February 27, 2013

Surprise! Comics' Mark Waid misses the point in the Orson Scott Card matter

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

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Please not also that Mr. Card's position on SSM is identical to that of the Obama Administration for the first 4 years of his Presidency.

I fail to remember quite such an outcry from the Left about that particular man's abhorrent bigotry.

Posted by: Duffy at February 27, 2013 02:26 PM


Posted by: Serious Cat at February 27, 2013 03:29 PM

I want to read what he writes about Superman, damn it.

I was never expecting Clark to marry Jimmy Olsen, anyway.

Posted by: Steve Newton at February 27, 2013 05:57 PM

@Serious: He backed off that position during the 2008 campaign. Said his position was "evolving". I don't know where they stand now because they no longer need the gay vote so they may well have reverted to their previous position. Honestly I don't care what their position because it doesn't matter and it won't change anything either.

Posted by: Duffy at February 28, 2013 11:20 AM

It is always interesting how liberals turn speech they dislike into "actions" that somehow have no constitutional (or moral) protection while turning actions they approve of into "symbolic speech" that is fully protected by the Constitution.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at February 28, 2013 05:01 PM

Not to bash Waid, but Orson Scott Card is so much higher profile than he is. Not really fair to compare the two on that scale.

Posted by: Drex at March 3, 2013 06:47 AM

Drex: That's probably a matter of opinion and scope. Waid's Kingdom Come is already a classic. And his run on Cap is legendary.

Hell, I knew of Waid long before Card. In fact, I only learned of him in the early 2000s due to his Pastwatch book. Card is getting a "higher profile" now b/c people are complaining about his personal views so damn much.

Posted by: Hube at March 3, 2013 09:00 AM