshippers from the deepest pits of Hell, predictably inflaming the SJW crowd.
The problem, as most of the Puppies see it, is that Ms. Gallo did not apologize for her comments, or retract them. Instead, she apologized for our reaction to the comments, and reiterated that she doesn’t speak for Tor.
That has been the extent of Tor addressing the issue. Four senior editors (one apparently former) and an author who just signed a multi-million dollar book deal with the company continuously spew bile and profanity at the Puppies, treading as close as possible to the line of libel to try to paint us as, literally, Nazis.
I presume I don’t have to remind anybody what Godwin’s Law states.
Well, we’ve had enough. Many who have been involved in the Puppy movements have been grumbling about not buying more books from Tor. Peter Grant, a man who has in fact fought against actual neo-nazis, called for a deadline. Give us a real apology, or else.
Well, it’s time for what else.
Yesterday, Mr. Grant issued a call for a boycott of Tor books.
I echo that call.
Clearly, Tor as a company hasn’t felt nearly enough pressure to clamp down on this despicable behavior. The vicious attack dog element within the company has been given free reign for far too long. Attacking your customer base directly with demonstrably false assertions would be enough to get someone fired at a restaurant, a law firm, a hotel chain, a car dealership, or a book store. A book publisher should be no different, particularly when their employees are using their platform within the company to defame customers. Brendan Eich was hounded out of his position for far less, and his actions were not in public.
It’s been no secret that L.E. Modesitt, Jr. is one of my favorite authors, and has been for a long time. I’m a couple books behind in the Recluce series, and now I won’t be catching up – until Tor takes action. Please, Tor, rid yourselves of the cancers that are currently damaging your brand.
There is plenty of evidence that they’ve been lying to you internally, if in fact they are telling you that those of use who’ve been e-mailing the company are bots as has been rumored.
There is plenty of evidence that they won’t stop, and even though they are now careful to state they don’t speak for Tor, without their positions they wouldn’t have nearly the platform or audience they do. These people are trading on the status the company gave them to trash the customer base, and the authors who actually produce the work.
The originator of the Sad Puppies movement, the International Lord of Hate Larry Correia, has come out and said he does not endorse the boycott. I reiterate – I do. Those of us on the Puppy side have taken enough abuse from the other side, and it’s time we hit them in the wallet.
If someone starts a fight and you don’t fight back, you lose. They started it years ago. Now is time to fight back.