Gay Man Pretends Not To Know What A Man Is
George Takei takes a stab at Riley Gaines, gets ratio'd
Actor George Takei, most famous for his role as Sulu on Star Trek, took a swipe at swimmer Riley Gaines on Twitter/X yesterday. (Don’t fight me, nobody is actually calling it ‘X’.) Linking to an article, “Anti-Trans Swimmer Slammed After Causing Trans Teen To Lose Volleyball Scholarship,” hosted at someone’s crappy blog, Takei participated in the societal gaslighting of female athletes on behalf of cheating males. It did not go well for him.
Several replies, and a Riley Gaines quote tweet, have all outshined his original post (OP). “Oh no! An actual woman will receive a women's scholarship!!! How devastating! A win for women, equal opportunity, and reality,” Gaines wrote, receiving more than three times as many ‘likes’ as Takei despite having only a quarter of his following. It is a sign of how much the American conversation has changed in just the last year.
A few hours after the kerfuffle began, I replied to Takei with a standard take that I have already tweeted at him a dozen times: “Gay man pretends not to know what a man is: BREAKING.” This time, it blew up like never before.
Adding to the surprise, I went to bed early last night, as I was feeling a little under the weather, so I woke up to a thousand notifications this morning. My Twitter mentions have been impossible to keep up with today. Sorry if I don’t follow everyone back, I can’t even see all of you.
(I have received many compliments today but the most gratifying of all was from the inestimable Helen Joyce, who simply replied “beautiful” to a screenshot of my reply tweet surpassing the number of ‘likes’ on Takei’s OP. Swoon!)
Now, ordinarily I would not write a post here about a silly tweet ratio. It’s just Twitter, after all. But consider the fact that just a year ago, ‘misgendering’ someone was still a thoughtcrime that could get a user suspended from this platform. In fact, I only got this account back in January after it had been suspended 448 days because I had offered someone $1 million for a transgender gerbil. Really! This is a thing that happened in the United States of America:
Say what you like about Elon Musk and the way he runs Twitter, but it was the hall monitors who actually broke the platform in the first place. He simply bought it, and he gets to break the things he buys if he wants to. After all, the excuse for pronoun tyranny was always that private companies are not the government, so they get to do as they please with our speech. However, this same excuse applies to the company even after someone the hall monitors dislike buys it from the people they do like.
All the noise we have heard about supposed ‘hate speech’ on the platform lately is really just the same people who enjoyed cultural supremacy a year ago whining about the narrative power they have lost since Musk bought Twitter. (It was also quite rich seeing Media Matters engineer ‘evidence’ of anti-Semitism just a few weeks before mass episodes of actual, real, not-imaginary, but progressive anti-Semitism broke out on college campuses across the nation.) If you wondered why Blackrock and ESG capital would invest so much effort into attacking the platform under Musk, this is why.
Back in February, I was able to observe a progressive webinar in which the panel discussed alternatives to Twitter/X. None of them have worked out. ‘Threads,’ the Facebook ‘Twitter-killer,’ failed within days of launch. Mastodon, the decentralized platform that the hall monitors preferred and made a big show of defecting to from Twitter, turned into a cluster of echo chambers and also failed. According to Musk, ‘impressions’ — loaded tweets — are up more than 22 percent over a year ago. The campaign against his ownership has failed spectacularly.
Why do they care so much? According to the Netroots Nation trainers who held that webinar, no other social media platform has the same ability to make a video ‘go viral’ on other platforms. Video has been a key technology for progressive activists since the Obama campaign of 2008. Every amazing character on Libs of TikTok is an example of how the left has used social media for over 15 years. It was working, before, and now it is working against them.
None of the alternatives they tried were even close to what Twitter can do, the webinar panel said. TikTok is number two in this category, and at the time, Congress was holding hearings about a potential ban in the United States. They discussed talking points to defend TikTok from critics, many of which Democrats used in public hearings shortly thereafter.
Thus their desperation to recover control of Twitter was palpable — and their denunciations of Elon Musk were demented. A new social media era began in 2023 and the left are still adjusting.
We can see why, now. Losing control of the most important text-based sharing platform in social media has meant losing control of the stories people are allowed to tell each other. Speech that the hall monitors suppressed before is now free to fly around the world. We can speak back to them — and they have to hear us, now. George Takei can tune us out and hide his replies, but he cannot have us suspended for wrongthink. The hall monitors are not there anymore to put a thumb on the scales.
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