Thursday, October 19, 2017
Frank Mentzer Scapegoat
For those who haven't heard, some woman on twitter called-out Frank "red box" Mentzer because of his politely flirtatious comments, continuing a conversation amidst the threat of being blocked, and because she didn't agree with him about some stuff.
It's easy to examine someone's social media statements and judge them. It's even easier to single an individual out in an industry plagued by assholes on all sides (but especially the SJW / Ctrl-Left crowd who did their best to blacklist my sleazy space opera RPG Alpha Blue) and make him out to be the Harvey Weinstein of the tabletop roleplaying game industry.
In fact, that would so simple! All we have to do is point to this one guy whose unorthodox behavior is a bit suspect and project every problem we have (real or imagined) onto him... and then crucify the bastard! Yeah, why not? After all, we're not individuals anymore - we're part of the masses now. Hey, it's almost Halloween - so why not throw out imagery about angry torch and pitchfork-wielding mobs trudging up to Frankenstein's castle? Plus, the whole Weinstein / Frankenstein thing. Yeah, it works.
I get that we want to stop predators, sexual harassment, and abuse. But shouldn't we also be guarding the internet from self-appointed social media police, self-promoting victims, and everyone who jumps on the controversy-of-the-day bandwagon because it gives them a chance to spit-shine their good guy badge?
It's gotten so bad that even I thought twice about sticking up for what I believe in. I'm sure this post is going to draw some heat, but Venger Satanis doesn't stay silent when innocent people are being destroyed. Fuck that!