So, Gamergate has migrated across mediums and had a go at ruining the Hugos: the world’s premier Science Fiction and Fantasy awards.
If you’ve missed the news, read about it all here.
Sad Puppies, a bunch of privileged older-generation white men, have gamed the voting, perhaps because last year women and LGBTs (or people including them in their work) won a fair proportion of the awards.
The question I have is… why? It’s such a pathetic scaredy-pants reaction to the changing world we live in, the IMPROVING world we live in. SFF becoming more inclusive doesn’t mean there’s ever going to be a shortage of scantily clad alien babes and laser-gun battles. Boobs aren’t going away, and neither are explosions. A few more of the boobs might have brains behind them, or (heaven forbid) fancy other ladies, and a few more of the explosions might be made by protagonists of colour, but that’s about it.
A bit of recognition going to minority voices isn’t going to steal away all your privilege, oh, unless you’re a crap writer to begin with (BURRRRRRN).
I feel sorry for the nominees, because everyone will just vote “No Award” this year.
Why won’t these dinosaurs just die already?
Signing off in rage. Feel free to add your comments (for or against) below.