By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about what happened to a certain former Breitbart editor. He’s lost an invite to the Conservative Political Action Conference and his deal for his (third unpublished) book has been cancelled. He’s also quit his job, rather than be fired outright.
First off, a not-so-little reaction gif:
Yeah, I know: schadenfreude at its finest. But the reason why this guy lost so much? It had nothing to do with his disgusting comments, or the fact that he harassed a trans student, or the fact that harassed Leslie Jones off of Twitter. It had nothing to do with any of that. What cost him?
Comments condoning pedophilia. That was “the line” that this man crossed. Let that sink in for a moment.
The previous horrible behavior? That was simply someone being a “provocateur”. But the pedophilia? Well, that was serious and he needed to be punished for that. Author Roxane Gay puts it best: Simon and Schuster yanked the plug on this book because they realized that doing business with this douchenozzle would cost them more money than it would make them. They weren’t “doing the right thing”. They were making a “smart business decision”. They had no problem with the transphobia or the sexism or the fact he acted like a racist asshat to a cast member and writer on SNL. Simon and Schuster was fine with all of that. To them, it probably translated into huge dollar signs, as someone so “controversial” would garner more book sales.
That thought bothers me. It should bother you. It should bother everyone.
When the snotrag in question was harassing a trans student, he should have faced repercussions. When he was harassing Leslie Jones, he shouldn’t have simply been kicked off Twitter but all of social media for at least a 90 day period. When he was involved in Gamergate, instead of earning fame, he should have earned derision.
But he didn’t. Instead, he earned a lot of fame, speaking engagements and a book deal. That, my friends, should bother you.