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Vox Day: #GamerGate-rs "are the only defenders of freedom and Western civilization who are causing enemy casualties."

But mom, I'm saving Western Civilization
But mom, I’m saving Western Civilization

Is there some sort of contest out there to see who can sing the praises of GamerGate in the most floridly self-important, over-the-top  and un-self-aware manner possible?

If so, we seem to have a new contender: the racist, woman-hating fantasy author and actual adult human being who goes by the name Vox Day, who may have even out-melodramatized 8chan’s pretentious pontificators in a post on his Vox Popoli blog today.

At this point, #GamerGate is about more than games now. It is a Schwerpunkt in the ongoing cultural war for the West. And the gamers of #GamerGate are the only defenders of freedom and Western civilization who are counterattacking and causing enemy casualties. That is why it is more than important, it is vital to see non-gamers joining the cause rather than sneering from the sidelines.

Because if the pinkshirts haven’t come after you and yours yet, they assuredly will so long as you have not submitted to them.

I know that Vox writes terrible fantasy novels for a living. Does he think he lives in one as well?

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the stig
the stig
5 years ago

You know we fucked up somewhere when the last bastion of western civilization is call of duty.

schwadevivre
5 years ago

Theodore Beale has long been known for his abusive attitude and actions. IIRC correctly he has boasted about “cold cocking” (punching without warning) a woman in a martial arts class.

Also check his listing in Fundies say the Darndest Things Vox Day

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
5 years ago

I’d hope he’s lying about that in an attempt to impress his misogynistic little toadies, because randomly punching a fellow student with no warning would get you kicked out of most martial arts classes unless your teacher is the angry blond dude from Karate Kid (ie, fictional).

pallygirl
pallygirl
5 years ago

Maybee, Vox mean to call his website vox propolis, although I don’t notice that his website has any anti-fungal properties.

Lea
Lea
5 years ago

Whatever gamergaters represent, it’s not civilised and it’s not worth saving.

Agreed.

vaiyt
5 years ago

IIRC correctly he has boasted about “cold cocking” (punching without warning) a woman in a martial arts class.

His reaction to N. K. Jemisin addressing sexism in the SFF community was to call her uncivilized, savage and illiterate. Ah, he also implied he should be allowed to shoot her.

Bina
Bina
5 years ago

Melodrama, sense of over-importance and lack of self-awareness from a guy who named himself “voice of God” in Latin, and misspelled the “dei” part? Colour me shocked.
I’m assuming he meant us to pronounce his blog’s title “vox populi”, but fucked that one up, too.

He’s illiterate in seven languages, as my mom would say (in German).

Lea
Lea
5 years ago

It’s apparently an arbitrary division between “us” white, Western, ‘civilised’ people and “them” Asian and Slavic folk, because of 19thC racist imperialism.

I learned something new today.

It makes me think that people who dream of the Good Ol’ Days don’t know much about them.

Bina
Bina
5 years ago

Huh. Last time I looked, the Slavic peoples looked just as European as all the rest. I mean they’re white, they’re often very blond…what arbitrary color bar am I missing here?

Falconer
5 years ago

@samantha:

Oh, and may a thousand sharp-clawed little kitties play with his balls.

*crosses legs* Okay, help me remember never to make you angry.

Falconer
5 years ago

Melodrama, sense of over-importance and lack of self-awareness from a guy who named himself “voice of God” in Latin, and misspelled the “dei” part? Colour me shocked.
I’m assuming he meant us to pronounce his blog’s title “vox populi”, but fucked that one up, too.

Huh, I never noticed that it’s called Vox Popoli. Probably because I haven’t paid that much attention to him away from WHTM.

Falconer
5 years ago

@Bina:

Huh. Last time I looked, the Slavic peoples looked just as European as all the rest. I mean they’re white, they’re often very blond…what arbitrary color bar am I missing here?

When you find it, could you let me know? It’s been puzzling me, too.

HCK
HCK
5 years ago

re: Slavic
Best I can figure it’s an arbitrary distinction (aren’t they all) between Western and Eastern European culture. Western European culture came from the Greeks and Romans (and some less “civilized” groups, but we ignore them), while Eastern European culture (Slavic) came via the Byzantines, Turks and Mongol hordes. (We’re willfully ignoring broad swathes of history here to decipher the distinction. I know how wrong this is.)

Totally tangential, every time I hear Slavic now, I can’t help but think about Donatan & Cleo’s Eurovision entry for Poland last year. Nothing says Slavic pride like a synth rap.

Shiraz
Shiraz
5 years ago

Thanks, strivingally!

GrumpyOldMan
5 years ago

Well, Hitler thought the Slavic peoples were subhuman, and he planned to starve them into extinction and use their land to expand the “Aryan” race. I’m not gonna say or imply that Vox Day is a Nazi, but unquestionably a lot of Nazi ideas have oozed into reactionary/racist “thought”.

