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To the shock of nobody who’s ever read his blog, John C. Wright is Very Unhappy with the ending of The Legend of Korra, in which Korra and Asami, two female women characters of the same girlish gender, hold hands while walking off into the spirit world together. Wright links to an article which confirms the romantic relationship between these two women, and writes:

“A children’s show, of all places, is where you decided to place an ad for a sexual aberration; you pervert your story telling skills to the cause of propaganda and political correctness.”

Sokka What

I assume Wright’s blog post was written over the course of several days, as he would have needed time to swoon over the horrific perversion of two women holding hands. Not to mention having to counsel his poor, traumatized children.

Keep in mind, this is a show that not only had explicit male/female smooching, but has also shown a woman being suffocated to death via airbending, the imprisonment and torture of Korra, the suicide of a season one villain, and plenty of other instances of brutal violence. But this is what Wright feels he must “protect” the children from.

Wright continues:

“You were not content to leave the matter ambiguous, no, but had publicly to announce that you hate your audience, our way of life, our virtues, values, and religion.”

The delusionality is strong with this one. Watch as he attempts to speak for an entire audience, many of whom were screaming with happiness at the Korra/Asami revelation.

Go watch this video of fan reactions. Look at the joy on those people’s faces.

These are some of the people he’s trying to speak for. Do they look like people whose way of life, whose values and religion and virtues, are so incredibly fragile that they can be hurt so badly by a several-second clip of two women holding hands, or the idea of two women falling in love?

Mister Wright, you do not speak for the audience of this show. You speak for yourself, and perhaps for a small group of intolerant bigots who can’t accept the slightest acknowledgement or recognition of relationships you personally disapprove of, for whatever twisted reason.

“Mr DiMartino and Mr Konietzko: You are disgusting, limp, soulless sacks of filth. You have earned the contempt and hatred of all decent human beings forever, and we will do all we can to smash the filthy phallic idol of sodomy you bow and serve and worship. Contempt, because you struck from behind, cravenly; and hatred, because you serve a cloud of morally-retarded mental smog called Political Correctness, which is another word for hating everything good and bright and decent and sane in life.”

The Phallic Idol of Sodomy. Also known as the Ypsilanti Water Tower:

YpsilantiWaterTower

I went to grad school in Ypsi. It’s amazing I escaped with my heterosexuality intact, spending two years in such close proximity to the PIoS!

A part of me wants to ask what happened to Mr. Wright that a couple of bisexual cartoon characters could send him into such an apoplexy of hatred and rage. What happened to make you so afraid, sir?

But before we get into that, I have to ask how you came to the conclusion that a relationship between two women was all about phallicism and sodomy. I think you might be a little confused as to how things work. Does someone need to sit you down and have “the talk”?

Sokka Facepalm

Wright concludes his rant by saying:

“I have no hatred in my heart for any man’s politics, policies, or faith, any more than I have hatred for termites; but once they start undermining my house where I live, it is time to exterminate them.”

Right. There’s nothing hateful about calling people “disgusting, limp, soulless sacks of filth,” or comparing them to termites and calling for their extermination.

Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra are shows about overcoming hatred and violence and fear. How can you claim to be “a lifelong fan” when you hold so much hatred and intolerance in your heart?

Aang would be so disappointed in you. I suspect Korra would simply turn her back on you and your irrelevant, close-minded views.

I know I’m not going to change your mind. I’m not going to break you out of your little world, or get you to see that the rest of the world is moving on without you. I doubt I’ll make any difference in helping you to see how much Korra and Asami matter to people, how important a step this was. I doubt you’ll recognize LGBT people as human beings with as much value and right to love and happiness as you or me.

But I can damn well make sure you understand that you do not speak for the audience of this show. You are not the mouthpiece for fans. Speak your poison in your own name if you must, but don’t tarnish the rest of fandom with your bile.

On that note, I’ll leave you with a couple of fan-made gifs.

Korrasami2

Korrasami1

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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paragraphs
Dec. 30th, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
I have never watched The Legend of Korra. Now I want to.
jimhines
Dec. 30th, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
It's not as good as Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the writing can be a bit uneven at times. That said, there are some amazing episodes, and I'm really enjoying season four so far.
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beccastareyes
Dec. 30th, 2014 04:46 pm (UTC)
It's interesting that a single example that not all humans might be straight is enough to 'undermine [Wright's] house'. Makes me suspect that the house had a shoddy foundation in the first place.
jeriendhal
Dec. 30th, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
I weep for the poor man. It's terrible when one's intolerant assumptions suddenly go from societal norm to bigotry.
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mtlawson
Dec. 30th, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
I see some people are still stuck in the 1950s, but sadly I'm not surprised. About the only thing I am surprised is that he didn't inject race into it.
tylik
Dec. 30th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
Okay, now I have't been following this and all (though yeah, I was chortling with glee at girl love) but...

