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It's the comic equivalent of having somebody laboriously explain to you how when people say "how are you" they're not asking a literal question about your physical health, somebody who believes that they are the *first person ever to realise this*.
It's one of those comics where you can almost see the backstory: Randall served some shitty wine to a houseguest, houseguest offered to show Randall the rich and varied world of wine and broaden Randall's horizons, Randall retreated to his study and sketched out this comic in a grump.
Because yeah, I could see the point that getting someone who just plain dislikes trashy books to do a show about trashy books could end up being patronising and condescending, but I seem to remember the left turn into "SF is the true literature of ideas!" bollocks was maddening.
But in the light of his other views, it is indeed rather more sinister.
I almost wish I were still buying WotC products so I could make a big show of boycotting them.
Also, from the punishment article:
But let’s get serious. Actually, seriousness is the issue. Some kids are not serious. Some kids don’t come to play, but rather to socialize.
OH THE HUMANITY.
To be serious myself, I think the best way to teach kids to play D&D is to give them Labyrinth Lord (a remake of the last version of D&D which was at all kid-accessible) and let them have at it.
Tepid, cliched, and patronising enough on its own. But then behold, drama explodes when it turns out the guy who volunteered to write "Running D&D for Little Girls" turns out to be inclined to say misogynistic (and occasionally disturbingly violent) things on the Internet.