I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
Looks like this love affair is done. I will not be looking for more to read, although I might catch up if I hear that this gets better later on.
Oh, wow, this got pretty porn-y. Like remember when Anita Blake went from plot to full out porn?
Yeah, just there's actually visuals to go along with it, and no thank you.
Look, what gaza is going through is horrible. But my sympathy is tempered by the fact that the world demands that Israel 'negotiate fairly' and talk to a group that clearly wants to murder Jews. (Yes, yes, I know they have a new charter that doesn't call for genocide anymore, but look up all the raised eyebrows when they changed it and said they couldn't get rid of the old Jew-murder-y one for reason-y reasons. Also, note that they now say they're fighting Zionists in the charter - so you'd assume all Zionists, not just Jews, right? Nope, every time they call to, say, tear the hearts out of someone, something one of the highest ups, forgot-his-first-name Sinwar actually literally said and it's out there on Twitter-land in video, it's always the Jews. It's like they still want to, say, murder Jews, preferably all of them.)
Let's delve deeper into this: how well did talking to the nazi regime work for the Jews? And yeah, naively, they tried at first, or just wanted to keep their heads down. Unsurprisingly, talking to someone who's whole raison d'être is murdering you, yes all of you, Jews hasn't worked in the past. It's insulting that we're expected to see 'nuance' in hamas. Like no amount of nuance and socialism or economic gains nuanced away the nazi's genocidal aims. Let's not nuance away what hamas really wants: to murder the Jews, all the Jews. Because no amount of nuance is going to pretty that up, you d-hole of an author.
That's honestly my biggest gripe right now. We don't talk about hamas with enough nuance. But I think this ties into a lot of what I was talking about earlier, and oddly enough it's only reinforced by everything I read, no matter on what side of the issue. Can you imagine someone patting Muslims on the head and saying they just didn't deal with the Christchurch murderer - yeah, I don't know his name and never bothered to look it up because that time and energy could be better spent, which is why I keep forgetting Sinwar's first name - with enough nuance? Nope, you couldn't, because no matter what he felt had been done to him, and his country, the really important thing about his was he was a cray-cray psycho who gunned down a shitload of people. No amount of nuance is going to make that shitshow any better. That being said, I do believe in understanding why he did it, because I think it can help understand and prevent further mass shootings. But, hey, Muslim community? You don't have to talk about this asshat with nuance. Call him out for the asshole he is. But understand this: hamas is also genocidal and while some Jews want to be their friends - not a lie; this was a tweet from a Jew back from when they had their genocidal desires enshrined in their charter - many will call them out for the terrorist, extremists assholes they are.
And guess what? They've tried to murder waaaaay more Jews than the Christchurch shooter tried to murder Muslims. We don't owe them shit, especially not a nuanced discussion of why they're trying to murder us.
It's going to take a while to tie this to my reading, so bear with me.
So, yesterday I was pretty much blasted for saying that Jew hate is treated differently than other kinds of racism AND that I should just go with the democratic party for the good of others.
Tlaib laid out a heavy piece of Shoah revision, saying that Arabs in the British Mandate of Palestine created a 'safe haven' for Jews. Well, I guess if you consider trying to murder them 'safe'. They created a hostile place from the get go, and still regularly try to murder all Jews, with one part of their government in gaza having a charter calling for the genocide of the Jews until a couple years ago.
Can you imagine a democrat saying that whites created a 'safe haven' for black people in America when they were trafficked over to America? Can you imagine the democrat's Speaker of the House saying that people were trying to smear that politician when they called them out for their historical inaccuracies? Like, sorry that the blatantly open Jew hate in the democratic party isn't something many Jews accept. I also don't read in a vacuum: the more the democrats systematically uphold Jew hate, the more I'm interested in reading Republican/conservative voices, even vile ones that I realize I don't agree with. This is for two reasons: one, I have definitely gone through my #Jexodus; I continue to find reasons to turn my back on the democrat party the longer this goes on. When people tell me to smile and take the antisemitism for the good of the democratic party, I wonder if they would say this to any other minority. Nor does any other minority get as much flack for abandoning the party; Latino support for Trump soared to 50% in February this year. Anyone want to slam them for their choices? Or maybe, just maybe, you'll respect their culture and whatever decides this vote for them. But complaining that the Jews don't have solidarity, while not looking at other minorities is a double standard that places them in a position where they have to vote for Jew hate - or be branded as awful/traitors/racist/whatever you want to say about them. If you're willing to say this about Jews, but not about the latinos and black people who vote for Trump, then you're being unfair to Jews.
So basically what I see is that democrats and their supporters want to frolic with their Jew hate - and not see any backlash. How dare we consider voting Republican? (Which honestly, why? I can note vote. I checked; I'm not currently registered to vote, and not re-registering makes my choices so damn much easier. By the way, no voting, writing in fictional characters, voting independent; I have more than two choices.) They also want me to very, very considerate of every other minority, but are happy to see me vote for holocaust revisionists, and back them up. (And yes, there are revisionists on both sides, but I was a big ol' lefty, so seeing it on the left hurts more so I'm calling it out more.) Seeing it on the left also leaves me politically homeless, and feeling that if the democrats win, the Jews are really, really screwed. If the Republicans win, we're really, really screwed, too. It's just I haven't invested in the Rebublican party and they aren't white knighting as hard as the democrats, so...
But intertwined with liberals, lefties and democrats is the premise of diversity and calling out racism. When I do so for others, and am sneered at when I point out democratic Jew hate, it doesn't make me want to read more diversely or care as much about calling gout other racism in my books. Jew hate. I'll focus on Jew hate since my solidarity is seen as a one way street where I'm asked to do far more for others than they're ever willing to do for me. I've seen the silence in progressive circles about Jew hate, when Jew hate isn't eagerly cheered on and sheltered.
