I never thought I'd really be writing stuff here again. I have been out of the industry too long, I've lost my will to live, and aside from the occasional episode of Sword Art Online or Girls und Panzer, I'm not watching much of anything any more. My own take on things really doesn't mean much and no one is reading this anyway. But if I don't actually say something about recent events regarding Wizard World Chicago I am just gonna end up murdering the next person who has their car alarm go off in the middle of the night down the block. (Link is to The Chicago Tribune).
Ug. Remember in the 1980's there was always that one kid's mom who didn't want her precious snowflake to play with any sort of "gun" or "gun looking object" because it was supposed to have some sort of mental effect, so the end result was that kid just getting left out of any games you had where you pretended to be The A-team? Remember how dumb that was in retrospect? Well some sheltered hipster apparently thinks that "guns are bad" and you shouldn't be able to buy a replica one in order to complete your badass Blade Runner cosplay.
One place that politicial shenanigans don't belong is the fandom. Now before you start a slobbering comment along the lines of "OMG how can you even SAY that! Don't you know that Starship Troopers is an allegorical satire of blarg blarg wharrgarble!" Yeah, but that's an artistic work... a singular piece for consumption by those who wish to do so. I'm talking about the fandom, and the fandom is always two things. 1) Fun to hang around in. 2) A mutherfucking business. You know what's bad for business? Yeah, exactly... Letting galvanized ideology that leaves no space for the realities of existing as a business, is a recipe for disaster and sends the message that manufactured out of touch safe-space SJW faux outrage garbage is something that is much more important than your ability to engage in any part of the fandom you choose to, which has always included replica weapons from Han Solo's Greedo-blaster, to whatever the hell this is used for:
To use strong-arm tactics to force a business to withhold access to events from vendors that do things you don't like is something you do when the vendor is NAMBLA or the people who invented the Rage Virus, not to a company that's been filling a demand that is an integral part of cosplay fandom, replica guns. This is something that shouldn't need reiterating in as many forms as possible, but once you see what the source of this mess is, it will unfortunately become obvious why repeating this ad nauseam probably still will fail to get the point across.
This is Matt Santori-Griffith, editor at Comicosity and self-described SJW in his very own words.. He is the one leading the charge to have vendor DS Arms removed from Wizard World Chicago. This is also the photo that appears when you look up the definition of Gentrification and its causes. He probably rails about how bad gentrification is with absolutely zero self-awareness. It requires a lot of privilege to be able to look like that and not have to worry about finding employment. Actually he probably rails about how bad privilege is also, with absolutely zero self-awareness as well, now that I think about it. So this bearded penis walks around thinking "guns are bad" for what is probably a mix of reasons that range from legitimate to ridiculous. He's spent so much time in his little bubble though, that if anything reminds him that guns exist (and therefore reminds him that guns are bad), it must be eliminated from the public sphere and probably stamped out of existence entirely. Doesn't matter what you think, you gave him a feels-bruise and now that which was used as the catalytic instrument of his self-inflicted perturbation, must be eliminated forever and all time.
Much like any SJW he's not interested in actual discourse, but rather simply shutting down any platform they deem unacceptable, the concept of allowing people to be free to choose to patronize or not patronize the business they do not like, is an absurd concept. This unabashed inanity is not even the most grievous of offenses. What is genuinely appalling in this matter is a stated interest in a willingness to fundamentally damage the event and fandom itself, should it not engage in total compliance with their stated necessary behaviors they demand. The SJW are interested in the total destruction of anything, be it an activity, the written word, or the color blue, which cause within them an intellectual counter-resonance of their own perceived reality which is in fact not but a matrix of mental holograms lacking and tangible substance. Any means they have at their disposal, or are able to hijack, will be employed in an effort to completely extinguish counter-revolutionary thought, with no regard to any collateral damage it may cause. For if the ends do not justify the means what does? Yet the notion that "the means" themselves could be unnecessary is treated as blasphemous.
