Are creators saying anything about the resurfaced Berganza scandal?
The story. Well-presented, unbiased and not trying to be 'The Onion'.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) April 21, 2016
Straight forward comics journalism. Read this: https://t.co/japLggdI2G
Now never mind that Comics Beat is actually a rather untrustworthy site with double standards, would Slott have anything to say if this were one of the Marvel contributors who'd been exposed? It's not hard to guess he'd be silent about it, and the only reason he's citing Mrs. MacDonald, of all people, as a "great" source on the subject is because the man wrote nasty fanfiction and declared Mary Jane Watson "anti-Marvel" is because he's trying to "prove" he's not the fraud he really is. Point: Bleeding Cool actually brought up much of the news first, yet he's clearly citing MacDonald because he hasn't had as many fallouts with Comics Beat as he has with Bleeding Cool, and because he wants to pass himself off as the "best ally" to women. But, as his record indicates, he's hardly that.
And is Chris Sims still employed at Marvel, even after his own offenses of yore? In fact, has Slott ever said anything about the continued employment of Scott Lobdell at DC, or even at Marvel? If not, then that's one more reason to doubt he's commenting on the issue out of sincerity.
It'd be nice if everyone posting about @sxbond AND Berganza took time to praise @sxbond's accomplishments in tweets JUST about her as well.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) April 21, 2016
Gee, in that case, how come he never did so till now? Don't take what Mr. Slott says at face value.
Friends who've been privileged to work w/ @sxbond talk about her w/ nothing but respect, loyalty & love. Hope I can work for her one day too— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) April 21, 2016
I'm not sure Bond, who'd worked on GNs that were considered prestigious products, would want to hire him. Indeed, no self-respecting woman who believes in artistic chivalry should associate herself with a man who takes such a degrading, condescending view of women in his work on Spider-Man, and likely wouldn't even give up the task for a woman who wanted to write it, unless it goes according to Quesada's vision. After all, this is a man who, oddly enough, has been objectifying Asian women.
"How" matters the 99% you get it right. "How" matters the 1% you get it wrong. It's why we need @Comixace reporting. https://t.co/r9NPzdTS7D— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) April 22, 2016
Nope, Mr. Hanover didn't get anything wrong here. As Alex deCampi noted, Marvel's guilty of employing sexual harassers too, and Slott doesn't seem particularly hopeful to weed them out.
ICYMI @Comixace did a great job investigating and reporting this story. Please read this: https://t.co/japLggdI2G— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) April 22, 2016
Well at least it's better than reading Slott's cruddy writing. But it doesn't take a genius to figure out he's only trying to make himself look good, and hoping nobody will remember his own backwards scriptwriting. In fact, has he ever apologized for the story where Doc Ock took advantage of Mary Jane? Or for calling Peter Parker's love for her "anti-Marvel" under the confidence Stan Lee wouldn't say anything? I don't think so, and since bad fanfiction writing can be a signal of poor conduct just as much as real life behavior, that's why I'd advise against taking his blabber at face value. One critic for the AV Club must've seen through his smokescreen, and he responded to her by saying:
It's not fearful to hold journalism to a standard.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) April 22, 2016
There's a reason the film SPOTLIGHT doesn't stop @ the 1 hr mark. https://t.co/OmW8V0juyQ
Which standard would that be? Positive or negative? Point: even pretentious MacDonald's mostly dropped the story on Scott Allie, and isn't clamoring for his dismissal from Dark Horse. Why, even Slott's not calling for throwing him out on his ear after what he did to Joe Harris.
@DanSlott where do you think that came from, man? the ether? it took people openly naming it before an environment of safety was creating— J. A. Micheline (@elevenafter) April 22, 2016
Proving he's full of air.
@DanSlott like, what is this irresponsible journalism that has you in your feelings? you still won't tell me what you're afraid of.— J. A. Micheline (@elevenafter) April 22, 2016
I think he's afraid people are aware of his own trolling, and I'm sure there's ladies who disliked his work out there whom he's been nasty to. And after he touted former DC editor Janelle Asselin as a source, she replied:
@DanSlott @elevenafter I appreciate that, but I have to admit that Nick Hanover naming him gave me the courage to talk about it.— Janelle Asselin (@gimpnelly) April 22, 2016
I think she too just proved he's only playing a "feel good self-diplomacy" role. Indeed, most of the people arguing with him now seem to realize he's not altruistic, and he's not exactly somebody with a huge female fanbase. In fact, The Outhousers has just explained even better than I could how Slott is just putting foot-in-mouth.
As someone who appreciates this industry is broken & dangerous, I'm grateful for those who work hard to provide that https://t.co/8PPDOjrUW5— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) April 24, 2016
What's that? He "appreciates" the danger?!? It's clear he needs a psychologist.
So let's turn now to one more who addressed the case, Kurt Busiek, though he wouldn't even mention Berganza by name. He says:
As a straight white guy who works at home with a dog, I’m likely the last person to hear about harassment and abuse. But I’m against it...— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) April 22, 2016
…and am happy to say that out loud, and to stand alongside those who speak out. Speaking the truth should never be the cause of more abuse.— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) April 22, 2016
Well look who's talking. After he threw his weight behind a campaign to allow transgender men to use women's bathrooms, which could be exploited by just about any kind of madmen, and never slammed Scott Allie for his own sadistic assaults, he has the nerve to speak out over a serious issue that he ignored earlier? Point: suppose this had all happened in the ladies' room at the comics publishers and conventions? Would he come to terms with how irresponsible he'd been previously? I doubt it. No self-respecting woman should take this nutcase's words at face value either, and most probably don't anyway.
