Friction at DC

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by A beaker full of death, Mar 8, 2013.

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  1. Sindatur

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    You've got it backwards. I am the one who says they have the right to hire someone with an unattractive past. That shouldn't matter to the Public, unless that person does wrong in that job. If DC choose to hire someone to write a comic book, that Gay people and Supporters of Gay Rights will refuse to buy based upon their opinion of the Author, that is DC's choice. If DC allows him to use the Comic Book as a platform for those views, then it becomes my business to protest and makes demands.

    Imagine, 50 years ago, someone speaking up for Gay Rights, would be just as hated/spurned as someone today is speaking against Gay Rights. 50 Years ago, being Gay was seen as a Mental disorder. Should Public prevent that Advocate from getting a job? There is no difference, exxcpt for what Socity feels today is the "Wrong position"
     
  2. Nagisa Furukawa

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    And absolutely no one is saying it is.

    No one is saying it's Orson Scott Card's absolute right to do this and that anyone speaking against it is somehow breaking the First Amendment. The people who made the petition and the people who signed is absolutely had the right to do both of those things and I wouldn't dare say that neither should have been restricted from doing so.

    What I said, in my initial post, was that I think it's sickening. I also think Scott Card's views on gay people are sickening (honestly, I find it the most baffling thing in the world why anyone would care about someone else's private sex life, which equally goes for people obsess over what celebrity is sleeping with what celebrity), but I find petitioning for a man's work not to be released to the public so no one can read it just because they don't want to sickening in a different way. It's the arrogance of saying, "Since I disagree with his views, you shouldn't be able to buy it either." They have every right to express that opinion, but I'm not arguing that they shouldn't have the right; I'm arguing that expressing that view is self-centered, conceited and insulting.
     
  3. Nerys Myk

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    You may want to find a different word than "sickening" to express your point. You've hit the quota.
     
  4. Kestrel

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    Sickening sickening sickening sickening. ;)


    OSC isn't just some guy with homophobic/anti-gay rights views; I'm willing to bet DC has other staff and maybe (probably?) writers who think similarly. He's actively and aggressively a leader in the fight against gay rights. I don't think he shouldn't be allowed to work at all, but actions have consequences and the consequence of his embracing and furthering such organizations is that people boycott him.
     
  5. Professor Zoom

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    Card's right to freedom of speech hasn't been challenged. He still has the right to say and think whatever he wants.

    Those objecting to him are also saying what they think: they will not buy a book written by him because of his bigotry, and his activism to prevent others from enjoying equal rights.

    Are you saying DC doesn't have the right to NOT publish his book? This is the free market in ACTION. Should the government sweep in and tell a company what they can and cannot do?



    If it was JUST his private beliefs, I might agree with you. It's his activism that is insulting. He serves on a board that is ACTIVELY trying to stop a whole swath of the American population from getting equal rights.

    People are exercising THEIR freedom of speech (and voting with their wallets) and a COMPANY is deciding what to do.

    But, what you are also saying once a company finds out about a person's "sickening" political beliefs, or discover that those beliefs are hostile to the very market they are selling to, they can't DUMP the guy? Are they locked into using someone that might damage how many issues they could sell?

    That doesn't seem right.

    Yep. So? I'm sorry if I don't feel bad for the bigot. Now, do I want to see him get locked up? No. Of course not. Would I hire him? No. Would I buy a book that he's written? No. Would I tell the publisher WHY I don't want to buy his book? Yes. Let the Free Market sort it out.

    Why is Card's Freedom of Speech MORE valuable than mine?
     
  6. Guy Gardener

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    In France, you can marry live stock, the dead and inanimate objects.

    Although Superman is not married at the moment, surely aliens marrying human beings is a million times worse than gay humans marrying each other because it's technically bestiality... Which is probably why black people in America were not allowed to get married (to each other) until 1896, because it was publically and conventionally believed that they did not have souls, or at least "real" souls, and inter-racial marriage, which would create children with mixed souls, was not legally permitted until 1967.

    (There were a hell of a lot more ehtnicities than just black and white back then (or always) which has me wondering if Native Americans might not have been allowed to Mary the Japanese and when that legally changed?)

    The klan wear hoods for a reason.

    They are wussies.
     
  7. Nagisa Furukawa

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    And if I overuse sickening, this thread has also overused consequence. Yes, there are consequences. If someone wants to boycott and not buy this issue because of Scott Card's beliefs, that's their prerogative, as is spreading that message and asking others to do the same. It's also their prerogative to ask for him to be removed from the project all together and for it to be released to the public without his work.

    I just, on a personal level, have a huge problem with people doing the later and will say so. I don't see anything wrong with "I won't buy a book with his product in it;" I do see something wrong with saying, "Therefore, you shouldn't be able to buy the book if it has his product in it either."
     
