Just a bit more on the Antonelli thing

This is just a bit of an addendum fro this post.

In a post here http://louantonelli.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/puppies-in-heartland.html Lou Antonelli said this:

In 2012, when Mitt Romney was the Republican nominee for president, most of the leading lights in the s-f literary world combined their hatred for people of faith with their hatred for Republicans by attacking Romney in the most vile language. Quite frankly, I personally believe there are some things you should never say to or about people, regardless of the subject. In light of the attacks on Romney, is it any wonder all the Mormon s-f writers went off the reservation? It’s almost a human rights issue – “you can’t say that about one of my coreligionists.

The exact people and the exact words that were said are unclear and he gives no examples. So I went looking. Of course that isa fools game because a huge pile of Romney hate may be exactly where I didn’t look. However as Antonelli said “most of the leading lights” and not “some” there should be come trace of this Romney hate somewhere obvious.

Helpfully John Scalzi (a leading light in this context surely?) had this extensive post on his thoughts about Romney from the correct time (2012): http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/09/30/my-thoughts-on-mitt-romney-person/

I have rather less of a bead on Romney as a human being away from the political arena. What does come across to me is this: A man who was born to privilege, and who understands intellectually and agrees with the idea that with privilege comes a responsibility to others, but who does not necessarily understand the problems of those with less privilege on a visceral or personal level, and who is not comfortable with the idea of either having or feigning such an interest. This does not in the least make him a bad person; it makes him an insulated one, who appears to have a very sharp event horizon when it comes to personal relationships. I do not doubt one bit that he is a kind and good person to family and friends; I also believe that out beyond the personal frontier, the problems and concerns of others grow abstract very quickly. This last bit doesn’t make him substantially different from most people.

ARRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!! The reasonableness is unbearable!!!!!! Seriously as character assassins go, Scalzi should quit and take up a profession he is better suited to like ‘author’ or something. No terrible attack on his Mormonism and evil-leftist Scalzi says he might have voted for him few years ago. This is taking reasonableness to the point of a vice.

The only other writer Antonelli names in his piece is George R. R. Martin. Martin is a more fiery fellow than Scalzi so lets have a look back to 2012.

We have some strong comments on the election:

http://grrm.livejournal.com/287215.html?thread=16457199 <- but doesn’t direct his ire at Romney

http://grrm.livejournal.com/298412.html <- which calls Romney’s Jeep ads a “big lie campaign” but makes no mention of his religion or makes any kind of personal attack.

I don’t think there is anything to find.

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