The Attack On My Book
Grown adults, like a 52-year-old unsuccessful actor in New York City named Carl Salonen, are part of an attack at Amazon by the Tiny Little Thugs (aka SadlyNo.com) in hopes of hurting the sales of my book. Their blog item is here.
Salonen, most vilely, posted a "review," now removed, calling me "Arnold Alkon," harkening back to their old attacks at their site calling me a tranny and asking whether I have a penis, etc. There's another "reviewer," Loretta Serrano, who has a number of blogs actually dedicated directly to her alleged behavior and comment on the various names she goes under. She also has a book on Amazon, under the name Loretta Dillon, and yet, she thinks nothing of hurting the sales of mine.
These are leftists, all these losers, and while I'm neither left nor right (I'm fiscally conservative and socially libertarian), it's my experience that people on the right will tell me they think I'm an idiot right to my face or openly, on a blog (because I was against the Iraq war, for example), while the left has resorted to denigrating me by trying to hurt my livelihood. And they do it anonymously.
And then, there's the manner in which they do it, by using transsexuality in hopes of derogating me. Who has a harder time in this world than somebody who's born one sex and feels very strongly they're another? They're using this to put me down? Ugly. And they're the left?
Now, I have no problem with people taking issue with me or my writing and posting critically about me on some website, nor do I have a problem with people who've actually read my book and have gripes about what I wrote posting them in a review. That's just the territory, being a public writer and speaker, and publishing a book.
But, who goes around trying to hurt somebody's employment (which is what they're effectively doing with these "reviews" at Amazon, and with their call to their followers to vote up the negative reviews so they'll be at the top)?
Amazon needs to take steps to stop the abuse of their review system. It's supposed to be a way of reviewing books people have actually read, not of exacting revenge, reviewing the author as a person, or getting even for a blog post the author has written. And it's become all of those things.
UPDATE: Amazon has removed some of the reviews, like Carl Salonen's intimating that I'm transsexual. And I forgot to mention this before -- vis a vis the irony that this is coming from the left. Isn't calling me that...lookist? And sexist? And about five other things?