Roosh V and the other human skidmarks who make up the reactionary “game”-centric wing of the manosphere have finally found something to rally around beyond their shared hatred of women and gays and trans* folks and fatties and people with skin colors different from theirs: they’re taking up the cause of a dude who recently got forced out from a high-profile position at news site Business Insider for loudly expressing his own hatred of … woman and gays and trans* folk and people with a different skin color than him.
Really, about the only manosphere prejudice that former Business Insider CTO Pax Dickinson doesn’t seem to share — and enjoy sharing with the world on Twitter — is a hatred of fatties.
Dickenson found himself the center of a Twitter tempest earlier this week after Valleywag’s Nitasha Tiku wrote a brief piece calling Dickinson a “Tech Bro Nightmare” and quoting some of his more noxious tweets. Among them:
Tiku wondered how BI CEO Henry Blodget felt having Dickinson — whose Twitter profile identified him as CTO of the company and linked to its website — representing his brand. Evidently Blodget asked himself that question as well, and yesterday Dickinson seems to have been forced out of the company.
But it may not have been simply Dickinson’s rape jokes or racism that led to his swift exit from the BI offices. No, what may have sealed Dickinson’s fate were online comments, like the following tweet, which suggested that his troglodyte views on women may have affected his hiring decisions at BI, where he evidently was heavily involved in the hiring process for tech people.
As Ken White pointed out on Popehat:
If anyone ever accused Business Insider and Pax Dickinson of sex discrimination in hiring or firing, or of workplace harassment or discrimination, that tweet would be useful evidence for the plaintiff, and might convince the jury of discriminatory intent on the part of a Business Insider officer whose actions are attributable to his employer. He has a First Amendment right to tweet that and cannot be prosecuted for it. Nor is the tweet, itself, a civil violation. But it’s potentially powerful evidence of how Business Insider is run, and it’s a freakishly reckless thing for an officer of a business to say in public.
Naturally, Dickinson’s manosphere fans were outraged that this so brave speaker of truths was actually facing repercussions for what he was saying on a Twitter account he explicitly linked to his employer.
The odious Matt Forney — evidently a Twitter BFF of Mr. Dickinson — spewed forth a torrent of angry tweets, including this bit of pretzel logic:
Our new friend LaidInNYC offered this thoughtful opinion, focusing on the ethnicity and assumed weight of the Valleywag author:
A few of Dickinson’s defenders professed outrage that he was being taken to task for his “pack of niggers” tweet, pointing out that it was a reference to an infamous angry rant from Mel Gibson.
But the depiction of Dickinson as some kind of civil rights hero is a little less than convincing, given his Twitter friendships with far-right racist bloggers and the uncritical links in his Twitterstream to proudly racist websites like Alternative Right and The Reactivity Place.
Oh, and, you know, stuff like this:
Naturally, the manosphere crusade on behalf of the fallen Dickinson is steeped in the same sort of hatreds that pervade his tweets.
Roosh, for his part, started his attack on Valleywag’s Tiku even before Dickinson left the BI building, tweeting:
Shortly afterwards he noticed that another of Dickinson’s critics — tech entrepreneur/writer Anil Dash — was of South Asian descent, and added him to the hate list, even though Dash’s criticism at that point was one simple tweet noting that Dickinson seemed to be a bit of a misogynistic asshole:
Today Roosh expanded his “case” against the two into a rambling racist rant posted on his blog Return of Kings, accusing them both of anti-white racism
Twisting a sarcastic comment in a 2008 blog post by Dash into putative evidence of racism, Roosh angrily leapt up to defend the honor of his white brothers from the dark-skinned outsider (and American citizen):
Last time I checked, white culture made America, but here we have a man with Indian roots attacking the entire home race. …
While white men aren’t perfect, would you rather live in the USA or India? Sweden or Bangladesh? Australia or Pakistan?
… asked the guy who deserted the United States years ago.
And then Roosh returned to his powerful “you’re just jealous because you can’t get laid” argument — with a side order of racism that sort of becomes the main dish.
In my line of work (teaching men how to fornicate with women), I have noticed a lot of pent-up frustration from Indian men that is directed at white men. The reason? Indian men are jealous that they can’t lay white women, who they pedestalize to heavenly heights. …
In spite of Anil’s apparent success in business, I would bet a month of my income that he is angry at not being able to have sex with pretty white women.
Roosh posted a picture of Dash with an unidentified woman and wrote:
He dates an unattractive half-white woman that fell from the ugly tree and hit at least eight branches on the way down. This man has lots of money and half a million Twitter followers, can easily import a pretty Indian bride through his family connections, but instead settles towards the bottom of the crab bucket. In other words, the fact that he is with a homely white girl instead of a pretty Indian girl (they do exist) is strong proof to his white woman fetish.
Every time I think that Roosh can sink no lower, he sinks lower.
He continued with this strange fantasy:
In comes Pax Dickinson, a fellow tech worker who is okay-looking (no homo), cocky, confident, successful, and white. I have never met Pax, but it’s not hard to imagine Anil happily begging him for his one-night stand leftovers. Anil is resentful of the white man not only for building the West, compared to—say—a Mumbai slum, but also because he can’t come close to getting the type of woman that his business success would give him if he were white.
Roosh then moved on to Nitasha Tiku, taking the “suspected Marxist” to task for criticizing a website called GhettoTracker that, as he put it, ”helped regular people avoid ghetto areas.” Huh. “Regular” people. Not the ones that come in darker shades, I gather.
It’s obvious she hates men, especially white men. It’s amazing that a bonafide misandrist can get a job at the biggest blog network on the internet, denounce whomever she wants, and no one calls the ugly bitch out. …
The irony is that Anil, her partner in Soviet-style denouncement, would never date her because she is Indian, even though they are of the same race, but it’s okay for them to team up and get a white man fired. I suppose in the end it doesn’t matter since she’s a lesbian, and I predict that she’s only one year away from identifying herself as neither a woman or man, as encouraged by the latest liberal trend of declaring yourself to be a gender-neutral carrot, or whatever.
Yes, why not slip some transphobia into this toxic mess? Aside from all the hatred, I have no idea if any of Roosh’s comments about her sexuality have any basis in fact, or if they too — like most of this rant — are entirely the result of his own weird fantasies.
In this drama you have a classic Marxist dyke and a sexually frustrated Indian man joining forces to get a white American man fired within 24 hours. And no one cares besides our perverted corner of the internet.
I wonder why?
Meanwhile, over on Thumotic, the manosphere philosophe known only as Frost suggested that, in an act of revenge against Tiku for writing an article that largely consisted of Dickinson’s own quoted words, men in the tech world should try to ruin her job prospects forever:
She will do anything in her limited to make your life difficult and impede your success in life. Why not return the favour?
The tech industry is run by smart, independent-minded, somewhat nerdy White and Asian guys – in other words, the official public enemies of hyper-sensitive grievance-mongers like Nitasha. Crime-thinking men, public or not, be not above the petty joy of causing trouble for any members of the volunteer thought police who make their way into your life. Feel no guilt over a principled refusal to hire, work for, or award contracts to members of the volunteer thought police.
And then he suggested killing her (possibly hypothetical) cats:
Oh, and if you ever happen to see one of the aging and single Nitasha Tiku’s cats scampering around on the road, remember: In the event of a possible collision with an animal smaller than a moose, experts at the DMV advise not swerving.
Well, I’ll say this: Pax Dickinson has gotten the defenders he deserves.