The fact that DS Arms is also a licensed retailer of functional firearms isn't relevant here, because they were not going to be selling any real guns there. If you are going to make some sort of foolish argument that since they make and sell actual guns it doesn't matter if there were no real guns for sale there, then I hope you never have had to get on a Boeing aircraft or use a Halliburton ATM because you just supported their weaponized products by proxy and blah blah blah. See how dumb that sounds now? But SJWs aren't interested in people having freedom to show their approval or disapproval of a business by voting with their dollars, they want absolute enforcement of their agenda. Whether it is being an exclusive arbiter of who is allowed to wear their hair in dreadlocks, or acting as the absolute authority to decide where the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution begins and ends on a college campus, SJWs don't back off when there is blood in the water, they ramp it up as hard as they can.
We can unfortunately expect to see efforts to go even further now that these people know they can force event organizers to do what they specifically want if they jump up and down and scream loud enough like a toddler in the cereal isle. Will convention floors will become covered in the open sores of SJW outrage as they demand that all cosplay be subject to a "cultural appropriation" test? Well college campuses already have, so it's not that much of a stretch. Forget singing any karaoke if it contains any words on the "trigger list" because those aren't allowed now. It's already going on at
This is NOT a joke, they are actually saying this for real.
The SJW types are more than happy to destroy the very thing they are trying to "protect" if it means stamping out any contrary position to their agenda. Fandom is not safe from this kind of thing. Don't think so? Then there's someone I want you to know about:
This is a high school girl, known on the internet for drawing fan-art under the name of Zamii070. If you already know about this, then you know what happened, but for those of you who may have missed it, here is some information relevant to the points we're talking about. Zamii, as all fan artists are like to do, had a favorite group of characters she like to draw, that being characters from Stephen Universe. She looks like crap in that photo because it was taken in the hospital, after a suicide attempt brought on by a relentless barrage of attacks by Tumblr's slobbering SJW hoard. Why did they push a high school girl to the edge of suicide? Because they think she engaged in "cultural appropriation" by drawing a character in a generic Native American type of outfit. If you asked one of these SJWs if it were Anasazi or Lenape culture it was appropriating, do you think they would even know? Of course not, all First-Nation culture is totally the same right? Ug. Oh and she also drew a character being "too thin" ...yeah, apparently that's worthy of spectacular amounts of online harassment.
Now here's what should scare you. When the actual artists of Stephen Universe said "hey how about we try just being nice to people and let them draw what they want" the SJWs turned on them, bemoaning and lamenting how the actual creative staff of a show they professed to love so much, could "betray" them like that. Attacking them for being against their set of absolute human values. Incongruity of though is not met as a learning experience by these people, it is met as a physical attack. It is not the only time that the SJW infested toxic fandom of Stephen Universe decided to shit where it eats. This is what happens when you put social politics in-front of a creative work about sentient stones that can smash themselves together and make weird creatures with 4 arms (and maybe 2 butts... we can only hope).
But you may be saying "oh well that's just Tumblr and Stephen Universe fans have always been terrible." Yes, they're terrible, and full of energy, and lacking direction. They're lacking so much direction that whenever a lightning rod is exposed for them to target their SJW rage at, they don't care if the rod is destroyed in the process. If human dingle-berry Matt Santori-Griffith is any indication, the SJW community has finished with the dead rotting corpse of Tumblr and is now willing to attack anything they can with a absolute fanatical devotion to an engineered social template so strong and destructive, that Robespierre himself would say "woah, that's too intense."
Make no mistake, this awfulness is coming to a convention near you. People like Matt Santori-Griffith call on directionless SJW rage and aim it wherever they damn well please, threatening the specter of not only event boycotts, but the potential for real physical unrest at these these events. The convention is for different segments of the community to socialize in and share ideas that they can use to make nicer and innovative creative works, it is not a place where a deranged few enforce a lockstep of intellectual intolerance regarding anything they don't like. If you put a vegan in charge of a bacon festival, it's going to be terrible for everyone. If you put an SJW in charge of an event which showcases and celebrates creative artistic works, you get thought police.
I haven't written much in a few years. So go back and check out some of the older stuff I've covered. Read the actual date that I wrote it and then ask yourself if I'm usually no good at seeing which way the wind is blowing onto the writing on the wall under the aligning stars.
Enjoy it while it lasts.