Greetings, yes the title is ‘click bait’ but I think the title is apropos at this time. As I said in my initial introductory post I am not a fan of SJWs but I also didn’t want this blog to be political oriented. Before I jump into whether or not “are SJWs ruining comics?” – I feel that I should describe what I mean when I refer to someone as a SJW.
Social Justice Warrior
Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) are vocal group radical leftist ideologues whose primary interest is promoting ‘Social Justice’ in all they do. Social Justice is an umbrella term that covers a number of radical leftist ideologies; such as:
- That America is a White Supremacist Nation that needs to be radically transformed.
- The Constitution and Bill of Rights is a White Supremacist Construct to be rewritten, to restrict both the First & Second Amendment if not abolish them.
- That America is a systematically racist, homophobic & misogynist patriarchal nation – that if you are POC, Gay or a Woman; America is oppressing you.
- That Republicans, Conservatives & Libertarians are either extremely problematic or racists, homophobes, misogynists & Transphobic Nazi/Fascists who are out to get the POC, women, homosexuals & take away their rights (which is wrong).
- They will use social media & street actions to foment opposition to anyone they deem to oppose their ideological aims or simply criticize them in anyway; often resorting to lying about or exaggerating any actual ‘harassment’ they claim to be victim of. They’ll use their “Special Status” to claim victim-hood after attacking & bullying anyone who criticizes or opposes their ideology.
- The promotion of Socialist based economic policies.
- The promotion of reparations to ‘oppressed’ communities here & abroad.
- They support a radical form of so-called feminism that is actually harmful to biological women & actual feminists – ask Christina Hoff Sommers a actual feminist who is being demonized as an anti-feminist by 3rd wave “feminists” & their ilk.
Now back to answering my ‘click bait’ question: Are SJWs ruining comics? At this time I believe they are not – but they are harming the medium & if that harm is not at the very least minimalized & countered vigorously at the most; it could ruin comics & other popular media (such as gaming) that they are working in.
Frankly I was going to ignore the drama & the spats between creators and critics – as I said I did not want this channel to be political. But this once I am going to change my stance & get very political. The reason is I was attacked by SJWs for the crime of defending one of my favorite comic companies who published a comic that dared to be supportive of Trump – gasp! Oh no someone was problematic. The fact that the company is owned by a POC, who has hired & published comics by POC & is planning to publish comics critical of Trump in the near future – that didn’t matter. They were labeled “Nazis” & supporters of White Nationalism & White Supremacy for simply publishing Trump-friendly books. The fact Trump is not a racist, a fascist or Nazi doesn’t matter – this from someone who is not a Trump fan.
I am a Libertarian – I oppose real Fascism, real white supremacy, real racism & real Nazism. Libertarians oppose Totalitarianism in all its forms be it Fascism, Nazism or Communism. Yet the SJWs decided to skim through my FB likes (ignoring the Black Conservatives & Libertarian I follow/‘Like’) to find any ‘likes’ they deem ‘problematic’. They found a conservative the SPLC tars as Alt-Right (read as a Nazis) even though he is married to a Latina & if I remember correctly he has mixed race kids – a real Nazi there, huh? The other ‘like’ was problematic, I liked it because FB suggested it was something I might like – ‘America Defense Records’. I went cool a Patriotic Oi label. It wasn’t until the SJW posted a screen-shot that I researched the label & found out they were White Nationalists posing as Patriots & de-liked them promptly.
I am in love with a Black Woman so if I find out a ‘like’ is legitimately racist I’ll de-like it & oppose the group. But that one ‘like’ wasn’t enough – they glommed onto a US Flag picture with a coiled snake between thirteen stars & a dieselpunk anime art piece – somehow proving that I am as they referred to me – a “nerdo nazi”. So being a patriot & fan of dieselpunk is tantamount to being a Nazis. I wonder how other Dieselpunk fans & creators will like that?
The funny thing is the creator of the pro-Trump book is a immigrant of mixed Filipino-Chinese decent – who, he & his immigrant family are Republicans & all voted for Trump. But Timothy Lim has been attacked mercilessly along with Antarctic Press for daring to create/publish a pro-Trump book. Timothy & the other creators have had their ‘race card’ jacked by SJWs over this infraction. They are be made into an “other”, open to smear attacks & lies. It is wrong & I’ll stand by both Timothy Lim & Antarctic Press, as it is the right thing to do.
But this isn’t the only issue – SJWs have been rallying the ‘forces of Social Justice’ to attack Zack of ‘Diversity & Comics’, Ethan Van Sciver, Jon Malin (Jon voted for both Obama & Trump – an evil conservative there) & others for daring to criticize them or their books. Zack is even considering legal options for the defamation he is suffering – for criticizing SJW creators – who from what I’ve seen of their work is either sub-par in quality or absolute rubbish (America by writer Gabby Rivera – I am looking at you. The whole book was an Identity politics love fest with garbage art, coloring & writing).
