But was it racist or an ethnic slur? No. Sorry. As I recall, Peter Watts wasn't even aware of ACM's alleged ethnicity. Might it kind of vaguely sort of look like it might associate with something some racist might once have said at some point? Sure. "Pass the salt" might also be something a racist might once have said, as well. The point is that racists don't "own" language, that their use of some term suddenly means it's verboten to use the term except in some approved context.
It's silly. It's a reach. Why cloud perfectly sound statements by grabbing at something so out of left field?
And, I don't know, does the fact that Bakker is upset and tries to reason through -- however wrong headedly -- the accusations and tries to prove they're not true and so on and so forth suddenly means his fans get to be called "neckbeards" who "circlejerk" the author? WTF? There's a difference between going around complaining and going around viciously insulting people -- "neckbeards" (a favorite term of hers, I believe), in particular, is especially grotesque because it's basically using a superficial physical aspect of people and using that as a blanket insult knowing the associations it raises. And this is okay since when, exactly? It's uncivil. It's rude. You spend your life being rude, well, you can't very well complain when people are rude back.
(Though I should say that I don't think ACM has complained very much about people being rude to her. But other people complaining about people being rude to her -- like that awful reach of "rabid animal" being some kind of ethnic or racial slur -- seems mightily pointless, and largely seems to be ignoring her own "performance rage", if that's what you want to call it.)
You think he's being stupid and his acolytes are idiots, well, what does it matter? Ignore them, then.
Edited by Ran, 14 April 2012 - 06:28 PM.