ETA: It’s come to light that Ms. Rice has news about her new novel she’ll be debuting this Sunday, March 9th, on an internet radio show- The Dinner Party. This, combined with the media press kit blitz about bullies she’s been spreading around the internet puts things in a different light (publicity stunt, y’all?)
Back in Dec/Jan when all this was still going on I chalked it up to another bout of insanity from the lady who seems hell-bent on becoming the modern-day Nora Desmond, and let it lie. But now this shit’s gone too far. Now even supposedly reputable sites like the Guardian are parroting this farce.
Hello, I’m Anne Rice- and you’re not.
If you’ve been blissfully unaware of this latest insanity, Anne Rice- author auteur, Goddess of the Night, Mistress of Vampires, blahblahblah- went off the deep end again when she started pontificating all over the Amazon forums about the state of reviewing in general, and how everyone should have to reveal their secret identities in order to post reviews. No more pseudonyms, aliases or screen names anywhere. Naturally, a collection of fools, charlatans and crusaders fell over each other to be the first to pat her on the back about lending her name to the jihad against Teh Bulliez. She was so tickled she couldn’t stop sharing it on FB (here, here and here), ignoring the warnings given to her about the site in question to the point of deleting all comments about them yet left all posts from that site’s contributors standing. Because that site’s history of abuse, doc-dropping and yeah- bullying, has nothing to do with nothing; what matters is they’re kissing her ass here and now. One should always focus on what’s important.
You’ll also notice that not only are the majority of them’s talking about how happy they are about this are themselves doing so under false pretenses, the claims of Rice’s victory over bullying amounts to a bunch of sound bites. All screenshots of her ‘winning’ posts are done so in a vacuum without context or reply; trust me when I tell you there’s much more to the story. And it doesn’t make Rice look good.
I’ll state with 100% certainty that any and all who run around the internet crowing about how Anne Rice showed those meanie-mean poopy-heads over on Amazon never read the entire thread. It’s pretty damn obvious TIME Magazine didn’t. Because a reading of it shows Rice getting her pop-culture intellectualism handed to her on a pretty regular basis. For the sake of disclosure I’ll admit to giving her a few lumps myself during the discussions.
The undercurrent here fools no one, least of all it’s proponents who know they’re full of shit. That’s why the vast majority almost never come out and say what’s really on their minds: there should be no negative reviews posted. Ever. (The article is satire but the comments are worth looking at). And the few that do say so only highlights why the rest don’t: it reveals them to be the whiny, spoiled, sniveling, entitled children they are. After all, they’re SOOPER-GENIUSES! Everyone knows it; back when they were that sunflower in the third-grade play- even the teacher said so!!! They’ve got a whole wall of participation trophies that confirms it!
Allow me to introduce myself: I. Ama Author- SUPER GENIUS!
Given Rice’s well-documented history and complete denial of her own bullying, it was comically ironic to see this posted on her FB page to try and bolster her argument: Science Confirms Internet Trolls are Narcissistic, Psychopathic and Sadistic.
Another example of Rice’s disconnect from her actions is seen in this FB exchange with one Dusty Lee. Note how quickly Rice condescendingly changes the topic once she’s been called on her previous bad behavior: