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Episode 113: Should "The Bright Ages" Be Pulped For Its Racism, Or Merely Burned In Village Squares Nationwide?

It turns out Medieval Twitter is completely bonkers

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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.
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The hosts discuss one of the most memorable online meltdowns in recent memory, and then they talk about the fallout from last week’s episode. To discuss this episode with other premium subscribers, click here.

Show notes/Links:

“Allegations of white supremacy are tearing apart a prestigious medieval studies group”: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/09/19/its-all-white-people-allegations-white-supremacy-are-tearing-apart-prestigious-medieval-studies-group

Jesse on Gabriele: https://reason.com/2020/07/08/the-reaction-to-the-harpers-letter-on-cancel-culture-proves-why-it-was-necessary/

Some David Perry receipts:

Original complaint about spiked review and more positive one published in LARB was here but is now protected:

This is whiteness in action. This is silencing BIPOC scholars *doing* the work and labor while white men (and women) profit by doing half-assed work and their club of editors (yes they are friends - as noted in an email) work behind the scenes to keep us in the "dark".

Also:

24 hrs later & no word from anyone. Notably columbusing, gatekeeping and academic dishonesty takes place daily for BIPOC and it is more often than not that particular wyte scholars aren't receptive to call-ins, let alone being held accountable.

Seph Rodney backs up Bond:

Erik Wade tweetstorm:

Bond is weaponizing her feelings:

She also apologized too quickly for MRO’s liking:

Some whole other apology rejection:

The spiked review: https://mrambaranolm.medium.com/sounds-about-white-333d0c0fd201

Gabriele apology:

The LARB, too, has failed various accountability checks:

Smithsonian Mag review of The Northman: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-true-history-behind-robert-eggers-the-northman-180979954/

The Guardian on same: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/apr/22/norse-code-white-supremacists-reading-the-northman-robert-eggers

The image of “Christ of Mercy between the Prophets David and Jeremiah” by Diego de la Cruz comes from here.