This is absolutely unbelievable!
Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin canceled an upcoming appearance at the West Virginia Book Festival after its administrators declined her request that they nix a presentation from an author with outspoken anti-LGTBQ views.
Who did they ban, you may ask? How about Orson Scott Card!
Full article, HERE.
Freaking amazing. One of the most popular science fiction authors is effectively being kicked to the curb to appease a very small group, apparently formed in the last week or so!!! And an officer of the state, acting in her official capacity as mayor refuses to appear because of his religious beliefs (Mormon and believes marriage is between a man and a woman).
“I will not support hate speech of any kind and will not participate in the West Virginia Book Festival if Mr. Card is appearing,” she said.
This is a continuation of all the crap has gone on the last couple of years with authors being disinvited from con, having their wiki pages subjected to takedowns, and cons subjectively turning hard left in their panels, etc. We were discussing this online the other night with some of the old time con goers and con runners, who listed multiple cons that they would no longer attend, much less recommend to anyone.
There was a run made at one of the cons I attend last year by the POS (Perpetually Offended Snowflakes), and that has (hopefully) been turned back by the organizers and the con founder. There was also much gnashing of teeth from the POS over the Dragons this year. Apparently the left made a run to get at least one author a Dragon and failed miserably.
But make no mistake, there IS a strong push to deplatform any/all conservative voices not only in science fiction, but also general fiction. What does this bode for us?
I’m a Z-lister at best, so I’m going to just keep writing the stories I like to write. If folks want to read them, fine. If not, so be it. It’s not like I get a lot of sales from the POS anyway, so them boycotting me would have no effect, since I’m indie and they can’t go after my ‘publisher’, since that’s ME.
I REALLY wish people would just let the readers make the choice of what they want to read, not try to ‘force’ message fiction down their throats. Social media and other things are reducing the numbers of young readers, and this doesn’t bode well for the future of anything that isn’t ‘message fiction’ and approved by the left…