Ryan Field commented on my post about cleaning up your social media before querying.
So you're telling people to self-censor. I see your point, given the JK Rowling debacle with regard to her transphobia, and the vituperative Don Winslow Tweets, but there has to be a civil, happy medium somewhere. You can't just never take a stand on anything. And I do self-censor all the time. But I'm not always ifs and buts and candy and nuts at Christmastime.
which prompted me to reflect further (I love the comments that make me think things over again, in case you're wondering.)
JK Rowling brought a lot of this down on her own head; she seemed clueless about how social media works these days. Then after the trip to the woodshed, she doubled down.
Her situation is not what I was talking about. Those tweets of hers are current.
Don Winslow's tweets seem increasingly mean spirited and I'm sorry to see that. But they are also current.
What I'm cautioning y'all about are the tweets that are from years ago. That you haven't looked at since Jesus played on the Nazareth T-ball team.
And I strongly suggest there's a difference between taking a stand on something and behaving like a boor.
I'm sure you know the difference or you wouldn't have survived here.
Putting Black Lives Matter into your Twitter profile is NOT behaving like a boor.
Attacking someone's minor child no matter how reprehensible the parent, that's being a boor.
Racist, sexist, demeaning and diminishing comments are not taking a stand; they're boorish.
In a nutshell: take a stand but don't be an ass-hat.
You're right that we self-censor every day.
Who among us did not keep our mouth shut when a patron of the NY Metropolitan Opera turned up for Die Walkure in a fetching Viking helmet..with lights, and a T-shirt emblazoned with "Lick Bush, Beat Dick"**
Perhaps we kept silent because we were struck dumb?
We self-censor all the time. It's called being civilized.
BUT, there's a brand new sport of deep diving into your past that makes the Red Scare of the 50's look like a walk in the park. People ARE losing their jobs; people ARE being publicly vilified.
You need to be aware of this.
What you do about it is your choice.
**(I am NOT kidding--this was the 2004 election)