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==Background==
 
==Background==
I keep hearing claims that [[Zinnia Jones]] is a fascist or an anti-Semite or some such things. I'm aware that there are a lot of right-wingers and trolls who like to dishonestly paint her in the worst possible light, so I'd always dismissed these claims – until someone credible to me started making similar claims, at which point I felt compelled to investigate.
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This page is for ongoing analysis of claims that [[Zinnia Jones/bigotry|Zinnia Jones is a fascist or an anti-Semite or some such thing]]. I'm aware that there are a lot of right-wingers and trolls who like to dishonestly paint her in the worst possible light, so I'd always dismissed these claims – until someone credible to me started making similar claims, at which point I felt compelled to investigate (August 2017).
  
 
Just so you know where I'm coming from: I became aware of ZJ via Pharyngula, shortly before she had even realized she was trans (maybe 5 years ago?). I don't follow [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv her on Twitter]; I do follow [https://www.youtube.com/user/ZJemptv her on YouTube], but I had to actually check to be sure because I rarely watch her videos; I mainly use them as reference arguments in case the same subject comes up elsewhere.
 
Just so you know where I'm coming from: I became aware of ZJ via Pharyngula, shortly before she had even realized she was trans (maybe 5 years ago?). I don't follow [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv her on Twitter]; I do follow [https://www.youtube.com/user/ZJemptv her on YouTube], but I had to actually check to be sure because I rarely watch her videos; I mainly use them as reference arguments in case the same subject comes up elsewhere.
  
 
That said, I do know she has been attacked personally over and over again, usually (but not always) by people of a right-wing or at least [[authoritarian]] bent, and I have found her defenses to be well-reasoned and ethically sound.
 
That said, I do know she has been attacked personally over and over again, usually (but not always) by people of a right-wing or at least [[authoritarian]] bent, and I have found her defenses to be well-reasoned and ethically sound.
==Probable Key Events==
 
From the links below (mostly Tweets) plus some things said on Mastodon (to which I don't want to link in case this page attracts negative attention), it sounds like the following things happened:
 
  
# ZJ did a Tweetstorm sometime late in 2016 in which she made some very iffy arguments that could be seen as attacking Jewish people and/or supporting white supremacy
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For the record, my August 21 take on the situation is [http://issuepedia.org/mw/index.php?title=User:Woozle/Zinnia_Jones&oldid=63287 here]. On August 25, after many hours of following up some additional leads, I finally located the Tweetstorm to which many people have referred, which (naturally) substantially alters my take on the matter.
# ZJ then said nothing else for about half a year
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==Fisking==
# When called to task for said Tweetstorm in June 2017, she did apologize in reply -- but never posted a public apology or retraction for the 'storm itself
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===2010===
# Tentatively, the 'storm has been deleted, and trying to confirm this is made difficult by lack of Twitter search tools.
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* '''12-22 21:33''' [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/17769849488932864 Holiday stupid: Someone commenting to tell me people are born Jewish and have no choice of whether to be Jewish.] ([http://archive.is/BBGse archive.is])
==Preliminary Conclusions==
 
Unless there is an archived copy of what ZJ actually said, it is impossible for anyone to really judge for themselves the rightness or wrongness of what she said or how she handled it. Even those who saw the original 'storm can't go back and reread it now with a more objective eye (barring those with photographic memories, who might indeed be able to shed some light on this).
 
  
The following, then, is based largely on circumstantial evidence plus trusted-third-party opinions:
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Yep, that was kind of oblivious. When Jewish people are persecuted, it is generally through ''racial'' accusations rather than their ''beliefs''; persecutors do not give their targets the choice to opt out.
  
