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Author Topic: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled  (Read 2087 times)

Zalman

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Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« on: May 24, 2022, 07:03:48 AM »
Mercedes Lackey forgot to use the preposition "of" when referring to People of Color, and is now being cancelled by the The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (who are apparently still allowed to call her a Grand Master ...)
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Re: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2022, 07:57:49 AM »
Commented on this over in the 'Turning the corner on woke' thread.

It's sad, but the parable about the frog and the scorpion springs to mind.

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Re: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2022, 12:57:48 PM »
Performative justice is not justice, and yet here we are. Dancing before the authorities. Shucking and jiving to a tune that makes no sense except to perform before the cultural masters.

We are creating cultural authoritarianism out of pronouns and prepositional phrases.
What a fascinating modern age we live in.

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Re: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2022, 05:29:38 PM »
Does the NAACP know of her incredibly vile action???

Somebody call the UNCF pronto! We need their opinion as well!!

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Re: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2022, 08:56:57 PM »
This is why I'm leery of trying to get published nowadays. Publishing houses have been taken over by identity politics. I feel like I'd have to write most of my cast as disabled transwomen of color to have any hope of getting published, even if identity is completely irrelevant to the content. But even if I did, I'm afraid that I'd be damned anyway by the #ownvoices crowd for not being a disabled transwoman of color myself or otherwise attacked for failing to meet arbitrary purity tests. I could try writing all my characters as hermaphroditic purple cat people, but I'm worried that will attract furries and get my work an undesirable reputation that way.

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Re: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2022, 10:25:30 PM »
I'm seeing a lot of people have a reasonable level of success with self-publishing. Not superstars, but not vanishing into obscurity either.

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Re: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2022, 02:57:31 AM »
Self-publishing and self-promotion is the way in the age of POD and Kindle.

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Re: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2022, 04:31:23 AM »
Self-publishing and self-promotion is the way in the age of POD and Kindle.

Yes, nowadays it's easier to publish and distribute your works than at any other time in history. I also wonder whether the West will eventually go the way of China, where web novels are all the rage. Even many Chinese series and movies are now based on web novels. 

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Re: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2022, 06:01:57 AM »
Jesus fucking Christ don't these idiots know what NAACP stands for?

On the same  page I looked up it had a link about the trannies (yeah, I know, offensive term. ) trying to get bill Maher cancelled.
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Re: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2022, 09:50:54 PM »
Mercedes Lackey is one of the people who pushed this into the hobby, so I don't have much sympathy from her in that respect.

It is obscene that these people aren't even willing to give an old woman who lived through their ever-changing language poisoning the good faith to assume she just misspoke. But then these people were always evil.

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Re: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2022, 08:05:10 AM »
Mercedes Lackey is one of the people who pushed this into the hobby, so I don't have much sympathy from her in that respect.

It is obscene that these people aren't even willing to give an old woman who lived through their ever-changing language poisoning the good faith to assume she just misspoke. But then these people were always evil.
Yeah, considering Lackey's role in this, it's hard to feel full throated sympathy.

That being said, your second line bears some thought: 'good faith' in analysis. They naturally jumped to the conclusion, despite Lackey's long history, that she was racist.

I have two takeaways here: one, it's the same as the policy on TBP with 'the onus is on the poster', which means anyone can interpret anything posted to be offensive. And two, it's indicative of the mentality of these twits. Specifically, the addictive nature of social justice outrage. They gotta get their fix, which means flipping out at anyone and everyone.

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Re: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2022, 06:29:27 PM »
Its sad really. Kat spent a night over at Mercedes place way back on a long emergency trip.

But yeah. Mercedes courted these nuts and got exactly what everyone else who does gets. Stabbed in the back because there is no limit to what these sociopaths can hallucinate as offensive.

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Re: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2022, 07:12:05 PM »
But yeah. Mercedes courted these nuts and got exactly what everyone else who does gets. Stabbed in the back because there is no limit to what these sociopaths can hallucinate as offensive.

I was clicking around to see what Mercedes Lackey actually said and stumbled upon her Facebook account. Holy crap that woman is balls deep in this whole identity nonsense. Afterwards, I went through my bookself to tossed* all her books. I could only find four but I'm sure there are more in a box somewhere.


* I recycled them. I'm not a monster.

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Re: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2022, 09:11:33 PM »
The only Mercedes Lackey book I read was one about a were-coyote who had werewolves thirsting after her because she was the only person who could carry werewolf pups to term. Yes, that is an actual plot point.

That will never stop being creepy af. The worst part is that "the heroine is only woman who can carry my offspring" is apparently a well trod cliché in paranormal romance novels.

It sounds misogynistic af. Like The Handmaid's Tale but it's supposed to be sexy rather than horrifying.

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Re: Mercedes Lackey Cancelled
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2022, 10:00:36 AM »
I'm quite sure you're talking about Patricia Briggs "Mercedes Thompson" series.
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