Dallas, San Francisco Retailers Boycott DC Comics’ ‘Adventures of Superman’ Over Orson Scott Card Involvement

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Last week I reported that DC Comics had hired uber-homophobe Orson Scott Card to write their digital-first series 'Adventures of Superman'. Retailers are now responding to outcry from readers, GeeksOut reports.

The first is Richard Neal at Dallas-based Zeus Comics and Collectibles. The second is the Whatever Store in San Francisco.

Zeus 
Whatever

Since my first report, an AllOut petition was created to get DC comics to dump card.

And DC Comics responded with a statement to the Advocate suggesting that they'll keep him on  "As content creators we steadfastly
support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals
associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not
those of the company itself."

Meanwhile, NOM's Brian Brown is exploding with rage:

“This is completely un-American and it needs to be stopped,” Brown said. “Simply because we stand up for traditional marriage, some people feel like it’s okay to target us for intimidation and punishment.”

Brown called the attacks on Card frightening and said it’s another example of gay rights activists trying to punish those who believe marriage should be a union between a man and woman.

“Marriage is the union of a man and a woman,” Brown said. “That is not hateful. That is not bigoted.”

He said it’s not the first time gay activists have tried to have people fired for their personal beliefs. He recalled the story of a waitress in California who gave money to Proposition Eight. Pro-gay activists set up picket lines at the restaurant calling for her ouster.

“We can disagree on core issues – but we can do so in such a way where we don’t try to hurt or intimidate each other,” Brown told Fox News.

Comments

  1. downtownla says

    Gee, Mr. Brown, and you don’t think your actions are hurtful? You don’t think your actions have an emotional and financial impact on us? Christian hypocrite. Or is that redundant?

  2. Randy says

    Brian Brown doesn’t seem to get that he can’t force people to buy products they don’t want.

    And that it’s good practice to fire people who produce products customers don’t want.

  3. The Milkman says

    No, we can’t agree to disagree about equal civil and human rights. Nope. We’re either equal under the civil (secular) law, or we aren’t. It really is as simple as that.

    If Brian Brown and bigots like him can’t or won’t acknowledge our equal humanity, then there is really nowhere else to go from there… about this topic or any other.

  4. Dan Cobb says

    What people like Brown don’t get is that many people, and most all gay people, find the blantant promotion of prejudice against gay people as heinous and even evil.

    Is DC Comics saying that someone with Hitlerian views about Jews or KKK views on blacks would be an acceptable employee and an acceptable representative of their company because their extreme racist views are their own PRIVATE VIEWS?! It’s absurd!

  5. Lucas H says

    As a huge comics fan, I’m shocked, appalled, and disappointed by DC Comics decision to hire and keep Orson Scott Card.

    It’s just more evidence why Marvel is way, way better!

  6. Kevin says

    NOM is trying to make this sound like a “agree to disagree” situation. The reality is, Card isn’t merely opposed to marriage equality. He has previously advocated violence over the issue of marriage equality. The violence and extremism of many of Card’s statements has alienated fans who may be neutral on the issue.

    At the very least,it is questionable judgment on the part of DC to hire a writer who supports overthrowing the government to write for Superman

    To quote Card, “Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn. Only when the marriage of heterosexuals has the support of the whole society can we have our best hope of raising each new generation to aspire to continue our civilization..”

  7. Eric says

    That’s a typical attempt to reframe the argument as a freedom of speech issue, totally ignoring the fact that “freedom of speech” only applies to the US government not silencing citizens, not businesses hiring people to create product and represent them.

    Bigots these days, as Dan Savage has been pointing out, always try to hide behind freedom of speech, when it doesn’t apply.

    Would DC Comics hire and defend a member of the KKK or the Aryan Brotherhood?

  8. Grant says

    Eric cited my personal litmus test: If Card were a known racist who advocated violence and worked to deny the rights of others based on race, would he have been hired in the first place? I doubt it.

    I’ve already advised my comic shop that I won’t be purchasing this book, and encouraged them to refuse shipment of it.

    DC has done so much good, recently. This is a disappointment. A virulent homophobe writing SUPERMAN, no less. Ugh.

  9. Caliban says

    DC *might* have a point if Card’s homophobia was just a personally held belief. But it isn’t. Orson Scott Card is to homophobia what George Wallace was to racism. He’s on the forefront of anti-gay activism and has spewed his virulent hatred and lies many times. He’s literally insane on the topic.

    He also doesn’t have any respect for original source material. Card wrote a “re-imagining” of Hamlet in which Hamlet’s father is a nasty queer who molested Rosencranz and Guildentern as children, making them gay, and was murdered by another of his child molestation victims. He’s lying to Hamlet so he’ll kill his stepfather and go to Hell so Hamlet’s father can realize his greatest wish, to rape his own son.

    If Card can do *that* to Shakespeare, what makes them think he’s going to have any more respect for Superman?

  10. Francis says

    This is a weak, patronizing, ducked response. DC is ducking. The protest has hit about 9000 signatures. Most people I’ve seen are either individually boycotting Card or have signed the petition yet all DC could do was try to frame this as a “he’s not one of us” situation, that what he says on his own time has nothing to do with them, even when they as a company have chosen to work with him. It’s a response that’s spineless. Very disappointed in DC.

    Vote with your wallet, people, and keep the pressure on. Contact your local comic book stores and ask them not to support this project.

  11. Bill says

    @Eric: some states have stronger free speech protections than those granted by the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution. California is one example: it is illegal to fire someone who expresses political views an employer does not like provided that the employee does it on his own time.

    This also protects gay or gay-friendly employees who have homophobic bosses. Read
    http://shawvalenza.com/publications.php?id=78 :

    “The law also protects employees’ speech outside the workplace to some extent, even from private employers’ actions. For example, the law prohibits employers from taking action against an employee for lawful, off premises activity, at least with respect to matters addressed under the Labor Code. The law also prohibits discrimination against employees based on their political activity. Therefore, for instance, if an employee volunteers time for a political candidate whom the employer does not support, the employer may not sanction the employee for doing so.”

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