I just read the most preposterous crock of bullshit from that Crocodile Philologist blog, which, I kid you not, compared the M*ry B**rd drama to the MARTYRDOM OF ST. PERPETUA, equating MB's refusal to denounce transphobia w/ Perpetua's refusal to sacrifice to the emperor.
Even more outrageous is that they suggested that "the Twitter mob," being somehow equivalent to the Roman authorities, was the entity in power here, and therefore "punching down" on MB.
As though a tenured academic being censured for waffling on a human rights issue is at all equivalent with being executed in an arena in North Africa.
This is a textbook example of how martyrologies are weaponized against people. Christians have used a mythology of martyrdom to paint themselves as the perpetual victims whenever they are criticized, pretending they're not the ones with power & privilege.
I need one of these.

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