In my DayQuil haze yesterday, I completely forgot to mention that there’s an awesome petition on Change.org asking my Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast co-hosts to kick me off the show. We get emails like that every now and again, but this is the first time there’s been an honest-to-dog organized campaign. This is exciting, because rarely do Men’s Rights Activists and the like actually get organized and take real action on an issue. So I wanted to help them!
When I first saw the petition, there were only about 30-some signatures. Friends started passing it around and signing it with their own hilarious statements, so I tweeted about it in the hopes that more would join in. I offered a free button to the funniest submission.
Now, though, there are 171 signers, and I’m having trouble picking my favorite. So please, Skepchick readers, help me out! Which comment is the best? I can’t choose! Pretty much all of them made me laugh, but here are a few of my current favorites:
Raymond Luxury Yacht Throckmorton on Puddleswipe, United Kingdom
So I sez to this skirt I’m hitting on on the subway, I sez, “Someone needs to do something about this Waston frail. She’s against my free speech! If I want to corner a woman and skeeve her out with unwanted attention, that’s my right as a John Thomas support unit!” Kudos to Mr. John Smith, which is obviously his real name and not a pseudonym he’s hiding behind, because only a spineless coward would do that. It also important to point out that the mere threat of a petition that has no legal bearing or any repercussion whatsoever will bring that Novella doctor to his knees! A crank on the Internet has spoken, and he must be heard, much like the dull background rumble of the AC unit in my house. Is that thing at 78°? Really? Doesn’t feel like it. And, men’s rights forerver!!!!!!~!!!!!!!@@!@@#!!11ty!!!
Norbert Seriously leeds, United Kingdom
She has different opinions which I find confusing. I also think Evan should go as I find it confusing that they all have different names.
Chris Hatfield London, United Kingdom
The rogues (including Rebecca) taught me about the dangers of groupthink., in the context of a disussino about Scientology. I would welcome Rebecca back, once (if) she stops behaving so irrationally. FreeThoughtsBlogs and Skepchick or AtheismPlus discourage critical thinking.
Monty Assclown Dicktown, IL, Tuvalu
Skepticism should be about celebrating scientific skepticism and putting women back in the kitchen where they belong. And touching their boobies at conferences.
Annie Kenney London, United Kingdom
Watson must be stopped. I didn’t get where I am today by being a woman, and neither did my fathers before me.
Shockwave Plasma London, United Kingdom
She has to be stopped..That song Friday drives me insane
Virgin Douchebag Webster, MA
Females confuse and frighten me!!! I hate them and distrust them and don’t think they count as real people. Also I don’t understand why they won’t let me make sex at them.
Adam Clear Spokane, WA
I stopped listening to SGU after Elevatorgate. I could no longer take Watson seriously for her dogmatic, hyper-feminism. I miss the show.
My hovercraft is full of eels. Washington, Japan
My atheism and skepticism go as far as that. I don’t believe in a god, and I demand evidence before accepting claims as true. Please present the evidence for your assertions that the majority of the atheist/skeptic movement have sexually harrassed you to the point where you feel unsafe attending TAM, despite after the ascendance of Mr. DJ Grothe (a homosexual)’s administration, it achieving a 50/50 split of female speakers. If this is done, I will publicly, loudly, and giving my full name, apologize for my mistake. Until then, using your fauxlebrity to name and shame every socially awkward idiot who may make you feel uncomfortable occasionally is overboard, and being continuously granted a platform from which to do similar is tantamount to rape.
Pillock Mr f, AL
We cannot alienate possible allies! We should be reaching out to every rapist, Klansman, and child molester possible to shore up our ranks. SEMPER FE TYRANASAUROUS!
Zachary High-Leggett Calgary, Canada
I am the organizer for the world’s largest annual convention of elevator manufacturers. Although our attendance rates have their regular ups and downs, Rebecca Watson has been the number one reason that our attendance rates have dropped significantly. She keeps putting down elevators and it’s starting to push all my buttons. What used to be one of the fastest rising attendance rates in the industry has slowed to a halt. It’s like we’re starting out at the ground level. Our convention started in 2000 and we’ve had events every year since. Now however, thanks to Watson, it’s starting to look like will have to skip ’13. I hope we’ll be able to resume in 14 and up, but I don’t have the highest hopes right now. This whole thing is just wrong on so many levels, but I’m trying not to let it get me down.
Aaaaagh there are too many please help, friends! Quote your favorite in a comment, and also help me figure out what should go on the winner’s button. I’m thinking something simple like “I win 1 internet” or “I’m awesome” but I’m open to suggestions.