# ZJ probably made a big mistake with the original 'storm.
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That said, I don't think it was intentionally offensive or a dog-whistle. (I seem to recall making the same mistake in my early political naivete, possibly when I was older than ZJ is now; fortunately Twitter hadn't been discovered yet, so I didn't have the opportunity to leave a permanent record of my error.) I would have liked to see the follow-up on that – but apparently this wasn't a comment people were truly incensed about; there were no replies, not even in the 2017 thread where it was brought up again. I doubt very much that this reflects ZJ's current understanding of anti-Semitism.
# ...but she did sincerely apologize for it.
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===2016===
# She may have made a smaller mistake by not making said apology in a way that was more public and definitive.
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====September 4====
#* [https://the-orbit.net/zinniajones/2016/11/yes-im-okay-even-better/#more-3049 this post], where she explains her abrupt extended absence from Twitter, might have been a good place in which to at least mention it.
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* '''05:17''' [https://twitter.com/zjemptv/status/772362909171220480 If she directly ordered me to murder an innocent human being I would still choose her over him. Every time. In every possible universe.]
# I don't, however, get the sense of someone being malicious or uninformed.
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** I don't know who "she" is, or what she means by "choose", so I have no context with which to evaluate what she's saying. What I do see is people using this as an example of "liberal bullshit" without actually explaining why it's bullshit, which makes me inclined to think ZJ is probably in the right, whatever the dispute may be.
# It also seems likely that she might have (wrongfully) dismissed some legit criticism because, at first glance, it looked like more covert right-wing BS; I'm pretty sure I've done that myself on more than one occasion.
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** On [https://www.reddit.com/r/ShitLiberalsSay/comments/586r2e/in_which_a_liberal_believe_drone_strikes_involve/ Reddit], the quote is used in a way that almost certainly misrepresents her argument, whatever it was.
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** '''05:17''' [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/772363034669056000 Because there are things that are bigger than that.]
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*** '''10-18 15:29''' (@politiquestions) [https://twitter.com/politiquestions/status/788461982840008704 Like republicans' illegally hoarded ballots. Who will think of the direct material support for the guy you fearmonger about all day] -- "the guy you fearmonger about": who? Donald? Bernie?
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*** Given her other comments, I'm pretty sure she's talking about Hillary vs. Donald -- in which case I'd have to agree with her.
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====October====
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* '''10-08 10:08''' [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788018914080989185 Donald Trump is best understood as an entity sent by Yahweh of the Bible/Yeshu of Nazareth.] ([http://archive.is/lkucn archive.is])
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** '''10-17 10:58''' (@AKA m33n4h) [https://twitter.com/ab_silvera/status/788031327123730432 do you realise how offensive it is to compare a dude who does constant anti-semitic dog whistles to Yahweh?]
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*** Another Tweeter tries to explain why the comparison is apt, but AKA m33n4h sarcastically dismisses their argument.
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====October 18====
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Presumably this discussion refers to some earlier dialogue I haven't yet come across, possibly something emerging from the September 4 thread.
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* '''01:48''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788255499775074304 I was told these ridiculous arguments about bombing offices and killing political foes were just expressions of how upset people are.]
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** '''01:50''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788255878013194241 I don't care. Hundreds of you are calling for political violence. Find a better way to express your feelings. Act like responsible adults.]
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** '''01:51''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788256273070448640 Your guttural blather about "revolution" is nothing and your communism is a dipshit fantasy.]
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*** This and ZJ's next three Tweets were cited by a right-wing subreddit as "[https://www.reddit.com/r/ShitLiberalsSay/comments/583x6a/zinnia_jones_goes_full_lib/ Zinnia Jones goes full liberal]" (when in fact she was rejecting far-left-wing violence)
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** '''01:59''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788258252043714560 It's amazing how many people today argued that I should seriously respect this nonsense as if it had any substance or legitimacy.]
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** '''02:02''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788258994955620352 Please. Your grasp of any of this is a fucking joke. Half of you need to be told where the bullet comes out of the gun.]
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** '''02:03''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788259218063290368 I'd tell you to go fuck an ammo pouch, if you had any.]
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** '''02:06''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788259926984589312 "I like fire and breaking things" -Communist revolutionaries of twitter dot com]
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** '''02:12''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788261550176034816 Next time some garbage troll communist gets on your shit for not joining their violent fantasy, tell them to kill you if they don't like it.]
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** '''02:15''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788262130315395072 Get off twitter and go harvest wheat, poorly.]
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* '''11:01''' [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788032128940376064 Also the Old Testament is one long record of God straight-up fucking over the Israelites in every imaginable way] ([http://archive.is/3kkSY archive.is])
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* '''11:04''' [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788032889325772804 No? Nothing in anything I said was speaking of actual practices of Jewish people. The Bible is fiction.]
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* '''12:04''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788410552183816192 "wonder how much drone fuel that'll cover" Hopefully a lot?] I wouldn't have made this joke, but I understand the point she was trying to make -- and it did not earn the rage it apparently evoked. Did anyone even ''ask'' if she was serious? Reasonable people seemed to understand that it was just in bad taste.
