The social justice wing of the comic book industry has a boogieman to rally against and that boogieman is a guy named Richard C. Meyer. He’s better known to his viewers on YouTube as Zack, the proprietor of Diversity & Comics.
Ask any of the most prominent social justice comic book professionals and their sycophants who pose the biggest threat to the world of comic books and they’ll tell you without hesitation that it’s Meyer. What they won’t tell you, what they can’t tell you, is why.
They’ll tell you Diversity & Comics is the enemy. They just can’t tell you why he’s the enemy. When pressed, they’ll say he’s a misogynist, a homophobe, a transphobe, and a racist. They just cannot produce any evidence.
They’ll also accuse him of other terrible things. Here’s Erik Larsen of Image Comics claiming that Meyer calls for boycotts, collusion, and intimidation.
He just cannot point to any evidence backing this assertion up. He refuses to. That’s probably because he’s never bothered to watch a Diversity & Comics video. Even taking Larsen at his word, we’re to believe he’s only watched one (1) Diversity & Comics video.
Watched one, lost interest. How interesting. My guess is that if he did watch that one video, he watched it for the misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, or racism and didn’t find any. My guess is that if he did watch that one video and didn’t find any proof to back up his biases, he’d watch another. And then another. He’d continue watching until he found something he could point to that would prove Diversity & Comics is the boogieman.
Considering Diversity & Comics has made over a thousand YouTube videos, one might think pointing to evidence of his misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, or racism would be an easy task. The same with calling for boycotts and intimidation.
Every negative thing they say about Diversity & Comics is based solely on conjecture. Worse, it’s based on hand-me-down conjecture. It’s based on what someone else said about him. It’s all faith-based. To denounce Diversity & Comics as the bad guy, one must have faith the person who told them Diversity & Comics is the bad guy was telling the truth or knows what they’re talking about.
Screw that noise. Show me the evidence. I want to see the receipts!
My guess is the social justice types don’t want to dig too hard because they don’t want their confirmation basis to be proven wrong. For them, it’s more important to have a common boogieman to rally against than it is to be right.
Some people like to point to Diversity & Comics and his viewers and say all sorts of terrible things about them. It makes them feel better about themselves. To point to someone and denounce them as bad, it in effect makes them seem good. It’s a yin and yang type of thing.
Light cannot exist without darkness. Good cannot exist without evil. Social justice cannot exist without social injustice.
For someone to be an advocate for social justice in the comic book community, there needs to be someone who advocates for social injustice in the comic book community. Because that person doesn’t exist yet, Diversity & Comics has been tagged with the label until someone else better comes along.
Social justice advocates in the world of science fiction have a much better boogieman to point to in Vox Day, real name Theodore Beale.
It’s not hard to find the evidence against Theodore. One only has to go to his BlogSpot hosted blog and read a couple posts. It’s like panning for gold at Knott’s Berry Farm. You’re going to find some. He’s a self-described Christian Nationalist. Theodore once wrote why women’s rights are wrong. He’s also a member and defender of the Alt-Right movement. He also comes across as very smart and highly intellectual. That’s the weird part. He espouses of pretty dark opinions, plus he’s still on BlogSpot.
Sorry, no matter how hard some people try to make the square piece fit into the round hole, Diversity & Comics is not Vox Day.
The good news for comic book social justice advocates is that Vox Day can soon be the Vox Day of the comic book world. He’s soon publishing comic books!
Diversity & Comics will no longer have to be the comic book world’s poor man’s version of Vox Day. Vox Day can be the comic book world’s version of Vox Day.
Diversity & Comics can just be Diversity & Comics, a humble guy who makes low-quality, but highly entertaining videos with his smartphone shot in a closet.
Why I no longer use the phrase “social justice warrior.”
Also published on Medium.