If Dan Slott were a plumber

Dan Slott posted something on Twitter I thought was interesting. He said his Twitter account is his personal account, that’s why he uses it to post about politics and other divisive issues.

Dan Slott blocked me on Twitter for following Diversity & Comics. At least that’s what I assume.  A lot of people who follow D&C can’t follow Dan Slott or even read is tweets. We’ve all been blocked. If I want to read a Dan Slott tweet, I have to fire up Firefox, not log into Twitter, and go to his Twitter feed. Since I normally use Google Chrome, it automatically logs me into Twitter.

Dan Slott is wrong

If Dan Slott were a plumber and not one of Marvel Comics’ top writers, he wouldn’t be able to tweet from a verified account. You see the fancy blue check mark next to his name? That means he’s been verified by Twitter. The Twitter blue check mark is a badge of privilege and honor. You only get a Twitter verified account check mark if you’re famous and deemed worthy by the folks who run Twitter.

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If Dan Slott were a plumber

Milo Yiannopoulos, the obnoxious conservative writer formerly from Breitbart, had a Twitter account. Twitter shut it down because he posted mean things about Saturday Night Live actress Leslie Jones. Before Twitter gave him the boot, he had a verified account and then he didn’t. Twitter removed the verified account check mark from Milo Yiannopoulos’ account to punish him. I think he was mean to someone else before being mean to Leslie Jones. I don’t remember what it was or who it was against. I’m feeling too lazy right now to look it up on Ask Jeeves.

If the Twitter blue check mark was, in fact, a tool for verification, why then would Twitter punish Milo Yiannopoulos by taking it away?

If Dan Slott were a plumber, he wouldn’t have a blue check mark next to his name. His Twitter account would have just as much clout and privilege as every other Twitter account. In other words, it would have no clout and no privilege. If he wanted a large follower count, he’d have to build it the old-fashioned way, by posting interesting content.

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Because he’s a top writer for Marvel Comics, he automatically garners followers. People follow Dan Slott because they’re interested in the books he writes.

How does Dan Slott use this privilege given to him because of who he works for? By posting stuff you’d expect to see in the comment section over at Daily Kos. What’s even worse is all the retweeting he does. It’s bad enough to read his political opinions, it’s even worse to read the opinions of others.

Did you know Dan Slott doesn’t like Donald Trump?

We get it. Dan Slott doesn’t like Donald Trump. If we all agree to this as a stipulation of fact, can he then move on and use his verified Twitter account to talk about the comics he writes? The verified Twitter account with a Spider-Man logo as the avatar?

If you’re a comic book professional and you’re doing things correctly, I should have no idea what political ideals you hold. Comic books, when done right, are a form of escapism. Comic books allow the people to take a break from the real world and enjoy a few minutes of entertainment.

If Dan Slott wants a personal Twitter account, he should create one. He could use it to post his political opinions. People who are interested in his fresh takes on Trump could then follow that personal Twitter account. He then could use his verified Twitter account to post about his books and the books of other comic book professionals. He should also stop blocking people from his verified Twitter account.

How can you promote your work to someone you’ve blocked?

Milo Yiannopoulos is dangerous… to 13-year-old boys

Professional troll Milo Yiannopoulos is in trouble. A conservative blog, The Reagan Brigade, published clips of Milo advocating the act of adult men having sexual relationships with boys as young as 13-years-old.

These comments were made by Yiannopoulos on two video podcasts, The Drunken Peasants, and the Joe Rogan Experience.

The reaction to these videos was both swift and severe. Organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) uninvited Milo to speak at the conference. Book publisher Simon & Schuster announced that it was canceling Milo’s book, Dangerous. No word yet if he’s been relieved of his technology editor position at Breitbart.

Milo Yiannopoulos is dangerous... to 13-year-old boys - Bent Corner
Dangerous… to 13-year-old boys.

How will Breitbart report on technology if it doesn’t have Milo steering the ship? People may want to get their tech news from somewhere other than Breitbart until this situation is all ironed out.

What I find to be the most interesting thing about these videos is that they aren’t new. The Joe Rogan Experience video was published in 2015. The Drunken Peasants video was from 2016. Why was a conservative blog able to find these clips and publish them when the mainstream news media was not? Considering how much Milo has been in the news lately, you would think CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, MSNBC, or CNN could have assigned a few interns to the task of listening to some of the stuff he has said in the past.

People have been protesting at Milo’s speaking engagements at college campuses because they don’t like what he has to say. The mainstream news outlets should have found out exactly what Milo has said and then report that. They failed to do that. Instead, a conservative blog most people have never heard of did the mainstream news’ job for them. People now know Milo is an advocate of adult men having sexual relationships with boys as young as 13-year-old boys. If it were up to the mainstream news media to inform us, we would still be in the dark.

