Andrew Sullivan on Brendon Eich
I posted yesterday about anti-anti gay bullying with respect to what happened to Brendon Eich and the way he resigned as CEO of Mozilla due to alleged pressure from certain “activists” in the LGBT community. On occasion, I also post about how I sometimes find it interesting that some of my activist peers in the LGBT community preach tolerance and yet at the same time have no tolerance for anyone else. The same people who will call someone a “hater” are so filled with hate themselves they don’t even recognize it. And now gay blogger Andrew Sullivan is basically saying the same thing about what happened with Brendon Eich.
Sullivan wrote on The Dish: ‘The guy who had the gall to express his First Amendment rights and favour Prop 8 in California by donating US$1,000 has just been scalped by some gay activists.’ He continued: ‘Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society.
If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.’
I can take this even further. But I won’t. The message is loud and clear as it stands. And frankly, I’m getting a little sick and tired of these “activist” types myself. I think it’s time they practice the tolerance and diversity they preach. I read something the other day by a gay man that stated if you’re Republican you are automatically a racist. I cringed for him because he’s so stupid, and for anyone out there who thinks all gay people feel that way.
You can read more here. It’s a brilliant post and I’m hoping more posts like this will change the proverbial tides a little. When I posted yesterday on this topic I presented the argument that Eich made a strong political statement with his contribution and he had to pay the consequences, which is true. Sullivan takes it a step further and states that Eich’s right to free speech was targeted because of his beliefs, which is wrong even though it happens all the time nowadays.
I’m getting a little sick and tired as a gay man of these “activists” because they by no means represent me…or my own values and ethics. And I think there are more of us…maybe even the majority…who need to speak up more about it.
Huff Post and Entertainment Weekly Exploiting Writers?
When I posted about Arianna Huffington’s practices of not paying bloggers yesterday I truly did not expect to see this article to which I’m linking now. Evidently, Huffington Post isn’t the only multi-million dollar publication taking on free content from writers, now it seems Entertainment Weekly is doing it, too. And this article by Scott Meslow is calling it shameless exploitation of newbie writers.
To put this in another way, this message Scott Meslow is telling us is what any good literary agent would be saying, too. And in a way, this is just one more reason why we NEED good agents to stand up for us.