Rights and Wrongs

I’ve been thinking about free speech a lot lately. It seems there are people out there who think they can say anything they want, without any repercussions. To a degree, that’s true, but not entirely.

Free speech means the government can’t censor what you’re saying. But private organizations? College campuses? Places of business? They absolutely can say, “We’re not giving you a platform”. But a lot of people don’t understand that.

Which leads me to Pete Sinclair.

Does Pete have the right to post whatever the hell he wants on his Facebook page? Yes. Does he have the right to act like a jackass on social media? Again, yes. But do other people have the right to call him out on it?

You damn right they do. They also have the right to say, “We’re not supporting BotCon until Pete is gone”.

I can’t say that I blame them on that.

Me personally? I’m still torn. I want to support the convention but I don’t want to support Pete. Granted, his involvement is minimal but it’s still there are it still leaves a foul taste in my mouth. No, this has nothing to do with his politics; I have a couple of conservative friends and we get along well. I’d get along with Pete if he didn’t act like a bully online. But he does and I don’t want to support someone like that.

This really does put a damper on my enthusiasm. The bright side? There’s about sixteen months to take care of this mess.

Things will get better. I keep telling myself that. I just hope I can believe it.

About Silverwynde

I'm a Transformers fan, Pokémon player, Brewers fan and all-out general nerd. I rescue abandoned Golett, collect as many Bumblebee decoys and figures as I can find and I've attended every BotCon--official and non--since 1999. I'm also happily married to a fellow Transfan named Prime and we were both owned by a very intelligent half-Siamese cat, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2018. We still miss him. But we're now the acting staff of a Maine Coon kitty named Lulu, who pretty much rules the house. Not that we're complaining about that.
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3 Responses to Rights and Wrongs

  1. DeviceDude says:

    I must agree with you on the politics part. Not only have I met conservatives with whom I’ve gotten along well at BotCon but more recently, conservatives have become a part of our family.

    In April 2019, Joe’s mom Mildred died. She lived in MS (Mississippi), where anti-LGBT attitudes abound. He had a troubled history with her. But being the good son, he went to the funeral, where his own sister Jean didn’t go to despite multiple calls informing her of Mildred’s passing. And if that wasn’t enough, some of Joe’s other family members were less than welcoming let alone accepting of him. When it was his turn to read the eulogy, family member Libby gave him something to read that mentioned that gay people should be put to death, burn in hell and all the usual biblical bullsh!t…

    He lost it. He went up to Libby, pulled out his wedding ring and told her he is a proud married gay man with a husband. The only sympathetic figure at the service was his cousin Barbara, who told him there was nothing to be sorry about. Barbara helped Joe get all his things from Libby’s place and decided to stay by himself at 1 of the 2 houses Mildred owned. When Joe told me on the phone all this, my jaw dropped and my internal thought was of, “you did WHAT?!” He told me he needed me to come to MS. I had not expected to have gone with him on that trip but I used bereavement leave and flew from SF, CA to Gulfport, MS via Houston. Joe’s cousin Danny (Barbara’s brother) from Jackson, MS brought him from Hattiesburg to Gulfport to pick me up at the airport and take us back to Hattiesburg.

    I consoled and comforted Joe for the next few days as we sorted through property deeds, bank and brokerage accounts, government bonds, insurance, pictures, mementos and more. Mildred died intestate so we had to involve an attorney. Throughout all this Danny and Barbara were helpful and gracious to us in helping us buy provisions, getting things in order for probate and taking us back to Gulfport, where Barbara and her daughter/Danny’s niece Robin put us up at a hotel in the Island View Casino resort (gambling is big along the MS gulf coast) and where we had a fabulous time dining with them before we flew back to CA.

    Joe remunerated those 3 for their great deeds and expenses they incurred. In the summer Joe paid them to clear all the junk from the 2 houses that will be sold. We visited them again after Labor Day weekend Sept ’19. We all got to know each other better. They’re Trump supporters (!) but those 3 are literally a different breed of people compared to the other true deplorables on Joe’s mom’s side of the family (1 of them stole an antique sewing machine Barbara had been promised from 1 of Mildred’s houses while Danny and Joe went to get me at the airport). It has forced me to be a bit more tolerant toward conservative Southerners as I am eternally grateful to Danny (who sounds just like Larry the Cable Guy 😉 for having transported my husband Joe and I around in a strange land and keeping him safe before I rendez-voused with him down South.

    Maybe not all Trump supporters have the same worldview as Pete Sinclair, but I’m glad that Shawn and Stogie from BotCon are not like him and I can say the same for my newfound Southern family. It all really comes down not so much for what one might say or believe but to how we *treat* one another. The experiences I had with Joe could have been much worse and I thank Primus they were not, considering the drama he went through before I arrived.

    (I should not forget to mention that before all of this, I already had a Southern family member – Silverwynde :).

    Perhaps I strayed far off-topic from the subject of this post. I hope Pete Sinclair will get the wisdom to at least keep those thoughts to himself and cease posting them online if he will continue being involved in the organizing of BotCon.


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  2. Silverwynde says:

    I… Holy hell! Tell Joe I’m sorry. Really. That’s just freaking awful!

    I wish Pete would at least tone it down. I’ve been around the guy and he’s so different from the online persona; it hurts my brain trying to puzzle it all out. 😦


  3. DeviceDude says:

    Thank you Silverwynde. He appreciated that. 🙂



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