Flapping My (Rotting) Meat

Written by Natalie Luhrs

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May 27, 2014

You know what? If you’re going to insult me, make it a GOOD one.

Bryan Thomas Schmidt, you’re a writer and editor.  Certainly you can do better than “rotting meat”.

BTS Rotting Meat

I was going to do a Storify, but Bryan Thomas Schmidt started deleting so if you want to see the whole thing, here’s a screenshot. It’s pretty awesome.

This is pretty awesome, too:

BTS Polite

Can’t. Stop. Laughing.

Oh, and the post’s title? A reference to one of my very favorite SF short stories, Terry Bisson’s “They’re Made Out of Meat”–which is a first contact story told from the POV of some aliens. Highly recommended.

ETA: Bryan Thomas Schmidt seems to have spent last night complaining about being bullied (someone please explain to me how I can bully someone who has almost three times more people following him on Twitter than I do), lamenting that he wasn’t being given ally cookies, and proclaiming that he only wanted to help.  Screencaps ahoy!

Charles Tan also notes that the “Omarosa” post from last June has been deleted and provides a link to the Google cache.  I also screencapped and criticized it last year.  And I’m going to repeat myself: Bryan Thomas Schmidt, you don’t get to set the terms of engagement or otherwise control the conversation.  You are not an authority, no matter how much you believe yourself to be one.

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  1. Bluestgirlblog

    Hey there are people on that list I’m not reading yet! Thank you, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, for pointing me in their direction!

  2. Steven Saus

    I’m honored to be included on a list like this. 🙂

  3. DataGoddess

    Wow, he’s such a White Knight, and everyone is soooo mean for not recognizing his efforts!!! The fact that he doesn’t understand *why* he’s getting the reaction he is, even though it’s been spelled out to him, is evidence that you can have your head up your ass even being in armor on horseback.

  4. Veronica Schanoes

    I need to get a higher profile–I’m made out of meat too!

  5. Abi Sutherland

    I think it’s interesting that after pusback on his namecalling, he excuses both “Omarosa” and “rotting meat” by attributing them to other people. And not random other people, either: he says one is from a woman of color, the other is from a pastor. In other words, these are terms used by people he hopes the targets of his insults would excuse or respect.

    Obviously, everyone has their own peculiar customs and establishments. But from where I’m sitting, it doesn’t matter who used a term before you did. What you choose to bring into the conversation and give your voice to as your own views, you own.

  6. --E

    Yeah, I wouldn’t be the first person to call someone an asshole either, but it wouldn’t excuse me from doing it.

    At least he has a consistent mode: “IT’S NOT MY FAULT.”

    • Someone else said the offensive thing, he’s just repeating what they said (without noting that he’s using that offensive statement for his own benefit).

    • He said X, and it’s everyone else’s fault if they didn’t understand it (not his lack of ability to express himself clearly).

    • He’s trying to do something good but no one will give him any credit for it because they must be biased against his religion and politics (despite some of us–including me–having zero idea of his religion or politics).

    This is the sort of guy who calls someone clumsy when they run into his swinging fist.


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