There’s been a few questions asking me about my comments exchange with some thunderf00t fans and what started it. Between YouTube’s confusing comments system and Thunderf00t’s fans obsessively thumbing down my comments (silencing tactic) people are confused as to how it started.
So I thought I’d do a brief post for posterity’s sake and those who care.
The entire thing was set off because some of Thunderf00t’s fans were offended that I suggested I would wear a t-shirt at a conference making fun of the woman who wore the anti-skepchick t-shirt (I was making a point about how to properly handle criticism).
That’s it. People who thought SurlyAmy was acting ridiculous about a woman wearing a t-shirt that mentioned her group were upset that I did not even wear a t-shirt at a conference. They were actually upset that I DISCUSSED wearing a t-shirt at a conference. So they started going after me in comments and thumbing down my comments to silence my speech.
Apparently what’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander.
Sensitive lot, these Free Speech Warriors. 😀
(The above is copied from the Thunderf00t Fanboy Free Speech Warrior training manual)
When I was at a Mosque at Ground Zero protest a few years ago the Republicans bused in some kids from the Bronx so they could stand around looking all young and innocent for emotional impact while they talked about how a Mosque at ground zero was frightening to children.
Outside of mentioning it in comments and on blogtv shows I didn’t focus too much on the matter. This was politics and these sorts of tactics are fairly common.
One speaker from; “Focus on the Family” used the children by giving subtle looks and gestures at key moments during his speech. He was clearly trying to imply that children in the neighborhood were frightened by this potential Mosque and these were them standing right here.
I found it peculiar they’d have to bus children from schools to a Park 3-5 blocks away (a 3-5 minute walk) so I sidled on over to the bus driver to ask him where they were from.
He responded that they had come from up in the Bronx somewhere (it may have been Westchester but my knowledge of north of Manhattan geography is a bit vague).
In a daring move Richard Dawkins tweeted out a call to arms that his fans;
“Boycott websites that deliberately wind up false controversy in order to generate advertising revenue.”
When asked for further clarification Mr. Dawkins replied;
“I feel so strongly about this issue that out of respect for the feelings of Bill O’Reilly and the rest of the gang at Fox News I’m going to start by boycotting my own sites, both RichardDawkins.net and RichardDawkins.org.”
Fox News expressed optimism and support at Mr. Dawkin’s actions and called it;
“A step in the right direction.”
When asked to comment Pundit Bill O’Reilly said;
“I’m so impressed with Richard’s decision to boycott himself that I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and boycott myself as well.”
What followed was an avalanche of pundits, writers, vloggers and bloggers across the internet boycotting their own material in what is becoming known as the “Boycott + Movement” or “B+ Movement” for short.
P.Z. Myers quipped that while he doesn’t think he’d be boycotting his own blog anytime soon he does plan to start boycotting his personal correspondence right away.
I got into a discussion with Richard Carrier in his comments section on a blog he posted on FTB on the issue of the new attempt at creating a group known as; “A+”.
“A+” people would be atheists who are also humanists. The impetus for creating this group came from a perceived problem in the Atheist/ Skeptic community where many of those professing to be skeptics were not being very skeptical.