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* '''20:12''' (reply) [https://twitter.com/thetinkerfae/status/788533294749016065 you aren't Jewish this isn't your place. This is reading as antisemitic]
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** '''20:13''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788533606243328000 I would've chosen a different word given people interpreted it as just about Judaism. It's not, though.]
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** '''20:14''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788533734836412416 It was meant to refer to Christianity's deity, Islam's, LDS Church's, etc.]
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** '''20:15''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788534046921981952 Sorry I phrased it that way. But a faith I don't believe doesn't have to first permit me my "place" before I can criticize it.]
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** '''20:16''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/788534162965794817 If anything it's not your place to tell me I'm somehow not allowed to critically analyze the character God in religious texts.]
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* '''20:33''' {{l/sub|2016-10-18 Tweetstorm|pfx=Zinnia Jones/}}: I agree with pretty much everything she said here. "BECAUSE YOU JOKED ABOUT IT" completely misses the point.
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====October 20====
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* '''13:48''' (@hyenagirl64) [https://twitter.com/hyenagirl64/status/789161275674599424 "Moral core of the trans community." *shakes head*]
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* '''13:50''' (@hyenagirl64) [https://twitter.com/hyenagirl64/status/789161873648209920 It's almost like these folks have no involvement in the community and have no idea who anyone is besides their twitter faves.]
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* '''13:52''' (@hyenagirl64) [https://twitter.com/hyenagirl64/status/789162342135189509 I mean, if you asked me to name someone I'd name Janet Mox, or Laverne Cox, or the Wachowskis, or Chelsea Manning, or Tobi Hill-mayer...]
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* '''13:53''' (@hyenagirl64) [https://twitter.com/hyenagirl64/status/789162515145957376 ...and I wouldn't even name them because I know there are hundreds of hard working community organizers out there who go unnamed...]
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* '''13:53''' (@hyenagirl64) [https://twitter.com/hyenagirl64/status/789162668410085376 ...who are doing far more for the whole community than any blogger ever will.]
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* '''13:55''' (@hyenagirl64) [https://twitter.com/hyenagirl64/status/789163077233061888 Fuck, I'd name kadybat before Zinnia. Kadybat is helping run a sonic themed charity event for the transgender law center. How trans is that?]
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* '''19:04''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/789240812785770496 I actually don't want to be some moral center, nobody should be that and I don't think communities should work that way]
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* '''20:52''' (@PrincessOtC) [https://twitter.com/PrincessOtC/status/789268174764138496 then please stop talking and digging yourself into a bigger hole. stop presenting yourself as such a figure.]
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* '''21:00''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/789270191997878272 I don't want to. I think them seeing me as such a figure amplified the perceived urgency of this, to them.]
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* '''21:06''' (@PrincessOtC) [https://twitter.com/PrincessOtC/status/789271484074262529 when you go on lengthy authoritative sounding rants like this and project an ego it's what happens]
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* '''21:11''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/789272957663272960 the alternative being? what makes it lengthy or authoritative-sounding that I shouldn't be doing?]
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* '''21:14''' (@PrincessOtC) [https://twitter.com/PrincessOtC/status/789273675228938240 maybe not telling jews their jewish opinions don't matter for a start. sometimes you just need to take a backseat.]
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* '''21:15''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/789273968175972352 that's authoritative sounding but... what they said isn't? how do you figure?]
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** '''21:19''' (@PrincessOtC) [https://twitter.com/PrincessOtC/status/789274815991582720 Because she's actually fucking jewish and can tell you what antisemitism looks like. Jesus christ, Zinnia. Cop on.]
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*** '''21:20''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/789275143382138883 I've been told by more Jewish people that this is not antisemitic than have ever said it is antisemitic]
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*** '''21:22''' (@PrincessOtC) [https://twitter.com/PrincessOtC/status/789275626062639105 Where are these binders full of jews, Zinnia, that have told you this? Every jew I've shown your shit is disgusted.]
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*** '''21:23''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/789275832514670592 Uh what? Where exactly is your binder?]
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*** '''21:25''' (@PrincessOtC) [https://twitter.com/PrincessOtC/status/789276439501758464 you need to learn to shut the fuck up and actually listen to people that aren't your shitty liberal token friends.]
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*** '''21:29''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/789277287673888768 You just called Jewish people "shitty liberal token[s]". What would you say that is? Rhymes with 'ranty pacific']
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*** '''21:31''' (@PrincessOtC) [https://twitter.com/PrincessOtC/status/789277835210919937 you're the one who's been taking a dump on actual jews in all this, continually. people who've been tweeting you.]
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*** '''21:32''' (@hyenagirl64) [https://twitter.com/hyenagirl64/status/789278131706171392 I don't have anything to add to this discussion. Please un-@ me.]
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** '''21:20''' (@PrincessOtC) [https://twitter.com/PrincessOtC/status/789275007625097217 How would you like a cis person cisplaining to you like this? Getting snarky, saying your trans views don't matter.]
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This starts with what I read as @hyenagirl64 referencing the Tweetstorm without actually offering any substantial critical points, but then @PrincessOtC joins in with what seems to be an attack of ZJ's comparing Trump to God using the Old Testament word "Yahweh" to refer to God.
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Apparently @PrincessOtC and presumably others took this comparison as anti-Semitic, for reasons that remain unclear; ZJ clarified that she hadn't intended to target the Jewish faith, but rather all monotheism ("Christianity's deity, Islam's, LDS Church's, etc.") and then apologized for her poor choice of phrasing.
  
