Randi Harper is at it again, stirring up drama over a book review. An organization called Stop The Good Read Bullies (STGRB) published two articles about the particular incident. Randi wrote the review as a personal attack on author Vivek Wadhwa.
Vivek Wadhwa is the author of a book called Innovating Woman: The Changing Face of Technology, a collection of first-hand accounts of women in technology. Ironically, Randi Harper alleged that Wadhwa was harassing women over Twitter and accused the author of profiting from feminism.
Wadhwa and his friend Jay Kannan attempted to reason with Harper over Twitter. That went over as well as you would expect, considering that Harper had to tell both Wadhwa and Kannan to “set themselves on fire.”
It didn’t take long for well-known author Anne Rice to comment on Harper’s Amazon review. Rice had shared the article on her Facebook, stating:
A new article from STGRB (Stop The Goodreads Bullies). This one involves a “bully” review that was removed by Amazon. I think a reading of this will make clear what “bullying” is on book sites, and why reporting it when we see it is important. Bullying is NOT writing honest negative reviews. Honest negative reviews have NEVER been the issue. Good, well written authentic negative reviews appear every day on book sites, along with positive reviews. We’re concerned here with those who unfairly target, attack and seek to hurt authors for spite and sport, and some times for “causes” they uphold. STGRB is the finest watchdog website I know dealing with the book bullies.
And of course, the response from Randi is exactly what you would expect: she tried to mobilize her own followers to attack Rice, claiming that Rice’s followers were harassing her. Randi, being as paranoid as she is, claimed that Rice was organizing a harassment campaign.
Rice recently spoke to Breitbart about the incident:
“I have no particular interest in Ms Harper”, wrote Rice. “My concern has always been bullying on book review sites and online bookstores. She wrote a “review” which was not a review, but a personal attack on the author. It was reported and removed. The issue has never been whether this is a nice person or a bad person. The issue is honest authentic customer reviews as opposed to bully attacks.” Responding to claims that she had banned Harper from her Facebook page, Rice said “I found her posts to my page combative and hostile and disruptive. So I deleted and banned her. Again, it’s the issue that matters.”
The take away from this incident is how Randi Harper’s own narrative is being quickly being destroyed. While GamerGate has been on to Randi Harper’s false narrative from day one, it’s very refreshing to see to see people aren’t even associated with tech or gaming to point out the hypocrisy first hand. For someone who claims to be anti-harassment, Randi Harper certainly loves to harass people.