The problem with diversity.
“It’s always funny to see people hiding behind an anonymous tag daring people to face them. Take off your sheet, step into the light, and we can have a conversation. Otherwise, you can do like the other lot.”
Tom Brevoort, 2014
My name is Daniel Tonner.
I’m 27 years old. I live in Bremen, Germany and I work as an office administrator. I’ve been reading comics since I was 14 years old. Over that time span I’ve spent thousands and thousands of Euros on comics. I prefer Marvel over DC, because the Marvel characters are far more relatable than the DC characters. My favorite character is Peter “Spider-Man” Parker, because he has strong morals, is witty and funny and even though there are times, where it seems like the majority of New York hates him, even though he is just trying to do the right thing, he still never loses hope and continues to fight. And if there is a moment, where he throws his costume into a dumpster, he comes back shortly after stronger than ever before.
How is that for an introduction? Not that it really matters, since a person is still a person and it’s the opinion that matters. But you Mr. Brevoort… You seem to have a problem with critique from anonymous posters, but you deal with compliments just fine.
Speaking of critique… You also didn’t have a problem posting one question of mine, where you tried making me look like a racist: “We have a long way to go” you said and the sheep that follow you, followed along once again: “Yeah, look at that racist!”
We have indeed a long way to go and if you’re still reading at this point, you’ll realize why…
I said that I dislike seeing diversity in comics, because I find it phoney. It’s being invented by a bunch of frauds, who try to enforce it rather than trying to offer it.
I hate Miles Morales, but I don’t hate him, because he is black. I hate him, because Ultimate Peter Parker got killed off for it and for more drama Peter got killed off in front of his house with his poor aunt witnessing his death.
And then all of a sudden there is a new Spider-Man and he is black, invented by the biggest african american supporter in the comic book industry: Brian Michael Bendis.
I get it. African Americans are people just like you and me. Strange things can happen to everyone, so it’s not out of the ordinary for a black kid to gain superpowers and end up having an uncle that looks like Snoop Dogg and end up having african american villains too.
But that’s not what happens in comics. These are not random choices. You are replacing white characters, because it’s easier to spread diversity that way, instead of boosting already existing characters. Ultimate Nick Fury became black out of nowhere. Ultimate Peter Parker gots killed off and there was a black Spider-Man out of a sudden. You have an all african american Avengers team with a little bit of She-Hulk and Spider-Man sprinkled in. To profit more from the movies you get rid of 616 Nick Fury and come up with a black one, to profit more from the movies. Captain America gets pushed aside and we end up having a black Captain America (to be fair, Falcon was the only logical choice). And these are not the only examples. And DC does it as well. Wally West is black now? Earth 2 Superman is black? The Superman in Multiversity is black as well? There was an all black Justice League on one panel?
No african american can tell me that Marvel and DC are doing all of this the right way. It feels sooo forced and unnatural… and all of it only concentrates on african americans. As I said it, I would need 4 hands to count all of the black decision you’ve made, but I would fail to count the support other races get on just one hand.
Why are only african americans getting a push? Why are native americans not getting a push? Why are hindus not getting a push? What about the japanese and chinese? How about more muslims than just Ms. Marvel?
You construct comics as if North America is your absolutely only market. Well it’s not. I live in Germany and I buy comics here as well, translanted into german. Not that I would need it translated, but you get the point. In Germany there are not a lot of african americans around, but there are a lot of turkish people. Why aren’t there any turkish comic book characters? Why are you only appealing to the african american demographic?
Yes Tom, we still have a very long way to go. And here is something funny… In the notes to one of your “responses” to my questions, I saw someone making the comment that I must be crying every time Red Skull gets punched in the face and loses. In the eyes of your narrow-minded followers I am a racist. Damn, even a neo-nazi as it seems! How dare I call the “diversity” in comics phoney, blubrubrubrubrub!
