Monday, March 14, 2016

The End Times Approach

A friendly reminder that this is a blog about propmaking and Lovecraftiana.  It is, most assuredly, not the place to discuss politics.  I'm a firm believer in traditional etiquette on this subject- gentlepeople do not discuss politics or religion in polite company. 

That's the TL/DR version.  Here's the full take from my disclaimer back in 2011.  To no one's surprise the situation has only escalated since then.

I was recently approached by a reader to donate a few items to one of those "Art for Insert Cause Here" type events.* When I politely declined, since it was for a political cause I don't happen to support, I found myself being subjected to one of the most hateful, vituperative emails I've ever had the displeasure to read. What made it even more painful is that it was from someone I've corresponded with on a pretty regular basis in connection with propmaking and Lovecraft scholarship.

Things like that are why I never, ever bring up the subject of politics here.

I understand people are passionate about issues they care about. I'm very politically active and regularly contribute to causes and candidates I support. If you're so inclined you could probably dig up my history of donations, although I try to keep them all below the $200 Federal reporting threshold for privacy reasons. I love discussing politics, and there are a few regular readers with diametrically opposing views to mine that I've exchanged polite emails with on various subjects.

That said, I also think those kind of discussions don't have to be interjected into every single facet of life. There are a few websites I used to frequent on a daily basis that are now unreadable because they've become infested with true-believers. There is no shortage of sites devoted entirely to political discussion, but for reasons that escape me the most die-hard tribalists feel the need to not only slurp up the kool-aid themselves, but relentlessly press anyone passing by to take a deep drink from the punchbowl.

There's an old tradition that gentlefolk refrain from discussing politics and religion in polite company. I think that's a pretty good rule to live by.**

*As an aside, what self-respecting political cause would want to have anything to do with my work? As entertaining as I, and by extension you, might find these things they're not exactly mainstream. Half rotted parasitic worms? Mummified body parts? Murderous cult fetishes? Sweet fancy Moses, I'm an attack ad just waiting to happen.

** At least until the end times. That's when I'll merrily try to convert you all to my cultish minions. If I'm lucky I'll be able to enjoy some some truly epic drunken debauchery featuring gallons of absinthe and dozens of scantily-clad goth chicks before the Dark Lord devours my soul. Oh, and I want to work an opium den in there somewhere. Come to think of it, I really just want to live like a pulp-era villain when the end of days rolls around. A sentimental traditionalist, that's me.


rygD said...

Nyarlathotep for president...of something.

aSmarterU said...

I have three topics I tell all my employees they are not to discuss ever at work ... religion, politics & money. No matter their intent it always spirals out of control and into ... what's the word ... passionate debates? And now you know the how they really feel and not waste any more time on them.

I enjoy your blog, more for prop making than anything else and appreciate the directness of your postings.

CoastConFan said...

Yes, the silly season is upon us once again, ‘though it comes but once per four years (like a plague). It’s a darn shame that people can’t separate fantasy (and fun) from the “real world”.

@ Propnomicon, I stand by my 8 Jun 2011 comment on your original post, same subject – at least I’m consistent.

Anonymous said...

I commend your stance, and your scrupulous adherence to it. There are blogs that I visit where commentary on such issues is part of the regular discourse, but I find it particularly grating when such things pop up unexpectedly -- especially as "humorous" injections that, of course, all "right thinking folk" will find as funny as the blogger.

All that said, I will happily bring an ample supply of absinthe to your lair when the stars are right, provided you have a few goth chicks to spare.

Alysson Rowan said...

This Lovcraftian Political message seems appropriate here ....

Sugaree said...

It's so paradoxical- someone thinks that by being vile and vituperative they are going to make me change my way of thinking to theirs. Maybe they need to re-try that SAN roll.

Raven said...

This Lovecraft political message (a direct quote) I wear as a T-shirt.

And no-one ever bugs me about it, oddly enough....