“Offensive” Twitter profile? Really?

This is how it went:  About a week and a half ago, a stranger sent me a message informing me that they were offended by my Twitter profile. No explanation of why they found it offensive, either, because, y’know, that’s none of my business, right? My first reaction was, WTF?!?? (Yes, when I’m startled, I sometimes think using acronyms and excessive punctuation. It’s a very bad habit, but one which I find impossible to break. Almost as bad as pulling obscure novel quotes out of thin air at the least provocation.) But then I thought, Hey, most of my blog followers are people — maybe they can help me understand this!

So what is wrong with this Twitter profile?

SF/F author and editor. I’m not human, but I play one in real life.

I realize I’ve got an odd sense of humor sometimes (okay, more than just sometimes), but there’s a big difference — or should be — between “I don’t get it” and “How dare you!” I suspect it’s the latter part that’s the “problem.” I’d like to think so, anyway, because otherwise there are a lot more people whose Twitter profiles are provoking outrage — OUTRAGE, I tell you! — by saying things like “I write SF short stories for fun” or “Freelance fiction editor and baker of pies.”


(I’m not at all upset, by the way. In the past, I got death threats just for reading science fiction and fantasy — I’m not worried about some drive-by disapprover. But the sheer incomprehensibility of it is starting to bug me.)


About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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16 Responses to “Offensive” Twitter profile? Really?

  1. Laura L. says:

    It is when you DO get it, when it makes PERFECT sense, that you should worry. A lot.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. No clue. Pretty tame if you ask me. =-)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I wonder if SF/F could be an abbreviation for something else we’re not aware of? If so, I wish to remain ignorant of it.

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  4. Alex Hurst says:

    Was it a real Twitter user or Twitter saying that someone reported you? I know the Twitter harassment language uses “profile” for basically anything… either way, your bio is fine. 😛

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Greg Long says:

    I so wanted to put a facetious comment here but changed my mind in case it was taken seriously. Nothing offensive that I can perceive

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Jaye says:

    It’s the editor part, I bet. Editor is a dirty word in like Swahili or something 😉

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Did you check their Twitter profile to see who or what they were in real life? Tell us, then we can all go over there and be offended by their harmless profile.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. rachelloon says:

    Unless they were a really tedious troll or something, my guess would be it was someone who considers themselves ‘otherkin’. If you don’t know what the otherkin are… then you’re a lucky non-human, but they may feel that by declaring yourself ‘non-human’ as a joke, you’re trivialising the struggles of people who really are non-human souls trapped in human bodies. Not kidding, there are actually people who think that.

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  9. Sue Archer says:

    Nope, don’t get it. Looks fine (and funny) to me!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. nancyrae4 says:

    I have absolutely no idea what this person is upset about. Your profile made me smile which these days is a big deal. Thanks, by the way:)

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I’d be inclined to ask for additional detail. You’ve already got crazy on you, may as well enjoy it.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. I think you’ve been hit by a troll. It doesn’t mean anything. There are people who just roam around the internet trying to upset people because they think it’s fun. I think you’ve been “got” by one of them.

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  13. Millie Ho says:

    Odd. I’d just ignore ’em. Not worth your time.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. sjhigbee says:

    I’m with Millie and Marilyn… I think some troll battened onto you and decided to have a bit of a go. There’s nothing there that I can see would frighten the horses. Ignore it:)

    Liked by 1 person

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