I Got Blocked By a Writer Who Claims to Defend Free Speech
Recently a writer who wrote an article claiming to defend free speech blocked me.
I don’t think he sees the irony.
The article in question was a grab bag of foam-flecked ravings beloved of every right-wing loudhailer and deep state conspiracy theorist. You know the arguments: the left is intolerant, they shut down debate, cancel culture puts free speech at risk.
There was also a lot of transphobia thrown in, plus the weird brag that articles like that one (i.e., controversial and offensive ones) had made his views — and money — shoot up.
I had the temerity to point out that he can’t write an article claiming to be “silenced” while at the same time admitting he was more popular than ever.
He left a comment saying I had “missed the point” before blocking me and deleting my comment.
A writer claiming to defend free speech blocked me for disagreeing with him.
A writer claiming that “the left” shuts down debate blocked me for disagreeing with him.
A writer claiming that he is being silenced blocked me for disagreeing with him.
A writer claiming to care about “facts not feelings” blocked me for disagreeing with him (and hurting his feelings).
When he says “free speech is under attack” he means that he, personally, is “under attack” because people disagree with his awful, offensive opinions.
I wonder if people like him ever look in the mirror and realise who they truly are — hypocrites and cowards. I won’t hold my breath for this particular writer, who as we speak is probably busy clapping for comments that agree with him and deleting those that don’t.
Free speech is under attack, indeed.