Progressives have staked major claims in the comic book industry, releasing dozens of storylines with feminist and other social justice themes across Marvel Comics’ lineup. Now, there’s a backlash.
Following DC Comics artist Ethan van Sciver’s brush with social justice warriors who vandalized a comic-themed pizza restaurant late last year, a Marvel artist, Jon Malin, is now speaking out against social justice warriors—an act that has earned him calls for Marvel to fire him.
Earlier this month, veteran comic book artist Will Caligan was fired from his job from Short Fuse Media after he stated that sex is biological, and not a social construct, in response to a thread about the rapper Ginuwine, who was accused of “transphobia” for refusing to kiss a man.
Late last week, Malin conducted an interview with a YouTube channel about identity politics in mainstream comics. Following the broadcast, someone on Twitter attempted to point out how the X-Men are “LITERALLY Social Justice Warriors.”
Malin, who currently does the art for Cable, responded to say that the X-Men are more akin to the oppressed Jews living in Nazi Germany. The artist says they weaponize hate through racism and socialism against people they claim are the root of social ills.
X-Men are closer to Jews in SJW Hitler’s Germany fighting for freedom because they see ideologues rising, silencing them, weaponizing hate, racism and socialism against the people they claim are the root of social ills. SJWs are not Nazis but Nazis are SJWs and X-MEN aren’t SJWs. https://t.co/GlspfHMhLN
His remarked earned him the ire of progressives on Twitter, including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actress, who called on Marvel to terminate his employment over the comparison.
@marvel, you need to see this thread re your artist Malin. Also, listen to this racism. It’s not ok. https://t.co/UUn6sNqbxB https://t.co/AcRZ2c7BBQ
@XavierFiles The good news is we can look forward to a better artist taking over cable soon ?
Despite stirring the hornet’s nest, Malin refused to back down from his position and did not offer any apology for being politically incorrect. Instead, the artist wrote that he was glad to shed light on progressives who are attempting to stifle creativity in the comic book industry.
Glad to expose the vipers nest that is the growing SJW infestation of this industry that is killing creative voices that politically difer, afraid to take creative chances for fear of the slightest offense including attacking a 95 YO Stan Lee & closing comic shops everywhere.
He also defended his use of the term “social justice warrior” after someone argued that his use of the derisive term was exclusionary to the comic book industry.
Comics likely are the most diverse and inclusive industry you’ll find. It’s very design allows for anyone to see a hole and create a product putting it into the market and contribute to representation. You can be the solution here, you don’t just have to be a spectator. https://t.co/0WXu0zLVNr
Given that Marvel recently canceled every one of its social justice-themed comics, there may still be hope for the company’s remaining properties.
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