February 15, 2010

Comics folk still not getting it

Avi Green over Four Color Media Monitor (the best site around for the mixture of comics and politics news) has more on the Marvel Comics/Captain America controversy regarding the Tea Partiers. Avi notes the comments of longtime Cap writer Mark Waid about the whole deal:

[Mark] is humiliated and mortified on behalf of my entire industry that Fox News is able to bully us into apologizing to lunatics. (Source.)

And there you have it. That is the mindset that led to the controversy in the first place, and Waid sure ain't doing Marvel any favors with his comments after the company apologized. Hey, Waid has every right to speak his mind (as do Brubaker and anyone at Marvel, DC or wherever), but as I've noted many times (usually in regards to singers/actors) don't be freakin' surprised when people get miffed at your [political] comments. If you work in a field -- usually entertainment -- that caters to EVERYBODY, it just makes common sense that you don't wanna piss off a segment of that audience, does it not? If you wanna "take a chance" and be "outspoken," freedom of speech does NOT then mean "freedom from consequences." And the most American of such consequences are retaliatory speech and, perhaps, boycotts.

Waid's comments, unfortunately, are nothing more than those so frequently uttered by way too many in the MSM ... specifically Fox News and the Tea Partiers are just "lunatics," in this case.

Would that we all could be graced with Waid's "superior" wisdom, eh?

Posted by Hube at February 15, 2010 10:30 AM | TrackBack

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Comics is the only industry that aims to shrink, not expand, its audience. If it weren't for the movies, Waid and Qrudsada would be peddling crap in some trashy zine read by 5 people right now. Oh wait, I just described Marvel, never mind.

Posted by: Degu, armchair economist at February 15, 2010 11:34 AM

Seems to me that the time has come for Marvel to fire Waid.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at February 15, 2010 11:36 AM

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