I’ve been going to conventions for decades, and when abuse happens, it’s just not in front of me. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, it...— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) April 22, 2016
…just means I’m not its target and I’m not hanging out where/when it does happen. My experience, ideally, should be everyone’s experience.— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) April 22, 2016
Alas, it's not. I assume he's surprised nobody's ever turned to him asking for help. Based on his reprehensible beliefs, he shouldn't be surprised if nobody wants to discuss these issues with him. This is a man who basically insulted women with his loathsome stance, and hasn't apologized, the main reason why he's not doing well even now. Suppose this happens at a convention hall's bathrooms? Is he going to apologize? Probably not.
Even when I was up at the offices a lot, the only abuse I saw was certain editors being assholes to/about certain freelancers...— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) April 22, 2016
…and when I heard about what else was going on, I was as astonished as anyone else. But not witnessing something does not erase it.— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) April 22, 2016
"Astonished"? With those politics, I'll bet. Why's he supporting permission for transgenders to use bathrooms for the opposite sex then? Transgenders aren't saints either, but the real toxic effect is how these demands, if implemented, will enable even non-transgenders and heterosexual thugs to exploit the situation so they can prey on innocent women and children who want privacy.
It’s a problem that needs to be fixed, publishers need to step up, freelancers and staff employees need to be safe.— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) April 22, 2016
Of course, and that's why even bathrooms have to be ensured safety/privacy. Busiek's only demonstrated that he cannot comprehend simply because he hasn't witnessed any untoward behavior up front. Unless he says he's sorry for supporting an irrational position by people who lack respect for the opposite sex, he's got no business addressing the subject. His words are nothing more than a weak, transparent attempt at damage control. To make matters worse, he's fallen back on the prior stance, and his defense this time is stupefying:
According to North Carolina law, this person has to use the women’s room. So no one will feel unsafe. pic.twitter.com/S35oigPwtp— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) April 25, 2016
@SaraKpn That’s a trans man, a professional model born genetically female. So under NC law, he’s required to use the ladies room.— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) April 25, 2016
This person? North Carolina says they gotta use the men’s room. Again, for safety. pic.twitter.com/IBR5n1K5A4— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) April 25, 2016
I notice he hasn't posted any proof beyond what we see. Are we to believe Busiek's defense at face value? I'd say no. If this is supposed to be funny, I'm not laughing, and I'm sure many self-respecting women and men aren't either.
And assuming these really are people who got sex change operations like Christine Jorgensen, surely the most puzzling question is why he won't lament that they wanted to be something they're not? All they're doing is making it worse. That's the problem with today's emerging mentality: some people are just so jelly spined, they don't have the courage to persuade people to be what they were born as, and most crucially, to be self-confident.
A woman I know said “If we’re in the ladies’, and you can tell what kind of junk I have, you’re the one with the... https://t.co/JT7LQG138J— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) April 25, 2016
“…problem.” It’s similar but not quite the same in men’s rooms, because there’s a certain amount of deduction to be done. But still.— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) April 25, 2016
That's decidedly confirmation the women could be bigger victims of sexual harassment than men if transgenders are allowed to use bathrooms of the opposite sex. And wow, who knew Busiek could swerve back on the topic just a few days after talking about sexual harassment in the medium, and Berganza's own felonies? I'm not sure, but he might've worked with Berganza when he was writing Trinity, if Berganza's helming Superman titles gave him influence over that series.
Busiek's timing for falling back on a campaign in favor of letting transgenders use the opposite sex's bathrooms couldn't be worse. On the one hand, he puts forth a weak, unconvincing discussion about sexual harassment. On the other, he seems to be deliberately ignoring any and all hazards imposed even by crazy heterosexual men who could exploit it for their creepy fun and games. The Federalist made another good case about the paradox of how sexual harassment is perceived by people like Busiek:
We’ve been hearing over and over about the “rape culture” of American campuses and American attitudes in general. Activists run seminars and awareness campaigns teaching women how to stay alert, protect themselves, identify danger. They chastise police, schools, and businesses for enabling a culture that shames a woman for coming forward with rape allegations.Challenging question: are all the women who've been victims of harassment by men like Berganza supposed to put and shut up if it happens in the bathroom? Busiek may not think so, but he's slapping the very same women he only half-heartedly spoke for in the face when he looks for every trick in the book to uphold invasions of privacy in a public facility. To date, no matter how leftist some of the ladies who've accused Berganza and others at DC/Marvel of harassment happen to be, I haven't noticed any favoring transgenders in women's facilities, and Busiek's not helping one bit with his disgraceful cynicism.
Then they turn around and ask my little girl to ignore all the things they just told her to pay attention to. If a strange man (not a man dressing and living as a woman, but an actual male DUDE man, which these bathroom bills allow for) walks into a place where she is accustomed to some measure of privacy, a place where she physically removes her clothing and is exposed in some manner (stall or no stall), she is supposed to ignore that voice screaming in her head if he feels dangerous. Not only that, she’s not even allowed to tell anyone she’s nervous.
So in the end, Busiek basically trashed any points he was making, which weren't many to start with at all. And all because he's been consumed by the notion that transgenders must, must, MUST use the ladies' room at all costs, and just so soon after the news about Berganza resurfaced. I think the best response to Busiek's contradictions is to unfollow him on Facebook and Twitter and boycott his own books. There comes a time when the readership may have to choose their authors more carefully to send a message they don't accept such hypocrisy on serious issues.