At this point I know that everyone with a brain, who read through my post so far will know that there is something wrong with the diversity push in comics, but there is something else, which should be looked at as well…
Certain writers seem to be hating women. For that I don’t even have to talk about the “many rapes of Mark Miller”, but bringing up mainstream writers and their decisions should be more than enough to showcase the misogyny (for the stupid readers: misogyny = hate against women) in Marvel comics:
How about Brian Michael Bendis, the guy who loooves to boost black skin color in comics, while ignoring pretty much everything else:
1. Brian Michael Bendis had Jessica Jones being some kind of a weird sex slave for the Purple Man. Then he offered his pet character Luke Cage Jessica Jones’ butt… LITERALLY! Jessica Jones had painal sex with Luke Cage, because she wanted to feel anything, even if it was pain, humiliation or anger. And don’t say that it wasn’t painal, because everything in the dialogue of that god damn page indicates that it is.
2. Brian Michael Bendis brought Moonstone onto the first Dark Avengers team and the only reason was for her to have sex with the rest of the members. That was her SOLE purpose. She didn’t have a different role in the Dark Avengers comics, but to have sex with Noh-Varr, Bullseye, Mac Gargan and probably others.
3. Brian Michael Bendis completely failed to write the Lindy Reynolds character. For some reason he turned the Sentry into a retard, even though that character is supposed to be a genius, but I guess being stupid and not knowing if ripping someones head off is a good thing or a bad thing or not knowing if someone is breathing or not is a side effect of schizophrenia and agoraphobia in Bendis’ mind… So with the Sentry being so deranged Lindy Reynolds was afraid of him, but readers never felt for her… And then, when Bendis needed her death for some lazy reason, he wrote a scene, where Lindy got humiliated in the worst way possible and then choked to death by Bullseye. And I won’t even mention the time, where Lindy Reynolds got beaten to death by Ultron for absolutely no sensical reason. Talking about female comic book characters in refrigerators, huh?
4. Not Brian Michael Bendis, but Kevin Smith retconned the origin of Black Cat. She was a strong female character at one point with a “noble” origin, but Smith for some reason thought that turning Black Cat into a rape victim would make her a better character. So he wrote a story, where black Cat was not only raped once, but twice! Sigh… Rape does not make for better characters, you misogynist frauds.
So let’s sum all of that up:
All you care about is pushing the african americans in comics, because all you care about is North America and not the rest of the world. You don’t care about other races in total. You simply don’t. The push is only there for african americans.
The one time where you created a muslim character, you had to make sure that she is one of the good muslims in the very first issue by showing that she has a modern muslim family, who gives her the choice to wear a head scarf or not. And that she can eat pork or not and so on. BETTER MAKE SURE THAT THE FELLOW AMERICAN CITIZENS DON’T THINK THAT A POTENTIAL TERRORIST GETS SUPERPOWERS, AM I RIGHT?!
The misogyny in comics is real. Women are degraded to being painal-receivers, bimboish sex machines and rape and murder victims.
“But but, these are only 4 female characters out of so many!” … Oh, I could bring up more examples and that wouldn’t even be the point, because there are also only 4 somewhat important asian characters out of so many in the Marvel universe, while there is an entire Avengers book, where almost the entire roster consists out of african americans.
And these books aren’t even selling well!
The Amazing Spider-Man (two books), Superior Spider-Man and even Spider-Man 2099 are all out-selling Miles Morales Spider-Man. On the other hand Ultimate Peter Parker Spider-Man was one of the hottest selling books for a very long time.
There are multiple Avengers books selling better than Mighty Avengers. Even the Storm solo book seems to be selling better than the Mighty Avengers comic.
But hey, DIVERSITY!!!
I am not racist. You are. If I was writing comics, I wouldn’t support black characters only, but also other races and I especially wouldn’t treat women like crap.
But unfortunately we still have a very long way to go.
Choke on that, Mr. Brevoort and take your sheep with you. Actually no, I take that back. I like you. You’ve answered a lot of my questions, which didn’t have such a thought-provoking background. You are doing a good job, but you’re still just like everyone else and fail to see the bigger picture, which at this point isn’t even a terrible thing, because it seems to be the todays standard for the society.
I don’t think that you will ever post this on your Tumblr. In my opinion it features a lot of truth… a lot of problems with the comic book industry, which you probably don’t want to expose to the public. I would be glad enough, if you took the time to read through all of this to see and maybe even understand where I’m coming from. You accused me of being racist, but I’m not. I just don’t think that the way Marvel and DC are doing it right now is the way to go.
Thank you for your time.