I learned yesterday that my friend Larry Correia was to be a guest of honor at the Origins Gaming Fair. In addition to being a friend he’s also one of my favorite authors.
Since Origins was being held in Columbus, OH and just close enough that I could consider a day trip, this would have been a good opportunity to catch up with my friend and maybe get some books signed.
Only before I could run the numbers (gas, day pass membership, meals, some pocket money for myself and my daughter for the event, that sort of thing) an announcement comes up on FaceBook that, because some individuals raised a stink, Larry was “disinvited” via the following post on FaceBook:
I want to discuss our invitation to Larry Correia a guest at Origins. By all counts he is a very talented author.
Unfortunately, when he was recommended I was unaware of some personal views that are specifically unaligned with the philosophy of our show and the organization.
I want to thank those of you who brought this error to our attention. Origins is an inclusive and family friendly event. We focus on fun and gaming, not discourse and controversy.
I felt it necessary to recend his invitation to participate in the show. I apologize again to those of you who were looking forward to seeing him at Origins.
John Ward, Executive Director
As somebody who was seriously considering going precisely because Larry was going to be there, apology not accepted. You see, I know Larry so I know some things you didn’t mention. I know that you did not speak to Larry about the accusations. You did not get his side of the story. You took the unsupported words of some Internet Howler Monkeys, posted the “recend” notice online (where Larry saw it before he saw the email disinviting him).
The best that could be said about the people oh so worried about Larry’s presence is that they were uncritically repeating lies told about him. Yes, lies.
Larry is not racist, homophobic, or misogynist. And despite what certain people of low character have claimed, he is not a rape apologist. (Suggesting that it might be a good idea for women to be able to defend themselves against those who would do them harm–and actually teaching them to do so–is no more “rape apologist” than teaching “defensive driving” and the wearing of seatbelts makes one a “traffic accident apologist.”)
A campaign of lies, libel, and outright bullying has been levied against my friend. And I, for one, am sick of it.
Their inclusiveness is only the shallow “inclusiveness” of skin color and plumbing and how one is inclined to connect up that plumbing. Any real diversity of thought or opinion must, to these people, be crushed and silenced.
In the words of a fictional character who, nevertheless, has more wisdom in his left pinkie toe than any dozen of these Social Justice Bullies combined. “When you tear out a man’s tongue you do not prove him a liar. You only show the world that you fear what he might say.”
That’s why they want to silence Larry, they fear that he can make his case better than they can for their ideas cannot hold up to scrutiny or comparison. It is only by silencing dissent that they can push their views.
Fortunately, his continuing to amass royalties, the readership of his blog, his voice on social media, echoed far and wide show that he’s in no danger of being silenced.
The Social Justice Bullies only show themselves to be petty and fearful.
On the other hand, there was this mailing from the folk putting on Origins:
GAMA is releasing a few rooms to the public for Origins 2018. If you are looking for some rooms, you can try; Courtyard, Renaissance, and Holiday Inn. Just reach out to the hotel and reserve the space!
Can’t wait to see everyone next month!
I’m sure there’s no connection whatsoever. Mind you, there is a connection to one exhibitor (also a friend of mine) who basically said “I’m done. I want my money back,” over this.