Virtue Signaling is just Pride that needs to be reassured. Pride, but without the confidence. All of the sin, but none of the upside.
-thus our Zen
Virtue signaling is virtue without courage.
-thus Nassim Taleb
When people virtue signal: play dumb, mock them, or pretend to find “problematic” attitudes (racist? patronizing? cis-centric?) in their virtue signals. Even explicitly praising a virtue signaler’s level of education (use the word “articulate”!) will discomfit him: blatant virtue signals are still virtue signals, but blatant status signals are tacky. The need to signal one’s status betokens low status, so a signal must be subtle and understated to communicate high status.
-thus Quincy Lathan, Social Matter