Coridan wrote:Curious to your thoughts on this.
I admire Lovecraft for a LOT of reasons. Racism is not one of those reasons.
I admire Joshi for a LOT of reasons. His ego is not one of those reasons.
There's room in the world for admirers of Lovecraft AND Butler, and room for busts of both of them.
In my opinion, Lovecraft is a better and more influential and more important writer than Butler, and as such, it makes more sense that his bust would be one that would symbolize an award to me. It's not a "Diversity" award or a "Forward Thinking" award or an "Admirable Personality" award, and therefore if it's to be replaced, it should be replaced by someone else who equals or exceeds Lovecraft's influence on "World Fantasy." In my opinion, that is not Butler. But then again, in my opinion, that replacement doesn't exist.
I had not realized that Lovecraft had lived that long into the 20th century. Would your opinion change if it can be showed that Lovecraft was not only racist above the norms of his culture, but that he was an admirer of Hitler and his politics?
I will give him some due that for probably not being aware of the human oven aspect, but many Nazi views were quite apparent at the time.
I could think of one person that might be suitable to replace him, Ursula K. LeGuin or Ray Bradbury, whose stories are as much, if not more fantasy than sci-fi.