A post without pictures
This weekend I did a stupid and terrible thing. For a full explanation, all you have to do is search for “gunnerkrigg” right here on Tumblr to see that I essentially threw away 8 years or so of work by being an idiot on Twitter. It’s better to leave the description of events to external sources,…
All right, haz-mat suit on, time to lay things out with tongs.
In Man of Steel, Lois Lane admonished male characters in one scene to cease metaphorically measuring their penises, to which Tom there said that hers was likely the bigger one anyway — this being a colloquialism for simultaneously diminishing a male party and praising a female.
His comment further mocked the male characters by being a deliberately juvenile insult — the kind that, by its use in context, implies the ones being insulted would themselves use it, which itself is another layer of insult.
So, to belabor the point: For one line of one scene of one movie, Tom Siddell praised a female character, agreed with the tone of her mockery, and continued said mockery in her favor.
And for this, he was set upon immediately for alleged transphobia.
Why? Because Internet, that’s why, and because Tumblr especially.
I swear, this place’s mission statement should be “Thousands of years of human insensitivity overcorrected-for as fast as fingers can type.”
Or possibly “Bullies bullying the vapors of bullying without forethought or sensitivity to context.”
Or possibly “But [target] said [thing]! [target] was asking for it!”
And so, one of the most valuable additions to comics to come out of the Internet — a man recently evicted from his home, a man for whom his readers are his reason to live, a man already acutely aware of the injustices of society — seriously contemplated hanging himself.
You goddamn bullies.
You god-damned bullies.
Understand: you serve no one, least of all yourselves, by engaging in behavior like that in the way you’ve done it.
It infuriates me, I suppose, but I’m not the injured party here.
So Tom, in the unlikely event you see this: Thank you for all your work, which graces my shelves. I will not cease reading it.