Trying to get a comic book writer fired is one of the worst kinds of censorship

Evidently there has been a quasi-organized campaign to get Marvel Comics to fire writer Rick Remender. There’s even a special Twitter hashtag connected with the crusade, #FireRickRemender. The reason some folks want him fired is because they don’t like some of the things he’s written in the current monthly Captain America comic.

 

This is what Jackie, the person who supposedly created the hashtag mentioned above, had to say about it on her Tumblr blog, Weiner Soldier:

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I don’t understand the mindset of trying to get someone fired because you don’t like them or because you don’t like what they wrote. I can’t think of a single scenario where I would want to get another human fired, especially because of their writing. That seems to be one of the worst forms of censorship. If I don’t like something that someone writes, I just don’t read it. It looks pretty straightforward, but it works for me.

Also, if you don’t like something someone wrote, don’t blame the writer, blame the editor. You don’t know what story the editor told the writer to tell, this is especially true when it comes to characters owned by Marvel Comics and their parent company, Disney. If the editors of Captain America didn’t like what Rick Remender wrote, they would have kicked it back and told him to do it again.  I guess they didn’t do that.

When people call for someone to be fired over something they said or wrote, I often wonder how exactly they will be ultimately satisfied. Will a single firing do the trick or do they want a permanent ban on all future employment? For example, say Marvel Comics fired Rick Remender over this, and then DC Comics signed him to an exclusive contract, would people then demand that DC Comics fire him too? What if he left the world of funny books entirely and got a job serving endless salad and breadsticks at Olive Garden? Would he need to be fired from that job too?

When will the get-someone-fired madness end?

Author: Rick Rottman

This is my personal blog. It's where I write about things when I feel like it.

1 thought on “Trying to get a comic book writer fired is one of the worst kinds of censorship”

  1. If that’s the case, Marvel should have fired Jeph Loeb for the damage he caused to many Marvel franchises, because what Loeb did was much much worse than what Remender has done, yet they keep giving Loeb work. I don’t understand that mentality of wanting to get someone fired for their work just because you don’t like it. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. Voting with the all-mighty dollar is the only way to really make Disney (I mean Marvel) take you seriously.

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