You can read about the situation these guys have created with the Hugo rewards on various sites, but what stands out as interesting to me was some yammering by Damien Walters.
I don't know who Damien Walters is, really. He has some column in a British newspaper apparently? All I know from him is what he's written about the whole 'conservatives getting nominated at the Hugo Awards' ordeal, which has largely been a mix of tremendous bullshit and awkward writing. I have a short temper in general, but my patience goes particularly low for people who bullshit badly. It's somehow extra insulting.
Anyway, while engaging in what I believe is called concern trolling, Damien Walters had this to say:
I think Correia did two things. The first was appeal for votes on the basis of a perceived liberal bias in the genre. That was the basis of his campaign, a protest vote against liberal influence. That was divisive and did a lot to spark the backlash he's still feeling. Secondly, and this is going to be much more damaging for him longterm, he allowed himself to become very closely associated to Vox Day in the process. Ultimately people do judge others by their associations, and both Larry Correia and John C Wright have made very public declarations of support for Day, that I fear both will deeply regret in the long run. I'm quite serious about my suggestion by the way. I think if Correia wrote publicly to support the new diversity in the genre, and apologised for any perception he was campaigning against it, that might help him a lot.To his credit, Correia responded to all this with a whole lot of words that, for my purposes, mostly translates to 'Fuck you, Walters' - which is entirely appropriate here. But at least Walters is making himself into a fantastic example of one of the more poisonous sides of the progressive mindset.
First there's the 'concern posing as threat' bit. Walters there is saying he's worried - so very, very worried - for poor Larry Correia (a man who, from what I read, has more literary success than Walters will likely achieve in his entirely life) because of what, oops, may happen to him for his daring to say the things he's said, and failing to shun the people he should shun. It's not real concern, of course; it's just a thinly veiled threat. Not a threat of what Walters himself will do, mind you, but a threat about what Walters sees the group he belongs to is capable of doing, and will in fact do to Correia. What's golden here is that the threat comes, from Walters' own words, over the mere association Correia has with Vox (in this case, 'not shunning') and the fact that he voiced his opinion on a matter in a way Walters doesn't like. Notice that Walters mentions that Correia will be hurt from that alone, but at no point does Walters himself disown such actions, or denounce them. Because, the fact is, he's all in favor of them.
Second, notice Walters' demands: write that you endorse the "new diversity" and apologize for any wrong "perceptions" people may have. The very idea that Correia may not think much of the works of the "diverse" authors doesn't seem to matter. What matters is "perception" - that Correia, sincerely or not, genuflects at the right altar. That the perceptions people - the right people, of course - have of Correia be proper. The real odd thing here is that these people will simultaneously cast themselves as kingmakers (pardon, queenmakers) in the publishing industry, capable of destroying the literary livelihoods of anyone who is perceived as not being sufficiently supportive of them... but at the same time cast themselves as victims perpetually bullied by The Enemy.
But third, and most importantly, is that both Wright and Correia have had fantastic responses to Walters - basically, 'There is a liberal bias in publishing and your actions have helped us expose it, and Vox can speak for himself - and his speaking for himself is no reason for us to shun him'. It's encouraging to see these guys standing up to what is a confused little man representing a culture petrified at the losing their ability to shun people into silence and compliance. In fact, it may make a sci-fi reader out of me yet.