Shaming, Alienation, and the Exceptions
Freddie DeBoer has a good essay on the limits of shaming especially in the face of admiration.
The Cliff Notes version is basically that Freddie is wondering about why people who normally are very harsh on domestic violence were willing to give David Carr as pass for his actions of serial domestic violence during his years as a cocaine addict? Why does weev’s hacking exploits get people to handwave away his neo-nazi views on race and his anti-Semitism? Freddie notes that many Carr and Weev supporters are also among the usually defenders of calling people out for racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism on twitter.
DeBoer wants to know why someone people can seemingly get away with murder (or close to it) while others cannot. DeBoer uses Roman Polanski as the obvious example of someone whose horrible actions are supposed to lead to a permanent boycott of his artistic works.
I don’t think there are any easy answers. As long as there are rules there will be exceptions to the rules and people will probably be highly subjective in when they make exceptions. It is easy to boycott or not participate in something that doesn’t interest you and all art and most artists are problematic to varying degrees.
How do you think the exceptions to the rules get created? Why does weev seemingly get a pass for his white supremacy and anti-Semitism?