I’ve been on the cutting edge of criticizing Marvel’s bad business practices in how they use social justice controversy to try to make short term sales, and had my words taken out of context by fake comic news Bleeding Cool before when I tried to get them to address the issue that they seemingly have practices in place where they won’t hire anyone but SJWs or diversity hires.
What happened now, is that the mainstream comic fake news media has decided to shill for Marvel Comics for political points, creating a controversy to galvanize an SJW internet mob, just like we’ve seen before with #GamerGate.
A couple of days ago several employees of Marvel posted a selfie, which was pretty innocuous by itself, a picture of all women who work for the company as per below:
The tweet received a couple of derogatory comments from accounts that literally say they’re troll accounts, followed by several different and separate comments criticizing comments about how Marvel’s hiring policies are in fact, politically driven, how they make a poor product (related to an editorial profile), and how the company signals SJW politics constantly with this being another example of such political posturing. All stuff that’s been festering for years because of Marvel’s proven bad business practices. Other than the first couple comments I mentioned, which from my research were one-off remarks (I certainly don’t condone such remarks, but I’ve personally been target of a lot worse), it appears to be about what one would expect negativity wise from a high profile geek culture gatekeeper’s profile
What a difference having the mainstream media behind you rather than opposed to you. Where, when I pointed out Marvel’s problems, I had Bleeding Cool point its readers to harass me (which you can go back through some of my blog comments and find people who came from there calling me names, swearing at me, threatening me, lying about me over and over if you want to see it, and those are just the ones I didn’t delete) over criticizing Marvel. They were directly responsible for making that happen, and did so intentionally from what I saw. They did not come and apologize to me, an individual independent writer, for the way they framed the mocking post that defended the mega-corporate Disney subsidiary.
On the flip side, with Heather Antos being a Marvel employee, just based on a couple of tweets, Bleeding Cool wrote an article about how horrible it was, and helped, along with other media outlets, to galvanize a lot of people to support her, and create some movement around the #MakeMineMilkshake. The similarities to the fake narrative of #GamerGate are almost so parallel, it’s amazing that it’s happening again (watch when this gets circulated the comments that roll in in hate of me to see the double standard). Even though she’d only received a few mean comments. There was nothing there that was anywhere near the way the media painted it, and yet the narrative drove the story to epic proportions to a point where even DC Comics main account posted a picture of “solidarity”, really for PC political purposes and nothing else. These companies can’t help but virtue signal, which goes back to why they keep losing their audience.
I’m no stranger to being harassed. I know what it’s like. I’ve had actual death threats based on my perceived political stances, I’ve been removed from speaking positions because of it as we all know. It sucks, but I manage to do my thing anyway, and certainly no one made a hashtag movement to defend me from it (I’m still waiting for that! I’m a minority author, media, come on!) I’ve moved on from it, understanding that’s what happens sometimes when you post things people don’t agree with, and that in ways, I’m a a public persona. I’ve definitely found it odd that as an independent author with my very small size of a following that the media would want to create harassment in an attempt to silence my voice. For an editor of Marvel, you’d expect that there’d be some level of public criticism, especially when the company’s been on a downward spiral for a long time — because of the political garbage that Marvel’s put out.
The original photo was pretty innocuous, but it appears through this corporate media effort that despite the “return to the classic” that they’ve been attempting to market to readers, the culture of Marvel is perhaps even more deeply steeped in SJW politics than before, and they’re bringing DC along with it.