On Jacqueline Howett
Maybe you’ve heard of this crazy lady who responded very poorly to a review of her book. Maybe you haven’t. If you haven’t, here’s the upshot: some people are crazy and respond poorly to negative reviews.
I know, right?
If you have heard about it, and you’ve responded to it with anything other than “aw, that’s kind of sad that she’s completely nuts,” or maybe you clicked on it out of morbid curiosity, read a little, and THEN said, “aw, that’s kind of sad that she’s completely nuts”, then there’s something I think we can all keep in mind:
No one is impressed with how you can kick someone where they’re down.
Seriously, it’s one thing to righteously smack someone down when they’re giving you a hard time. It’s another to join in on a dogpile. Dogpiles are for cowards and for fascists.
And it’s completely another if you’re a famous author with a million followers to feed that dogpile. For real, NEIL GAIMAN? I’m defending some poor crazy lady from NEIL GAIMAN?
Yes. Dude. Don’t be a bully. What the hell are you doing? When you’ve got a million followers eager to do anything that might possibly earn your approval, then you’ve got a fucking responsibility to not pick on people.