So from here, in the absence of any further evidence or arguments, I'd say the real issue has been resolved; I don't see any reason to call out ZJ's actions or discontinue linking/quoting her work.
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It should be noted that she also implicated Jesus Christ ("Yeshu of Nazareth") in her comparison, so how is this singling out Jewish people? The accusation against ZJ seems dishonest rather than just misguided, given this.
  
==Links==
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Meanwhile the same people are trying to tell ZJ that criticizing Yahweh "isn't your place" (implicit argument: you may not criticize a religion unless you are a member of that religion – although this is never explained straight out). ZJ rightly declines to be bound by the unspoken rules of a religion she does not follow.
Some bits that are supposedly significant with regard to the claims:
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* '''2016-09-04''' [https://twitter.com/zjemptv/status/772362909171220480 "If she directly ordered me to murder an innocent human being I would still choose her over him. Every time. In every possible universe."] I don't know who "she" is, or what she means by "choose", so I have no context with which to evaluate what she's saying. What I do see is people using this as an example of "liberal bullshit" without actually explaining why it's bullshit, which makes me inclined to think ZJ is probably in the right, whatever the dispute may be.
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All in all, this reads like fundamentalists taking umbrage at seeing their faith in any way impugned, and using accusations of anti-semitism as a [[soldier argument]] to attempt to shut that criticism down.
** On [https://www.reddit.com/r/ShitLiberalsSay/comments/586r2e/in_which_a_liberal_believe_drone_strikes_involve/ Reddit], the quote is used in a way that almost certainly misrepresents her argument, whatever it was.
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** Here's [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/772363034669056000 a response] where someone implies she's "fearmonger[ing] all day long] about some unnamed guy. Who?
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The ''only'' legit argument I see buried in all of this (and it's pretty deeply buried, so she can hardly be faulted for missing it) is that someone who has experienced anti-Semitism is likely to be a better judge of what ''comes across'' as anti-Semitic than someone who has never experienced that particular form of bigotry.
*** Tentatively, she might be talking about Hillary vs. Donald -- in which case I'd have to agree with her. Or maybe she's talking about Hillary vs. Bernie, in which case I'd go "umm..." but want to know more context.
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* '''2016-10-20''' [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/789273968175972352 "that's authoritative sounding but... what they said isn't? how do you figure?"] -- again I can't tell what's being discussed, but the attacks seem very ad-hominem and push all my "BS" buttons. She also (earlier in the thread) says she doesn't want to be considered anyone's moral center, because "communities shouldn't work that way" (i.e. we shouldn't have heroes whose opinions we take onboard uncritically).
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What I do ''not'' see is any legit arguments that ZJ is actually anti-Semitic, much less that she was putting out some sort of [[dog whistle]] as a covert invitation for an anti-Semitic pile-on.
* '''2017-06-09''' [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/883954175847084032 "Okay. I wasn't intending to express any kind of antisemitism. I know now that I should have just listened."] This sounds to me like a reasonable apology, though again there's no context so I don't know what the problem was and I can't judge whether this is sufficient.
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** Note several prior and follow-up tweets where she agrees she made mistakes:
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===2017===
*** "I was wrong. I'm sorry."
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====June 9====
*** "I treated it unseriously and it was way out of line and incredibly disrespectful. I understand that now. I don't support drone strikes."
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* '''01:22''' (@AliceAvizandum) [https://twitter.com/AliceAvizandum/status/883919242424455168 'well you picked a bad TIME to criticise our in-house Arab death fetishist' fuck off]
*** "There was no need for me to get into anything about antisemitism or communism. I could have just stepped away but I didn't."
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* '''02:02''' (@MissMacSee) [https://twitter.com/MissMacSee/status/883929272917921792 I'm out of so many loops, is it possible for you to say who this is about?]
*** "You're right and that's something I neglected. I disregarded the emotional side of things and was very unempathetic. I shouldn't have."
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* '''02:02''' (@AliceAvizandum) [https://twitter.com/AliceAvizandum/status/883929442011291649 Zinnia Jones, who's currently the trans piñata for Ray Blanchard and Fox News]
*** "I get that and I agree. It was needlessly and wantonly destructive. I am trying to make up for it."
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** This may be a reference to [[Zinnia Jones/Ray Blanchard|ZJ's frequent attacks on anti-trans propagandist Ray Blanchard]].
