The #NotAtMyTable (link to Ralph Retort summary) even is a thing of rare beauty:
Once again, modern progressivism and social justice ruins everything. Those who pray at the shrine of feminism have targeted anything that has a whiff of fun about it: from video games to science-fiction novels to heavy metal music – if people are enjoying something without thinking twice about identity politics, a shrieking social justice devotee will be there to tell them how their fun is ‘wrong’ and infringing upon safe spaces. Most of these endeavors have failed spectacularly, although the comic book industry – where social justice warriors managed an Invasion of the Bodysnatchers style takeover – remains a stern warning that these raving lunatics can indeed invade, infest, and destroy businesses and fracture fandoms in short order if there is no pushback from sensible fans of the product.
Now it seems the manic street preachers from the far left have turned their attention to tabletop role-playing games via the #NotAtMyTable hashtag. What is #NotAtMyTable, you ask? Why, it’s the beginning of the progressive stack forDungeons & Dragons!
Of course, what your Ralphs and your Retorts miss is that this is nothing new. Tabletop RPGs, like every aspect of life, have long been a front in the culture war. From the demonic scare to Jack Chick and of course the Marxist wolves dressed up in the sheep’s clothing of diversity and tolerance, their assault on RPG’s that don’t conform to the narrative goes way back. The RPGpundit has long been an aggressive and often foul-mouthed one-man army fighting a rear-guard action against them.
What’s new here is the speed and scale at which the push back occurred. The forces of freedom, tolerance, and light launched an almost immediate counter-attack. The backlash once again shone a spotlight on the hypocrisy of the gaming gestapo. It appears the example of the video-game nerds has served as a powerful lesson for we tabletop nerds. No doubt the heavy overlap of the two populations helps a great deal.
This particular attack was so easily parried because talking about what you like and don’t like at your table is what we do on the internet. Full disclosure: I added two tweets to the counter-push without realizing the genesis of the tag had anything to do with the increased vociferousness and censoriousness of the regressive left.
Here’s a tip for the lefties out there: When people are accidentally making you look stupid, it’s time to try a new strategy. Also: You can’t stop the signal, Mal.