I contradicted myself on Gibson

The blogger Ilion—one of an entire sub-population of commenters in the right-wing blogosphere who falsely and obsessively accuse me of not replying to criticisms of myself, when the fact is that I refuse to reply to rude, irrational, and hostile statements about myself—makes a reasonable criticism of me. First he quotes Mel Gibson’s secretly recorded rant to his ex-girlfriend:

You go out in public and it’s a f*cking embarrassment to me. You look like a f*cking bitch in heat. And if you get raped by a pack of ni**ers it will be your fault. Alright? Because you provoked it. You are provocatively dressed all the time with your fake boobs that you feel you have to show off. I don’t like it. I don’t want that woman. I don’t want you. I don’t trust you. I don’t love you.

Then he quotes my second entry about l’affaire Gibson (here is the first):

Again, Gibson said any number of extremely offensive things in his surreptitiously recorded private phone conversation with his former girl friend, including telling her that with the way she dressed she deserved to be gang raped …

Ilion continues:

Let me be perfectly clear (to coin a phrase), whatever Gibson may have been thinking, according to the transcripts, he did *not* tell his former slut that she deserves to be gang raped; rather, he told her a simple truth: her freely chosen behavior—her insistence on living the fantasy of Grrl Power—increases the odds that she will become a target of some of the predators amongst us.

Really, Mr Auster! This is one of your persistent (and correct!) themes: that leftism requires human sacrifice, in one form or another, and that the contemporary “liberal” edition of leftism gets those sacrifices by training up the people to be Eloi for the Morlocks who walk among us.

Ilion is correct. I was contradicting my usual position when I made that comment. I think I made the misstep because I was reacting to the overall disgusting tone of Gibson’s remarks. But the substance of what Gibson said was true. As I myself have pointed out many times, such as in the case of Morgan Harrington, a woman who pays no attention to the dangers in our society, who goes about dressed in a highly provocative manner, who goes wherever she wants, whenever she wants, increases the odds that she will be raped and killed.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 12, 2010 09:00 PM | Send

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