On guest blogger Jonathon Edwards' moving open letter to Dan Choi, frequent pain-in-the-ass AndrewW left this absolutely disgusting and ableist comment. He questions whether or not Lt. Choi is faking his recent breakdown and using it as a publicity ploy, one of the common tactics used to denigrate the mentally ill as "fakers" or self-absorbed wretches desperate for attention.
Beautiful, heartfelt letter.
I think Choi had a breakdown because he stopped receiving "attention." With your letter, he is probably feeling better.
Many people and organizations have worked tirelessly to end DADT - the majority as volunteers and not "heroes."
I don't challenge Choi's enthusiasm or his commitment, but his tactics - from the suicide by starvation, to the plastic handcuffs and finally the press release announcing his "breakdown."
I hope he gets the medical help he needs, as much as he deserves.
There have only been a handful of commenters that we've banned on Bilerico Project over the years. I always give plenty of warnings about unacceptable behavior because I much prefer to let people talk - even if I think what they're saying is stupid. I've defended AndrewW's right to be an idiot repeatedly, even when he's pissed me off too. With this he has hit an odious new low by attacking someone for having a mental illness.
He was repeatedly warned; he has flirted with the edges of violating our Terms of Service for months. No more. He has been banned. Merry Christmas, folks.