An Example of Political Poison

Last week I posted my little mini-screed about authors being blatantly open and antagonistic on political lines. I despise it. I despise it from conservatives and I despise it from liberals. It ruins the SFF community, a community that should be about escaping from everyday ugliness and fun.

Today I came across an excellent example of why I hate current politics injected into the writing world. About a year ago I came across a really sweet short story in Asimov’s or Analog Magazine. It was about an AI in prison for murder. I thought the story was a standout in that issue so I looked up the writer. Auston Habershaw. I found his blog, followed him, and enjoyed reading his other work and his weekly blog posts.

I didn’t care if he was  liberal, conservative, monarchist, or flat earth believer. I just enjoyed his stuff. So when I went through my WordPress reader page today I read his latest post as it came up.

That’s when I found out that he considers me an idiot. Dab smack in the middle of his “funny” post was this beautiful insult “Maybe this is the kind of person who turns on Fox News, thinks it’s all true, and votes for Trump. Maybe – just maybe – the tiny demographic who craves or needs or enjoys hosted movies on television are the reason why life is awful and everything is terrible and we’re all going to die of global climate change.”

The truth is, he has the right to say whatever he wants. He has the right to say it’s comedy or sarcasm. But you know what, it still sucks. It’s a partisan attack. A shitty one, with all the recent leaks showing all media being in the DNC’s pocket.

It sucks because it takes somebody like me; very bi-partisan multi-issue voter with nuanced beliefs across the spectrum, and made me feel like I have to defend myself. Am I an idiot for wanting to vote Trump? Is my mother a moron for wanting to vote Hillary? I came for sci-fi fun and now I am on the defensive.

So yeah, it totally sucks. I can’t ever read his novels again or follow his posts because I will always feel partisan from now on. I don’t know if one is an idiot for voting for Trump, but I am absolutely sure that one is an idiot if they give their money and support to people who think they are idiots based on exercising their democratic rights.

(My political viewpoints are not an issue here btw, I live in Japan, I will not be voting.)

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3 thoughts on “An Example of Political Poison

  1. ericfomley

    I’ve had this problem with James A. Moore. I enjoyed his Seven Forges novel, and even have started reading the sequel. But I started following him on FB. But some of the stuff he posts is so political that it simply trashes people of the other party. It’s stupid. I don’t understand why an author wouldn’t respect the opinions of others and just leave politics alone. Let me love your writing without you telling me I’m terrible for believing (blank).

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    1. It just makes me not want to follow blogs sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I am a very outspoken guy known for getting into all sorts of debates. I just like to do it in person where I can explain my nuanced opinions. I have beliefs that span the spectrum and I guarantee you that on at least one topic we disagree. What I will never do is call you dumb, or mock you, or people that think like you. Let alone on my blog, that is focused on fiction, not politics.

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  2. I am sick of seeing politics in the genre fiction community. Like you, I read the books to get away from the ugliness of the real world and the current political crap, I don’t want to see any of it on writers’ blogs and social media. Really sick and tired of it. Activism for a good cause like animal welfare, charity work, disability awareness, reducing pollution are all good and dandy, but the polarized content spewing partisan insults at whatever segments of the society is unacceptable in my book. This is the reason I don’t read non-fiction content from authors like Orson Scott Card and GRRM. One is extreme liberal and the other is extreme conservative and I want none of their politics.

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