Brad Meltzer stands against Donald Trump
What can we do? Be better than what angers you.We could also be better than to write rancid fanfics about supervillains in costumes who anally rape women out of nowhere, without a shred of evidence from past stories of the Silver/Bronze Age to justify the vision taken. If he won't admit he did something that terrible, he's even less honest than Bill Willingham, who at least admitted he took part in an editorially mandated crossover (Batman's War Games) where Spoiler/Stephanie Brown was intended to be killed.
For a week, many of us have been texting and emailing articles to our fellow Democrats and fellow Republicans, all of us on both sides discussing just how exactly the other side is wrong. It’s a good thing to share our anger and pain with each other — it’s cathartic and lets off steam — but since we usually send these things to friends who are like-minded, it also tends to dig us deeper into our own worldviews. So this isn’t a post about who won, or who needs to “deal with it,” or even who is president. That argument and all of the protests that go along with it are part of the healing process (and if you think that’s not true, you’re ignoring history — to see the protests after Obama got elected, look at Facebook groups like “Obama is NOT my President”).Umm, what about obscuring more-than-meets-the-eye matters, like why anybody might protest Obama. For example, his quasi-socialist policies, including the whole healthcare debacle, to say nothing of his failure to acknowledge Islamic jihad as a serious issue, or even to give purple hearts to the victims of Nidal Hasan after he'd gone on a rampage at Fort Hood 8 years ago. How comes those issues don't matter?
I gotta wonder: if John McCain had been elected, rather than Obama, would Meltzer be complaining about any Facebook groups that turned up declaring McCain's not their president (and Sarah Palin's not their veep), no matter what validity their own positions had? Probably not. So what's the point of his quixotic grieving now?
No. When I look for why I’m feeling so sick at this moment, it’s about the acts of hatred and violence that have surfaced after the election: A friend who told me her niece was yelled at on the street and threatened because she’s black. A Republican friend who said her relative was threatened because she’s Muslim. A Democrat friend who told me of the swastika that was painted in their school bathroom. Or the N-word that was painted on someone’s car windshield. In the past week, these threats are showing up beyond the norm.Wow, isn't that cunning how he tries to make it sound like he knows "real" Republicans. But this man is so slickly dishonest and evasive, I'd advise not to take anything he says at face value. After all, if the Republican he speaks of voted for Trump, then surely Meltzer, first and foremost, would be asking why she voted for somebody who's called for better controls on immigration from Islamic regimes, even as he'd simultaneously be shunning the exact reasons why: because many of the Islamic interlopers have proven potentially dangerous. One of the sources he cites as "proof" for his accusations happens to be the SPLC, the same organization that attacked Pamela Geller while avoiding the harder issues.
Meltzer goes on the mention a children's book he's writing about Mahatma Ghandi, and says:
...Usually, I never discuss a book until the work is done, but for months now, I’ve been lost in Gandhi’s teachings, trying to channel him. I’ve never needed him more.No kidding. The same Ghandi who sold out to Islamofascism, lectured Jews with revolting beliefs that they should allow themselves to be slaughtered during WW2, molested his niece, and whose grandson resorted to anti-semitic smear tactics? Hmm, what indeed is so valuable about an article written by somebody apparently oblivious to the true image of a man who sold his soul to evil?
And, for anyone familiar with his notorious 2004 miniseries from DC, this'll come as a real head-shaker:
Make no mistake, we are in a modern civil war. It’s been brewing for years. I’ve said it before: It used to be, even in comic books, the good guys fought the bad guys. Today, Superman fights Batman; Captain America fights Iron Man. We are a country at odds with itself, each side convinced we’re right. But again, I choose to look to history. These days, as we look back at the real Civil War, both sides — Republicans and Democrats — always point to the same moment as the true turning point: That moment at Gettysburg when Abraham Lincoln gave a speech that lasted two minutes and used only 271 words. The most important five words in that speech? “All men are created equal.”Umm, what about women? Aren't they equal members of society too? I'm not sure why we have to buy into the grievances of somebody who penned something so vile involving an anal rape that was bizarrely ignored soon after, and made light of a serious issue as a result. It also used to be that in superhero comics, you could distinguish who the goodies and baddies were. But in Identity Crisis (which a writer for Bleeding Cool was right to remind us of in his post about Meltzer's two-facedness), the heroes were made out to look bad, and the story was sympathetic to the villains. Indeed, the miniseries was like an early precursor in its own way to what we're seeing now. Either way, how hypocritical of a man with such a disgusting tale in his portfolio to ostensibly complain about heroes clashing with each other while showing no remorse over his own reprehensible writing. You could even wonder if he's hinting he thinks of the superheroes as though they were real people, when they're not. Besides, didn't his vile screed also serve as a catalyst for at least a few more stories from DC where the heroes did indeed end up clashing with each other? A year after Identity Crisis was published, Geoff Johns wrote a story in JLA where this happened.
And if he's really so concerned about hatemongering, then why doesn't he complain about any of the hateful acts committed by leftists against Trump supporters? In fact, why doesn't he condemn any leftists who made false accusations against Trumpers? And why don't the Hollywood Reporter's own editors research the slimiest ideas he ever thought up as a writer and ask him if he has any comment to make on those? A pure charlatan, ditto the press sources who're letting him off the hook.
