Vox Day and other trolls
It's not the first example of asshole behavior from this guy. The thing is that SFWA finally kicked him out. Various reasons but it comes down to the fact that he's a horrible little troll with a penchant for taking quotes out of context and using them as the basis for his arguments (such as Scalzi sarcastically thanking legislators for allowing him to rape more - only an idiot would think that Scalzi was admitting to being a rapist. Vox Day is the special kind of idiot that keeps repeating the idiocy. I'm sure that he also thinks that Jonathan Swift ate babies). And also because he was a vulgar little racist shitbag.
What is making me sad right now is the fact that he has a forum full of followers who are just telling him that he's awesome and that he should sue and that he should "expose" the SFWA fat lesbians for their crimes against him. There's also a snotty line about the official correspondence using a split infinitive.
Normally, I would laugh at that kind of idiocy, but it's Elul. It just makes me sad. There are these guys on the internet (women too - but mostly guys) who just don't fucking get it. They make their entire internet presence to be about themselves and their wounded feelings. Eventually it just becomes a lot of asshole posturing to make up for the "they rejected me!" There's also the inability to be contradicted without going into a massive freakout.
Seth Eben Shapiro, Chris Mankey, Nick Pacione and Vox Day - I've had run-ins with most of these guys. There was also the asshole who was defending DragonCon (I don't even remember who he was) and every time you approach them or disagree with them, they go crazy. Seth Eben Shapiro died of a heart attack a month after that long drawn out fight on FB (it wasn't his first one - he did it to a lot of people. I told my friend Sruly and he recongized the guy as a serial troll). Mankey never got the subtle distinction between "I am trying to respect you even if I disagree" and "you're a fucking idiot for your belief system" (at least on my part, he was always pushing for people being idiots.) The ironic thing is that at a certain point we were both fans of a fundamentalist preacher turned atheist (who still kept making saccharine music). I don't know if Chris saw this part of his biography, but the part of the preacher-turned-atheist's story that struck me was when he said that his friends turned really condescending and mean when he stopped being a believer. He also found out that many of his friends were still his friends. He then made an aside of "if you want to know your friends, change your mind about something fundamental" and since he was talking to atheists, he said "if you decide to give your life to Christ, see how many people in this room will still want to be your friends" (of course, that's as long as you don't push that Jesus pitch on everyone).
But this personality type - this perpetually angry, always wounded, self-aggrandizing personality type. I know it well. I have been it many times. Because I felt lonely in high school, I took the pose that I was better than everyone else and my inability to make a meaningful connection was a great virtue. I hated being the kid in the thrift store clothing so I eventually just start dressing weird for the sake of dressing weird (and I was not going to confirm to the Goth or the Punk looks either - there was a time in 9th grade that I wore ties around my head. It seemed cool at the time.)
I see these guys as reflections of my baser instincts and personality traits. A little less caution and a little less insight and I could totally just be ranting against everything as if I'm some fucking genius.
I guess it's that Harlan Ellison template. But Ellison is at least sometimes amusing in his asshole behavior.