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Last two RTs: I am really glad that that people are starting to think critically about this kind of thing. I'm always wary when someone starts complaining incessantly about how horrible "callout culture" is, but at the same time, there are a LOT of irresponsible callouts.
And the reason this is a problem is because there's no accountability. If someone makes a callout and you're like, "Hey, whoa, back up a sec," you're an "apologist," insta-blocked, added to blocklists, etc.

That's not how it should be.
If someone I follow is engaging in something especially heinous, then yes, sure, I do want to know about it. But the threshold for "heinous" should be a LOT higher than "they said something mean on the internet once."
If you're going to accuse someone of something, I'll take the accusation seriously, but the burden of proof IS still on you, the person making the accusation. Just saying "They did [horrible thing]" isn't enough anymore (it never was, really, but people are beginning see that).
This matters - because accusations that turn out to be false (ESPECIALLY the ones that turn out to have been *intentionally* false) hurt the whole CONCEPT of accountability. It gives fuel to the chuds chanting "see, see, callout culture is just a tool of SJWs!"
No, those dickbags don't *need* any fuel to say that kind of shit, but when they can point to callouts that were made purely for clout or to score a hit, it makes them that much more convincing to people who would normally not be that easy to convince.
"Surround yourself with good furries" sounds great - but the thing is, EVERYONE thinks of themselves as one of the "good ones."

"Block all the people who are problematic" sounds nice and low-stress until YOU'RE suddenly being called the "problematic" one.
"Cut all the toxic people out of your life" sounds great until you realize that you're probably producing some internal toxins of your own.

Be careful when the Wheel of Discourse stops on you.
Now what am I saying here? That we shouldn't hold people accountable for things? Of course that's not what I'm saying. We've done better than a lot of fandoms have at kicking out the Nazis and other people who are only there to cause harm, and that's not a bad thing.
We NEED things like artists beware. We NEED things like alt-furry blocklists. Those things are important. What we DON'T need is to see pedos hiding under every bed, and Nazis running every convention. If you're going to accuse someone of something serious, you'd better vet it.
Because if you DON'T vet your information - if you DON'T have proof of "problematic" behavior - then all you do is make it easier for the people who actually ARE problematic to say, "Yeah, but look at [callout that turned out to be malarkey]," and people will take their side.
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