Things are getting rough for DC Comics.
Once they announced that Orson Scott Card will be writing a Superman comic, gay geeks quickly responded.
From petitions to blog posts, fans let everyone know the hire was not okay. Now DC Comics responds to the backlash:
“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.”
They also made clear that the Superman comic will have a host of writers other than Card.
To be honest, the response was whack. They could've stated their stance on LGBT issues and characters. Just something to ensure their support of the community. I guess that was too much to ask.
The problem is that Card has a dubious reputation for being a "good" (read "profitable") geek writer. And among geeks, both gay and straight, the memory of his "Ender's Game" trumps anything else; thus, you have a community of people many of whom who don't follow politics or gay rights issues and give Card a pass because either they don't care in general or are isolated in their own geek world. (Much as we give Tom Cruise a pass though he's part of a crazy-making (and gay-hating) cult.) So all DC sees is that the name Orson Scott Card will make them money even if the majority of what he writes today is utter (religious) crap.
To some degree this is OUR problem: we have to make sure our geek friends know that we are gay and that Card is (truly) out to hurt us, so when DC continues to choose Card over its gay clientele, we can hurt DC where they care: their bottom line, their money. It has to be made clear that Orson Scott Card is no longer a name that makes money.
So, if you are friends with geeks who either a) collect comic books and/or b) likes Orson Scott Card, have the conversation with them about what Card does in his off time. I recently had a conversation with a gay geek friend who I saw carrying around a Card book, and though he confessed to knowing that Card was, to use his word, "cray," I made sure he knew this.
It's just another closet to come out of. Hopefully, my friends will support me/us.