Milo Yiannopoulos is done. People can forgive and forget a lot of terrible things, Man-boy love, pedophilia, is not one of those things.

Twitter rules only apply to some people

Here’s a tweet actress Leslie Jones sent instructing her followers to contact another Twitter user.

Here’s a tweet actress Leslie Jones sent instructing her followers to contact another Twitter user whitebecky1776, about a reportidly hateful tweet whitebecky1776 sent to Leslie Jones. She actually instructs her followers to “Get her!!”

By telling her followers to “Get her!!”, Leslie Jones is inciting her followers to harass whitebecky1776. This is a forbidden under Twitter’s rules:

It’s important to note that one of the reasons alluded to for banning Milo Yiannopoulos for life was that he was responsible for his followers sending Leslie Jones mean, racist tweets. There’s been no proof to substantiate this. Milo Yiannopoulos never encouraged his followers to get Leslie Jones like she did with her followers to get this whitebecky1776 person.

Milo Yiannopoulos was banned for life from Twitter while Leslie Jones is still trucking along.

Milo Yiannopoulos is a conservative blogger and a self-described provocateur. He’s also kind of a dick. He’s a hard person to defend. Leslie Jones is a very funny Saturday Night Live actress and is appearing in a major motion picture financed by Columbia Pictures. Milo Yiannopoulos wrote a scathing review of that movie and was highly critical of Leslie Jones’ performance. Leslie Jones has some powerful people in her corner. Milo Yiannopoulos has GamerGate and Breitbart. Considering these facts, I guess it should be no huge surprise that Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter, while Leslie Jones’ victimhood is being celebrated.

That doesn’t make it right.

Twitter bans Milo Yiannopoulos

Twitter has banned conservative blogger Milo Yiannopoulos from its social media service after Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones was Tweeted racist, insulting comments from Twitter users.

From CNN:

Yiannopoulos, who had more than 350,000 followers, has been a provocative and unapologetic voice on the platform. He’s been vocal in the contentious movement known as GamerGate, which claims to promote ethics in gaming journalism but has been condemned for its treatment of women. And most recently he was seen as an instigator for the hate spewed at Jones. She called him out on Twitter Monday evening and separately criticized the platform for its inability to filter hateful content.

I’m not sure how Twitter determined Milo Yiannopoulos instigated the hate spewed towards Leslie Jones. Milo Yiannopoulos had his Twitter account shutdown not for anything he did, but for the actions of others. That makes absolutely no sense to me.

This is not the first time Twitter has taken action against Milo Yiannopoulos. He’s been suspended before. He also had his blue checkmark, the indicator that he’s been verified by Twitter as the real Milo Yiannopoulos, removed because of something he supposedly said on Twitter.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of Milo Yiannopoulos. I disagree with him on almost everything he claims to believe. I used to follow him on Twitter back in the day just to read the stupid things he would say, but that turned out to be not as entertaining as I imagined it would be.

A little bit of Milo Yiannopoulos goes a long way.

That’s not to say I think he should have his Twitter account closed, especially in response to the actions of others. It’s not like he told people to tweet mean things to Leslie Jones. If Twitter has any value to society, it’s that it allows people to share their thoughts and opinions in 140 characters or less. If you don’t want to read what someone says on Twitter, you can just not read what they have to tweet. You can also block them from interacting with you. It’s really not hard.

I actually like Leslie Jones. I don’t watch Saturday Night Live anymore, but I do watch the occasional skit on YouTube. She’s by far the funniest cast member. Lately, she’s been using her personal Twitter account to promote Ghostbusters, a movie that rubs a lot of people the wrong way, either because they’re misogynists, or because the movie is a steaming pile of dog shit that is ruining the original movie’s legacy.

I always thought Ghostbusters II did that.

Leslie Jones' "personal" Twitter account.
Leslie Jones’ “personal” Twitter account.

Leslie Jones’ Twitter account looks less like a personal account and more like the official Ghostbusters Twitter account run by Columbia Pictures. Personal Twitter accounts are best used when they’re used as personal accounts, not another promotional tool for a billion dollar movie studio. I think Leslie Jones received hateful, racist comments on Twitter because she used her personal Twitter account to promote a controversial movie. She’s been on Twitter since 2009. She only became a lighting rod of bigoted hate when she started promoting Ghostbusters.

One good thing about this whole controversy is that it’s gotten a lot of press for Ghostbusters. The movie premiered last weekend and it wasn’t the top earner at the box office. Milo Yiannopoulos getting banned from Twitter and it’s relation to Ghostbusters has been front page news on all the top news websites. I wouldn’t be surprised if the movie does better this weekend. Then again, the new Star Trek movie comes out this weekend and unlike Ghostbusters, it looks pretty damn good.