GrumpyOldMan
5 years ago

I meant to say: I’m not gonna say or imply that people like Vox Day are Nazis …

Also all the Cold War us vs. them rhetoric tended to established the East-West line at the “Iron Curtain” — the peoples of the Soviet Bloc were largely Slavic.

Jon H
5 years ago

I believe ‘popoli’ is a legit Italian word, and VD lives in Italy. (On the other hand, “Vox” is Latin, so either he’s mixing languages, or the blog’s title should translate to something like “Ted of the people” or “Vox’s people”, or something like that.)

May I never say anything else in defense of him.

Bonelady
Bonelady
5 years ago

He’s making a double pun (he explained this once on the way to disdaining John Scalzi for not somehow figuring it out), based on “voice of god” in Latin/Italian and “voice of Theo” in Latin/Greek because his name is Theodore… Right. I was a Classics major, speaking/reading Latin, Greek, German and French, and I didn’t catch it. Guess I’m as dumb as Scalzi. (Sarcasm)

Day has also accused women of destroying Western Civilization by not marrying men picked out for them by their fathers (I believe there was a post on that here a few years ago). In fact, he is always accusing someone of destroying Western Civilization by not living the way/doing the things that Day thinks are right, It’s kind of boring sometimes.

“Pink-shirts” started out as his term for Science Fiction writers and fandom which tries to be diverse and inclusive – he believes that “blue” science fiction is that written by straight white males, and is the only “true” science fiction. Of course the Science Fiction Writers of America is full of pink-shirts, because they cruelly booted him out for telling the truth about N.K. Jemison (and he claims she started it, by mentioning his loss of the SFWA presidential election) according to his story. He is trying to divide Science Fiction into two camps, the blue shirts and the pink shirts, with the blue shirts winning of course. He constantly claims to be winning the battle and advocates to his blue-shirts that the pursue a scorched earth policy against us woeful pink-shirts and our “necrobestial media” (i.e. he doesn’t like vampire/werewolf urban fantasy).

I’ve been reading his blogs for about 2 years now and he makes me tired – he’s like an evil Energizer Bunny -he keeps hating and hating and hating…

Skye
Skye
5 years ago

May I never say anything else in defense of him

It’s ok. You’re forgiven. 😉

Fibinachi
5 years ago

Necrobestial is the name of my ABBA coverband.

It’s industrial death covers.

Skye
Skye
5 years ago

Bonelady, I want to be as dumb as Scalzi. Is there a school for that? 🙂

As to those who believe true science fiction being written only by straight white males, how do these people square this belief with Shelley? I thought Frankenstein was arguably the first science fiction story.

Falconer
5 years ago

He’s making a double pun (he explained this once on the way to disdaining John Scalzi for not somehow figuring it out), based on “voice of god” in Latin/Italian and “voice of Theo” in Latin/Greek because his name is Theodore… Right. I was a Classics major, speaking/reading Latin, Greek, German and French, and I didn’t catch it. Guess I’m as dumb as Scalzi. (Sarcasm)

I’m not a classics major but I’m pretty sure nor Latin nor Greek calls Theodore “Day” or “Popoli.”

Falconer
5 years ago

@Skye: I’m pretty sure they’d be happy to provide any number of (really weak) reasons why Shelley isn’t a science fiction author.

Either that, or they plop her in with the pink shirts. Hey, there’s been Frankenstein’s Monster romance novels (I’m pretty sure).

Diogenes
Diogenes
5 years ago

Talk about beating a dead horse…

pallygirl
pallygirl
5 years ago

Not a linguist, but I did some poking around and apparently Theodore translates to Theódo̱ros in Greek (Θεόδωρος), which means gift of god, or given by god.

Popoli does mean “peoples” in Italian.

But there is no way that Vox popoli means voice of the people. In Italian, this would be “voce del popolo” and in Greek, it would be “i̱ fo̱ní̱ to̱n politó̱n” (η φωνή των πολιτών). There’s no link to either the spelling of his name or the transliteration of his name in these two translations.

Michelle C Young
5 years ago

Oh, man, I need to get a pink shirt.

Michelle C Young
5 years ago

Yyyaaaaayyyyyy!!!! 95 Smithing at last!

Sorry, I’ve been working toward that goal for so many months. I just had to post somewhere.

pallygirl
pallygirl
5 years ago

Michelle – what game are you playing?

Michelle C Young
5 years ago

Great. I’ve had the goal of 95 Smithing for so long, now I can’t remember what I intended to actually do with it. Off to the wiki to see if I can figure out what my goal actually was. LOL

Michelle C Young
5 years ago

@Puddleglum – Nope. SJW’s wear lavender, don’t ya know. See the official seal on the side-bar of this site.

