Response to 24 Ways The World Is Trying To Bum You Out:
If you’d like to see where Tanner stole his idea from: http://screenshotsofdespair.tumblr.com/post/101642223949/some-of-the-best-screenshots-of-despair-are-irl
No, she really isn’t sorry, you can tell she has no idea that what she did was wrong. She’s in CYA mode and likely doesn’t have the maturity to comprehend the situation (and I suspect a lot of what she said, especially about the friend who said her costume was okay and coworkers who didn’t have a problem, was a lie anyway.) But on the other hand, what’s a person going to do when their offensive actions are met with death threats? That doesn’t teach anyone anything. It’s just sociopaths in training using her costume as an excuse to bully, harass, threaten and maybe even try to harm her or her family, and NO ONE in that instance would ever truly feel sorry for their actions. Then the entire thing becomes a mess because the voices of those who have actual points and were in the marathon are drowned out by the trolls and the offensive idiots.
Response to Amanda Palmer Writes “A Poem For Dzhokhar”:
Calling Palmer a troll is a fair assessment. She wrote something that she knew would be controversial, then claimed she didn’t know people would get upset. After all this time, after deliberately courting controversy for all these years, you really think she wasn’t expecting controversy again? Of course she was. And when she denies it, she’s trolling. That is the literal definition of trolling: Saying something you know will cause a stir and then pretending like you had no idea. It may be subjective, but I have seen no indication that Palmer is culturally relevant. She only makes the news when she says awful things about disabled feminists in TV interviews, or “edgy” comments on Twitter about donating to the KKK, or fails to pay her musicians, or writes sympathetic poems for a legal adult who deliberately blew up civilians, including an 8-year-old child. And the publicity she gets for these things is extensive, because she and her famous husband love to get on Twitter and defend her actions while clutching their collective pearls and pretending like everyone else has the problem, not her, because it’s totally normal to say “give money to the Klan” on Twitter. That’s ART, baby, and if you don’t get it then you’re stupid, etc. etc. They both send their fans out to attack people who disagree. During Gaiman’s “few dead Indians” idiocy and Palmer’s Evelyn Evelyn fiasco (both in 2010, IIRC) some fans attacked critics and made death threats. They didn’t cause the threats, but they both know this is the kind of response they will engender, and yet they keep rallying their fans to back them up. Again, that is trollish. All of this speaks to her attempt to force relevance when her art contains very little of its own relevance.