Fear and Loathing at UBC

It’s becoming clear why people are terrified of liking my FB post about the defacement of the Cervantes statue:

It still doesn’t excuse them, of course.

5 thoughts on “Fear and Loathing at UBC”

  1. // It’s becoming clear why people are terrified of liking my FB post

    JKR’s case also started with a ‘Like’ , so it’s nothing new:

    “accusations and threats from trans activists have been bubbling in my Twitter timeline. This was initially triggered by a ‘like’. When I started taking an interest in gender identity and transgender matters, I began screenshotting comments that interested me, as a way of reminding myself what I might want to research later. On one occasion, I absent-mindedly ‘liked’ instead of screenshotting. That single ‘like’ was deemed evidence of wrongthink, and a persistent low level of harassment began.
    Months later, I compounded my accidental ‘like’ crime by following Magdalen Berns on Twitter. Magdalen was an immensely brave young feminist and lesbian who was dying of an aggressive brain tumour.”

    If somebody missed it, but is interested JKR wrote a wonderful and well-researched essay responding to her detractors here:


    I applaud her courage, but it’s also easier for her as a former billionaire and a current multi-millionaire to speak.


  2. I’m so glad I’m not currently in the workforce. I hope that by the time it’s an option again, all this crazy will have burned out. No point in trying to self-censor, though: I belong to a traditional Christian church, and I have the social awareness of a cardboard box. Absolutely no way I could keep track of the five hundred new-every-week rules about What to say and not say, who I can’t offend, and which lies I have to pretend to believe. If they get the power they want, I’ll be on the first train to the gulag. If they don’t: hooray for not selling out? It’s not like I ever had a choice.

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  3. Can some reader who’s in academia explain to me why ANYONE would write such a groveling, self-debasing letter when he’s quitting (or being fired) anyway??

    Does he do it because he’s hoping to find another job in academia, and therefore has to indicate that, despite all his unforgivable failings, he’s sufficiently “woke”? Or could he possibly actually believe what he’s saying?


    1. I have no idea. These people are aliens to me. Chances are, this would have all blown over in a week if he pretended not to notice it. Like Ralph Northam did about his blackface photo.


    2. Maybe he genuinely believes it and is mortified. Maybe he wants to find another sinecure in a private business.
      Academics seem perpetually depressed about their job markets (per The Chronicle) anyways, so groveling letters seem in tune. On the bright side, I don’t think coronavirus (real/imaginary/truthy/fake news) is going to do much.
      (I am not in academia, so YMMV.)

      And for everyone flailing in horror that one foot jammed in your mouth will make you a professional unperson in private enterprise forever, remember Justine Sacco runs all corporate communications for Match group.


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