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When a group of conservative sci-fi trolls tried to use his work as part of an anti-diversity campaign earlier this month, Internet-famous erotic author Chuck Tingle fought back with some hilarious trolling of his own. Now Tingle has taken it up a notch—he’s snatched up his enemies’ domain name, and he’s having his way with it.
Tingle, author of pornographic masterpieces like Pounded in the Butt by My Own Butt, was happy to be nominated for a Hugo Award, one of science fiction’s highest honors. But he wasn’t so happy about how he earned the nomination—as part of a sabotage scheme by the Rabid Puppies, a group of hardcore nerds who are furious that the Hugos are starting to notice and celebrate sci-fi stories that include women and characters of color.
The Rabid Puppies hoped that by nominating Tingle’s Space Raptor Butt Invasion, they could discredit the Hugos and make them look like a joke to outsiders. The plan seems to have backfired, though, because Tingle has relentlessly mocked the Puppies and their figurehead, “Vox Day,” ever since he was nominated.
And now Tingle has registered TheRabidPuppies.com and turned it into his personal page for hard buckaroos who know love is real.
“[S]ometimes devilmen are so busy planning scoundrel attacks they forget to REGISTER important website names,” writes Tingle on his new website, linking to some of the things Rabid Puppies hate most.
There’s N.K. Jemisin’s novel The Fifth Season, a fellow Hugo contender written by—oh my god, a black woman. The conservative sci-fi community’s monocles popped off of their faces in response to the success of Jemisin’s very good book, and its Hugo and Nebula nominations made Vox Day very angry.
“They ought to just change the name of the Nebulas to the Science Fiction Affirmative Action Awards for Women and Minorities Who Don’t Write Good,” he wrote.
Because the Rabid Puppies share some overlap in support with Gamergate—and a common dislike of progressive “Social Justice Warriors“—Tingle also used TheRabidPuppies.com to endorse his good friend Zoe Quinn. Although it feels like Gamergate has always existed and will never end, it started in 2014 as an organized effort to harass Quinn. She’s now an anti-bullying advocate and continues to be Gamergate’s least favorite person.
So Tingle has trolled the GG-puppy axis by linking to “BEST FRIEND name of zoe quinn” and her anti-bullying network, Crash Override. Gee, I guess they should have registered that domain name before Tingle did.
The Hugo Awards are scheduled for August 20. Tingle has invited Quinn to attend in his place.
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.