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Oct. 18th, 2017 @ 07:54 pm PSA: Frank Mentzer is a creep, and your choices matter
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Most of you probably don’t know who Frank Mentzer is. He’s one of the original old-school writers for D&D, and thus is somewhat of a celebrity in RPG circles. He currently has a Kickstarter running for a setting he’s going to write.

And he is a Weinstein-level creep, as you can read in this Twitter thread.

The pattern is familiar: a white man is using his credits in an industry (RPG in Mentzer’s case, movies in Weinstein’s) to pressure and intimidate victims of his sexual assaults and harassments into silence. The old “I’ll make sure you never work in this industry again!” ploy. And it’s not simply hollow threats (in general): 75% of the victims of sexual assault in a corporate context face retaliations for reporting, while the perpetrator gets away clean. So it’s quite brave for victims to speak out about what has happened to them, and as bystanders we are required to undertake appropriate action.

Everything is political, and your entertainment choices matter: they help shape the culture and the world we live in. If you continue to spend money on things that Weinstein or Mentzer did and do, you are maintaining their power in their respective spaces. You are helping them to be in the position to credibly threaten people into silence. You are directly helping them to sexually assault other people. You just can’t separate the person from their work.

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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From:luna_puella
Date:October 18th, 2017 08:38 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for speaking out. This should be much more common among men.
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From:meringues
Date:October 19th, 2017 04:48 am (UTC)
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Thank you for this post.
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From:lisa_thecat
Date:October 19th, 2017 07:04 pm (UTC)
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I really don't feel like an accomplice to his crimes if I enjoyed for example the Lord of the Rings films where he was executive producer. The people who knew and still kissed his ass because he was so powerful - those people have some conscience problems to solve. I think his acts are crimes as described in criminal codes and should be treated as such, by the justice system. It's not up to the public.
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From:fub
Date:October 20th, 2017 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Well, yes, you're not responsible for the behaviour of the people who make the things you enjoy.
On the other hand, if the things they create are successful and continue to be successful, then that gives them power in that space. And these characters have been abusing that power to get away with their harassment -- they can (and do!) use their power as a weapon to silence their victims and bystanders.

I kind of like the rule theferrett has: if it doesn't put money in their pockets, then it's ok. So a second hand book or DVD? The creator doesn't get any money off of that, so that's ok to buy. But new, or streaming, would be not ok.
So by all means: pop in your DVDs and enjoy the movies. But personally, I'm wary of doing anything that will put residual money in the pockets of these people.
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From:nucleosides
Date:October 19th, 2017 08:35 pm (UTC)
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Holy crap. I'm glad I know that about him now.

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From:ashmedai
Date:October 20th, 2017 07:30 pm (UTC)
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I don't know who he is, but yes...holy hell! >:(
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From:changeling72
Date:October 22nd, 2017 09:49 am (UTC)
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So we’re not meant to be watching Weinstein films or buying Mentzer material?

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From:fub
Date:October 23rd, 2017 03:13 pm (UTC)
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I'm not your boss: I don't get to tell you what you should do. Only you can decide what you want to do.

But personally, I am wary of allowing these men to retain the positions of power they have in their respective fields by financially supporting their work. Because that was what allows them to exhibit this disgraceful behaviour.
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