I like my white men characters AND writers when it comes to comics. I used to actively search for diverse characters and writers; I'm interested in my old standbys - mostly white dudes - and Jewish writers.
The way I pick my reading, and the way I react when I see diversity in authors, and characters, has changed fairly dramatically. It hurts too damn much to speak openly about my own pain and be told that I'm wrong in order to cape for those who hate me. It's going to severely influence how I read and how I review, because I don't read, take in that reading, or review in a vacuum. If you didn’t speak out against this, I owe you none of my time. And good luck when they turn on you. We’re referred to as the canaries in the coal mine because one the group abusing us in done chewing us up and spitting us out, they turn on all the other minorities. I’ll be taking care of my own first by then, but if I have time and energy to spare, I’ll check in when I can.
"'With Hashem's help, gentlemen, this will work.'"
Frum. Science. Fiction.
Also, Am Yisrael Chai, and I needed a break from Milo after 2 pages, and being told I'm hateful.
I knew I was going to lose friends over reading books that are considered taboo. I didn't realize just how fast.
So I hate hypocrisy and double standards. If you're going to demand that people censor books that are considered taboo, let's do it for EVERYONE. Mein Kampf? Off the table, because it's offensive to a lot of groups of people, including Jews.
If you're unhappy with the fact that I am angry about Jew hate on the left, then I hope you're okay with policing how other minorities talk about the racism directed against them. If they're allowed to be angry and hateful and can't be racists even when they're yelling bigoted things at other groups, then you accept that about Jews. But I am no longer willing to smile when people pat me on the head and tell me to wait, Jew hate will be dealt with eventually, shhh, just be nice about it.
The women's march leaders STILL associate with a man who called Jews termites. I see no reason to be nice, or not hateful to them. These women are worthy ONLY of my contempt, and I will read whatever shit they tell me not to read because I DON'T TRUST THEM AND I DON'T TRUST PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T DISASSOCIATED FROM THEM. So, yeah, if you call me hateful and disassociate from me while loving nazi lovers, that's fine. I don't need you in my life.
I'm sick to my stomach that my choices are Democrats or Republicans. Call me when someone who doesn't hate me for being Jewish comes up. But fuck, I spill my guts about being afraid to be openly Jewish, and I'm dumped on. YOU WOULDN'T TREAT ANY OTHER MINORITY THIS WAY. NONE OF THEM. Jew hate is everywhere.
"I thought, this is poppycock, fuck anyone who tells me what I can and cannot read."
Yes, this is my reaction, too, and now I feel dirty.
Look, I'm going to be honest. I'm not sure how much this is going to be painful for people to read, so misogyny AND homophobia behind the break. I'll page break a lot of my updates, I suspect..
I'm sick of antisemitism being romanticized, normalized and cheered on, while the same people who gaslight about it 'being taken care of' and tell us to wait - for over two years - condemn any other forms of racism.
So I'm making a statement by reading this, which is that if one is allowed to lionize those who murder Jews - like the leaders of the women's march do, cozying up to Rasmea Oden, who bombed a supermarket and left two Jewish college students dead - then I am certainly allowed to read Milo's book.
While I expect I'll call Milo a racist and moron a whoooole bunch, it gives me a sense of glee to indulge in the things that piss off Jew haters. Milo is awful for us all, Jew or not. (I kinda vaguely recall that he's Jewish, but, eh, I can't really remember.)
That being said, Milo pisses off Jews, and I still think not knowing what he's saying is more dangerous than knowing if we want to counter what he's saying. So, please, Primus, don't let this be too awful...
I'm really, really not fond of this issue.
Rubble is still annoying, and I don't see where this is going.
Buuuuut, the 1:10 variant is just amazingly gorgeous.
And only because this is the last issue. Very sad. At the same time, I'm happy that it didn't get dragged on so long that it became tedious or stale. So again, mixed feelings, but mostly I want to cry revisiting that this was the final issue.
Highly recommend this series, though.
This is coming to a close - but it's so good. So how good it is makes me happy, while the fact that this series is coming to an end? Makes me so sad I could curl up into a ball and weep.
All. Day. Long.
Anything I say about this, as far as plot and all, seems so wrapped up in previous issues and the Unicron mini-series that ends this all, so I'm not going to say. I'm just going to say that I have mixed feelings about this all.
Do I really need explain the appeal for me? I didn't think so. Plus, I pretty much just love everything Hellboy... Because, bless his soul, he's been raised by nazis and also kicks their asses on a regular basis. He's kinda swoon-y in a non-sexual, but I love that fact about you way for me.
So, yeah, love pretty much everything Hellboy. Although I heard the new movie blew so I skipped in in theater and hope it's not as bas as it seems when it comes time to stream it...
Elvira continues to evade the monster after her, while chilling out with Stoker for a while. It's fascinating to see the present day horror icon meet up with past horror icons, without losing any of the flippant sensibility that Elvira has had since her conception.
Continues to be so much fun. This was the last issue in Humble Bundle and I've been so overwhelmed and quite frankly depressed that I haven't read past this, or even bought the other issues in this mini-series so far.
It's Poe up to bat. Elvira is pulled back into another time travel adventure as she tries to escape the horror hunting her. This time, she meets Poe. The gags continue to be fast and furious. This mini-series runs on gags, and refuses to take anything seriously, and it's charming.
Again, not pure horror, not very violent or gory, but it hit the spot because it was light in all the right ways.