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Harlan Ellison issues a public apology.

Would you believe that, having left the Hugo ceremonies immediately after my part in it, while it was still in progress ... and having left the hall entirely ... yet having been around later that night for Kieth Kato's traditional chili party ... and having taken off next morning for return home ... and not having the internet facility to open "journalfen" (or whatever it is), I was unaware of any problem proceeding from my intendedly-childlike grabbing of Connie Willis's left breast, as she was exhorting me to behave.

Nonetheless, despite my only becoming aware of this brouhaha right this moment (12 noon LA time, Tuesday the 29th), three days after the digital spasm that seems to be in uproar ...YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!!

IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE FOR A MAN TO GRAB A WOMAN'S BREAST WITHOUT HER EXPLICIT PERMISSION. To do otherwise is to go 'way over the line in terms of invasion of someone's personal space. It is crude behavior at best, and actionable behavior at worst. When George W. Bush massaged the back of the neck of that female foreign dignitary, we were all justly appalled. For me to grab Connie's breast is in excusable, indefensible, gauche, and properly offensive to any observers or those who heard of it later.

I agree wholeheartedly.

I've called Connie. Haven't heard back from her yet. Maybe I never will.

So. What now, folks? It's not as if I haven't been a politically incorrect creature in the past. But apparently, Lynne, my 72 years of indefensible, gauche (yet for the most part classy), horrifying, jaw-dropping, sophomoric, sometimes imbecile behavior hasn't--till now--reached your level of outrage.

I'm glad, at last, to have transcended your expectations. I stand naked and defenseless before your absolutely correct chiding.

With genuine thanks for the post, and celestial affection, I remain, puckishly,

Yr. pal, Harlan

P.S. You have my permission to repost this reply anywhere you choose, on journalfen, at SFWA, on every blog in the universe, and even as graffiti on the Great Wall of China.

Comments

That's a very diffucult thing to own up to, actually.

I have a similar tendency to be unknowingly and accidentally racist (I'm white). I don't do it deliberately (and in fact make but I do have a lot of ingrained reactions that I have to keep realizing I'm having.

So thank you for saying that so straightforwardly.
(Most welcome. I can live without my pride, legs, one of my arms, probably one eye, my nose, the ability to speak independently of one of those talkybox things Stephen Hawking uses, and my Game Boy, but I could never bring myself to forfeit my decency. =^P)

More seriously, though, oi. I live in a town with a VERY large black population, and one that tends to live in separate chunks of the city from everyone else, at that. I have nothing against any of these people, but I find the gangsta subculture grating and obnoxious as Hell, and I go to a college, where that sorta thing is popular amongst a good number of the black population there. I think this fact ends up tainting my view of the rest of the people---some days I'll get paranoid of random bystanders if they show some 'gangsta' habits (habits as opposed to a full-blown lifestyle), and sometimes it starts applying on larger levels, though rarely.

I just don't 'get' the gangsta subculture, even though me and many of my sharper associates have developed plenty of logical and highly plausible theories as to why so many choose the lifestyle.

Do you have things you just don't 'get'?
I feel *exactly* the same way about children, college football fans, and people who drive minivans.

I have to keep reminding myself that they are human, and the fact that they piss me off doesn't mean they don't deserve their share of the sidewalk. :-P
I feel the same way about Yankees.

*quirks eyebrow*
Fine. You can't have any of my apple pie for breakfast.
With me, it is...:

A) Gangstas (already mentioned).
B) Furries (sometimes I wonder if they 'get' themselves).
C) Religious fundies.
D) Severe/diehard anime fans (I nearly have a Vietnam-vet-style PTSD-esque reaction every time I hear the word 'kawaii'). I love anime, too, but I am bloody fed up to Valhalla with the subculture it has over here.
E) People who are crack-addicted to World of Warcraft, or prettymuch any computer game. I would say more except there's too many subtypes under this category to cover. Suffice it to say I'm tired of gamer subculture and nearly tired of games due to this (though being increasingly picky I'm also partially tired of it because some people I knew who fit the bill ended up treating me like shit and also 'cause many of the products are just plain kinda crappy, even the better-made ones. That's why I'm reading more books and watching more movies these days.)
F) People who say "DOWN WITH THE CORPORATION" or the like. While I'm all for dealing with injustice, generalizations of who is antagonizing oneself confuse me. Specify target plz.
G) People who drive Humvees. The only way you will ever get me to like these things if it's one of the military models with the snorkel-exhaust pipe and the attached grenade launcher.
Furries... Severe/diehard anime fans ... (video) gamer subculture...

Are you familiar with the geek hierarchy?
Yes. Yes I am.

Part of me is eternally dead inside knowing that somewhere, in the darkest recesses of the electron void, the bottom-most item ACTUALLY EXISTS.