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Discussion on: [Off topic] John Sonmez is not a Simple Programmr

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Aubrey Fletcher

I was a fan of John's for awhile I'll admit. I actually wrote him a letter telling him that I thought he was cool and that while I didn't like his things about Donald Trump, or his views on White Male privilege were not kosher. I kind of went with it, until he started these videos about "Victimhood", and I was like, "Wow, this is some mess." I can't deal with this kind of person.

I am totally saddened by the taint of this ideology, and I think we need to use this as a teachable moment. It's time we call out these people who are supposed to be our leaders, much like many of us rebuked rms and others. I think though it's important to show who they are so that we have the choice to figure out, "Do we take them at face value, or do we walk away?" I'm going to walk away from this man, and I suggest others do the same, especially people of color, and women and our allies. That's just me.

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Matt Moran

Same here. I walked away from him a year or two ago after he started getting very insulting when I pointed out some of his more paranoid MRA fantasies & gave him some facts & figures. As I see it, it's great to have a growth mindset, to have an internal locus of power, to believe in yourself, but one should never believe that we're completely able to do without the respect of anyone. When you drive everyone away like John's done, you stand, and fall, alone. I hope he learns from this & uses his growth mindset productively.

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Fernando B 🚀 Author

I fully agree with you. He's not worth anyone's time. Glad I never watched any of stuff. He became relevant and irrelevant on Sunday for me.