Ya know, I don't normally pop into here for too much these days, for a plethora of reasons, but this sort of response is to something that should matter is one of the reasons why I'm distant.
This response reeks of the "both sides" arguments that have always frustrated me during my long tenure in MadCast. The expectation that someone should "respectfully" engage with content from someone who has shown themselves to be racist, encouraged abuse of marginalized people, and has a general disrespect for anyone that disagrees with him is not the same as ignoring those facts.
The man said fuck the Quartering because, FUCK THE QUARTERING. But the follow up response of
Was not disrespectful of Maday or of the point. It was a disrespect for the Quartering. The correct response to this should've been, "my bad. I didn't know this person had hurt people. I only wanted to speak to the point about KOTOR." Instead Maday ignored instead of acknowledged.
You get why that's a problem, right?
This Quartering dude has come after people that are my friends. Encouraged doxxing of them. Swatting on them. Saying something like, "fuck that guy" is practically a PG response when you consider how awful he is. You can't expect someone who has seen this in action to be nicer about how awful it is. So please, for the love of god, save the "both sides" arguments/defenses.
We wanna call ourselves inclusive here, and by definition (def. not excluding any of the parties or groups involved in something) we are. That doesn't mean that marginalized people will want to be here though. I can understand that cis white male won't understand why the Quartering is harmful just watching a video or two. The problematic parts go in an ear and out another. The problem is that the marginalized, when we point out the issues, are also expected to educate cis white male on why these things are bad. And if we don't and we just say,
we are considered to be disrespectful. It's tired. We're tired. I can understand why Kal left. What else do you do when inclusivity only feels surface deep?
Now, before we go on one of those things where shit gets taken wildly out of context. I don't think Maday shares the same values as the Quartering. I don't think Epic has intentionally tried to ignore the reasons I pointed out that what Kal said was justified and not disrespectful to Maday, or that Maday intentionally tried to run off Kal. I just don't think y'all get it. That doesn't make it better. That doesn't fix it, but that's what it is. Ignorance can be bliss for some, but incredibly hurtful for others.