Saturday, July 21, 2018

Apply the Same Rules to James Gunn

If you were on Twitter yesterday (where else?), you probably heard about the James Gunn controversy. It turns out the dude, who's the creator and director of "Guardians of the Galaxy," posted thousands of tweets (allegedly jokingly) promoting pedophilia, sexual assault, and other racist or taboo comments.

He's now been fired by the Walt Disney Company. See the Wrap, "Disney Drops James Gunn From 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Franchise After Offensive Tweets."

A number of conservatives were defending Gunn, saying that he shouldn't have been fired for offensive tweets. Personally, I'm glad he was fired. We're in an attack culture. Gunn was apparently a vicious member of "the resistance" against President Trump. I see no reason to carve out an exception for someone like this when conservatives are constantly harassed, deplatformed, fired, and demonetized simply for expressing conservative viewpoints. And as someone whose personal livelihood (and person) was viciously attacked by diabolical leftists for years, I'm still in the war mode. Fuck 'em.

In any case, AoSHQ, who is no longer posting on Twitter, wrote a series of posts yesterday about the story.

See, "Marvel/Disney Director James Gunn in Twitter Flap." And especially this part:
What complicates this, of course, is that Disney fired Roseanne Barr for making a joke that the left claimed was racist, but will not, I assume, fire James Gunn for making pedophilia jokes.

Incidentally, I believe both Roseanne Bar and James Gunn. I think Roseanne Barr did not know Valerie Jarrett was black for a simple reason: Because I didn't know that myself.

She says she assumed Jarrett was Iranian; I believe that, because I assumed that too. I always heard of Valerie Jarrett's family's close relations to Iran; I assumed that meant they were Iranian.

I also think James Gunn was just making a lot of edgy jokes.

But Disney did fire Barr -- so should Gunn be spared the Social Justice whip?

Although one might say two wrongs don't make a right, let me explain the wrong I care about avoiding: the wrong in which liberals are permitted to say whatever they like without consequence, but where I will be fired and hounded out of civil society for saying the same sort of thing.

I will not put up with that, and yeah, I think I'll demand a bullshit firing of James Gunn, because I will insist on the #SameRules applying to both liberals and myself.

So yeah, fire this pedo-normalizing monster.
Also, "Report: James Gunn Fired from Guardians of the Galaxy," and "I Was Wrong. James Gunn Was a Scalp-Hunting SJW Himself."

Note that Ace is being entirely consistent with his earlier position on attack politics and its consequences. Go back to this post from last year, "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum -- Again":
It is imperative we begin emulating the left in its tactics.

A couple of years ago, I suggested a completely different strategy: I wanted to pursue a kinder path. I wanted an end to the speech wars and social media mobs and boycotts and all the rest of it.

But that path has been tried, and it has failed. Passive resistance -- moral resistance -- can only work when dealing with opponents with morality and honor, or who, at least, see you as more than subhuman.

Gandhi's tactics would not have worked had India been colonized by, say, China.

Many on the right, or even liberals who lean to the left but who still hold to classic liberal traditions, have called, endlessly, for an end to the Speech Wars.

That failed.

We've been trying this for years. Two or three years in my own case.

Has this sweet music of reason had any positive effect of soothing the passions of the beast?

Well, watch this video of the Empowered Mob demanding more firings at Evergreen college last week, and tell me the path of merely condemning mob lunacy is having any effect at all.

The Empowered, Privileged Mob demanded -- demanded! -- that white people absent themselves from their space, and this is what happened to those who said, "No, that's racist, and teaching class is my job."

Embarrassed by their own repulsive behavior, the Privileged Mob is now demanding -- demanding! again, like emotionally unstable toddlers -- that this video be taken down and that consequences be visited on whoever "stole" it.

This is not working.

People calling for an end to the Speech Wars have a good end in mind -- most people would just love it if not every single minor consumer transaction were not politicized, if not every single public faux pas were not a call to the Social Justice Wolves to come and feed -- but the current strategy, championed by most who want to get to this end-point, is not working.

The dispute I have with them now is not over their preferred end-state -- I deeply desire the end-state they seek, where people actually have freedom to think and speak as they want, and not every fucking mundane movie-ticket purchase is either a Cause or a Crisis -- but the current policy of "unilateral disarmament, and hope that the Monster Babies will learn from our example" is a total, dismal, catastrophic failure.

In order to learn at all, it is required that someone first believe that he has anything to learn at all, and we know that progressives do not see conservatives as people from whom anything can be learned -- they see us as subhumans to be re-educated and reconstructed into civilized savages who at least won't embarrass them as we tend their gardens...

And note that it's Mike Cernovich who really did the work to bring this guy down. At the Wrap, "Meet Mike Cernovich, the Right-Wing Provocateur Who Got James Gunn Fired."

And on Twitter below: