Once upon a time, there was a journalist/film student from Berkley named Melissa Morgue. She was reportedly creating a documentary on #ComicsGate.
What is #ComicsGate? I think it depends on who you ask. Morgue wrote about #ComicsGate on the website CapelessCrusader.org, so that might be a good place to go to get her perspective.
There’s a feeling shared by some people that comic book publishers, mostly Marvel Comics and to a lesser extent IDW, have made wholesale changes to their books and characters, not with the goal of telling better stories for their customers, but to push a narrative more in line with social justice. Whether the fans of these books and characters like the changes are not important. If they don’t like the changes, they can stop buying these books and just go away.
What kind of changes are we talking about here? Iron Man was replaced with a 15-year-old African-American girl smarter than Tony Stark. Thor was replaced with a woman. Iceman was turned gay. The Hulk’s human counterpart Dr. Bruce Banner was replaced with an Asian scientist. Captain Marvel was made less feminine and more masculine, seemingly more masculine with each issue.
I could go on with more examples, but like a lot of comic fans, I don’t read Marvel Comics anymore. Since Marvel Comics decided to go full social justice, sales have tanked. Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, one of the people responsible for the social justice sea change to was fired.
Morgue also created a YouTube channel called The Feminist Fangirl. Although I didn’t agree with most of what she said on her channel, I thought the videos were well made and they sounded professional. There’s a reason they sounded so good: they were performed by a voice actress.
Their reason? Because Melissa Morgue isn’t real. She is, in fact, a middle-aged man pretending to be a young female film student from Berkley.
Not only is Melissa Morgue a man, he’s married to a woman and they have real, human children.
A part of my thinks it’s weird that a full-grown man would go on the Internet and pretend to be a woman to push feminism and social justice. Another part of me just doesn’t care. If it makes him happy to pretend to be a woman when he pushes his narrative, then more power to him. Who am I to judge?
I don’t agree with most of Melissa Morgue’s opinions, but I do agree they have a right to share them on the Internet. I strongly agree the Melissa Morgue audience has a right to learn about those opinions. I like opinions to be shared, whether I agree with them or not. I’m not into de-platforming people. I’m not into stopping people from voicing an opinion or an idea just because I don’t agree with it. Although he’s my neighbor, I’m not Steve Shives.
Update: 14 December 2017
Melissa is actually a guy named Gadd Ramone. At least that’s according to a new The Feminist Fangirl video.
I’m not sure how one can be expected to believe anything said on a YouTube channel built upon a foundation of lies.
Update: 15 December 2017
It looks like Melissa Morgue also known as Gadd Ramone also known as Martin has begun erasing himself from social media. As you can see from the above linked YouTube video, it’s no longer available. Good. I hope that means he wants to spend more time with his wife and children, and less time pestering Diversity & Comics and national treasure of an artist, Ethan Van Sciver.
I hope this also means Martin will seek medical help. There is nothing wrong with seeking professional help when you need it. Martin needs it. There is nothing wrong with seeing an oncologist when you have cancer. Why would there be anything wrong with seeing a psychiatrist when you have mental problems?
Martian, if you’re reading this, I wish you nothing but the best. Take care of yourself. Allow the people who love you to help you on your journey to getting well.