Tron Guy Returns From the Depths of the Internet to Take On SJWs
Jay Maynard, now 56, will forever be known as ‘Tron Guy,’ one of the first internet celebrities. Ten years after first donning his spandex tribute to the 1982 Sci-Fi classic he is again making headlines. This time it is for standing up to Social Justice Warriors.
Tron Guy Wants Sci-Fi, Not Sensitivity Training
Maynard is a self-proclaimed Sci-Fi maniac and has attended conventions regularly for most of his adult life. His now signature Tron suit is fashioned from a spandex suit, plastic pieces, and even a few lights for added effect.
Although his celebrity days are over Mr. Maynard still enjoys wearing the costume and attending conventions, including ‘Penguicon.’ In fact, after this year’s edition hosted just outside of Detroit, Jay wrote a scathing piece onMedium lambasting the convention for getting too political.
He thinks that the convention lets left-wing gender and race politics supersede both Sci-Fi and computing (what the event is known for). Maynard announced he wouldn’t be attending next year due to the hyper fixation on social justice as opposed to good old fashioned fun.
“When I paid attention, I saw that Penguicon was definitely taking the side of the social justice warrior contingent in fandom, from inviting Charlie Jane Anders and her io9 compatriot Analee Newitz as Guests of Honor to panels full of politically correct topics on gender in SF and the like, to putting up posters on ‘consent culture’ in several places around the hotel, to lamenting that they had not been able to designate any of the hotel bathrooms as unisex.”
Maynard first brought his concerns to the event board, asking that they host conservative panels to balance out the leftists. Their response was that they would not be taking any action which could be considered controversial.
The Left-Wing Backlash
Jay’s words and actions unsurprisingly offended a few people, including liberal blogger Rebecca Watson. Ms. Watson labeled Tron Guy “alt-right” for his views on political correctness and gender-based politics.
The alt-right movement is, of course, more known for identifying with White Supremacy rather than Science Fiction.
Maynard, when asked if he subscribes to alt-right politics, laughed the question off saying,
“I am specifically not alt right. I don’t believe in white supremacy or the patriarchy. I have no problems with true equality of opportunity, but social justice is a code word for equality of outcome,” adding his political views are, “movement conservative with a hint of libertarianism.”
Rebecca Watson later took to her blog to vent her frustrations at Tron Guy. She attacked Maynard over the fact he has been involved with ‘furries’ in the past.
Furries are a community of people who dress up, roleplay or draw anthropomorphic animals.
Far from being sympathetic to a person different from them, Ms. Watson attempted to ‘fur-shame’, Mr. Maynard. Typical SJW behavior.
“It’s strange that I don’t see Tron Guy complaining about the panel on furries that was at Penguicon in 2016. So why complain about the one panel that addressed transgender people? Oh, because being transgender is a ridiculous, politically correct, social justice, virtue-signaling freak show, but being a small female monkey centaur trapped in the body of a fat old man dressed in a leotard is just the way things should be.”
Tron Guy was far more laid back towards the criticism, “I don’t consider myself a furry to the extent I believe I’m an animal in a human body. Being a furry is about enjoying anthropomorphic characters, and that’s all they’re about is characters.”
What’s Next For Tron Guy?
Jay Maynard did not even don his signature costume at this year’s edition of Penguicon. He thinks the increasingly politicized atmosphere makes the convention “not fun anymore.”
His roommate Orvan the Ox, who is also a furry, used to dress up as an Acme Corp. deliveryman and deliver gag gifts to the guests of honor. But this year, Orvan decided against the shtick in fear that he would “offend the perpetually offended” with his gift choice.
“I go to conventions to escape the culture wars, not take part in them,” Tron Guy said. “I don’t care about their race, sex orientation or whether they’re transgender. I just want to hear about great sci-fi stories.”
What do you think about Tron Guy? Is he right to feel how he does? Is this the beginning of a trend in the convention world? Leave it in the comments below.
-Michael Lane for Squawker.org