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Saturday, January 25, 2020 

Steve Orlando puts his biases into his Wonder Woman writing

Comic Watch interviewed writer Steve Orlando last month where he tells, for example, how he approached writing Wonder Woman:
CW: As a writer, what unique perspective do you bring to Wonder Woman as a character? What of Diana’s personality traits do you find most compelling?

SO: I’m a queer cynic from Central New York. When I write Wonder Woman, I write her as an aspirational character for myself, in almost every way. Diana is someone who is strong enough to make the choices I wish I could make, but I’m no demigod. That come across in her personality, especially in her radical compassion. Diana actively works against having enemies, even if people want to be her enemies. She cares for people who don’t believe they can be cared for, and does it without asking for anything in return. As people we often take the emotional route – anger, spite, escalation. But for Diana, when violence or hate breaks out, she feels it’s her own failing for not finding a way to defuse the situation. I think all our lives would be less toxic if we had her strength, the strength to care when caring is harder than hate.
Sounds like he's writing far more to suit his own beliefs than anybody else's, and he probably doesn't worry about all the hatred on the left for rightists, whether it be against Donald Trump or anybody else. Nor does he seem worried about the politics of a certain ideologue who was previously writing WW:
CW: Who are your favorite previous Wonder Woman writers, and will you be pulling any story elements or themes from those runs?

SO: I love the original run from the 30s and into the early 40s for its strangeness, as well as the ideas of Messner-Loebs and Perez. The Jimenez writer/artist run of the 00s is also years ahead of its time, and a lot of how we approach the Golden Lasso is inspired by what Gail Simone did with Dodson and Lopresti, and contemporary critical lens that G. Willow Wilson employed right before me. The story elements in our run will be nearly new and all our own, but we WILL follow up on the legacy of subversion and innovation that these creators put forth. Wonder Woman must go where others won’t, do what others would not think to, and say what must be said. She has the privilege of invulnerability, and she MUST use it to help the world.
Ugh. He's quite fine with Islamic propagandist Wilson, I see, even though she exploited WW to convey some of her own repellent politics, no matter how metaphorical. If he intends to follow up on any elements from her run, that'll scuttle even the better elements from Perez's and Loebs' runs. At the end of this interview, it says:
CW: Lastly, with Martian Manhunter wrapping up soon, do you have any upcoming projects you can talk about just yet? Whatever the case, the future looks bright!

SO: Wonder Woman is my top priority! She has to be, she’s that important! 2020 is on track to be one of her most challenging and, hopefully, triumphant years. And she’s going to show people more than ever why she is one of the most indelible heroes in the DC Universe, and the comics worlds! Amazons vs. Valkyries is coming to DC in 2020! And outside of that, for Midnighter and Apollo readers, Kill a Man is coming in the spring from AFTERSHOCK, a LGBTQ+ Mixed Martial Arts epic from me, Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Alec McLane Morgan. This is the next great boxing epic, evolved for the MMA world, and I can’t wait for you all to see it!
So this LGBT activist is supports the Authority series, Mark Millar's controversial venture from the early 2000s, and has at least one more SJW-pandering item in store to boot. But what's really mystifying is how somebody who upholds all that propaganda has no issue with the visions of Wilson, even though Islam is hostile to the very LGBTQ+ ideology he's advocating. It only suggests people like him support the LGBTQ+ agendas to undermine western society's morals and stability, not because they actually believe what they say.

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"He's quite fine with Islamic propagandist Wilson, I see, even though she exploited WW to convey some of her own repellent politics, no matter how metaphorical."

Can you let us know how she metaphorically conveyed her politics in the WW stories? It must have been very subtle, because I saw nothing like that when I read them. They are stories about Greek gods and heroes alive in the world; that is not consistent with the Muslim religion, so it is hard to see it as Islamic propaganda.

"But what's really mystifying is how somebody who upholds all that propaganda has no issue with the visions of Wilson, even though Islam is hostile to the very LGBTQ+ ideology he's advocating. It only suggests people like him support the LGBTQ+ agendas to undermine western society's morals and stability, not because they actually believe what they say."

Islamic fundamentalism, like Christian fundamentalism, is hostile to LGBTQ2S+ type behavior. (Which doesn't mean that there are not a lot of LGBTQ2S+ Christian and Muslim fundamentalists, but that is another story.) However, Wilson is generally gay-positive, and in her Ms Marvel books the most religiously conservative of the Muslim women in the book is close friends with a Jewish lesbian character.

"r. (Which doesn't mean that there are not a lot of LGBTQ2S+ Christian and Muslim fundamentalists, but that is another story.) However, Wilson is generally gay-positive, and in her Ms Marvel books the most religiously conservative of the Muslim women in the book is close friends with a Jewish lesbian character."

Oh, I get it. All religious and socially conservative people are repressed homosexuals, according to gay activists, such as yourself.

Who said anything about repressed?

Being a fundamentalist is different from being a saint. Fundamentalists include a lot of sinners, who are striving to find God. Homosexuality is, in the eyes of Christian fundamentalism, one such sin. The faithful forgive idolatry, and many in the fellowship follow the lead of adulterers and other sinners who repent their sins.

Christianity is a path to redemption, not a badge of moral superiority.

From a Christian viewpoint, there are no such creatures as either homosexuals or heterosexuals; those categories are inventions of psychiatry. God did not create people who are by nature and birth inclined to their own sex. Rather, homosexuality is a sin to which all are potentially prey to, like other forms of fornication outside marriage, and one that God commands against, just as he commands against theft or adultery.

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