Today, two writers pulled their names off the Hugo ballots.
Cited was the indirect association with Vox Day, who may be the most hated man in SF. Also┬ácited was the harassment they were obviously getting. ┬áThey each expressed their thoughts differently on these.
On the second: ┬áCongratulations, "tolerant" "liberals," especially those of you with multiple chrome phallus statues. You've successfully protected your precious award from a gay woman and an immigrant. ┬áYou just keep on talking about tolerance. ┬áWe hear you.
As to the first: ┬áI very much sympathize with the writers' positions. It's not easy taking flak for someone else who deserves it, even if it's misplaced.
However, this behavior is dangerous. ┬á
It gives Vox more control over the Hugos. ┬áAll he has to do to prevent someone winning is have his psychophants (sic) nominate them, and they have to withdraw in shame. ┬áAnd he can even endorse someone AFTER they're balloted, and there will be a pall over their win.
Also, if his endorsement was genuine (He IS a sci fi fan, after all), then you've narrowed the number of potential candidates his fans will vote for, thus increasing the odds another of his nominees will win.
Yes, he's a troll and an asshole. ┬áHe trolled SFWA into removing him, even though per their own bylaws the officers have no authority to do so. ┬áHe might be planning a lawsuit as we speak. ┬áNEVER think you can win against a man like this. ┬áHe is narcissistic, vicious, and an expert at manipulation.
The only way to win is not to play. ┬áIf his endorsement was serious, then it's still real. You can't control the personalities of people who read your work. ┬áIf he was trolling, you're playing into his hands.
Participants: ┬áIgnore the man. Vote as your conscience dictates, on the quality of the work, only. To do otherwise gives him what he wants.