There’s been a recent flub regarding Christopher “Paperclip Avenger” Cantwell telling a black Twitter user to “shut up nigger.” His defense was that he’s a social justice warrior who’s not interested in a debate and so he’s responding by playing the SWJ’s name-game. There’s a small minority of people who think this is valid and I’m sure, Dear Reader, you’re not one of them.
Cantwell’s followers are rabid and tribalist as is many of the celebritarian losers on social media and aren’t interested in looking at the other side. It’s #teamcantwell or bust. This post is only attempting to be a better understanding of my position to people who may already agree, those who aren’t in the know, or those who are on the fence.
What is a ‘Social Justice Warrior?’
Social Justice Warrior are the crazy people you see on Tumblr who get their panties in a wad over anything because it’s sexist/racist/abilist/..et al. These people do exist but they are rare and they huddle together in the Tumblr cesspit. They try to motivate campaigns of smear over the most innocent and trivial of comments.
That being said; it’s a good rule of thumb that anyone who is labeled a SWJ is more often than not not. I’ve spent a few minutes flipping though this HeckPhilly’s Twitter before the offending tweets were made. He does talk about racism and sexism, but it’s the more common complaints you hear. He’s not railing against a guy who posted a picture of a pizza he bought to woo a girl for murdering animals for his entitlement of a woman. He’s not railing against racism against otherkins or headmates. I may not agree with some of his tweets (like his stance on capitalism,) but the guy is not a Tumblrista.
He seems like he was interested in having a conversation and it may not have gone well, but calling him a nigger was beyond the pale.
As you noticed I’ve said nigger three times already… no, four. The context I’m using it is the topic of the word itself and reporting on someone’s use. Cantwell on Free Talk Live pointed out that context matters when me mentioned that Mark Edge used it when reporting on the situation on Cantwell. He’s right to an extent. Context matters but context isn’t helping his case.
Cantwell flat out called a black guy who was critical of him a nigger, twice, to invoke a response. He later went on to call Michael Brown’s parents niggers too. He wasn’t responding to someone trying to talk about race or racism, he was talking about Cantwell’s alleged sexism. A claim which I do believe there’s merit. However if he’s saying it to point out this guy was a SWJ, it’s terrible.
People who are very much not SJW would be upset regarding both him using racist and sexist epithets and if his goal was to equate him to being someone Internet Aristocrat rails against, it would have been more prudent to use terms that would offend them. Retard, crazy, human pretending to be a wolf, pizza, …whatever. He didn’t. He used a term that was deliberately disturbing to a vast majority of non-SJWs.
But the Black Guy Used A Racist Slur Against White People!
I’m sorry, I forgot that “inferior white boy” has centuries of oppression attached to it. It’s something that makes everyone gasp any time it’s used. Yea, that’s our word. #irishlivesmatter
Is Cantwell A Racist?
Probably not. He’s just stupid. Really fucking stupid. He won’t apologize because doubling down is how he rolls. He still defends Stefan Molyneux even after personally experiencing him lying about Stef’s “critics always get pushed to the front of the line” on his show. If he’s not sorry, he shouldn’t apologize. Almost nothing is worse than a fake apology. ‘Almost’ because being a retarded meat-head is worse.