Retraction regarding the Sad Puppy John C. Wright

I don’t do this sort of thing very often, but I’m retracting my last post. Let me explain why. In repose to charges of homophobia, Wright said the charges were a lie and responded in a fashion which could be described as equally “homophobic” and “bizarre.” I wrote a long-ish piece taking him to task for this. It’s a solid bit of work, but I’d like to disavow it as of now. Since posting this piece, I’ve read a good deal more of what Wright has written outside of his novels. I’ve come to the conclusion that Mr. Wright has enough going on his life that piling on like this is neither fair nor necessary. I stand by the content of what I wrote, but, given Mr. Wright’s situation, it was needlessly mean of me to write it.

NOTE: I’m leaving the retracted post visible for the time being because, aside from the intellectual honesty issue, it’s pointless to try to make things “disappear” on the internet.

3 thoughts on “Retraction regarding the Sad Puppy John C. Wright

  1. You are a very kind and honorable person and, like you, I felt rather badly for John C. Wright when I first heard about his deceased gay family member. The problem? I kept hearing about it. And hearing about it. AND HEARING ABOUT IT. And then he explicitly started using his dead family member — who was his stepsister’s father, incidentally — as both a shield from criticism and a bludgeon to attack others. Frankly, you are completely correct about his preference in soul-destroying hatreds.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, and thank you for stopping by. I agree with everything you say, it’s just that going after Mr. Wright, who obviously had sine serious issues to work through, feels too much like “punching down” if you know what I mean.

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