Apparently, there are new #MeToo style allegations against science fiction and fantasy author Myke Cole.
And apparently, Jaym Gates, editor for Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict, isn’t happy that Chuck Wendig is defending Myke Cole.
Here’s what’s on Jaym Gates Facebook page:
Well, our old pal Chuck Wendig has something to say about all of this. But not on Twitter. Chuck says the following on his appropriately named blog, Terrible Minds:
My Twitter account remains locked due to GG-style harassment of me (death threats, doxxing, harassing my followers and repliers) tied to the Internet Archive situation, but those who don’t follow me wouldn’t have seen my recent statements, so I thought it best to put something here, too.
When we translate “CG-Style harassment” into Realitese, what Chuck is really saying is that people responded to him, causing him to say something stupid like his “wood chipper” comment and Twitter took action. So once again Chuck blames others for his own blatant idiocy. He continues:
Recently it has come to light that a handful of authors inside science-fiction and fantasy publishing have engaged in various acts of harassment and abuse against women. These authors are authors with which I am friendly, particularly online — Paul Krueger, Myke Cole, Sam Sykes — and I am deeply sorry if that friendliness or if me boosting their work and amplifying their voices has in any way given them cover for their actions or given them unearned trust. I never saw the harassment or abuse in play, but my ignorance of it is not an excuse, and I should be better about actively attempting to make spaces like conventions and conferences safe. Some of the women who were harassed or abused are friends or acquaintances, as well, and that makes me heartsick to realize that I didn’t know or see what they were going through. It’s not enough to simply go along to get along, but rather, to maintain a vigil and to be ever on the lookout for harassment and attempt to call it in when witnessed.
I’ve cut personal and professional ties with these men and will not be signal boosting them further. I’m listening to victims and believe them. The men have apologized but it’s not on me to accept, deny, or judge those apologies.
So Chuck is bright enough to recognize that the Collective will be coming for him if he doesn’t grovel sufficiently. But it would be interesting to see if Chuck would maintain his “believe victims” mentality should he ever be the target of a #MeToo campaign. Should that ever happen, I predict that Chuck will then write blog posts about the importance of due process. But I digress.
Will Chuck’s groveling save him from the medieval kangaroo courts of the finger-pointing pod people? Only time will tell.
Either way, this could prove to be quite the fly in Chuck’s ointment if he’s expecting a big Star Wars comeback via The Mandalorian.
Originally published here.