My Definition of a Social Justice Warrior.

Credit: Corey Milesch
Credit: Corey Milesch

This is a reply to someone who was entered into my Facebutt group for #MetalGate Band. They are very critical of what we represent and they have asked me to define “social justice warriors” so that they could tell me whether or not they identify as one.

There is no dictionary definition so this is from my perspective only and is going to be quite a long post. Please bear with me if you can. This can be read by anyone to gain insight on my thoughts regarding the matter but is meant to be for one person specifically.

Poser Disposer,

Here is my definition for what an SJW is. I don’t think you’re going to like it and am pretty sure I’m wasting my time here since all you seem to really want is to bitch and moan about this group existing.

When I was younger I went through a period of time where everything offended me. I would yell at people for watching rated R movies, chastise them for cussing, and had a holier than thou attitude in general. I quickly grew out of it but this is an aspect of what I consider to be a social justice warrior. It seems they never really grew out of that phase that some people seem to go through at some point in life. This is perhaps one of the reasons I am so rigidly opposed to SJW’s because at one time I could easily identify as one and now resent it.

Another way I identify social justice warriors is to draw similarities between their words and actions to really hardcore religious fundamentalist. There seems to be a certain dogma behind this crew of wimps that reminds me of the feverish and tunnel visioned tirades of extremist in religion. Being a Social Justice Warrior means you have a certain way of thinking about the world. It is well established to you by the group that if you stray from it you will be ostracized. Once ostracized there is nothing you can do or say to regain their confidence or friendship. Not that I’m totally against cults but in this instance I stand firmly opposed to it and it has everything to do with the content they produce. At least actual religions myths are entertaining with all the fire and brimstone.

Another trait I see as defining Social Justice is an over sensitivity to controversial art whether that be video games, music, film, writing, or canvas. They seem to have a pension for wanting to ban certain art they deem too offensive to exist and we see this from them time and time again in multiple genres of entertainment and art. They do this despite hardly ever creating art of their own to provide a foil for that which they deem to be bad art and when they do it usually ends up being some bimbo squeezing out period blood onto a canvas or some silly performance art (see SPLAT!). No one is saying they have no right to create it by the way. We’re simply pointing and laughing at the results.

I could provide more examples to satisfy your curiosity, if you have any that is, but there is ample evidence readily available through a simple google search. If you are curious enough to discover that rabbit hole please use some of that spare time of yours and indulge yourself.

Another hallmark of SJW’s that I see is that they preach about things that most sane and rational people do not disagree with them on. However, there are numerous things that separate SJW’s from everyone else in the world. When most people hear “equality” they realize that it is not referring to outcomes but to opportunity and representation in the letter of the law. Social Justice Warriors do not recognize this and instead take offense to any outcome which does not produce an equal number as fars sex, race, and creed are concerned. They want to lower the standards in everything, push for affirmative action to an extreme degree, and are viciously jealous of anyone or group of people who produce at a high level no matter what field you point at.

They seem to live in a fantasy land where everyone produces the same, gets the same, and deserves the same regardless of actual effort put in and quality of work. This is why people criticize them to such a degree that GamerGate and now MetalGate have formed. We are not declaring SJW’s can’t exist in the world or have their way of thinking or anything like that. We’re mostly concerned with criticizing their ideology and raising as much hell as possible when we notice any form of censoring going on. Whether that be government-funded or not. Yes, we do have examples of this going on so if you’re curious just ask.

To use an example from film, the situation really reminds me of the children’s movie “The Incredibles” by Pixar Studios. If you haven’t seen it, the focus of the film is about super heroes and how the world would really react to such super humans buzzing around saving the day all the time. Eventually society deems them too powerful and dangerous and demands the government to regulate them out of existence. The main villain in the film personifies everything social justice stands for when he presents his plan to take over the world by introducing technology that will mean EVERYONE in the world can have super powers. He says, “When everyone is super, no one will be.”

So after all that if I could sum it all up in a lot fewer words I would say that a Social Justice Warrior is someone who take ideas like equality and turns it into a religion and who takes offense at anyone who criticizes them for doing so. Going so far as to demand them to be banned from public record or even worse have them arrested and jailed for thinking the wrong way.

I seriously doubt you identify as one but I was curious because you seem to absolutely hate everyone in the group and the idea of the group itself. I already know this was a waste of time but I like to be thorough. I look forward to reading your hissy fit reaction to it. Criticizing everything I said, saying I’m just an idiot, calling me girls names, etc, etc…because that’s all you’ve really done so far Poser…I don’t really understand your motives because the group isn’t going to shut down over you. It’s not going to just go away just because you got so mad at us. No one is going to kick you out of the group….i just don’t get it man but whatever. Do what you want.