Do I agree with everything Zack, Ethan or the Yellow Flash (& others) say? No, not at all; as I actually RiRi Williams as Iron Heart, I liked ‘Star Wars: A Force Awakens & Rogue One’ (though SW Last Jedi was meh at best & Han Soylo is looking cringey). I support Zack, Ethan & the others because they have a love & passion for comics – so much so that they hate it when it is being harmed by SJWs.
I’ve never once seen Zack, Ethan or the others attack a book or creator based on their race, gender or sexuality – don’t give me the crap on Transgenders. Science & DNA do not lie. They criticize them for being harmful to the medium & producing sub-par content; they can just get a bit (or a LOT) salty in doing so.
So how are SJWs harming comics beyond creating sub-par content & attacking anyone who criticizes them? They are using their special status as ‘victim class’ creators to promote the normalization of radical leftist politics in the books they work on be it as an editor, artist, inker, letterer or writer & keep from being fired.
Now to some examples:
- Anytime a conservative character is portrayed in a book they are relegated to a hate spewing Talking Head, redneck white nationalist or bigot often berating a POC character (like Sam Wilson as Captain America) or a lily white boy scout (Steve Rodgers) .
- They take a historical straight character like Ice Man & make him gay – I’d have believed him coming out as bi-sexual but not Gay; as I grew up reading the X-Men (one my favorite Marvel books outside Captain America & the Avengers) so having Ice Man come out especially in the forced way he was by “Young” Jean Gray – was stupid. He had a number of relationships with female characters since his creation.
- The Police are out to oppress & kill POC, especially blacks, again in Captain America.
I know criticizing this will get me called a racist, homophobe & other buzzwords SJWs love to tar people who criticize them at anytime & for any reason. But these people are very ill informed, I am an American & I have the right to criticize others – we do not yet live in a Totalitarian Police State. Unlike Zack I try not to get personal (but I can understand why he has been doing so) in my criticisms – I try to focus on actual things I have issue with.
I do not care what a creator identifies as or is – be it their race, sexuality, gender or politics. Period, end of story. What I do care about is quality, forced diversity, radical changes to characters without legitimate need & the pushing of identity politics via an entertainment medium. Give me quality female, POC, homosexual/Bi, Liberal, Conservative, Libertarian, Christian, Atheist, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or Pagan characters with well rounded personalities, good dialogue & art – you’ll have a fan & customer – just don’t shove your radical Social Justice totalitarian identity politics down my throat while doing it.
Just to make it clear – not all people who support the aims of wanting actual diversity in comics are obnoxious SJWs & are talentless hacks – take the creative team of Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan, it is a damn good book – not a favorite but I am not its intended target audience & that is okay. I am pretty sure most of the artists & writers I like are left-of-center but most of them are not raving SJWs either. Unfortunately it turns out one is Sofie Campbell – I love her Wet Moon & Shadoweyes books; but she has jumped the shark after she came out as a Trans. Her wishing all GOP would die is horrible.
Not all Liberals are SJWs but ALL SJWs ‘claim’ to be liberal & progressive; as a ‘Classic Liberal’ who supports treating everyone with basic human dignity & respect; this SJW thing annoys me. It is divisive & ultimately counter productive to reaching the stated aims of the movement. Who doesn’t want all people treated fairly & those who are in poorer communities to be uplifted? I cannot think of anyone but the Alt-Right. I know of no conservative or legitimate Libertarian who does not want those same goals, they just don’t think government is the answer – which SJWs do.
From what I’ve seen from people like Zack, Ethan & the Yellow Flash is they are sick of comics they loved being turned into soap operas that push identity politics over telling a fun action packed story. They only get salty & personal once they start getting personally attacked – at least that is what I’ve seen so far; I could be wrong. But what I have seen is that they love comics and they are not racists, homophobes or misogynists.
I can disagree with them on a given opinion but still support them. I want actually diverse comics, both on the page & in the studio – but that includes Christians, Conservatives & white men.
Will SJWs drive out the more conservative, libertarian & people of Christian faith from the mainstream comic industry & thus harm it? It seems so, it is up to us the fans to oppose this – be it by advocating for our favorite creators with their companies that employ them & outside with their creator owned content. We need to support them by buying their books when we can afford them & not buying books by SJW creators pushing their radical agenda and attacking customers and creators who do not share their ideology.
Personally I do not care if Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, Oni Press & other ‘Big Name’ companies die. That means the actual comic industry will rebuilt based on actual talent & merit not via corporate monopolies or identity political activism; where an actual diversity of content by diverse creators from all over the ethnic, religious & political spectrum. The Free Market will decide what books & companies survive this upcoming culture war.
I fully recognize I’ll be demonized for this post & frankly I don’t care. I’ll try to ignore the more venomous comments & focus on the positive ones if I get any of them. I’ll continue to buy & read comics made by diverse creators whether I agree with their politics or not; but there is a certain class of comic creators I will stop supporting if I find out they are attacking customers & creators right-of-center. That said if they are crapping on legit Alt-Righters & Nazis like Vox Day, more power to them. Later.