Yesterday I wrote a post asking if certain writers were being censored and stated that censorship “is more in keeping with Hitlers Nazi Germany than the modern day western world.”
I received a few negative comments on Twitter about using that analogy and this morning I found a lengthy comment on the original article that I believe deserves the right of a full and respectful reply. You can check out the article and the comment by “R” here if you want to add some context. Of course I could just have trash canned the comment but I don’t believe in censorship of any form
“R” argues that my comment comparing censorship to Nazi Germany is offensive and irrelevant in this context. In response to this I would ask “R” to consider Gordon Allport’s work.
The fact is that the writers I mentioned have already been raised to level 2 on Allport’s scale. Both of the writers and myself have been subjected to verbal attacks, accused of being conspiracy theorists etc etc. In fact in his or her reply “R” gives a perfect example when they say in the last sentence “You’re just facing the consequences of sloppy, clickbait, agenda driven writing.” A comment aimed at being spiteful, demeaning and which invites people to ignore our writing because they don’t like it.
It is fact that in any arena, from the school playground to single party dictatorships, creating negative myths and bad-mouthing people is the first in a series of steps designed to silence them. I would suggest that “R” reaches for the history books to enlighten themselves about how the Nazi’s used these tactics to legitimise themselves long before the war started.
If you don’t believe that this happens in the modern world you might care to check out this article.
Interestingly “R” then confirms what I suspected. They openly admit that fans have taken action to close down both Aaron Butterfield and Sex at Oxbridge.
In the latter case by reporting content to Buzzfeed as inappropriate content because they don’t agree with their viewpoint. In Aaron’s case the attack was even more insidious. he was attacked through Attitude magazine. His original article wasn’t even on that platform. “R” clearly states that there was an organised conspiracy to shut Aaron down by One Direction fans who disagreed with what he said.
“R” then goes on to say “Larries like to say they are the biggest force in the fandom, but they’re just often the loudest. Many of us tolerate/ignore them because as long as they aren’t harassing people, why not let them do their thing?” There we go, back to anti -locution on Allport’s scale.
In another comment “R” uses a comment that I believe is aimed squarely at me. “All you’re doing is reposting fanfiction and participating in the bullying a week old infant and his mother.” A perfect example of someone speaking up thinking they have all the answers but without checking facts.
Let me state a few for you. I have never once stated in my paid writing that “Larry is real” nor have I ever said that I don’t believe the baby is real nor have I ever said that I don’t think Louis is the father. I have however written extensively on the doubts that people have about the whole thing. I have said here, on my own blog that I think Louis may be gay and Harry Bi. That is a personal view, not something I have written about in my pad work.
What I find really disturbing about “R”‘s comment is the open admission that they believe it is perfectly acceptable to attack and shut down those with whom they disagree. They do so under the guise of saying “Y’all aren’t being censored. You’re just facing the consequences of sloppy, clickbait, agenda driven writing. Do better.”
Well I don’t know about you but that sounds like censorship to me.
“Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication or other information which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or inconvenient as determined by governments, media outlets, authorities or other groups or institutions.”
There my friends I rest my case.