Some poet I’ve only heard of a little bit and the Huffington Post did this. Warning it is the “remixed” last words of the young man who shot people at UCSB. I’ve used do not link so they don’t get clickbait money.
One of this persons responses is here.
This is taken from the huffpo page itself:
The aim of this metamodern poem is to turn on their heads the words of hatred Elliot Rodger left behind him as he exited this world. The author condemns in the strongest terms the actions of Elliot Rodger; the aim here is to rescue language from the perversion of language, not to glorify an individual whose actions were incontrovertibly evil. Note that this poem is intended as an address to, not an address from, Elliot Rodger.
Are you fucking joking?
He exited and left hate? No he left blood, death, and families who have senselessly lost their loved ones because they were women or men in the wrong place.
This man killed those people because he hated women. There is no reclamation of that.
Now I’ve only seen this discussed so far at VIDA on their facebook page see that here.
I don’t know if this poet thinks that it will do something great for his career to ride the coattails of the murder of innocent women, or if it is one of those fucking hipster I’m totally not sexist but I’m really fucking awfully sexist type things or what but, this is not okay.
I’ve seen calls about being censored.
Okay you are a professional and educated writer. If you don’t understand that tolerance of bullshit is not censorship maybe your fancy degrees and publication credits are wasted.
I have seen (usually) men do this often because they feel something for their brethren but this faux concern is aimed at the wrong place.
I would like to see Mr. Abramson stand in front of the families of the murdered people and explain to them how his poem is “addressed to” the man who murdered their loved one because he felt entitled to posessing the bodies of “blond sluts”.
How about standing in front of every woman who has ever been terrified and in fear for her actual life because she said no and telling them how on the Huffington Post, how
the aim here is to rescue language from the perversion of language, not to glorify an individual whose actions were incontrovertibly evil.
This is sick.
This is disgusting.
This is one of the ways we see that there is no respect for the victims in a situation like this because this douchebag thinks that “fixing” the perverted language will do something.
Here is a fact.
The language was not perverted it was crystal clear.
That man hated women.
He felt entitled to getting fucked regardless of his behavior.
Even his family thought he was dangerous.
People died because he couldn’t get his fucking dick sucked.
Where is the poetry to fix the perverted language women hear every day? Where is the remix of the men who chased me for blocks alternately telling me they were going to rape me or that I could get 20$ if I sucked their dicks?
Where is the fix for the times women are called bitches because we have the NERVE to not be sexually available to every dude who wants it?
That’s what I thought.
Beyond my general loathing of Clickbait Huffington post nonsense, the fact that this is what the lit world serves up as a response to something that was a.) entirely preventable and b.) so deeply terrifying to so many women I am disgusted.
I am disgusted at the click bait.
I am disgusted with this poet.
I am disgusted that the word censorship has even entered into it.
I am disgusted by the level of privilege it takes to say I don’t want to fight but I like to talk. It is the the same song fake allies use to silence the voices of anyone who makes them uncomfortable.
This entire thing is a circle jerk of privilege and it makes me want to vomit.
Personally given that this writer is now on my radar, I will seek to avoid him and his work entirely. I will warn any women to avoid it. This is yet another instance where I am left wondering, who the fuck is driving the bus.
I had planned on writing about something else but I couldn’t. I hope that after the holiday weekend there is more discussion about this.
Also if you’re going to comment understand that I will not put up with bullshit. None. So don’t.
And let me say this as well.
The real fact is this sort of tragedy is something I think about constantly. As I said in my essay about “Female Privilege”,
What matters is that in my real actual life, at least a few times a month I am forced into the position of being ready to defend myself while taking note of the look of the man/men, while being aware of my surroundings, while being hyper aware that- that night might be the night I get assaulted.
It makes me sick that some douchebag would do this for his own purposes (regardless of his intent) on the back of that kind of pervasive fear.
That’s all. I can’t.