I’m open to criticism so long as it makes sense and the person levying it isn’t a presumptuous douche bag who acts like they know everything about everyone.  I’m starting to suspect I’ve met you before some where as your writings sound eerily familiar. If that’s the case then I’m honored to have gotten under someone’s skin so much that they’re willing to waste their time bitching and moaning in my little Facebutt group.

Anyways, there it is.

PS….Yes, we don’t like your snotty attitude even though we would if you said it about SJW’s because, FUCKING SURPRISE! We’re opposed to SJW’s…*gasp!

The Case of Safe: A MetalGate Journal

Credit: Corey Milesch
Credit: Corey Milesch

It has been a little over 4 months now since I started the #MetalGate Band Facebutt group and over that time I have learned a ton not only about heavy metal but myself as well. I came at this as a life long prog-rock fan not knowing what I was really getting myself into all because I simply cannot stand extremist ideologies such as Social Justice Warriors and radical feminism.

I was semi-involved with #GamerGate and noticed a few SJW’s starting to talk shit about Heavy Metal as well. Initially my intention was to show that Heavy Metal doesn’t need social justice and more importantly to stand in the way of ANYONE who might try to censor the artists even if I didn’t like their views or music. Over the initial few weeks of #metalgate it morphed more into anti-censorship than anything else and things since then have been pretty slow-moving. This gave me ample opportunity to get to know some life long metal heads and learn a ton about heavy metal history. I now feel a lot more confident speaking on these issues but realize I still have a ton to learn.

This journal entry, however, is to point out a few issues that I see causing a bunch of confusion in the group and among metal heads.

One of the main tell-tale signs of what we call a social justice warrior is something they refer to as a “safe space” where supposedly people can be free from criticism, bullying, and harassment of any kind. Since the beginning of #metalgate and the start of the Facebutt group there have been several individuals now who have left the group which of course they are free to do without anyone following them around or harassing them. We have better things to do!

The reason I bring this up is to illustrate a very important tenant of at least my Facebutt group. That it is not a “safe space” or a “hug box.” The group is not a place where you can expect people to constantly agree with you, hold your hand, or feel bad for you when people vehemently disagree with you. We’re not going to succumb to tone policing, concern trolling, or guilt trips!

People have left for a number of reasons. The first two people were sympathetic to social justice and/or critical of metalgate in general. Those two were understandable and I saw that coming a mile away though I would have loved for them to stay just to have the discussions and debates that come with them. A couple of other people however seemed to have left because people didn’t like their favorite bands, music, or sub-genre of metal and got into heated arguments about it and seemed to expect me and other admins to do something about it.

Very early on we tried to make it very clear that there would be no censorship what so ever unless it was spamming/trolling for no good reason other than to clutter the group up and distract from the group’s purpose and function. If you missed it, please look at the groups pinned post and listen to the audio file. People were notified very early on that “feelings” would not be nearly as important as actual reason and logic.

So, if you’re reading this and I or someone else has pissed you off or you don’t like our little group/crew then you are welcome to leave. I’d rather have a handful of dedicated ProMG people in here rather than a bunch of whiny mincey little faggot balls who buckle under the slightest scrutiny. We are here to be STRONGER than SJW’s, religious fundies, and pro-censorship people not give in to them or prove anything to them. I don’t care about looking like the good guy so take your ball and go home if that’s what you want.

Just because I don’t like your favorite band and talk shit about them doesn’t mean I’m a god damn social justice warrior or am in any way interested in censoring you or your favorite band. If only you knew how much I’ve had my ass KICKED over the rock music I like by some of my best friends who are involved with the group you’d be ashamed of yourself for acting out like a little kid does when they don’t get that toy they wanted so bad.

We’ve already shown that this group is willing to stand up to censorship of ANY kind whether it be through government action or by more coercive and/or online threats and harassment thrown towards artists like the rock band Black Pussy saw and continues to see from radfems. Not many of us in here are even fans of the band Black Pussy and have even vehemently criticized their music to the point of complete and utter dismissal of them as a legit band worth listening to yet we STILL stand up for their right to create music.

So please, those of you finding yourself getting butthurt frequently either grow up, grow thicker skin, figure yourself out, and get over it or don’t let the door hit you on the way out. It’s your choice because no one here is going to kick you out or try to silence you.