Blimey

How can such events be combated? How can they be undone? But these are the wrong questions. Merely combating or undoing Comicsgate, Brexit, and the flourishing of American fascism is not enough.

Some comics readers aren’t wholly polite about trans issues. Thus:

That was July 2015, two years before most people had heard of Meyer and three before most comics creators had anything to say about the mistreatment of marginalised people. Rather than rejecting racism, misogyny, queerphobia, transphobia, or ableism outright, creators and editors simply shrug or, at best, claim that these issues are being handled in private – and indicate to the wider public in the process that racism, misogyny and the like absolutely will be tolerated.

Until they and other industry personnel take a zero-tolerance approach to abuses of power from within their own houses, Comicsgate will never truly die. Brexit and Trump are no different. The passivity of well-meaning white Britons and white Americans with regards to racism and xenophobia in their everyday lives indicated to a less-savoury segment of the population that their aggression would go unchecked.

If you want to prevent the next Comicsgate, Brexit or Trump, here are some suggestions: rather than claiming you support marginalised people, rather than stating that you are against the principles of a nebulous enemy, demand better of your peers, demand better of yourself, and demand it in public. Amplify the voices of marginalised people discussing issues within your community. Intercede when a peer is responding in a hostile fashion towards those discussions. Set a standard for public and communal discourse. Do not tolerate the dismissal or disrespect of your marginalised colleagues. Do not tolerate the dismissal or disrespect of marginalised strangers. And in every environment, no matter how uncomfortable: hold the line.

OK, you do that then. And do note that some people will still be less than polite about all sorts of things.

22 thoughts on “Blimey”

  1. No comments allowed on that ironically-named ‘Comment is Free’ piece, I see?

    That tells you all you need to know about her belief in the worth of her opinion.

  2. “In my personal experience, carefully remarking on the anti-black themes of a comic by two rather prolific white comics creators will land you: (1) three days of nonstop Twitter harassment, (2) some odd mix of aggression and passive-aggression from one of the creators himself, and (3) the fascinating absence of comment and utter dismissal as a cog in the “outrage machine” from the same people who would like to tell you today that black people are welcome in comics.”

    Translation: “Why don’t people just agree with me, FFS!?”

  3. ‘Comicsgate and Brexit’

    Are these people real? Some political row about comics that 99.9999% of functioning adults have either never heard of or don’t read, because they are, well, adults? She believes this to be in the same ballpark as a country determining its political future?

    I hear there are some people who want the voting age lowered to 16. I’d favour the other direction, maybe to 25 or even 30.

  4. Marginalised people? Vast swathes of the media are devoted to hectoring the rest of us rigid about these groups. Bloody wide margins…

    O/T why doesn’t this website remember my details any more? I’ve noticed the same at the other Tim’s place.

  5. You can get no more fucking “marginalised” then being in the cold ground. Considering that the scum of socialism have put 150 million in such a state, it sits ill to have sanctimonious shite thrown in our faces by the same scum of the left.

    The sooner that POS newspaper The Gladrag is out of business the better.

  6. Lefties have to create every possible opportunity to show how lovely and caring they are and what a git you are, because every socialist society ever eventually has tortured and murdered its citizens.


  7. O/T why doesn’t this website remember my details any more? I’ve noticed the same at the other Tim’s place.

    Did you decline all cookies when prompted by that GDPR screen a while ago? Your username and email would have been stored as cookies, I imagine.

  8. Steve, you’ve got to be kidding.

    Cue swathes of links from NiV telling us how Walter is actually transgender and not a sissy and Dennis is transphobic and horrid, and Gnasher should be destroyed under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

  9. Rather than rejecting racism, misogyny, queerphobia, transphobia, or ableism outright,

    There is something simultaneously hilarious and pathetic about that list because it’s at the same time too long and too short. There are plenty of other putative victim groups who are not covered by these categories and I’d bet that the only people who know what these terms mean are precisely the people who adopt them for themselves to mask their inadequacy and make it special.

    Misfits (to pick a blanket term out of the air) are behaving more and more like the left in that they splinter into ever smaller and more narrowly defined groupuscules for each nuanced shade of deviancy.

  10. “Cue swathes of links from NiV telling us how Walter is actually transgender and not a sissy and Dennis is transphobic and horrid, and Gnasher should be destroyed under the Dangerous Dogs Act.”

    Really? I’m getting cues to come on stage, now?

    I’ve long had suspicions about Minnie the Minx…

    Minnie also appeared alongside Dennis the Menace in his own strip in the edition of 23 January 1954 of The Beano. In the strip, she swapped toys with Dennis for the day as she received his trusty catapult and he proceeded to ‘menace’ with her doll’s pram. In the end, she got out of trouble scot free whilst Dennis had to suffer for all her minxing. It was possibly this that began their future eternal rivalry.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnie_the_Minx

  11. Rather than rejecting racism, misogyny, queerphobia, transphobia, or ableism outright, creators and editors simply shrug or, at best, claim that these issues are being handled in private – and indicate to the wider public in the process that racism, misogyny and the like absolutely will be tolerated.