** ...and apparently the subject of the apology was a Tweetstorm some months earlier?
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* '''02:03''' (@AliceAvizandum) [https://twitter.com/AliceAvizandum/status/883929554838052865 I promise you I'm not exaggerating, she had a weeks-long meltdown about how good drones were]
** Someone apparently quotes her as saying "well you picked a bad TIME to criticise our in-house Arab death fetishist" in a way that implies it was a key example of ZJ being offensive; a search for that quote only comes up with the other person quoting her. Possibly ZJ deleted the Tweetstorm in question? Has it been archived anywhere?
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** Um, yeah, that's not just a huge exaggeration; it's downright dishonest. She didn't melt down, and the tweetstorm lasted less than 10 hours.
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** That said, there was a long sequence in which she was effectively satirizing her opponents by using their arguments in reverse, and a lot of people may have taken these comments as being intended literally – but in context, they are clearly intended to criticize the sort of reasoning being used against her by demonstrating how it cuts both ways.
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** AliceAvizandum does not seem to be making this mistake, however. I don't know how anyone could take what ZJ said and ''honestly'' think she was praising drones, unless AA simply didn't read anything beyond the "hopefully a lot" joke and assumed ZJ was defending it the whole time.
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* '''02:09''' (@patienceinbee) [https://twitter.com/patienceinbee/status/883931094739017728 months and months later, i can't un-see any of that]
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* '''03:16''' [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/883947943992188930 I was wrong. I'm sorry.]
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* '''03:19''' (@patienceinbee) [https://twitter.com/patienceinbee/status/883948825647493120 could you expand a bit on this {\n\n} it hurt a *lot* of good people, Z]
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* '''03:28''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/883950903484657665 I treated it unseriously and it was way out of line and incredibly disrespectful. I understand that now. I don't support drone strikes.]
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* '''03:32''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/883951955952926721 There was no need for me to get into anything about antisemitism or communism. I could have just stepped away but I didn't.]
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* '''03:36''' (@patienceinbee) [https://twitter.com/patienceinbee/status/883953028176457728 idk, working thru the anti-Semitism, rather than whether it was expressed or withheld, is probably a more constructive means of remediation]
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* '''03:41''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/883954175847084032 Okay. I wasn't intending to express any kind of antisemitism. I know now that I should have just listened.]
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* '''03:46''' (@patienceinbee) [https://twitter.com/patienceinbee/status/883955509367361537 i think what came across as more crucial was an insistence on being right as logical premise & not on showing capacity for empathy/humility]
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* '''03:50''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/883956574741569537 You're right and that's something I neglected. I disregarded the emotional side of things and was very unempathetic. I shouldn't have.]
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* '''04:04''' (@patienceinbee) [https://twitter.com/patienceinbee/status/883959959502950400 what i'm getting @: folks looked to you as a community organizer for work you've done. that twitterthon was a gesture of community sabotage...]
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* '''04:05''' (@patienceinbee) [https://twitter.com/patienceinbee/status/883960227091148800 ...not to yourself, but to all affected by your doubling-down in notably anti-social conduct. contrition will weigh far less than atonement]
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* '''04:10''' (ZJ) [https://twitter.com/ZJemptv/status/883961518806749184 I get that and I agree. It was needlessly and wantonly destructive. I am trying to make up for it.]
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Unless there's a lot more offensive stuff that ZJ said, this apology seems to me more than adequate; I'm not sure I'd have been so patient in her place. It feels to me like she was doing far more than her fair share of intellectual heavy-lifting as far as remaining calm and [[steel man argument|distilling valid arguments]] from the pretty low-content hostility that was leveled against her – a response which basically (though unintentionally) invites future [[concern trolling]].
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TLDR: You can say outrageous stupid shit to Zinnia and she'll fix it up for you, respond to it civilly, and apologize – every troll's dream-date. If anything, she tries too hard to find reason in the unreasonable, which just makes the accusations against her all the more ludicrous.

