Jay, I’m surprised you support this firing, considering what you’ve said in the past.
I don’t. People shouldn’t be fired over their politics or things they say on social media.
I see. Just wondered because your post seemed to suggest an implicit agreement with the justification for the firing.
As for the firing potentially being because of the diminishing returns of his work, I’d be surprised if that was the case, as the series he was taken off of was announced pretty recently (maybe even within this past week), so the other reasons are more likely true.
Also, I’m pretty sure hiring/firing is the domain of the publisher not LFL, though I’m sure they have some sway.
Maybe I’m confused, but I was under the impression that Wendig has been writing comics at Marvel for a while.
I don’t think he should’ve been fired for his opinions, but if his employer is under the impression that his social media antics have cost or will cost them sales, then I don’t blame them for making a business decision. You take that risk when you know you represent your employer in all your actions and decide to say something polarizing in a public forum. If Wendig had said something off the cuff during an interview, no big deal, but he’s very active on Twitter and really good at riling people up.
A comic book writer is probably more obscure to the general public than most film directors. Who really cares about his political views? He’s not putting them into the comics? I’m sure Stan Lee probably has opinions I might not agree with, but I probably wouldn’t have known or cared when I was a kid.
And apparently being a comic fan sucks now from all this toxic online B.S., too. 😕
You’re getting one side of the story from sites like Gizmodo. Most of these article writers know little, if anything, about the communities and industries they cover and tend to adopt whatever position aligns with their personal politics.
Like it or not, if you blast half your fans on social media (which is what you’re doing when you go hard left or hard right and insult those whose opinions differ from yours), they tend to get upset, which makes you a liability to your employer.