Thursday, August 11, 2011

K. Tempest Bradford is dancing as fast as she can

Community, Trust, Responsibility, Consequences | K. Tempest Bradford. I dunno why I enjoy watching people desperately trying to dissociate themselves from former friends who shared their habits, but I do. There's an art to evasion that I admire. and while Tempest isn't a Nixon or a Clinton, she does the Not-Me Shuffle better than many pros I've seen.


  1. Yep.

    I may be over-reading, but it looks like one commenter at least is leaning toward "white people might sometimes be too shrill, but a person-of-color's tone is always appropriate and never to be questioned" which I find both hilarious and predictable with this bunch.

  2. One of the niftier things about Tempest's approach is she's taking a "How can we ensure that this will Never Happen Again?" approach, which is hilarious since it is part of the very essence of mobs like hers that periodic purges occur. It will happen again, as surely as you will draw another breath, Tempest, and for basically the same reason.

    Welcome to the Revolution, M. Robespierre.

  3. I actually read the "How can we assure that something like this never happens again?" as "How can we prevent potential rapists from setting up shop in our community again?" which strikes me as a valid question. Besides, what I take away from this is that Kynn has struck a lot of people as problematic for a long time (which fits what I've heard from people who have known her for 20 years or more), but that no one dared to speak out and say, "I think you're going a bit too far here", because she was on the "right" side and because they were afraid of running into the tone argument.

    Besides, the tone argument is used as a weapon in the failfan community. It is sometimes legitimate, e.g. when someone is criticized for their tone, even though they were perfectly reasonable and polite. And if someone becomes verbally abusive, it is acceptable to respond in kind. However, there is no reason to respond to every imagined insult with "Fuck you" and "Die in a fire", as most recently happened to Jim Butcher for getting to parks in Chicago mixed up and having Harry Dresden call a majorly African-American community "dangerous".

    Though Tempest is hypocritical when she posts: "I worried about being too judgmental or stuck up or just selfish." considering that she and the entire failfan community are judgmental beyond imagination. Besides, if I remember correctly it was Tempest along with your pal coffeeandink who first brought the fail mob to Jay Lake's doorstep and then attacked him again when he was in the middle of cancer treatments, even though they had apparently been friends before. So she couldn't speak out about Kynn, but she could speak out about Jay who has always struck me as a mellow and polite guy?

  4. My take on it, Anonymous, is that Tempest in fact never did think Kynn had "gone too far" because there was no such thing as "going too far." Three weeks ago, Tempest and Kynn were mighty warriors for justice, fighting back to back against the swarming forces of evil (i.e. male editors, and Will Shetterly)

    I do not believe a single one of these people when they say that they had viewed Kynn as problematic, but did not speak up. To be exact, I think that at least some of them are lying (to themselves as well) about this, and I don't know which ones, possibly all.

    Will is, in my analysis, correct. All the mea culpas are just distancing.

    As for how to keep rapists out, well, it's a fantasy to suggest that you ought to be able to tell who's a rapist by their postings on the internet. You can't, it's a terrible idea to suggest you can.

  5. Anonymous, a couple of weeks ago, Kynn created this fake twitter account:!/FakeWillShttrly

    Kynn made sure I knew about it by using it to harass the Angry Black Lady. (Full history: failfandom: Kynn Bartlett, ask your friends for help)

    I just checked. That account still has its only two members: sparkymonster and tinytempest. So Julia and Tempest were supporting and encouraging Kynn even while they were writing their posts about having always had doubts about Kynn's excesses.

    That's a mighty fine example of hypocrisy in action.

    As for the question of rapists and abusers, Tempest offered nothing, because in cases like Kynn's, what can you do besides give the classic old-fashioned advice: be very careful who you play with.

    Jay was never Tempest's friend and ally in her crusade for ideological purity, but Kynn was Che to her Castro. If she was only condemning Kynn for ignoring Jack's safeword, there wouldn't be any hypocrisy. But when she goes beyond that to talk about excesses which are identical to her own, well, if anyone wants to make an identity politics hypocrisy bingo card, that's a square.

  6. Why does it surprise anyone that there are people who are on the "right side" (in the viewer's eyes) on one issue and are total scum in other ways? That's a rhetorical question, because I long ago noticed that many of the self-identified "anti-racists" divide the world along one line: "agrees with me on all issues I consider anti-racism/everyone else."

  7. I seem to recall Jay Lake mentioning that he used to be friends with Tempest before she turned on him during the original Racefail. She also used to comment on his LJ.

  8. Anon, the point isn't that she turned on Jay and then turned on Kynn. She simply turns on people, and I pity anyone who thinks she's a friend.

    The point is that besides denouncing Kynn as a bad person, she denounced Kynn's tactics. Which are identical to hers.

    So there's no hypocrisy in denouncing her friends. It's only in pretending that what she does is different than what Kynn does. They both subscribe to the philosophy that extremism in defense of their superficial concept of privilege is no sin.