Yet another "progressive" comics writer has come out (no pun intended) against DC's hiring of anti-gay marriage Superman scribe Orson Scott Card. Here's what Mark Waid says in the comments section of a recent Comics Alliance article:
... we're not talking about a writer's beliefs, we're talking about his actions. I'd never advocate a writer losing a gig based on his personal or political beliefs. We're not discussing that. We're discussing someone who is a high-profile activist for what many, MANY people would consider a hate group spewing hate speech, and I fail to understand how that behavior should be condoned or rewarded. It cuts both ways -- I'm a vocal liberal, and if I likewise became a spokesperson for an activist group that could fairly be accused of attacking or bullying a minority group and my publisher felt my affiliations would reflect poorly on them, they'd have every right to let me go. Freedom of speech does NOT mean freedom of consequence.
I've said it before here and there, so I'll say it again for Mr. Waid: What substantive difference is there between Card serving on a board of a group like the National Organization for Marriage (his so-called "actions") and/or his writing about topics like gay marriage, and you opining on matters political/cultural via myriad social media outlets? You are a high-profile writer just as Card is. His avenues of expressing his opinion(s) are not significantly different from yours. Thus, DC, Marvel or whomever should have the right to dismiss you from their payroll based on controversial things you may say online or elsewhere, right?
Are the many comments made by your colleagues (and perhaps yourself) regarding, say, the NRA "hateful" and "bullying," Mr. Waid? Why or why not? How is wanting to deny an actual written constitutional right to Americans any different from wanting to prevent gays from getting married? Most Americans believe people should be allowed to own a gun, and about half the public believes that marriage should remain between a man and a woman. Sorry, Mr. Waid, but you want your cake and eat it too.
You ought to take a page from your buddy Mark Millar, Mr. Waid. He said on Twitter basically what I did above. That is, who's to say you won't be the next target of an outcry based on what you believe ... and advocate?
Some of Waid's Tweets relevant to this can be found here.Posted by Hube at February 27, 2013 02:21 PM | TrackBack