Woke nerds are mad Raytheon sponsored the Hugo Awards

The Hugo Awards were this past weekend. It’s the annual award show for science fiction and fantasy creative works. The award show took place at DisCon III, a science fiction convention held in Washington D.C. One of the sponsors for the event was Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, located in Arlington, Virginia.

Evidently this sponsorship irritated some people.

From Gizmodo:


Amongst the sci-fi author community, the backlash has been sharp. Most of the comments in the tweet above are pointing out the bleakness of war profiteers finding a way to profit off a celebration of the typically forward thinking speculative science fiction genre. Some have been quick to point out that it’s just one arm of the company that’s doing the sponsoring, but to many more, the fact that a company who specializes in missiles and drones has a space division in the first place is troubling all on its own.

I didn’t get the memo stating defense contractors are now called war profiteers. It sounds evil, foreboding, and extremely biased.

I’m a science fiction nerd who likes Raytheon

I’m very familiar with Raytheon. When I was in the Air Force, I worked on and maintained avionic electronic countermeasures (ECM) equipment used on the old F-4E and F-4G Wild Weasel, and then on the B-52G.

SciFi nerds are mad Raytheon sponsored the Hugo Awards - Bent Corner
The B-52G, the aircraft I loved working on.

I worked both on the flight line directly working on aircraft and then in-shop working on the individual electronic countermeasures components. Some of the equipment I worked on was made by Raytheon.

Believe it or not, the reason we have a strong and capable military is to act as a deterrent. You hope it’s never used. You prepare for war so you never have to go to war.

Don’t like war? Blame our elected leaders

It’s never the military that decides to go to war. That decision is always made by civilian leadership elected into office by the American voter. It’s funny that seemingly no one had a problem with the Hugo Awards being held in Washington D.C. It’s our nation’s capital and it’s where our elected leaders first decide who are enemies are and, when to wage war against them.

If you’ve got a problem with military force being used against our enemies, blame our elected leaders in Washington D.C. Don’t blame our military, or the corporations that supply the equipment used by our military. Anyone who has a problem with Raytheon sponsoring the Hugo Awards, or the convention sponsoring the event hosting the Hugo Awards, needs to delete their Twitter account.

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