A writer at Pirates and Princesses makes a case why Hollywood and the comics industry alike have to stop telling the fans “who they are” or stop declaring them all scummy people to the core. I’ll highlight what happened after Marvel was criticized:
We’ve seen it with Marvel comics. Once my husband even wrote an article on the other site WE built (they not only took the site they removed our names from our work), about Marvel comics sales numbers declining.
It was just some observations and that led to a bunch of negativity towards us and some of our comics friends even blocking us because they automatically assumed we were joining in on some groups that were criticizing choices in the comics.
We weren’t, but you are not allowed to voice any opinion other than that of the established narrative or backlash follows you.
I’ve realized for a long time, that criticism of Hollywood is otherwise not allowed, according to the PC crowd from Tinseltown. And it also exists in comicdom. Just merely suggest the Big Two [comic publishers] may have to change the format and abandon crossovers, to say nothing of recommending a new potential owner make a bid to buy them, among other petty issues, and in their bizarre viewpoint, you’ve committed an Orwellian Thoughtcrime. They oppose improvement, or opposition to heavy handed politics, and it’s even gotten to the point where anybody with conservative politics working in mainstream comicdom in years past is now a blacklisted pariah (Chuck Dixon, Mike Baron, to name but some).
Well this selfish, insular attitude is going to have to stop, as the writer herself makes clear. Similarly, if any top executives are forcing the contributors to make negative statements about perceived “evil” fans, they too have to stop. In the end, it only spells the collapse of pop culture as we know it.
Originally published here.