Also, I’m playing Runescape. Double XP Weekend!

Michelle C Young
5 years ago

Meanwhile, I announced my costume as a Gamer Girl, intending to scare the #GGs, and my online clan just responded with 2 things:

“You need big boobs. Oh, you’re already have them? OK, costume ready.” Apparently, they mostly think I’m a man. I get the “You’re a dude, right?” fairly frequently.

After that, it was talk about how I’m lucky I can go outside tonight, without freezing my big boobs, off, because it’s 15 degrees outside !!!!!! where one clannie is, and a mere 35 for another clannie, and cheesy crackers! I’m glad I live in the South.

So, just to clarify: Gamer Girls don’t even phase Gamer Guys. It’s only the Gamer Gaters and Gamer Jerks that are frightened and upset by us.

Also, I love my clan.

Michelle C Young
5 years ago

John Scalzi is AWESOMEEEEEE!

Seriously, I have never read anything he wrote that I did not like. Granted, I haven’t read everything he ever wrote, but still.

He is awesome.

Like, Lego Movie awesome!

Michelle C Young
5 years ago

@Fibinachi

Necrobestial is the name of my ABBA cover band.

Will they wear the costumes? I love the costumes. Perhaps in gothic colors, and shredded a bit?

HCK
HCK
5 years ago

I think it’s supposed to be Vox Populi, latin for voice of the people. Likewise, Vox Day is a play on Vox Dei. I got these references because I’m a recovering pompous asshole myself.

Why he misspells populi as popoli, I don’t know.

pallygirl
pallygirl
5 years ago

@HCK granted, but it still doesn’t explain how Theodore fits in there as a pun. In Latin, Theodore is rendered as Cornelius, which again is nothing like vox populis.

From http://www.behindthename.com/name/cornelius :

Roman family name which possibly derives from the Latin element cornu “horn”. In Acts in the New Testament Cornelius is a centurion who is directed by an angel to seek Peter. After speaking with Peter he converts to Christianity, and he is traditionally deemed the first gentile convert. The name was also borne by a few early saints, including a 3rd-century pope. In England it came into use in the 16th century, partly due to Dutch influence.

So there is no pun on Theodore that I can see, in Latin, Italian, or Greek.

HCK
HCK
5 years ago

You’re looking for direct logic.

Theodore = God’s Gift
Vox Dei = God’s Voice
Vox Populi = People’s voice

The play on his name is that since he’s God’s Gift, as an author, he’s God’s voice. Then for his blog, he did a play on his pen name.

It’s not really a pun.

katz
5 years ago

HCK, we know all this. It’s just not clever and it doesn’t make sense.

kittehserf
5 years ago

Maybe he went for Vox Day because he can’t spell Vacuous Dipshit.

pallygirl
pallygirl
5 years ago

Better Italian name: sessista tipo razzista

GrumpyOldMan
5 years ago

I thought “Vox Day” was the Ferengi phrase for “pompous doucheweasel”.

Skye
Skye
5 years ago

Falconer, you’re probably right. 🙁 They can’t logic, but they can rationalize.

Robert
Robert
5 years ago

Congratulations on the smithing, Michelle! Good luck on figuring out what you wanted it for. I certainly know what THAT feels like.

Regarding women SF writers, I’ve long argued that Ayn Rand should be considered one. Atlas Shrugged has distinct hard science elements – Rearden metal, the Thompson Harmonizer, and the miracle motor, for example. There’s also social science; oh goodness, is there. But Objectivists dislike relegating The Book to genre status, and SF fans are horrified by the very thought.

And it sells well.

dorabella
dorabella
5 years ago

I’m color confused now. How do the pink and blue shirts fit withe blue and red pill? Blue shirts take red pills? That’s inconsistent!

vaiyt
5 years ago

@dorabella
That’s what you get from awkwardly combining two different popular culture references.

vaiyt
5 years ago

The play on his name is that since he’s God’s Gift, as an author, he’s God’s voice.

Then why “Day”? Is it because he knows his ignorant audience won’t be able to pronounce his pen name properly?

Then for his blog, he did a play on his pen name.

He still spelled it wrong.

Skye
Skye
5 years ago

Robert, is it ok if I’m just horrified by Ayn Rand in general?

Robert
Robert
5 years ago

Skye, that is quite ok.

maistrechat
5 years ago

It’s interesting that there’s Randian objection to calling Atlas shrugged sf, considering how many of them love Heinlein.

As for the pink/blue sf, it’s not just Rand and Shelley – what about Le Guin? Cherryh? Butler? Not to mention Bujold, Aguirre, McGuire … Even ignoring MZB women have always been incredibly important in sf.

Considering his reaction to Jemisin, I’m sure he’s issued some horrible pronouncement about Octavia Butler somewhere but I can’t stomache actually looking for it.