...holding hands? This is threatening the moral fiber of our youth?

So, like, I used to teach at a preschool. I hate to say this, but we taught the kids to hold hands. And every single kid was taught to hold hand with both kids of the same sex, and kids of the other sex, and frankly I'm kind of appalled by how well everyone fit into the gender binary but seriously, our four year olds were kinds of all about the gender binary.
beccastareyes
Dec. 30th, 2014 10:55 pm (UTC)
There were also Meaningful Looks. (And the show runners going on the Internet and saying 'yes, we did the thing, because why shouldn't we?')
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suricattus
Dec. 30th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
The general reaction from the fansphere has - as far as I've been able to determine - a high-pitched squeal of SQUEEEEEEEE.

Even from people who've never watched the show. And the creators' discussion of why they did it (it was an organic decision rising out of the characters rather than an agenda-driven one, Mr. Wright...something a writer should totally understand and support), has raised even more glee because yes, characters (people) change and discover new things about themselves.... And that's ESPECIALLY important in a show that includes children in its viewership.

I think Mr. Wright might need to consider how delicate his heterosexuality is, if all THAT is what sends him into a froth, and why he feels the need to "protect the children" who (basing this on my own younger friends in fandom) seem to be quite fine with people changing, growing, and loving rather than hating....

kalimac
Dec. 30th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
I'll give that that's an impressive Phallic Idol of Sodomy, but I spent my impressionable years near this one, and actually worked inside the right testicle for a couple years.

kshandra
Dec. 30th, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
It even has its own reservoir tip!
amysisson
Dec. 30th, 2014 06:11 pm (UTC)
Hmm, yeah, I've just purged my shelves of his books. (I'd not yet read any of them; they were on a very big TBR pile.) He has just crossed the OSC line for me.
starcat_jewel
Dec. 30th, 2014 09:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, he's supposed to be a writer -- a SF/F writer, no less? I looked him up, and didn't see anything I've ever spotted on the shelves in a convention dealer room.
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icecreamempress
Dec. 30th, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
How dare people write what they want to in their own fictional works? What a bizarre argument for a writer to make.
amysisson
Dec. 31st, 2014 05:50 am (UTC)
Exactly!
rosefox
Dec. 30th, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
That reaction compilation video made me cry real tears.
jimhines
Dec. 30th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
I love that video. So much joy.

Someday I want to write something that inspires that level of happiness and excitement.
professor
Dec. 30th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
I'd watched a bunch of the finale reaction videos separately (many of the ones used in this video, in fact) but seeing them all cut together was POWERFUL. Thanks for linking it.

If I'd made my own reaction video, you'd have seen me saying "Holy shit, did that just happen?!!" several times in a row starting at the point where Korra says they should go on vacation, just the two of them.

God what an amazing show. (Season 2 is still terrible, though.)
gehayi
Dec. 30th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'm amused by the fact that the acronym for Phallic Idol of Sodomy--PIOS--is pronounced "pious."

Also, I don't even watch LoK, and I think that the series finale is adorable. (For reference, I'm one year younger than Wright is.)
tanyareed
Dec. 30th, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
Wow. I've never watched The Legend of Korra (though I've heard of it on my flist) and I've never heard of John C. Wright (who, unsurprisingly has never been mentioned on my flist), and all I can think to say is...wow. I followed your link to his blog and now I feel as if I have to scrub all the hate and filth out of my brain, not just from him but from continuing on into the comments. I don't understand how people can think that hatred and intolerance stand on the side of human decency. It just blows my mind.
jimhines
Dec. 30th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
The reactions video I linked to in the post worked pretty well for me as a brain cleanser after reading Wright's rant.
custardfairy
Dec. 30th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
The water tower is currently festooned with lights and greenery, so it's a *festive* Idol of Sodomy, even.
adrian_turtle
Dec. 30th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
I went to grad school in Ypsi. It’s amazing I escaped with my heterosexuality intact, spending two years in such close proximity to the PIoS!

That water tower is not a phallic idol of sodomy. The city is very emphatic that it's never to be be used for anything but making water.
ethelmay
Dec. 30th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
Okay, that made me laugh REALLY HARD.
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