Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Orson Scott Card Comic Book Controversy
Should Chuck Dixon (unarguably the greatest Robin writer ever) get fired from DC because he's Republican, and that doesn't match your political views? Should someone have to state their political views when getting a job? The sign of a good writer is someone who can leave their personal views out of their fiction, and Orson Scott Card is a good writer. (Granted, his Ultimate Iron Man comics were not that great, despite their interesting ideas, but never was there anti-gay sentiment in there, nor in his amazing Ender books.) In fact, Dwayne McDuffie created and wrote Icon, a superhero who's a hardcore conservative, despite the writer being liberal, and never made him look stupid or 'learn his lesson', rather just had his character's view portrayed respectfully, despite not being his own. Moreover, I doubt DC would ever let Card write an anti-gay Superman, so stop worrying. You wanna not buy the book? Fine. But don't demand the man get fired.
I've actually wondered how I'd react if Card was an anti-Semite instead. (He's not though. At all.) I still think my answer would be the same. Oh, I probably wouldn't buy his books, and I'd think he's an awful person, but I wouldn't demand he be fired for his opinion. There was actually a Peter David issue of Supergirl (issue 23) when Steel tries to stop a guy from speaking at a college because he's giving a speech about how blacks are genetically inferior to whites, and Supergirl says people should be able to say whatever they want, even if you don't agree with them.
Steel: You wear the "S" and fight for prejudice?
Supergirl: I fight for ideas, Steel. Who's going to decide which ideas get spoken? You? Me?
EDIT: Well this is disturbing. Apparently Adventures of Superman #1, the comic that was supposed to have the comic written by Card will no longer contain that story. DC apparently is giving in to the pressure, freedom of expression be damned.