I’ve made few comments personally regarding the whole Sad Puppy vs the Anti-Puppy kerfuffle. Mainly because I don’t want to identify fully with either. There’s elements to both sides of this argument that I find myself in agreement with. The authors who are behind the Sad Puppy campaigns are some of my current favorite writers, I follow their blogs, etc. I did not pay for a supporting membership to WorldCon, I never have, and most like will not in the future.
I have bigger fish to fry, I have a family to feed and I’m lucky if occasionally I can afford a new book or movie to feed my SFF hunger pains. I’ve re-blogged a couple posts here and there, I’ve made one post basically saying you all (“F”ans on both sides) should be ashamed of this whole silly debacle. Mainly I’ve just observed. I’ve been sucked into this whole thing out of morbid fascination I suppose. I saw some comments today that I feel I need to refute but since I have no wish to be be sucked into a muddled conversation on somebody else’s page I’ll just post them here and engage with any reasonable visitors.
Some folks in the File770 comment threads seem to be saying that Brad Torgersen is using his recent deployment for the US Army as shield of some sort, that he’s somehow hiding behind it so that he doesn’t have to confront his detractors. This is a patently ridiculous assertion! Brad’s actively training up somewhere with his unit yet he still posts, when he can. I read his blog, I follow him on FB. What he has said is basically this. “I’m going to be busy doing my Army job for the foreseeable future. I won’t have time to just bang out a quick response to every asinine comment or challenge.” He hasn’t said, or even implied that he is now safely away from any debate. He hasn’t tried to appeal to your sense of patriotism (for American readers anyway) in order to quite your criticism. He simply stated that he’s busy, unavoidably so, so don’t be surprised if he has to be absent from the debate more often.
Anyway…that is not what raised my dander enough to respond. The following comment just couldn’t be ignored. The original comment is in italics and my own replies are bold.
Stevie on June 12, 2015 at 6:42 am said:
I’m not going to try and argue the rest of the post…Like Stevie here I’m not a hospital medic either.
In the end, as a veteran with honorable service behind me, I see nothing about Brad Torgersen’s behavior online that would make me not want to serve with him. I’d gladly share the same sand box or stretch of ocean with him any day. There are a lot of military service members and veterans in the Sad Puppy movement, maybe you should pay attention to that before speaking of which you know not.