Over these past few months with Gandhi, I’ve realized I don’t just write about heroes. I write about values — values that have been sorely missing — for years — from the dialogue of our country. And the core of my own values is this: When you see someone being treated unfairly, you must speak up. We all know this. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue. This is common decency. And over the past month, Gandhi made it plainly clear: You must fight against the unfair treatment of all people. You must protest in a nonviolent and peaceful way. And you must use love.Yup, the same man who turned out some repellent tales where women were belittled wants us to believe he actually cares about the fairer sex. He also wants us to believe Islam respects ladies too, when a closer look would show that's not the case. And anybody who takes a closer look at some of the writings Meltzer did in novels and comics - especially in that grimy little miniseries - will notice that he's a pretty self-serving, dishonest man who demonstrated how fiction can serve as quite the place for hatemongers to express themselves in the most awful of ways possible, even politically, thanks in part to the corporate owners who allow it.
Today, for that reason, I have to speak up. If someone is threatening you because of the color of your skin, I stand with you. If someone is screaming at you because of your race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, I stand with you. And if you do not speak out against these horrible acts, I stand against you. I’m tired of “us” and “them.” I want to get back to “we.” There’s only one way there. Today, all Democrats, all Republicans, all Americans — and yes, this means Donald Trump, too — we must, together, climb to higher ground and speak out against these hateful acts against women, against minorities, against Muslims, against those with darker skin color, against anyone who is considered “different.”
Also, don't hate crimes committed against those with lighter skin color also matter? Not to mention hateful acts committed by Islamofascists against women, against blacks, and also against homosexuals? Methinks Meltzer is doing little more than parroting what other leftards want to believe.
Again, think of Gettysburg. This is Donald Trump’s moment. Like my friend Simon Sinek taught me about George Washington: “Leadership isn’t about being in charge. It’s about taking care of those in your charge.” Some will argue that Trump stirred this all up; others that the venom has been here all along. However we got here, people are at each other’s throats. The KKK is planning a victory parade. People across the country are being attacked. Children are being threatened. Donald Trump may be our president-elect, but if he wants to be our leader, he must denounce this violence; he must speak up for those being treated unfairly. He must tell America that we are all created equal. He deserves a chance to say and prove that. If he does, I will stand with him against the hate; if he doesn’t, I will stand against him.So long as he doesn't admit the way he scripted Identity Crisis normalized revolting acts, and doesn't apologize to the ladies for it, his leftist blabber is a complete waste of time. And sure, I'll bet he's willing to "stand" with Trump...for about 10 seconds, then he'll go back to looking for some other excuse to bash Trump, like if he tries to make improvements to healthcare or defend the US against would-be immigrants with criminal behavior on the mind.
And the same should hold true for any of us — if we don’t speak out, we are normalizing this behavior. I will never do that. I’m done texting and sending articles to friends.[...]
Some of the commentors saw through his hypocrisy, and one said:
Brad, I think if you're protesting the violence you need to talk to the Obama and Clinton camps. The rioting, fire-setting and assaulting Trump voters are all perpetrated by the left. I haven't seen anything about Trump voters attacking the left. One Muslim woman claimed that two white men jumped from a car, tore off her hijab and beat her with a metal object. She then said she lied about the entire thing. I would bet that many of the anecdotal incidents you cite are also staged. As a TEA party member, I remember that we were accused of many violent acts, even spitting on Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrat Congressmen walking through the TEA party crowd. None were true. I think your admonition to Mr Trump to denounce the violence is directed to the wrong person/people.Yet it's far from shocking a writer as dishonest as Meltzer would do this. Another commenter said:
What's this spiritual guru wannabe talking about? People like this putz have disparaged US citizens for decades. We're morons, we're dolts, we're cattle, while he rakes in the cash and we feed him, provide him energy, and take out his trash. Trump is our rage personified. The time to "get together" was when Obama insulted our allies, our police, and sent our taxed wages to a country that hates Western Civilization.Exactly. Men like Meltzer practically exploited the comics he scripted as vehicles for all the sick propaganda he's espousing now. Another reader at the site said:
This guy is an idiot. No one cares anymore if they are called racist by bigoted leftist anymore. It is 2016 Free thought, free speech, and Nationalism (love of country) are the future. I am free... you can call me any name you want. I am a white male and I am done caring about what you think. I will not give you that power in my life. I am a Great person. I know it, and I do not need your, or any leftist, to validate the worth of my life, my thought, my political views. President Trump doesn't need to "Denounce the Hate" because that was a leftist lie promoted by the media. No hate on Trumps side. I love President Trump! By the way, I also help my Wife with her 501c3 that helps mostly Black women pull out of poverty! What the heck have you done besides virtue signaling, waging your tongue, writing words to set yourself up as some kind of moral standard barer. No thanks! Thanks to all the leftist wankers who have criticized hard working conservative white Christian males for so long I for one am beyond caring any longer. Oh and I really don't care if you think this isn't Christian...Not that kind of Doormat believer. If this triggers you then you will have to live with it.It's good to see there's more people who're getting to know a moonbat propagandist personified. This reminds me, has Meltzer ever done what Frank Cho did, contributing money to a women's shelter? Can't say I've ever heard about Meltzer doing the same, and if he hasn't, then there's one more reason why his drivel doesn't hold up.
If anything, his liberal lethargy does provide a fascinating look at just what kind of a disgrace he really is. He certainly does try to be a cunning propagandist, but all that collapses under a microscope. The best way to let him know what we think of moonbats like him is to avoid his books and other products at all costs. Nothing he's written is worth the paper it's printed on.