This is what happens when comic publishers spend so much time pandering
Card and his representatives did not respond to requests Wednesday for a comment.How do we know they haven't deliberately shut him out because they side with the pro-gay marriage activists? Something to think about.
A statement released Wednesday by DC said: "As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself."I'm amazed that they're willing to stand by him, considering there's at least a few other conservative writers like Chuck Dixon they've practically ostracized, after all the good he tried to do for them.
The publisher has a history of being pro-LGBT with its series. Batwoman, featuring a strong and nuanced lesbian superheroine who shares the Gotham City streets with Batman, has won two GLAAD Media Awards for outstanding comic book and is up for a third this year.Not exactly. On the one hand, I'm surprised that they're willing to hire him, given that they've also had a history of questionable relations with conservatives, dating back at least 2 decades. On the other, I find it telling that they're willing to hire Card to write a Superman book that's not in the mainstream category.
That's partly why some comics readers have difficulty understanding the Card hiring.
"When you consider all the writers available in the world, picking one as controversial as Card seems like a clueless, tone-deaf move by DC. On the other hand, they were probably just thinking of the Ender's Game movie coming out (in November) and getting even more attention," says Heidi MacDonald, editor in chief of the comics-culture website The Beat.What do they stick by, exactly? It's the atrocious story ideas that fail they've frequently stuck by, right down to Identity Crisis, and even before that, Emerald Twilight and replacing Hal Jordan with Kyle Rayner, which went on for far too long, and even after they allegedly fixed that grave error, they still ended up failing the characters.
The comic-book company that first introduced Superman in 1938 has "buffeted this kind of thing constantly for years and they know how to stick by their decisions," she adds. "It's the fact that they do stick by them that annoys more and more people, though. And those people happen to be very, very vocal on the Internet."
They also quote a comic store owner saying:
"It is shocking DC Comics would hire him to write Superman, a character whose ideals represent all of us," Neal wrote. "If you replaced the word 'homosexuals' in his essays with the words 'women' or 'Jews,' he would not be hired. But I'm not sure why it's still OK to 'have an opinion' about gays. This is about equality."I'm afraid that's not entirely true, if Identity Crisis says something. If they could vomit out a miniseries as vile as that, there's every chance they'd be willing to hire a writer with abhorrent views of women, and in a way, they did.
The Dallas Observer quotes a comics store manager saying:
"Superman is a hero for all of us," says Richard Neal, co-owner of Zeus Comics. "He's not just a hero for some people."If he really believes that, does he recognize that he's also a hero for conservatives? I seem to detect a lapse in logic here. If he's not just a hero for some, then he's obviously not just a hero for leftists to act possessive about, as though he were solely their property and no one else's.
And where were any of these so-called Superman fans when Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's heirs were trying to regain their fair share of the copyrights to the Man of Steel? Probably spending all their time in the basement out of touch with the wider world. Super-fans they call themselves? Sure.
Those who despise Card's positions might want to consider that Dr. Martin Luther King was also against gay practice, and it's based on his beliefs that we should judge by the color of one's character and not by the color of one's skin. This is a position even his niece, Alveda King, also maintains.
All this lashing at Card is pretty much the result of years on end of DC and Marvel pandering to advocates of diversity at all costs, instead of basing their output on story quality, and now, the chickens are coming home to roost. But for the most part, it's mostly faux-outrage, since, as I said before, if a Muslim with anti-gay standings were given the writing assignment, the liberal ragers wouldn't say a word.