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The name of his cat came with the era he grew up in, it might not even have been named by him... it was the family pet when he was growing up.
Was he racist, of course he was, most folks then were to some degree as it was so institutional. Is it observable in his work? Most definitely. Did his personal take on race lead him to name or favor more his childhood pet... probably not as much as you'd think, or like to think, or at all.
It'd be easy to just connect the two to make him out to be some big, almost cartoony, level racist. More likely he was just as racist as most folks back then.
@WhereIsDenise, Even for the time he was pretty racist and anti semetic.
@The Freaking FBI, Most definitely, not disputing that.
I'm just making the case that his racism and the cat's name may not be related. That his devotion to this one cat and his racism may not be connected.
In those vastly more racist times, where that word was a common word for black... it might have just been the way his mother or grandfather called the cat. He just might not have related the two things until he was older.
@WhereIsDenise, I think another thing worth noting in terms of how his racism effected his work that a lot of people don't think about is that his racism was slightly different from other people at the time in that it was fueled by an abject fear of anyone or anything that was different from him or the people or place he grew up in. This is noteworthy because he also equally hated and feared foreigners, especially European foreigners, as well as also being afraid of basically everything it's possible to be afraid of. So he was most certainly incredibly racist and xenophobic, but it came from a place of extreme fear and paranoia, not a place of superiority. He certainly still wasn't a very good person, as I believe even his friends attested to, but I think it in no way diminishes the value of his work, and I'd argue even enhances it as both horror and period pieces.
@Your Waifu, very well constructed note that has only made me more interested in learning more about him. Thank you
@WhereIsDenise, in that case one of his books I'd reccomend looking into to see just how wide the scope of his fears are is Cool Air, a short story about how air conditioning is the most terrifying thing on Earth. I'd also reccomend both the Fear of the Unknown documentary another commenter recommended on this image, as well the Overly Sarcastic Productions video on Lovecraft.
@WhereIsDenise, yeah its weird how people act like racism was the core of his work.
It was there but he was more concerned with elder gods, the incomprehensible, and mankind's insignificance in his writing than anything.
Also it was the 20s lol, he wasn't all that much more racist than anyone else.
Holding historical figures to our modern morals is foolish, except, like, Hitler and all that.
@WhereIsDenise, idek who love craft is but whats his cat called?
@WhereIsDenise, Soooo... What's the cat's name?
@Codeine, Google it.
@TheKen42, Google it.
@Your Waifu, I did. But why is it racist? Obviously hp loves the craft and is a mutha fvckin g
@Codeine, it's because of what the name is. Also he actually hated or was afraid of everything, and what few friends he had were amazed that he ever found the motivation to make any friends because of how terrified he was of everything.
That's why you sometimes need to separate art from artist. A lot easier when they're already dead.
@ThePandaPool , also, his opinions weren't exactly rare back then.
He even admitted in several letters that his overly sheltered life is probably a huge factor in his racism. He said he hated jews but also, had never met one or something along those lines. He hated the Irish a lot too, or anyone different from him.
Should check out a YouTube documentary called HP Lovecraft - Fear of the Unknown. It pretty accurately analyzes his work and his racist/antisemitic views. Its fun because the pros they call in (like Guillermo Del Toro) waste no time ripping into him over exactly the things they should.
@fudsterly, as they should, because the very first thing you learn as a big fan of Lovecraft's work and the mythos he inspired is that he was a miserable wreck of a man who was so afraid of everything and everyone and so hateful towards the people he was afraid of that it's a miracle he had any friends at all to describe how afraid and hateful he was of everything.
@fudsterly, check out the hp Lovecraft episode of overly sarcastic productions on YouTube. Super good
Imma say it... NI🅱️🅱️ER MAN!
His father named it.
Lovecraft definitely had some heavy racist tones in his stories (which are usually his worst ones), but it's pretty well known that as he got older his views started changing and he wasn't nearly as bad as he was earlier in life.
But yeah, let's keep judging people based on their younger selves and assume they can never grow.
@Cruxio , yeah and let's judge them by our modern knowledge and morals too! That makes sense right?
But seriously, he had some racist stuff in his stories but it normally wasn't the focus
@Mantis Tobaggan, I think that's why I tend to get a little defensive about it. Every article that pops up about him mentions the fact that he had racist stuff in some of his stories. I can't find an article that doesn't bring it up. Just talk about his work and what they are, I don't understand why his personal views are even a thing to talk about
@Cruxio , yeah, I once saw an article that said racism was "the core of his writing" and I never rolled my eyes so hard
@Cruxio , preach
A severe product of the times?
@megamanx181x, Lovecraft or his work? Because the answer is both.
@megamanx181x, yeah mostly, he was a bit more extreme than many of his peers but not, like Hitler or anything.
In fact, he pretty much just hated anyone different, that includes foreigners, especially the Irish.
@Mantis Tobaggan, which wasn’t too uncommon in those times, people forget just how every foreigner that came to america was loathed
@megamanx181x, yeah for sure. He even admitted he may be wrong about jews in several.letter he wrote to friends because he had never actually met one, and as he aged he got less racist, and married a Jewish woman. The science of the times said black people were inferior on an evolutionary level and he bought into it from what I've heard as well.
@Mantis Tobaggan, yup product of the times, don’t make it right but it is what it is
@megamanx181x, yeah man for sure. The man was truly disturbed but his universe is so fascinating I just have to look passed his issues, love the art not the artist. I understand if some can't do this.
@Mantis Tobaggan, oh yes that’s hard for some, unfortunately some of the most gifted people are truly far from being saints. Doesn’t mean you can enjoy the work they did and forgo the person
@megamanx181x, Mel Gibson is my favorite actor but he's a piece of sh!t for example. (He may have changed I'm not sure)
Damn do I miss him.
@Mantis Tobaggan, wow bro I was thinking the same thing. I saw a movie he did last year this last Sunday called the professor and the madman. It’s really good and i forgot just how anti Semitic that guy is
@megamanx181x, yeah he is. I haven't looked into it lately I just hope he learned better and makes a come back
Its name was "N i g g e r man" idk why people are so afraid of saying it it's just a word. You aren't using it in a derogatory way it's literally just explaining the past... We cant get past rasicim by hiding it away, we have to face it, accept it for what it was ( a F'd up point if view) and move on.
I’ll be honest, I haven’t really seen much of a racist bend to much of his works that I’ve read besides call of Cthulhu in which all of the cultists were some form of minority or mixed race. But maybe I just don’t see it cause that stuff isn’t really prevalent today. Though it isn’t very hard to fix these issues in modern retellings like the recent Color out of Space movie with Nick Cage or Lovecraft country
@Toxia, he was a racist in his personal life, most of the racism in his books is what you described and some racist descriptions and words, his books were rarely about race or anything it was more incomprehensible cosmic stuff and the insignificance of mankind.