  8. Nagisa Furukawa

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    Bestiality is only wrong because animals have no right of consent. If other species, be it animal or alien, had the same ability to speak, communicate, and express willing feelings of love and affection like Superman can, there wouldn't be anything wrong with it.
     
  9. Professor Zoom

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    Should a corporation then be forced to publish something they no longer want to publish?

    I understand what you are saying, but that is the point of a boycott. To stop something from happening. To force a company to stop doing something.
     
  10. Atticus

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    OSC is perfectly at liberty to express his idiotic, bigoted views.

    In response, those who have run their petition are equally at liberty to do so.

    DC are at liberty to publish or not publish his story - as Christopher has said above, it is their property.

    The only thing they could not do is withhold payment from OSC. That would be breach of contract for no legally justifiable reason.
     
  11. TREK_GOD_1

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    Well said. That is the poit of personal choice. I'm not fond of some of the personal political views of those behind SNL, so guess what? I do watch it.


    Whether one was contracted for a one-off project, or something long term, his personal views are not representing the brand, and the low response to this would suggest few really care. However, modern factions of liberalism is so fueled by its own attempt to supress all thought not following theirs, that they cannot see the utter hypocrisy of their actions. One silver lining is that it serves to expose just how "fair minded" this kind of liberal is not, when they would be the first to scream if someone advocated action against them for personal views.
     
  12. Nagisa Furukawa

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    Of course not.

    None of which, so far as I can tell, has been disputed by anyone.
     
  13. Guy Gardener

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    Just because they can't talk, it doesn't mean that dogs are not capable of emotional loyalty and love, and if "you" are in some sort of naked situation and that dog who loves you, who you have had a master pet relationship with for years, at that moment, of their own choice, free will and volition, begins to lick your genitals because they love you and respect that since as far back as they can remember you've always kept their kibble bowl full, isn't that the dogs consensual impetus to want to make your genitals explode with joy?

    You are a superior life form.

    It's your job as a superior lifeforms to dictate right from wrong to an inferior life form too stupid to know no better.

    Which is why God wrote the bible for us.

    (The real ugly fact of what I said to take away from this, is that I equate marriage to keeping a kibble bowl full.)
     
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  14. JoeZhang

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    This is why you need a mirror - so you can see the look of love in that pooch's eyes.
     
  15. Professor Zoom

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    Great! What's your point? If they did something that offended a large enough people who would choose to boycott it, cause what, it would be in their best financial interests to change.

    Because they are in the business to make money. And numbers talk. (It's probably why the Million Moms boycott of JC Penny's hiring of Ellen didn't work. Because they are like 12 of them.)

    So, you watch things you might get offended by, what is your point? That you're the bigger person? Or MAYBE it's because SNL doesn't REALLY go all that far? Even in its Satire?

    I would argue his PUBLIC advocacy of Straight only marriage DOES damage their brand.

    Shouldn't that be reason enough to get rid of him? While 16,000 signatures don't seem like a lot, it's a pretty significant number when you consider how many comics are ACTUALLY sold nowadays.
     
  16. Marc

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    I wonder how many people are getting their panties in a bunch over DC canning Card's story yet have no issues when anti-gay groups call for boycotts against gay friendly companies.
     
  17. Nagisa Furukawa

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    I have no problem with any anti-gay person not wanting to support gay friendly companies nor a pro-gay person not wanting to support anti-gay companies (like Chik-Fil-A). I would have a problem if either of them actively said their goal was to make those companies go out of business. Not that I think they shouldn't be able to say that, just that I personally wouldn't like it.

    Please don't try to make this issue about mean homophobes having a double standard when it comes to gay things. I've had cocks in my mouth many times. The fact that this is connected to the issue of homosexuality is incidental to me. For me, it boils down to: I don't have a problem with someone refusing to buy a product because they don't like the views of someone involved; I do have a problem with someone wanting that to extend beyond themselves and people who agree with them so that no one can purchase it.
     
  18. Locutus of Bored

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    Here, let's apply your same zeal in defending Card to those defending gay rights, and see why they might not be content to just sit idly by instead of petitioning for his removal from the anthology:

    See what a difference that made? And then you don't come across like a hypocrite for giving OSC a complete pass for actively trying to interfere in other people's lives while flipping out about people exercising their own right to boycott or sign petitions against his participation in a comic anthology about a wildly popular superhero who is supposed to stand for truth, justice, and the American (but not exclusively so) way, which is something Card seems to need a refresher course in.
     
  19. Nerys Myk

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    That's something for the company that produces the product to decide. They will weigh the pros and cons.
     
  20. Gotham Central

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    I'll say again, and no one has yet to disprove this...had Card been expressing openly racist, anti-Semitic or sexist ideas and openly advocating limiting the rights of minorities, jews, or women AND been a high profile member of an organization that supported such positions...this conversation would not be happening. NO ONE would be here defending him.
     
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