Since I posted (here and here) about the BuzzFeed article that relayed charges of predatory sexual behavior by Lawrence Krauss, I thought it only fair that I link to his detailed response. It is very long and I will let readers judge for themselves.
I became aware of Krauss’s response via Pharyngula where PZ Myers noted that Krauss had sought to portray the BuzzFeed article as not just an article about him but as also attacking the skeptic movement in general. I went back to that article to see if that bias was manifest. While the article does note that Krauss is mainly famous within the skeptic community and does describe the recent conflicts within the community, I did not think it did so unfairly.
Here are some passages:
Although not a household name, Lawrence Krauss is a big shot among skeptics, a community that rejects all forms of faith — from religion and the supernatural, to unproven alternative medicines, to testimonials based on memory and anecdote — in favor of hard evidence, reason, and science.
The skeptics draw heavily from traditionally male groups: scientists, philosophers, and libertarians, as well as geeky subcultures like gamers and sci-fi enthusiasts. The movement gained strength in the early 2000s, as the emerging blogosphere allowed like-minded “freethinkers” to connect and opened the community to more women like Hensley. It acquired a sharper political edge in the US culture wars, as skeptics, atheists, and scientists — including Krauss — joined forces to defend the teaching of evolution in public schools.
But today the movement is fracturing, with some of its most prominent members now attacking identity politics and “social justice warriors” in the name of free speech. Famous freethinkers have been criticized for anti-Muslim sentiment, for cheering the alt-right media personality Milo Yiannopoulos, and for lampooning feminism and gender theory. Several women, after sharing personal accounts of misogyny and harassment by men in the skeptic community, have been subjected to Gamergate-style online attacks, including rape and death threats. As a result, some commentators have accused parts of the movement of sliding into the alt-right.
Krauss has been heavily involved with the skeptic movement and many of the reported incidents took place at their events, so some linkage is unavoidable. But I did not get the impression that the author was trying to deliberately paint the skeptical movement negatively.