Latest revision as of 18:33, 16 April 2019

Background

This page is for ongoing analysis of claims that Zinnia Jones is a fascist or an anti-Semite or some such thing. I'm aware that there are a lot of right-wingers and trolls who like to dishonestly paint her in the worst possible light, so I'd always dismissed these claims – until someone credible to me started making similar claims, at which point I felt compelled to investigate (August 2017).

Just so you know where I'm coming from: I became aware of ZJ via Pharyngula, shortly before she had even realized she was trans (maybe 5 years ago?). I don't follow her on Twitter; I do follow her on YouTube, but I had to actually check to be sure because I rarely watch her videos; I mainly use them as reference arguments in case the same subject comes up elsewhere.

That said, I do know she has been attacked personally over and over again, usually (but not always) by people of a right-wing or at least authoritarian bent, and I have found her defenses to be well-reasoned and ethically sound.

For the record, my August 21 take on the situation is here. On August 25, after many hours of following up some additional leads, I finally located the Tweetstorm to which many people have referred, which (naturally) substantially alters my take on the matter.

Fisking

2010

Yep, that was kind of oblivious. When Jewish people are persecuted, it is generally through racial accusations rather than their beliefs; persecutors do not give their targets the choice to opt out.

That said, I don't think it was intentionally offensive or a dog-whistle. (I seem to recall making the same mistake in my early political naivete, possibly when I was older than ZJ is now; fortunately Twitter hadn't been discovered yet, so I didn't have the opportunity to leave a permanent record of my error.) I would have liked to see the follow-up on that – but apparently this wasn't a comment people were truly incensed about; there were no replies, not even in the 2017 thread where it was brought up again. I doubt very much that this reflects ZJ's current understanding of anti-Semitism.

2016

September 4

October

October 18

Presumably this discussion refers to some earlier dialogue I haven't yet come across, possibly something emerging from the September 4 thread.

October 20

This starts with what I read as @hyenagirl64 referencing the Tweetstorm without actually offering any substantial critical points, but then @PrincessOtC joins in with what seems to be an attack of ZJ's comparing Trump to God using the Old Testament word "Yahweh" to refer to God.

Apparently @PrincessOtC and presumably others took this comparison as anti-Semitic, for reasons that remain unclear; ZJ clarified that she hadn't intended to target the Jewish faith, but rather all monotheism ("Christianity's deity, Islam's, LDS Church's, etc.") and then apologized for her poor choice of phrasing.

It should be noted that she also implicated Jesus Christ ("Yeshu of Nazareth") in her comparison, so how is this singling out Jewish people? The accusation against ZJ seems dishonest rather than just misguided, given this.

Meanwhile the same people are trying to tell ZJ that criticizing Yahweh "isn't your place" (implicit argument: you may not criticize a religion unless you are a member of that religion – although this is never explained straight out). ZJ rightly declines to be bound by the unspoken rules of a religion she does not follow.

All in all, this reads like fundamentalists taking umbrage at seeing their faith in any way impugned, and using accusations of anti-semitism as a soldier argument to attempt to shut that criticism down.

The only legit argument I see buried in all of this (and it's pretty deeply buried, so she can hardly be faulted for missing it) is that someone who has experienced anti-Semitism is likely to be a better judge of what comes across as anti-Semitic than someone who has never experienced that particular form of bigotry.

What I do not see is any legit arguments that ZJ is actually anti-Semitic, much less that she was putting out some sort of dog whistle as a covert invitation for an anti-Semitic pile-on.

2017

June 9

Unless there's a lot more offensive stuff that ZJ said, this apology seems to me more than adequate; I'm not sure I'd have been so patient in her place. It feels to me like she was doing far more than her fair share of intellectual heavy-lifting as far as remaining calm and distilling valid arguments from the pretty low-content hostility that was leveled against her – a response which basically (though unintentionally) invites future concern trolling.

TLDR: You can say outrageous stupid shit to Zinnia and she'll fix it up for you, respond to it civilly, and apologize – every troll's dream-date. If anything, she tries too hard to find reason in the unreasonable, which just makes the accusations against her all the more ludicrous.