We’re going to distract all attention from our horrible #FTBullies status by a well-tested expedient: We’re going to blame Rebecca Watson for everything. At last, all Deep Rifts are healed!
I must highlight a comment from kosk11348 that encapsulates the whole recent mess.
The best analogy I’ve heard yet for understanding this situation is a fire evacuation plan. Fires are rare, yet it makes sense to have a plan in place. Continuing that analogy, here’s my rundown of the “conversation” thus far:
FTB: “Fire evacuation plans are a good idea. We recommend that all skeptical events have one.”
DJ Grothe: “All this talk of fires scares away attendees. Plus TAM has never, ever had a fire.”
Stephanie Zvan: “Actually, there have been a few small fires at TAM. Remember that trash can that caught on fire?”
DJ Grothe: “Yes, I put that fire out myself. At no time did anyone feel unsafe.”
FTB: “Ok, but you just said…never mind. The point is, because there was no policy in place, we now have no record of the fire, no investigation into the cause of the fire, and no reason to think another fire might happen again. Are you currently training your staff to know what to do in the event of a fire?”
DJ Grothe: “We have a robust fire evacuation plan printed in our literature. It reads: ‘TAM hates fires.'”
FTB: “But that’s not really a plan…”
Russell Blackford: “Is there any evidence that things burn?”
MRAs: “Look, it’s the fire department’s job to handle fires. If you are on fire, call them.”
FTB: “Huh? You’re saying it’s the victim’s responsibility to alert the fire department? What about the responsibility of the organizers…”
MRAs: “#FTB bullies say TAM is infested with arsonists!”
FTB: “What? Nobody is saying that! Arsonists do exist, sure. But we have no reason to think TAM is any worse than the general population in that respect. Look, it’s really simple…”
Ophelia Benson: “You know, I was schedule to speak at TAM, but I just got this really weird letter explaining in great detail about what to do when I find myself in a fire at TAM. Like, seriously detailed. It described the flames singing my hair, peeling my flesh…”
Russell Blackford: “Way to overreact to a helpful warning!”
Thunderf00t: “I will continue to offer to light friends’ cigarettes for them and you can’t stop me!”
Paula Kirby: “The firestasi see fires everywhere because they love to pretend they are all victims of fire, just like the Nazis.”
FTB: “Ok, now this is just getting bizarre…”
Harriet Hall’s T-shirt: “I feel safe from fires at TAM (even though it still doesn’t have a fire evacuation plan)”
We’re done now.