    Lefties have been trying to shame me for decades because of my “Racism” (i.e. I believe that laws on border controls should be enforced) and “misogyny” (i.e. things like parental alienation are harmful to the children), etc.

    After all this time the shame game no longer works. Like the boy who cried wolf, it has been used too many times and any power it once had has evaporated.

    In so doing, not only do I no longer care about their manufactured outrage over bullshit such as comics or nutters who think they will not be complete until some doctor cuts off their meat and two veg, but I no longer care about genuine racism, sexism and all the other -ism’s they bang on about.

    Even when I do see a story that genuinely makes me think “shit, that sounds awful”, I remain cynical and suspicious because I have been manipulated by the Left’s bullshit and lies too many times.

    In the modern world it seems that “He who cares least wins”.

    Time for Ecksian solutions all round. After all, we seem to have plenty of lamp posts and piano wire / hempen rope.

  12. Had the misfortune while channel flicking of alighting on Newsnight last night to see a (self proclaimed) “black” activist (apparently female, but who knows these days) artist complaining about the misogynistic and racist Serena Williams cartoon. Actually she wasn’t black at all, although maybe mentally she identifies as black. Been a long time since I watched Newsnight and I will actively avoid in future.

    Je suis Gammon

  13. It’s always useful to do a quick Google search of any guest columnist published by The Guardian. The results are nearly always the same: Freelance writer and/or “activist” of no particular distinction as either a writer or an activist. So it is with J. A. Micheline.

    J. A. Micheline describes herself as a freelance writer of prose, comics and criticism. A Google search finds a small amount of criticism and absolutely no hint of prose or comic writing. That says it all right there… J. A. Micheline can’t get a real job writing comics in the comics industry, and evidently doesn’t have the drive or competence to self-publish. In any event, she’s basically a nobody.

    And as it goes these days with those who cannot achieve based on merit, Micheline decides the correct path to career success is to tear down and destroy those who have achieved, thus clearing a path for her own advancement.

    J. A. Michele is based in Chicago. So why on earth would she (a) care at all about Brexit, and (b) try to conflate it with a manufactured pseudo-controversy about comic books? The answer is pure cynicism… She wanted to get published in The Guardian and thought throwing Brexit into her article would make it more attractive to the morons at The Guardian. At least she was right about that.

    Social Justice Warriors are waging a war, but not for the advancement of justice. They’re waging a war for social advancement… Their own.

  14. ‘If you want to prevent the next Comicsgate, Brexit or Trump’

    I know nothing of Comicsgate . . . but this sentence convinces me I am FOR it.

    ‘flourishing of American fascism’

    Ignorant and tasteless. WATE? (Where Are The Editors)

  15. Considering how PC comics generally are these days, I was a bit curious about the “anti-black themes of a comic by two rather prolific white comics creators” and checked out her review.

    It turns out that the comic she’s complaining about is an anti-racist tract about a black superhero fighting the KKK.

    It turns out that physically strong black heroes are problematic because:

    “there is a long history of stereotyping black men as being physically aggressive and displaying them as intimidating physical forces, often to the level of being superhuman.”

    Another big problem with the comic is that not every white person in the story is pure evil. Portraying even a single white as non-racist and opposed to lynching displays a racist “white saviour” attitude.

    Of course the real issue is with the skin colour of the writers:

    “should I buy it? That’s ultimately up to you, but know this: giving money to this project and contributing to its success signifies to the industry (and your peers) that you are absolutely fine with oppressors continuing to control the narrative of the oppressed.”

    I’d you think that’s all a bit silly, obviously that just makes you an evil Nazi ComicGater.

  16. ” Do not tolerate the dismissal or disrespect of your marginalised colleagues. Do not tolerate the dismissal or disrespect of marginalised strangers. And in every environment, no matter how uncomfortable: hold the line.”

    Tell you what. We’ll start doing that when you start to tolerate views other than your own.

    yeah, thought not.

  17. Went to a illustrators/comic festival organised locally and there were plenty of LGBTQ people who had got off their arse and were self-publishing their own work and selling it, some of it was excellent and my daughter and I both brought a couple of items. In particular a trans teens we spoke with had a series inspirational comic strips about dealing wit depression etc. which sold out on the first which shows if you make good work people will buy it.
    On the other side the reboot of Iceman where the character suddenly comes to terms that he’s gay and just didn’t know it etc. was excruciatingly boring and way to focused on his personal issues rather than being an enjoyable superhero comic, if I want that social commentary I’ll go somewhere else for it, when the issue gets in the way of the story people switch off

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