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Saturday, November 19, 2022 

Neil Gaiman seeks excuses to be political

Overrated writer Gaiman was interviewed by Inverse, along with producer Allen Heinberg, following the renewal of the live action Sandman TV show on Netflix, and he sought an opportunity to imply conservatives attacked him over all the potentially woke ingredients in the program and the comics he wrote over 3 decades ago:
What was the most controversial decision you think you made in terms of bringing the season about? I know, there's been a lot of controversy over the casting. But for you, what do you think is the most controversial thing?

GAIMAN: The truth is nothing much has been very controversial. Death’s casting (Kirby Howell-Baptise) wasn't controversial with Sandman fans, because Sandman fans know that The Endless are supposed to look like what the people looking at them think they look like.

So the people that were getting all upset that this, when you talked to them, they weren’t Sandman fans. The people that were getting all upset about Lucifer’s casting (Gwendoline Christie) and were up in arms about the ‘gender swap,’ again, weren’t Sandman fans because then they’d know that Lucifer looked kind of like an androgynous David Bowie and doesn’t have any genitalia because they’re an angel.

Other grumpy people tended to be Tom Ellis fans, who were like, ‘I love Tom Ellis! Lucifer is based on him, why didn’t you cast him?’ And honestly, he’s not. He’s a lovable rogue. He wouldn’t work in Sandman because we have to get someone that makes people scared.

And the other one was Lady Johanna Constantine (Jenna Coleman). Again, people were like, why did you gender-swap John Constantine and why did you replace him with this imaginary character that we’ve never seen in the comics before? But Sandman fans know that she was a character introduced in Sandman No. 13 in 1989 and that she goes off and has several more adventures in the Sandman storyline. So it was much more economical for us to get her and to have Jenna play her.

Those are the three most controversial castings. Oh, and occasionally, you get people shouting at us for having made up all of these gay characters who weren’t in the comics, and then we’d go ‘Have you read the comics?’ And they’d go ‘No.’ And we’d go, ‘They were gay in the comics.’ And they’d go ‘You’re just woke and nobody is going to watch your horrible show.’ And then we went Number 1 in the world for four weeks. And they went ‘It’s all bots! We hate you. You’re woke.’

It’s a weird silliness. These complainers don’t like gay people, they don’t like Black people, and they don’t like women. And if you look at their profiles, they don’t like vaccines, they don’t like Democrats, and they’re not big on voting.
Gee, he and the news site made quite an effort to make this as political as possible, and riddle it with all the Conservatives-Are-Evil cliches you could possibly think of, right down to a bizarre contradiction that those he speaks of don't like either gays or women. What a disgrace. Though it's admittedly weird how he injects an allegation they don't vote either? Look who's talking about weird silliness. I think he's just contrived some of this for virtue-signals.

If we were talking about the original Golden Age Sandman, Wesley Dodds (who was created by Gardner Fox, but later had some stories written by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon), one could say it'd be ludicrous to forcibly retcon anything connected with that character. But yes, I know, they're talking about the fantasy-based character of the same name Gaiman concocted in 1989, and that was plenty different. And depending how one views it, Gaiman's Sandman series was like an early example of wokeness. But if there's something really troubling, it's that in the first several issues, there was an example of a cliche called "kill your lesbians" that appeared in the storyline where Dr. Destiny controls several people with a magic gem at a roadside diner into finally killing themselves in gruesome ways, and they were pretty much tossed to the side like tissue paper by the end of that story-arc. I remember there was an episode of the Stephen J. Cannell-created Silk Stalkings from 1991-99 that featured the aforementioned cliche, but Gaiman's storyline came even earlier, and while homosexual ideology may be tasteless, that Sandman storyline was still very atrocious and devaluing to women with its cheap sensationalism.

Gaiman's opportunistic anti-conservative smear is reason enough not to watch this Sandman show or subscribe to Netflix, and is seriously disappointing, but hardly unexpected coming from a most unfortunate ideologue who, as I'd mentioned a few times before, did no favors for Hector and Lyta Hall when he was originally writing the 1989-96 comic series.

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