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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

William Sanders: At It...Again

It's amazing really. This man has no off button. None, not even a pause button. Instead of doing, as Joe Sherry has intelligently pointed out, what he should have done, he has done the opposite and probably should earn the award for most angry, foul-mouthed, horrendously pathetic and cranky editor to ever grace the publishing industry. In Joe Sherry's words:
Not to get too deep into the initial issue, as this has all been covered before, but what bothered me most about this whole situation was not necessarily the opening statement (bad as it came across), but rather in how Sanders responded to the appears that Sanders was so angry that anyone would possibly be offended by something he said and no longer wish to be associated with his magazine that he accused those writers of having their panties in a wad (more or less) and of being cowards, among other less complimentary things. This is what bothered me the most.
Well, this is what bothered me the most as well. You see, I saw the comments in the original rejection letter and thought, "Well, I understand what he means, but these are stupid words." And then I read Sanders's responses and started to get the impression that these weren't simply stupid things said by people that don't always think through things all the way--I'm guilty of this at times. I saw his anger, his hatred, and his violent words towards the people who disagreed with him and thought his comments were offensive. He never once made an honest apology, but continued shoving his foot into his mouth in a display of close-minded anger, the kind of anger we'd expect of the extreme religious right who still think the Earth is only a few thousand years old and refuse to accept that science has made the world a better place.
Now comes word that Helix is closing its doors. It seems true that Helix has had plans to close for a while, and I'm willing to accept this as truth as one of the contributors of Helix, quoted in Joe Sherry's article, has stated that it is true. But, considering the controversy over this whole thing, are we at all surprised by this? Let's just say that Helix wasn't planning to close their doors before the incident, do any of us honestly think that Helix would last much longer anyway? Some places have already withdrawn their support by removing *links* to Helix and the blogosphere has turned William Sanders's name into an alternative to searching for the anti-christ. Authors have been requesting that their work be removed from Helix's archives. Many were denied (and still are being denied, with Sanders's grumpy, and very "professional" comments attached). In all honesty, the market has become so tainted by Sanders's inability to save face for even a moment, or at least shut his mouth and stop fuming like delinquent teenager.
And now we're left with these comments about those of us who spoke out about him:
At this point the Blogtrotters and other hostile entities will be leaping grasshopperlike
about, emitting shrill piping sounds of joy, clapping their tiny hands, bursting into "Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead," and other childish expressions of triumph. One hopes that they do not injure themselves patting themselves on the back.
The point is, all this was decided long before the Blogtrotters went into their latest shit-flinging frenzy. So as much as it no doubt pleases them to believe that they were responsible for taking down the Great Monster, they should rather offer thanks to the freeloaders who, simply by sitting on their rumps and doing nothing to support the magazine, did more to terminate Helix than all the silly whining bastards put together.
Of course they won't believe this; they will choose to believe what they want to believe, just as they always do. If there is one thing the Blogtrotters and the Silly Righteous Girls have demonstrated throughout this affair, it is their total imperviousness to reality.
Yeah, and if that wasn't enough you can see his continued spewing of hatred here, in which he's apparently interviewed about his comments and tries desperately to make himself sound like a rational human being who never did anything wrong. I read about three or four questions worth and realized this is the same garbage he's been spewing the whole time since the beginning of this fiasco, with the same style of language, the same unapologetic attitude, and the same anger and bigotry that got him flamed by bloggers in the first place.
So a word to William Sanders: Grow up. If you ever work in this business again, pray you get hired by someone that doesn't know what kind of person you are, because you've yet to learn what it means to be an adult. No human being should be as angry as you. Maybe some therapy in your near future would help you deal with whatever deep-seeded psychological damage has turned you into this grumpy person.

And with that, I think I'm done with this whole thing. We'll see if he can get his foot any deeper down his throat in the next few months or years.

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  1. Anonymous3:00 AM

    You might find this of interest:

    Charles Underwood Farleigh

  2. Thanks for the link. I'm honored to have been the target of Mr. Sanders. It's a delicious treat when someone has a heyday with things I've said. I love the controversy.

    And yes, I was fully aware that the "interview" was a mock interview. Which is why it's especially pathetic that Mr. Sanders actually has to fake interview himself in order to "set the record straight," unless he's not trying to set the record straight at all, which begs the question: why do it in the first place?

    Thanks for the link. Appreciate it. It was a fun read and it's nice to know I've been given free traffic from Mr. Hothead. I'm actually curious how far that foot can get in his throat. Is it possible that he can shove it in there so far that it comes out the other end, wraps around, and he starts swallowing it again? Maybe Mr. Sanders is an alien.


    Take care,
    Mr. Farleigh :)

  3. On a side note, are you the same fellow who makes wine?

  4. You know, and I did make a mistake in my post. Although I think Sanders misunderstood me to say that it was ads run by Helix. I should have said links. Whoops. So be it. I'll make the appropriate corrections, since Sanders threw a bit of a fit about it.

  5. Damn! And he didn't have a single thing to say about me! :)

  6. Anonymous7:33 AM

    Well apparently he's too retarded to know that Shaun is a legit spelling ... Sean is the Irish spelling, isn't it?

    I really want to write a response to him. Arse. Unfortunately I can't come up with anything sufficient against someone with as little sense as him.

    >The blogosphere has turned William Sanders' (sic) name

    And since when does a correctly-placed apostrophe require a 'sic'. He can't be a very good editor ...

  7. Joe: You're just too famous I guess. He's only interested in responding to people that nobody knows :P.

    Ellira: He's actually supposed to be a damn good editor with a good eye for a damn good story. He just has a mouth that I wouldn't kiss my mother with...and he still thinks "sheethead" is a good word.

  8. Anonymous11:26 AM

    Well maybe anger clouded his judgement, then.

    Funny thing is, I didn't see that much wrong with his original comments in the context ... now I hate the guy. :p But I'm probably biased ...

  9. Well, I completely got why people were upset with his comments and this whole thing could have been avoided if he had just calmly explained himself and made it clear what he meant. "Sheethead" is a poor choice of words, but he blew it up on his own by being childish. The blogosphere would have simply shut their traps if he had just said "oh, whoops, I meant this, but shouldn't have said it like that, oopsies". Maybe it's pride that makes him so angry. I don't know *shrugs*

  10. >The blogosphere has turned William Sanders' (sic) name

    And since when does a correctly-placed apostrophe require a 'sic'. He can't be a very good editor ...

    Actually the traditional rule in English is that names ending in s take an apostrophe s unless the names are of Greek origin. Therefore, Sanders's would be correct.

  11. rrede: Thanks, you're correct. Interesting how I was taught differently in high school.